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Amazin' Blue... _
Check out the Daily's preview of
the Amazin' Blue concert
happening this Saturday at the
Michigan Theater
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FRIDAY
MARCH 23, 2001

Copperfield stuns the Fox
with amazing illusions

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Concert duo will
generate electricity
at Hill Auditorium

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By Babe Fajurl
Daily Arts Writer
No, no tornadoes of fire this weekend.
According to the hype surrounding David Copper-
field's latest television special, the acknowledged
master magician will be walking into the center of a
2000 degree, 180 mile per hour
tornado. And surviving,
unscathed.
But this weekend in Detroit,
David he's planning on defying the
copperfield laws of nature in other ways.
"Unknown Dimension" is the
Fox Theater latest incarnation of Copper-
Through Sunday field's touring production. And
according to all reports, this
show will be full of surprises.
The super-trick, the mega-
mind buster that Copperfield
plans on closing his show with
each evening seems like it
could only be performed with
the aid of camera trickery. But the conjuror claim's
that that just ain't so. Not even when he does it on TV
The premise is this: Copperfield selects a member
of the audience to not only vanish from the stage, but
to reappear in a far off destination. Lately, he's been
sending lucky participants to the island of Bali.
Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?
But wait, there's proof.

Copperfield, via satellite, broadcasts the arrival of
the spectator in the faraway locale. And taken along
for the ride are items gathered from the theater crowd,
including articles of clothing, polariod photographs
and signed testimonials.
For those that still think Copperfield is full of it, the
rest of the show offers plenty of jaw-droppers worth
the price of admission.
In one illusion, the magician bisects himself with
the aid of an oversized laser. Not a frickin' laser, but
an oversized one. No boxes, no saws, and no women.
This is definitely not your daddy's "sawing a woman
in halves."
He then proceeds to hop around the stage. Well,
actually, his legs hop around the stage. His body
holds on to them for dear life.
Other moments in the production include interac-
tive segments which involve the entire crowd. So
don't feel left out if you don't make it to Bali compli-
ments of Copperfield.
According to a recent report in Forbes, David Cop-
perfield is the world's sixth-highest paid entertainer.
His annual revenue tops $60 million. And that ain't
no magic.
-Ticket prices for this weekend's performances at
Detroit's lavish Fox Theater get as pricey as $45 a
pop, if you want a main floor seat. And with seven
shows scheduled for three days, it's easy to see where
the magic man's big bankroll comes from.
He's rumored to perform over 500 shows each year
and doesn't limit his reach to the States. The world is

By Rosemary Metz
Daily Arts Writer
Hill Auditorium will be illumi-
nated with the artistic brilliance of

Academy
Of St.
Martin
Hill Auditorium
Saturday at 8 p.m.
del and J.S. Bach.

pianist Murray
Perahia and
The Academy
of St. Martin-
in-the-Fields
Chamber
Orchestra. on
Saturday,
March 24 at 8
p.m. This.
exchange of
creative ener-
gies will be
demonstrated
in the works of
Mozart, Han-
Since September

Courtesy of D.C.D.I.
David Copperfleid gets his magic on this weekend.
that in Germany, he and David Hasselhof are on
equal par in the pantheon of superstars.
Yes, the ticket prices may be on the steep side and
the comparisons to Hasselhof may be very close to
hitting the bulls-eye. And you might not believe the
whole Bali thing. You might even want to stay home
and watch it all on TV next month.
But you'd be doing yourself a disservice. Do your-
self a favor. Have your mind blown, live and in per-
son.

