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OCTOBER 4, 2000


Arthur Miller returns
with a new 'iw*

...and theBulgarian women croon

* Shannon O'Sullivan
ly Arts Writer
Celebrating the opening of the U of
M Theatre and Drama 2000-2001 sea-
son, and at the same time honoring

Arthur Miller's 85th1

birthday, "A View
From the Bridge"

opens this
z a Thursday, with
not a ticket left to
view from buy. Miller's
the Bridge spellbinding play
Power Center is the first event
of-a series being
opens Thursday given in his
honor, culminat-
ing with a sympo-
sium Oct. 26-28,
where Miller will
be in attendance.
Although "A
View From the
ridge" first premiered on Broadway in
1955, many of its messages still appeal
to today's society, as it won the 1998
Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
With a plot revolving around obsession
and treachery, "A View From the

Bridge" reaches deep into the psycho-
logical mind of humans, revealing pow-
erful emotions.
The drama centers on an Italian-
American family, the Carbonnes, living
in Brooklyn, New York. Eddie and
Beatrice Carbonne are struggling with
their niece Catherine, as she begins to
develop into a woman and wants her
freedom. The plot thickens and trouble
begins to brew when Beatrice's cousins,
Marco and Rodolpho, illegal immi-
grants, come to live with the family.
Against Eddie's wishes, Catherine falls
in love with Rodolpho. Drastically,
Eddie resorts to extreme measures to
try to hold his family together.
Producer Darryl Jones, winning the
Washington Theatre Lobby Award for
his production of "A View From the
Bridge," has worked closely with Miller
in the past. For this production, Jones
strives to get at the core of the Italian
family, looking closely at their customs
and culture. Jones stated, "The Italian
family is a microcosm, with New York
being a macrocosm; we want to illumi-
nate the Italian culture and religion."
Through references to Sicilian folk

Couresy ofUniversity Productions
"A View from the Bridge" plays the
Trueblood Theatre through Oct. 15.
and religious imagery, he hopes to
bring out the psychological nature and
thinking of characters and the audience.
The setting is a simple unit set with
windows to provide a community
atmosphere and scafling to suggest the
idea of a bridge. Jones comments on the
scenery, saying, "A great play doesn't
need tampering with, when you've got
good actors, it just happens." Many of
the cast members are also Jones' stu-
dents and BFA Performance majors.
Lighting designer, Rob Murphy, set
designer, Daniel Rutz, and costume
designer, Neal Somers join Jones on the
behind the scenes team.

cess is any indication
St. Francis of
Assisi Church
(2250 E. Stadium)
Tomorrow at 8 p.m.
acclaim following the

By Lisa Rajt
For the Daily
They hail from a country that is several thousand miles away.
On their much-anticipated North American tour, titled "Mercy
for the Living," they are stopping in only 14 cities, including
Ann Arbor. They have suffered under the veil of the Iron
Curtain, yet they have prevailed.
They are the Bulgarian Women's Choir and if their past suc-

of the quality of their performance this
Thursday, music lovers in Southeastern
Michigan are in for a treat.
The New York Times has called them
"astonishing." One reviewer in St. Louis
has deemed their brand of choral singing
"the most beautiful music on the planet."
L.A. Weekly believed their show to be
"the hippest on earth," and the Detroit
Free Press has called them "ancient and
modern, sophisticated and naive, com-
plex and simple - a sound unlike any-
thing you've heard before."
The Bulgarian Women's Choir is
made up of 20 women from all over
Bulgaria and the roots of their musician-
ship date back almost 2000 years. After
experiencing a rise to international
fall of the Iron Curtain, they were nomi-

