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The Michigan Daily -Friday, April 6, 2001 -9

Haydn, Beethoven featured
in Emerson Qartet concert

'U' dancers
draw from
life, spirit

By Jeremy Sullivan
For the Daily
University Music Society closes its Cham-
ber Arts Series tonight with the internationally

Emerson String
Quret
Rackham
Auditorium
Tonight at 8p m.
list~ David Finckel,

acclaimed Emerson String
Quartet. The quartet will
perform tonight at Rack-
ham Auditorium.
This season represents
the 25th anniversary of
the quartet, who began
performing together in
1976. Their name is a
tribute to the American
poet R'alph Waldo Emer-
son. The quartet, which is
comprised of violinists
Eugene Drucker and
Phillip Setzer, violist
Lawrence Dutton and cel-
is renowned for its viola-

Album" and "Best Chamber Music perfor-
mance." Their most recent acclaim has result-
ed from a five-part concert series in the spring
of 2000 where they performed the complete
15-quartet cycle of Shostakovich.
Tonight's performance will include the
works of Haydn, Beethoven, Kurttig and
Bartok. The program's first piece, Haydn's
"Quartet in g minor," is a readdition to Emer-
son's repertoire, after playing it several years
ago. The piece will be followed by
Beethoven's "Quartet in F minor" a work that
alternating first violinist Drucker categorizes
as having "tremendous energy," despite its
short length of 20 minutes.
Emerson follows Beethoven with a contem-
porary twelve-minute quartet titled "Microlu-
den, Op 13." The amount of contrast in
harmonic language contained within these
twelve micro-loops, or short pieces, can be
categorized as "modal bordering on tonal,"
according to Drucker. "It continues to fasci-
nate audiences wherever we've played."
The Bart6k piece, "Quartet No. 4," follows
the Kurtig number, not only because they are
both Hungarian composers, but also because
the precision and tone of the piece compli-
ments the Beethoven in its character, and pro-
vides a contrast to the Kurtig. "Bartok is
continuing the tradition of being able to

By Chaity Atchison
Daily Arts Writer

Looking at the world around them,

dance majors find
Stdo Theater
Tonight and tomorrow
night at 8 p~m.
the Jewish burial

inspiration to bring
their time as Uni-
versity students to
a close. "All the
same ... except
for Today" show-
cases the choreog-
raphy of Susan
Kellerman, Melis-
sa Mallinson,
Elizabeth Riga,
Kirsten Seacor
and Janna Van
Hoven.
In a ritualistic
piece, Susan
Kellerman takes
tradition of family

tion of conventional approaches to chamber
music. They often perform facing the audience
w sith wide physical separation between
mbers, and at other times with members in
a close semicircle oblivious to the audience.
These varying musical approaches, combined
with their artistry have earned the group six
Grammy Awards including "Best Classical
Plytiristophor Cousino
~ly Arts Writer

s..0mWS 01 UM
The unconventional aesthetic of the Emerson String Quartet has earned them International acclaim.

extract the maximum value from motivic and
thematic material. In that sense he is directly
related to Beethoven," said Drucker.
This performance will wrap up a four-stop
Midwest tour for the group following concerts
in Urbana, IlL , Indianapolis, Ind. and West

Lafayette, Ind. The future for the group
includes a recording session for a two-CD set
of Haydn's works, set for release in the fall,
and next January, a three concert series of
those works to celebrate the group's 25th
anniversary.

'Broken Hearts'
puts clever spin on
'boy meets boy'

By Andy Taylor-Fabe
Daily Arts Writer

The witch is back - and this time
she's- got commentary. As in dlirector
Joe .Berlinger, who's previous foray
came in the eerie, engaging docu-
mentary "Paradise Lost: The Child
Murders at Robin Hood Hills."
Now, he's rel-
egated to talking
rade: B. about yet anoth-
r~sth2:er group of
BookC)~bumbling teens
Shados DVD who have some
Shalos DYDfucked up expe-
Artisan riences in the
backwoods.
The sequel to the much over-
hyped, over valued 1999 indie flick
spins the tale of a group of Boston
College kids who head to the Black
Hills, of Maryland over curious lore
~~he disappearance of the three
~ns in the original.
After a bizarre, sleepless night,
th ey return back to town and find
weird tattoos on each other's bodies.
Sure enough, the mysteries abound
askiesecrets of the witch unfold.
""Bfair Witch 2," aside from being
a lame, stupid cash cow of a film,

