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Music alum comes back to 'U'
with New York Philharmonic

By Alison Go
Managing Editor
At a time when Vietnam War dem-
onstrations raged on Central Cam-
pus, one trombonist holed himself
up in the Bursley Residence Hall
practice rooms, dreaming of some-
day playing for one of the world's
premier orchestras.
Thousands of practice hours later,

David Finlayson
is returning to
Hill Auditorium
this weekend as
a trombone play-
er with the New
York Philhar-
monic. This will
be the first time
the Philharmonic

New York
Philharmonic
Saturday at
8 p.m. and
Sunday at 4 p.m.
$10-$90 Adults
$10 Students
At Hill Auditorium

douItyouUI
Music Director Lorin Maazel conducts the New York Philharmonic.

Courtesy of Fox and ABC

The human head weighs eight pounds ... which is more than Mischa Barton.

NETWORKS CLEAN U
AwAms SHOWS AND PREMIERES MAKE FOR MUSTSEE SWEEPS

In February, May and November, television advertis-
ing rates are set, and the networks attempt to boost
ratings. Cameos, plot twists, awards shows and the
biggest televised event of the year - the Super Bowl
- will keep viewers entertained before the return of
reality programming. Although the upcoming sweeps
season doesn't herald many series premieres, there are
plenty of special events and series developments for
TV fans to look for.
"American Dad"
Sunday at 10:30 p.m., Fox
"Family Guy" creator Seth McFarlane's new cartoon
centers around the comic misadventures of a CIA
agent and his family. Instead of Peter Griffin's buf-
foonery, trigger-happy Stan leads the Smith house-
hold, awkward son Steve replaces the goofy Chris and
an alcoholic alien replaces the alcoholic talking dog,
Brian. It's just like "Family Guy," only with guns!
The Super Bowl
Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Fox
Terrell Owens has had six weeks to come up with an
amazing touchdown celebration, and it would be an
absolute shame for him to be stuck on the sidelines
during the biggest football game of the year. The
Patriots should let him score just to see what kind of
antics he's got up his sleeve.
"The D.C."
Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fox
For the next month, guest star Kim Delaney will be
appearing on "The O.C." as Sandy's long-lost lover.
Expect serious tension, lots of melodrama and the
possibility that Summer and Seth might get back
together to keep every girl entertained. For guys,

keep hope alive that Marissa's lesbian love comes
through.
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards
Sunday, February 13 at 8 p.m., CBS
Tim McGraw and Alicia Keys lead a list of mostly
family-friendly nominees competing for accolades
that nobody will remember at this time next year. If
Milli Vanilli can win one of these, then there just
might be hope for Maroon 5.
"Stone Cold"
Sunday, February 20 at 9 p.m., CBS
Based on a series of novels by Robert B. Parker,
"Stone Cold" stars Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone, a
boozing, womanizing sheriff who must wrestle with
his own demons while investigating a series of mur-
ders in a small-town high school. Look forward to the
episode where he shaves his head and fights The Rock.
"Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday
Night Live"
Sunday, February 20 at 9 p.m., NBC
Former cast members and writers look back at the
formative years of "Saturday Night Live." Archived
footage will be aired for the first time, and viewers
will finally get to see the true catalyst of "SNL's" early
greatness: lots and lots of cocaine.
The 77th Annual Academy Awards
Sunday, February 27 at 8 p.m., ABC
Chris Rock hosts the Oscars at the Kodak Theatre
as Hollywood honors itself for almost five hours.
While Jamie Foxx is favored to win Best Actor, the
only certainty in this movie star glamourfest is the
continual snubbing of Burt Reynolds for a lifetime
achievement award.

has performed in '
Ann Arbor since
1972 - the year Finlayson started
his undergraduate career at the Uni-
versity's School of Music.
Although Finlayson, currently the
sole University alum in the Phil-
harmonic, has spent a considerable
amount of time at Hill Auditorium
watching concerts and playing with
other orchestras, this will be the
first time he will have played in the
hall since its recent renovation.
"I'm anxious to see Hill Audito-
rium since the remodel," he said.
"It's a fabulous place to play. There's
something about its shape that some-
how yields such a rich sound."
However, it wasn't the world-famous
hall that drew Finlayson to Ann Arbor
for his undergraduate degree. The
School of Music has an excellent
reputation, and after being accepted,
he enrolled as a music education con-
centrator. But after a band educators
gathering at the Michigan League,
Finlayson realized his calling.
"(At the time), I knew when I was
30 years old, I would have regretted

not giving it a shot - not being a
professional musician," he said. Fin-
layson switched from music educa-
tion to performance.
After a stint with the National
Symphony Orchestra based in Wash-
ington, Finlayson won a spot in the
New York Philharmonic in 1985.
When the Philharmonic, which is
now under the baton of music direc-
tor Lorin Maazel, comes to town
this weekend, it will perform pieces
from four of the most recognizable
composers in classical music.
On Sunday, the Philharmonic will
play Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
and Dvorik's Symphony No. 9 in E
minor. Symphony No. 9, also known
as the "New World Symphony," is
one of the most well-known pieces in
the repertoire and was premiered by
the Philharmonic back in 1893.
Saturday's sold-out concert
includes Mozart's Symphony No. 29
in A Major and Mahler's Symphony
No. 5 in C-sharp minor. Finlayson
explain that the Mahler piece has
a "special place in the history of

the Philharmonic" - the orches-
tra played the work under Mahler's
direction when he was music direc-
tor from 1909 to 1911.
Along with the two concerts,
members of the orchestra will also
hold master classes all day Satur-
day. The workshops, which are open
to the public, include instruction by
Maazel and the principals of sec-
tions ranging from violin and cello
to flute and harp. The Philharmon-
ic's visit is presented by the Univer-
sity Musical Society. Check www.
ums.org for times and locations for
the classes.
Although he isn't hosting a work-
shop, Finlayson continues to pass
on what he learned at the Univer-
sity. When he isn't practicing and
performing, Finlayson teaches at
the Manhattan School of Music and
the Queens College Aaron Copland
School of Music.
"I'm trying now, as a teacher in
New York, to carry on the tradition
my teachers gave me at Michigan,"
he said.

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