various facets of the human experience. This women's choir
does just that, with the help of their conductor, Georgi Petrov,
and managing director, Tanja Andreeva. For the "Mercy for the
Living" tour, Petrov has named the program "Antique Eastern
Orthodox Chants." As he explained in a recent press release, "in
all historical times music was regarded as a supreme art allow-
ing for the best expression of religious feelings." It makes sense
that the music, which is spiritual in nature, will be performed in
a church.
As in many cultures, the music that is now performed by the
Bulgarian Women's Choir has been passed down only through
memorization and recitation. Traditionally, solely women per-
form Bulgarian vocal music. That tradition continues to resonate
in the melodies and harmonies of this widely praised group.
Their vocal style is old, but the arrangements are relatively
new. The structure of the songs is two-parted: Generally, two
soloists will sing or the choir will divide up into two groups.
Additionally, it has been noted that Western vocal performance
instructors would be surprised by the techniques employed by
the choir. For example, typical abdominal breathing techniques
are not utilized by the group; instead, they use the back of their
throats to create sounds and arrangements that are uniquely their
own, They yodel, shout and create a musical atmosphere that is
vivid and mesmerizing.
Even more unusual than their singing techniques is the vari-
ety of rhythm that is found in Bulgarian music in general, as
well as the great variety found in scales and tone. Though the
group is made up solely of women, many lower notes will be
sung. The beat of the music promises to be unusual to
Westernized ears.
This is the first time in 10 years that the Bulgarian Women's
Choir has performed in Ann Arbor: Don't miss this rare event.

nated for an American Grammy award, quite an accomplish-
ment for this diverse and talented group of women whose music
had been known to the world for only a few years at that point.
All forms of the humanities seek to address and express the

$ex on beach:'Titans' debuts

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By Melissa Gollob
For the Daily
TV Titan Aaron Spelling ("Beverly
Hills, 90210") brings another full-hour
drama to NBC primetime this fall with
"Titans." "Titans"is a sophisticated adult
drama that sets itself apart from ordinary
daytime soap operas. It's complete with
ion, deception and betrayal.



Tonight at 8 p.m.
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The show
focuses on the
powerful Williams
family and how it
struggles with
problems, old and
new. Casper Van
Dien ("Starship
Troopers") stars
as prodigal son
Chandler who
returns home to
Beverly Hills
from the Air Force
just in time for his

everyone close and make meddling in
each other's lives easier. Gwen (Victoria
Principal, "Dallas") and ex-hubby
Richard (Perry King, "Melrose Place")
try to maintain a normal relationship
with their four children, but when
Richard decides to wed Heather, the
family begins to rip itself apart.
The Williams run their own aviatin
empire, Williams Global Enterprises.
Richard and Gwen make sure their chil-
dren live in luxury, but having everyone
working together usually divides them,
causing countless life-altering conflicts.
Chandler enjoys reunions with the
rest of his family, including his recover-
ing alcoholic sister Jenny (Elizabeth
Bogush, "Felicity"), jealous brother
Peter (John Barrowman), defensive
overprotecting sister Laurie (Josie
Davis, "Beverly Hills 90210") and old
friend turned personal assistant
Samantha Sanchez (Lourdes
Benedicto, "NYPD Blue").
"Titans" shows as much skin as possi-
ble, taking into account it's on a network
in a relatively early time spot. Most of
the sexuality is implied by shots that
show clothes dropping to the ground,
followed by close ups of bare legs or
shoulders. This does not take away from

the sexiness of the scenes, but rather
focuses it because so much of the action
happens off camera.
The drawbacks to "Titans" can be
summed up in one word: Complicated.
There are ten characters introduced
throughout the first show alone and it's
very difficult to catch all their names let
alone their importance. However, there
are scenes that help explain, such as the
boardroom meeting of Williams Global
Enterprises that defines all of thechil-
dren's jobs in the company.
With all of the twisted relationships in
the show, complication actually provides
humor as well. Especially when Heather
decides to go meet Gwen, the ex-wife,
by bringing her a piece of misdelivered
mail. Their repartee about nothing and
everything brings out the nasty side of
each and shows us what great moments
are vet to come.
"Titans" is full of intricately woven
stories that make the characters' lives
extremely complex and interesting. This
dysfunctional group of poor little rich
kids will definitely (et into more trouble
than anyone can imagine. One piece of
advice: don't miss the final wedding
scene. It's worth wait in shock value


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The University of Michigan
Partha Dasgupta
Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics
University of Cambridge
Valuing Objects and Evaluating Policies:
Economic Well-Being and the Natural
Friday, October 6, 4:00 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 East Washington Street
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