What the Fleck is going on?
Bela Fleck brings his marvelous
Flecktones to the Hill Auditorium
tonight for an evening of experimental
bluegrass/jazz fusion madness. 7:30 p.m.
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From BSB to Becker:
A who's who guide to
this year's Grammys
By Chris Kula categories is guessing the winners of
and Christian Hoard the real ones, us two yahoos hereby
Daily Arts Writers offer up our picks for the lucky few
who'll get to drag home one of those
What's the deal with the Grammys? I stupid statues.
mean, come on, could they have more Record of the Year: "Say My Name,"
categories? I mean, "Best Vocal Destiny's Child; "I Try," Macy Gray;
Peformance by a Lebanese Barbershop "Music," Madonna; "Bye Bye Bye, 'N
Quartert?" And why are they still nom- Sync; "Beautiful Day," U2
inating records that came out in the Who'll win: "Music," Madonna.
'90s? Who are Why? Because the Academy loves older
these people, and artists who reinvent themselves late in
why can't they their career (see: Carlos Santana). Also:
afford new The cowboy hat.
Grammy records? Album of the Year: Midnite Vultures,
Awards And what's Beck; The Marshall Mathers LP
with that statue? Eminem; Kid A, Radiohead; You're the
CBS What is that, one One, Paul Simon; Two Against Nature,
Tonight at 8 p.m. of those old- Steely Dan
school hearing- Who'll win: You're the One, Paul
aids? And what's Simon. Why? See above. Also: Old
the deal with the white people in charge of stuff love Paul
"best record" Simon.
category, any- Best Group/Duo Performance with a
way? Who lis- Vocal: "Show Me the Meaning of
tens to records? Being Lonely," Backstreet Boys; "Pinch
Who are these people? Me," Barenaked Ladies; "Breathless,"
Next thing you know, there'll be a The Corrs; "Bye Bye Bye," 'NSync;
"best 8-track" category! And what's "Cousin Dupree," Steely Dan
with all of these dinosaurs being nomi- Who'll win: "Cousin Dupree," Steely
nated? I mean, Steely Dan are sitting Dan. Why? See above. Also: Walter
around their living room, reading their Becker and Donald Fagan were the
Burroughs novels, and suddenly they're Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez of
on.camera. And Fagan's all, "We won a smarmy, NYC-based jazz-pop move-
Grammy? Did we release something ment of the early '70s, and they've only
last year?" And Becker's like, "What's gotten catchier with age.
the deal with that?" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
I know, what is the deal with that? "What a Girl Wants," Christina
Indeed, very little about the Grammy Aguilera; "I Try," Macy Gray; "Music,"
Awards makes sense. From the ill- Madonna; "Save Me," Aimee Mann;
defined eligibility requirements "Both Sides Now," Joni Mitchell;
(Backstreet Boys' Millennium was so "Oops! ... I Did It Again," Britney
Spring of '99, yo) to the inexplicable Spears
nominations (Backstreet's "Show Me Who'll win: "I Try," Macy Gray.
the Meaning of Being Lonely" instead Why? Because Macy Gray is a black
of Backstreet's "I Want it That Way"?) woman all white people in charge of
to the unspoken rule about having to stuff can agree on.
,sell at least a million copies to be nom- Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:
inated for one of the major categories "You Sang to Me," Marc Anthony;
(see: Backstreet Boys), you'd think any "Taking You Home," Don Henley; "She
yahoo off the street could do a better Bangs," Ricky Martin; "6, 8, 12," Brian
job drawing up categories and picking McKnight; "She Walks This Earth
nominees. (Soberana Rosa)," Sting
But since the only Grammy-related Who'll win: None. Why? No one's a
activity more fun than drawing up mock winner when the nominees include a
I ______ q
Preljocaj questions art
through intense dance
By Charity Atchison
Daily Arts Wiet
France's Ballet Preljocaj will pre-
sent its work "Paysage apres la
Bataille" in its
' 3 Musical Society
Ballet Preljocaj found-
Preljocaj ed ballet
Power Caster 1984. The
Tonight at 8 p.m. troupe of 24
,< gained fame
S p erforming
apres la Bataille (Landscape after the
Battle)" is Preljocaj's interpretation
of the battle between the instinctive
forces and the intellectual in the cre-
ative process. The piece asks the
question of how much of art is intel-
ligence, and how much is instinct.
