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t -- Tne Micnigan Daily -- Weonesday, March 28, 2001


Stars will
shine in
By Rosemary Metz
Daily Arts Writer
A star-studded evening awaits the
audience for the dual appearances of
the Chamber Music Society of

University and campus bands show off.

talents by
By Melissa Gollob
Daily Arts Writer
Every Wednesday night, musicians
from all over the University come
together to make music. Students
whose majors range from nuclear
engineering to
English gather at
Revel li Hall to
participate in
University one of two
& Campus bands, set aside
band by the School of
Music, for non-
Hill auditorium m si ma rs
music majors
Sunday at 4 p.m. who desire to
actively play in
an organized
band. Each band
rehearses for
only two hours

playing f
each week to prepare for their final
exam, a concert at Hill Auditorium.
For most students it is a way to take
time off their stressful schedule and
have fun. "Taking two hours a week
off from science to play music keeps
me sane," said LSA sophomore and
flute player Kate Braunstein.
Campus Band will perform first
and includes musicians of all levels.
This band is open to all and no audi-
tion is required, especially for those
too shy or too busy.
Two conductors take time out of
their busy schedules to rehearse with
these two bands. When Damon Talley
is not giving out titles of inspirational
books, he studies music under
Professor Reynolds at the School of
Music. His counterpart is David
Papenhagen, who is new to conduct-
ing these particular bands. University

un, fanciful classics

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Tonight at 8

Lincoln Center
and American
soprano Heidi
Grant Murphy
tonight at 8 p.m.
in Mendelssohn
Theatre. With
strong American
roots, both the
Chambex Music
Society and
Murphy are
in ter r.a t i on a'
celebritis. This

Band saxophonist and LSA
Sophomore Justin Moses said, "I see
it as an honor to play under these
The first song, "Prelude, Siciliano
and Rondo," presents three move-
ments in an adaptation of "Little
Suite for Brass, Op.80." This
arrangement, composed by Malcolm
Arnold, creates three diverse moods.
"Prelude" begins the piece with a
stately melody and an introduction
that brings attention to it immediate-
ly. Moving on to "Siciliano," this
movement has a lullaby feel which
contrasts the first nicely. The last of
the movements, "Rondo," brings the
first two together for a fast and ener-
getic conclusion.
The featured piece from Campus
Band is "Second Suite in F," by
Gustav Holst. These four movements

include a classic British march,'a
love song, a blacksmith tribute and a
fanciful finale. The love song, "I'll
love my love," features a clarinet solo
accompanied by the entire flute sec-
tion. The blacksmith song highlights
the brass and percussion sections.
After intermission the University
Band takes the stage for their perfor-
mance. They will perform a wide
variety of selections that showcase
both their individual and collective
talent. Their program features
"Overture to Candide," which is a
compilation of selections from
Leonard Bernstein's operatic inter-
pretation of the Voltaire novel. The
finale of the concert is the most intri-6
cate piece performed. "Finale from,
Kalinnikov's Symphony No. I in.G
minor," by Kalinnikov finishes the
afternoon with its Russian melodies.,

tive is reflected
in the selections for tonight's con-
The sensual and voluptuous work
of Heitor Villa-Lobos titled
"Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for
Soprano and Violoncellos," will be
performed by Murphy. She will be
accompanied by Fred Sherry, a ccl-
e list with CMSLC, and cello students
from the University School of
Music. Her lilting soprano range,
coupled with her impeccable vocal
technique, is winning complements
to her warm and engaging musical
style. Murphy's repertoire is expan-
sive, exciting and celebratory. In
1995, she commissioned a oody of
works based on Santa Clara Indian
sengs and chants. Mark Neikrug
published these songs under the title
"PueblQ Children's Songs." She also
peremiered the works in her New
York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
I; addition, she has sung numer-
ous roles at the Metropolitan Opera,
including Pamina in "Die
Zaubcrflotc " Sophie :n "De,
Rosenkavalier," and Susanna in "LV
Nozze di Figaro." Of the latter per-
forma ne e, The New Ye rk T7.ncs
described ner as a "vocally exquisite
und,'endearing Susarna, she i; a liv"-
I 1 musician and a perky actrtss;.
Last :spring, she performed the
"Angel in St. Francis of A sisi," by
Messiaen, under the direction of
Robert Spano, with the Brookvn
P~hi armom Per latost reeo di ne.

Members of the Chamber Music Society
show off their repertoire tonight.
is "Twilight and Innocence," with
her husband Kevin Murphy.
This is the fourth visit to the cam-
pus for the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center. The Chamber
Music Society sprung from an urge
to include chamber music in the
then-new Lincoln Center in New
York City in 1965. Alice Tully pro-
vided the patronage and leadership
for this effort. On September 1 1,
1969, Alice Tully Hall opened with
the premiere concert of the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The Society is committed to the
highest standards of ensemble work,
to diversity in its repertoire, and
development of young audiences as
well as young artists. David Shifrin,
a clarinetist, is the Society's current
Artistic Director. During this sea-
son, the Society will present over
100 performances. With a core of
twenty resident artists, the Society
is joined during the course of the
concert year by over 50 guest artists.
The chamber orchestra's works have
included a performance of the silent
film, "Der Golem" with a new score
by Betty Olivero. Some artists who
have appeared with the Society
include Joshua Bell, violinist, Andre
Watts, pianist, and Jerry Hadley,
In addition to the "Brachi anas
Brasileiras," another work by Villa-
Lobos will be featured on the pro-
gram. Opening the program is the
"Suite for Soprano and Violin," writ-
ten by Villa-Lobos in 1923. Other
works wvill include the "Sonata for
Flute, Violin and Harp" by Debussy
and Tavener's "To a Child Dancing
in the Wind."