Grade: B
The Broken
Hearts Club
DVD
Artisan

By looking at
the title of this
film alone, one
would think that
"The Broken
Hearts Club: A
Romantic Come-
dy" was just
another sorry

or "gay"~ mo.vies is that it avoids the
stereoty pes of both relationships and
homosexual mannerisms. Needless to
say, some of the characters border on
the absurd in their behavior, but they
do a good job of skirting the whole
"Big Gay Al" universe.
Timothy Oly phant and John
Mahoney are two of the most con-
vincing characters in the film. (This is
especially impressive since
Olyphant's most memorable role is
the psychotic drug dealer in "Go" and
Mahoney's is the ultimate gruff dad
from various films.)
The DVD contains fairly standard

members digging and putting dirt otgthe
grave. "Everything, All of the Timg, in
Its Right Place" looks at performing that
ritual with tension and happiness. The
group section of the work is about
acknowledging the spiritual presence in
life and using it to find comfort.
Her choreography, a blend of modern,
jazz and hip-hop, will be performed to
works by Music school student Rick
Kowal. For Kellerman, her experience
as a choreographer was enjoyable: "As
much as you plan for it, some of the best
things come out of the rehearsal time."
"Spiritus" is a group work choreo-
graphed by Kirsten Seacor about seeing
a reflection in the mirror and being sur-
prised at what you see. The dance
explores the process of finding belief
and confidence in yourself.
Seacor finds her inspiration in her
younger sister, Brittany. Her solo, "Song
for Brittany" looks at how Seacor has
felt about the idea that she was dancing
for two, herself and someone who is not
as fortunate as she is in her dance abili-
ty. Seacor enjoys her ability to share her
gift of performing and hopes that she is
able to draw the audience to want to
dance.
Melissa Mallinson watched people,
how they walk down the street, how
they walked through doors and how
they interacted with each other in these
situations.
Performed in silence, "Making Pjss-
es" creates an imaginary space wl ere
the audience is invited to question which
way is in and which way is out. The
space is sometimes private and sonie-
times public. Mallinson saw a strange
forgiveness in the way people intefact
when they walk down the streets And
bump into someone.
Janna Van Hoven's "Souvenier d'une
Jurre," looks back to look forward. $he
looked at journals that she had written
since the age of nine to create an ei'vi-
ronment where her dancers would por-
tray happiness, sadness and confront the
fact that they didn't give permission for
their story to be told. Van Hoven's idea
is that words don't have to necessarily
be eloquent in order to be powerful. "I
like to create things without a speciflc
intention and let the .process of move-
ment come out and see how I was feel-
ing and what it represents," said Van
Hoven of her choreographic expenence.

entry into an already flooded genre.
The fact that it actually has the phrase
"romantic comedy'' in the title would
not inspire any further confidence.

actually boasts a solid DVD as it
features a second disc side with the
Carter Burwell musical score and
several songs from Godhead (if you
like them, for that matter).
A nice transfer of the film along
with "The Secret of Esrever" (i.e.

scary scary stuff), the DVD might be
a good choice for fans of the origi-
nal or the sequel (if there are any out
there?) The Berlinger commentary is
interesting if extraneous info about
the making (again, why would you
want to know this but...)?

However, it
is actually a
th oroug hly
original and
refreshing film
about the tri-
als and tribu-
lations of
relationships.
Oh, and it's
about gay men
who play soft-
ball. Bet you
didn't see that
coming.
The reason
that the film
rises above the
other tripe
released in the
genres of
either roman-
tic come dies

ft**t 4~sta~e ktwm tdt~s

director com-
mentary that
isn't worth lis-
tening to all
the way
through, and
there are a
few extra
scenes with
c ommentary
as well. Some
of these are
interesting
m e r e I y
because they
are longer or
alternate ver-
sions of
scenes, but
there is noth-
ing really out-
standing on
the DVD.

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