The opening scenes of the piece
begin with couples dancing inter-
rupted by men knocking their part-
ners around. This theme of violence
is tain reneated when the eonles
threaten each other with' guns.
Audience members may be shocked
in a scene involving a woman who a
the object of offerings from. t
man objects. However the center of
the piece is musical chairs. Six: .hen
and three chairs play the game.
Ballet is to be taken in the sense of
dance in the company's name. Ballet
Preljocaj's style is more modern than
balletic. Preijocaj abandons the idea
of star dancers; rather, he puts ,high
physical demands on all the dancers.
Preljocaj's concern is with
inner feelings, "especially thosetat
people cannot acknowledge to them-
selves," said Anna Kisselgoff of-the
New York Times. Preljocaj studied
ballet, but found difficult adhering to
the proscribed technique of the style.
Preljocaj danced with American
choreographer Merce Cunningham,
which started his learning process of
Preljocaj has choreographed 20
works, 12 of which are present in
company's repertoire. He became
first Frenchman to set work for the
New York City Ballet in 1997. This
highly sought after choreographer is
known for his high-energy work that
is honest yet beautiful, and glam-
orous while subversive.
Courtesy of Warner Bros, capitol Records, Uni/Dgc Records and Uni/interscope Records,
Who will take home a Grammy for "Album of the Year?" Steely Dan's Two Against
Nature, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, Beck's Midnite Vultures, Radiohead's
Kid A or Paul Simon's You're the One.
Don Henley solo effort that's not "Boys
of the Summer," a Sting tune that no
one's actually heard before and any
Ricky Martin song.
Best Dance Performance: "Who Let
the Dogs Out," Baha Men; "Blue (Da
Ba Dee)," Eiffel 65; "Be With You,"
Enrique Iglesias; "Let's Get Loud,"
Jennifer Lopez; "Natural Blues," Moby
Who'll win: "Natural Blues," Moby.
Why? Because voters liked the "Natural
Blues" Volvo ad way more than the
"Who Let the Dogs Out" trailer for"102
Best Rock Performance Group/Duo
with a Vocal: "It's My Life," Bon Jovi;
"With Arms Wide Open," Creed;
"Learn to Fly," Foo Fighters;
"Californication," Red Hot Chili
Peppers; "Beautiful Day," U2
Who'll win: "Beautiful Day," U2
Why? Because Bon Jovi is too pretty,
Creed is too earnest, Foo Fighters are
too tongue-in-cheek, the Chili Peppers
are too tattooed and tract-marked and
U2 are just that old.
Best Female R&B Vocal
Performance: "Try Again," Aaliyah;
"Bag Lady," Erykah Badu; "He Wasn't
Man Enough," Toni Braxton; "As We
Lay," Kelly Price; "Gettin' in the Way,"
Who'll win: "He Wasn't Man
Enough," Toni Braxton. Why? Because
she was "Toni" in Tony Toni Tone, right?
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance:
"Untitled (How Does It Feel),"
D'Angelo; "I Wanna Know," Joe; "I
Wish," R.Kelly; "Stay or Let it Go,"
Brian McKnight; "Thong Song," Sisqo
Who'll win: "I Wish," R. Kelly. Why?
Struck a chord with voters who also
"wish" they had D'Angelo's abs.
Best Rap Solo Performance: "The
Light," Common; "Party Up," DMX;
"The Real Slim Shady," Eminem;
"Shake Ya Ass," Mystikal; "Country
Who'll win: "Country Grammar,"
Nelly. Why? Because no one from St.
Louis has won anything big since Ozzie
somersaulted all over the Royals in '85.
Best Rap Album: ... And Then There
Was X, DMX; Dr Dre 2001, Dr. Dre;
The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem;
Vol. 3 ... Life and Times of S.Carter, Jay-
Z; Country Grammar Nelly
Who'll win: The Marshall Mathers
LP, Eminem. Why? "Because, you
know, I don't think it was the best album
of the year, but it was the best rap album
of the year."
The dancers of Ballet Preljocaj show the interrelated nature of sex and violence.
Sphinx offers opportunities to minority musicians
Attention CHORAL SINQERS
You are invited to OPEN REHEARSALS of the
University Musical Society Choral Union
The UMS Choral Union wants you! Singers are invited to get
acquainted with the 125-voice Choral Union and conductor
Thomas Sheets by attending open rehearsals of Berlioz's monu-
mental Requiem, which the chorus will perform on April 22 in
Ann Arbor's famed Hill Auditorium.