Stellar Brass Band of Battle Creek visits Hill

By Jim Schiff
Daily Fine/Performing Arts Editor

There's more to Battle Creek than just Kellogg's
Composed of some of the finest musicians from the
United States and England, the Brass Band of Battle
Creek is a famous name in the western Michigan town,
as well as the rest of the world. Known for their huge
repertoire of marches, classical transcriptions and big
band favorites, the Band will
perform an exciting program on
Friday night, hosted by popular
radio host Paul W Smith.
Brass Band Founded by Dr. James Gray
of Battle and his brother Dr. William Gray
Creek in 1989, the Brass Band of
Battle Creek has attracted play-
Hill Auditoriumi ers from groups such as the
Friay at 8 Boston Symphony Orchestra,
the U.S. Army and Marine
bands. and orchestras from
Broadway shows. The band per-
forms in the "British tradition,"
which uses different instrumen-
tation than standard American
brass bands. The British brass bands, for example, use
tenor horns instead of French horns, and incorporate
two kinds of tubas, baritones. euphoniums and a sopra-
no horn. James GIray, the current organizer and founder
of the group, said that "this standard of instrumentation
has been around since 1880, with 28-29 members and
The late-19th and early-20th centuries were the hey-
day of brass bands in the United States and Europe,
when every town of at least a few hundred people had
its own hometown band. The bands welcomed people

Co.urtesy Of UMS

The Brass Band of Battle Creek gets ready to blow Ann Arbor away with their sweet sounds.

of all occupations, including miners, farmers, factory
workers, newsboys, and cowboys. With improved
technology came the possibility for an all-brass band,
and the Brass Band of Battle Creek hopes to preserve
the art form that was typical of the time. American
John Philip Sousa also gave an enormous and lasting
contribution to the period's band music. "Every town
had a brass band beforehand-you'd have to compare
Sousa then to what the Beatles were," said Gray.
"People don't understand how huge of an influence he
had on American music "
Under the baton of conductor Constantine
Kitsopoulos, the band has gained considerable recog-
nition, even though they perform only t wo or three
times a year. In its home base in Battle Creek, the
"Expert-In-Residence" program of the Kellogg foun-
dation allows them to attract highly-skilled musicians,
most of whom are professional musicians and univer-

sity professors.
While brass bands use reduced instrumentation ip
comparison to wind ensembles or full orchestras, their
repertoire is quite large and constantly expanding.
Friday's program includes nine pieces, some traditiop-I
al brass band favorites, and others transcribed from
popular orchestral pieces. The show's highlights
include "Festive Overture," by Shostakovich and
arranged by Kitson, and Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing';
arranged by Freeh. "Sing, Sing, Sing." will also be.
performed with outstanding students from metro-.
Detroit high schools.
In the future, Gray hopes the band will perform
more often, and spread the exciting, captivating sound,
of a traditional British brass band. "To perform a con-
cert well and to see the audience walk out feeling,
uplifted, and to see that they've enjoyed themselves, is
a big thrill," said Gray.

Godhead shines through 'human' error

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Wadly Arts Writer

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Looking among
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Tomorrow at 7:00 p m

the many heavier
sounding groups
that have arrived
on the new mil-
lennium rock
scene, it may
seem that boy
bands are not
simply limited to
pop. Black
clothes and
makeup have
spread into this

century like mullets and parachute
pants of yesteryear. But from our
country's capital Godhead has pushed
through the darker imagery and into
the metal scene. After four years, four
CDs, and tours with gothic rock leg-
ends like Christian death as well as the
Genitortures, Godhead was signed to
Marilyn Manson's newly formed label
Posthuman Records.
Endorsed but not created by
Manson, Godhead has maintained its
unique and heavy sound. A four piece,
band whose lead singer's training lies
in opera, Godhead stands on its own
besides Manson. Of the choice to join


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Posthuman Records, lead singer Jason
Miller commented, "to me this was the
best place to go, you got someon;
who's not going to censor you and who
is already a musician and an artist
That situation was so much more ides.
because you're not going to have 2
bunch of guys in suits that are ib
charge of you." Not wishing to be
known simply as Manson's label's first
band, Miller says "we want to establishi
ourselves to where we're no longer in
any category were just a category by
ourselves. I'd rather let the music
speak for itself."
And having just returning from the
European leg of the "God Guns and
Government Tour" and set to tour this
summer with Ozzfest, Godhead isn't
waiting around for there name to get
out. They have embarked on a 28-dat,
tour with Disturbed to promote their
new album 200yearsof human error:
Miller sums up this tour as an effort "to
get ourselves heard in front of as many
different people as possible" Adding,
"I want our music to effect people in'a
positive way. If more people can iden-
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