'Into the woods' offers fairytale wonderland

2000, Perahia has occupied the
position of Principal Guest Con-
ductor for the chamber orchestra.
Murray Perahia is a native New
Yorker who began playing piano at
the age of four. His formal educa-
tion was obtained at Mannes Col-
lege, where he majored in
conducting and composition.
Spending summers at the Marlboro
Music Festival in Vermont, he col-
laborated with such musical lumi-
naries as Rudolph Serkin and
Pablo Casals. He won the Leeds
International Music Competition

in 1972, which was a springboard
for his engagements throughout
Europe. From 1981-1989, he led
the Aldeburgh Festival. Most note-
worthy over this time period, how-
ever, is the development of his
close friendship with the virtuoso,
legendary pianist Vladimir
Horowitz.
In 1999, Perahia received two
Grammy Awards. One was for his
recording of Bach's "English
Suites" (numbers 1, 3,. and 6), and
the other was for Best Instrumental
Soloist (Without Orchestra). When
Perahia played in concert in San
Francisco, The Chronicle reviewed
him glowingly: "The performance
was greeted with the kind of wild
excitement that must have hap-
pened in California when they
struck gold!"
Sir Neville Marriner founded the
Academy of St. Martin in the
Fields in 1959. The group has
grown considerably since those
early days. Originally a conductor-
less string ensemble that special-
ized in Baroque music, this group
has grown in repertoire, member-
ship and reputation. This artistic
expansion has enabled the group to
become the world's most recorded
chamber orchestra. The orchestra's
repertoire now includes music
from the 17th century to the pre-
sent day. Three directors have been
responsible for this growth, all of
which are legends in their own
right: Sir Neville Marriner, lona
Brown, and Kenneth Sillito.
The Academy has won presti-
gious international awards, includ-
ing 13 gold discs that were
awarded for their soundtrack to the
Milos Forman film, "Amadeus."
The orchestra also recorded the
soundtrack for "The Englis
Patient," which won nine Academy
Awards, including Best Sound.
Works to be performed will
include Handel's "Overture to
Alcina (1735)," and Mozart's
"Symphony No. 40 in g minor, k.
550 (1788)." Murray Perahia will
play Mozart's "Piano Concerto No.
17 in G. Major, K. 453 (1784)"
and "Keyboard Concerto No. I in
d minor, BWV 1052 (1738-29),'
by J.S. Bach.

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By Shannon O'Sullivan
Daily Arts Writer
Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack, and
Little Red Riding Hood - all inter-
twined in the same plot? Some may
think that one has their fairy tales
confused, but the basis of the musi-
cal "Into the Woods" is to create a
new fairy tale linking several. The
University's largest student-run per-
forming company will present
Stephen Sondheim's "Into the
Woods" at the Power Center.
although the basic outline of
most fairy tales is pretty simple, the

outline here is
very complex.
e This new inte-
Intohe grated fairy tale
Woods follows the story
Power Center of a baker and
his wife, who
March 23-25 strive to break a
spell cast upon
them by an evil
witch.
The first act,
hilarious and
hopeful, introduces everyone's
favorite fairy tale character and pic-
tures them binding together to solve

their wishes.
All seems like the typical fairy
tale, magical and inspiring, until
Giants stomp onto stage in act two,
crushing houses and other charac-
ters. Characters and the audience
come to recognize the moral, which
is almost as old as some fairy tales,
that people must come together as a
community and share responsibili-
ties.
In spite of borrowing much mate-
rial from Brothers Grimm, "Into the
Woods" has many new twists. Com-
poser Sondheim began to write a
new original fairytale, but decided

After a lifetime of playing the field, four friends have to do something
they never thought possible...grow up.

that the existing classics were too
good to look over. From a glass
slipper, to Red Riding Hood's cloak
to Rapunzel's hair, Sondheim uses
these classic elements in a type of
scavenger hunt-like manner, as
once the baker and his wife retrieve
these items their spell will be bro-
ken. Using powerful original terms,
Sondheim begins with the "happily
ever after" notion, only to twist it
into haywire and mass hysteria.
Director Adam Levi has nothing
but praise for "Into the Woods." He
proudly said, "I love it. It's an adult
musical that mixes up classic fairy
tales and it is very dark."
Special effects range from sa
witch transforming from old and
ugly to beautiful right before the
audience's eyes. The musical is
almost completely sung, and at the
same time is smart, action-packed,
and thrilling. Even the costumes
may be thought to have come out of
a fantasy storybook.
Whether your favorite fairy tale
is Cinderella or Jack and the
Beanstalk, "Into the Woods" pro-
vides a little fairy tale magic for
all.
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Courtesy of UMS
Pianist Murray Perahia plays Hill.

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