On two Monday evenings, February 26 and March 5, interested
singers may rehearse with the Choral Union-scores will be pro-
vided, along with information about our singer-friendly auditions
and exciting 2001-2002 season, including performances with
the San Francisco/Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Rehearsals are
held in the U-M Modern Language Building, Auditorium #4, from
7-9:30 p.m. Let us know you're coming by calling our office at
734.763.8997. Visit our web site at www.ums.org, or email
By Jim Schiff
Daily Fae/Performing ArtstFditor
Classical music has long been associat-
ed with a predominantly white, older,
ture. String instru-
ments, in particu-
lar, are likely to
Texaco- bring an air of
Sphinx unfamiliarity and
Competition awkwardness to
Hill Auditorium American and
Friday at Noon Latino talent. The
lenges this founda-
tion, and offers a
wealth of opportu-
nities for African-American and Latino
string players, both in performance and in
For this year's events, the Texaco
Foundation joined the Sphinx
Competition as the program's presenter,
pledging a three-year, $300,000 grant.
The name "Sphinx," has a multi-faceted
meaning, as it pertains not only to the
image of the large cats that the ancient
Egyptians revered, but also to the mysteri-
ous construction of music. The Egyptian
Sphinx was known to represent wisdom,
patience, and awareness, all qualities that
the competition's participants possess.
Sphinx is designed for junior and
senior high school students, up through
college-level African-American and
Latino students. Over 10,000 educators,
performers and administrators are sent
competition information, and each partic-
ipant submits an audition tape with a
piece by a minority composer. Though the
number of competitors varies from year to
year, 18 semi-finalists are selected to par-
ticipate in the semi-finals and finals
round. The junior age division consists of
musicians under 18, and the senior divi-
sion includes those from 18 to 26. Each
semi-finalist also has access to the Sphinx
instrument fund, which provides high-
quality modern instruments that they can
use for a year after the competition ends.
Friday's concert at Hill Auditorium will
feature the three finalists in the junior
division, as well as the Sphinx Symphony,
the all African-American and Latino
orchestra comprised of professional musi-
cians throughout the United States.
Conductor Anthony Elliott, awell-regard-
ed African-American cellist and compos-
er, will lead the orchestra. Their perfor-
mance includes the Overture "Of New
Horizons," by Ulysses Kay, who is also an
African-American composer. The first
place junior winner will receive $5,000 in
prize money, as well as full scholarships
to prestigious music camps and acade-
mies across the country, including Aspen,
Encore, Musicorda and Interlochen.
What's perhas even a greater reward,_
courtesyof TexacoShsixComp t 'n
2000 Jr. Division winner, Jared Synd
however, is the opportunity for tfese
young winners to broadcast a message of
hope to other musicians like them. The
junior division winner, for istance, will
travel to Borders bookstores aro tidhe
country to show that there is alte a
large minority involvement in cl cal
music, and to encourage others to pactlei-
pate. One of the goals of Sphinx fmtner
and Executive Director Aaron Dwork~ is
just this. Dworkin said that the first st '"o
achieving this goal is to "break (n
these perceptions that it is inaccessible,
that it really doesn't pertain to minority
Sphinx reaches into individual commu-
nities by showcasing the finalists with
orchestras across the U.S., includingthe
Boston, New World and Detroit
Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, the
"musical encounters" program allows the
winner to go into urban, innery
schools, and perform a classical piece,
often spi itual, that the kids can relate to.
Target stores across the country alsopro-
vide support as public sponsors.
For Dworkin, the Sphinx Comnpot ton
is a labor of love, a day-to-day effort'that
is a constant source of inspiration.
"Literally every day is a joy for me,
because I get to work with what I love to
do," Dworkin said. "I love to be around ...
their energy, their excitement about what
they're doing, and ultimately he .
Still only in its fourth year, Dworkin
also hopes that Sphinx will evolveVand
grow beyond what it has already achieved.
"We certainly have a lot of work to -o,"
Dworkin said. "To really have a lasting
impact, our mission will take some tine."
The competition will culminate in
senior division finals concert, which;will
take place at Orchestra Hall in Detro n
February 25th at 3:00 p.m. Ticketse
available at (313) 576-5111.