6A - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
6A - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
UPO to bring
'Fantasies' to Hill
Symphony the skills of what it means to
play in an orchestra because,
orchestra to strive for many of the exclusively
performance majors, their
for beautiful sound primary employment will be
through a regional orchestra,"
By GRACE PROSNIEWSKI Lee said.
DailyArts Writer The repertoire for a
performance arises quite
The University Philharmonia organically, with enthusiasm as
Orchestra (UPO) is gearing a marker for importance.
up for its first performance of "I try to find good music that
the fall semester and hoping to the orchestra will enjoy playing
share a little magic. and the audiences will enjoy
Composed of around 80 hearing," Lee said, "and finding
members, the UPO is a full- a way to tie them in through a
sized symphony orchestra, concept, an idea, a thought, a
with complete strings, theme, a thread, that we can
winds, brass and percussion accomplish in the set amount of
sections. The all-music-major time we have."
orchestra performs three Inspired by music for the
to four concerts a semester stage, the UPO's "Musical
and is led by Conductor and Fantasies" will include Weber's
University Associate Director Overture to Oberon, Borodin's
of Orchestras Christopher Polovetsian Dances from Prince
James Lee. Igor and perhaps the most well-
Lee conducts the known piece, Tchaikovsky's
Contemporary Directions Suite from Swan Lake.
Ensemble in addition to "It's music that would be
leading the UPO and teaches played in the pit, being brought
Intermediate Instrumental on stage as the center focus,"
Conducting for the School of Lee said.
Music, Theatre & Dance. Many of the refrains from
Rehearsing three times a the second act will be familiar
week, two hours at a time, to fans of the Academy Award-
students must perform in nominated film "Black Swan."
the UPO as a curricular But, as Lee explained, both
requirement within the School recognizable and obscure bits
of Music. The goal is to prepare are equally intriguing and
students for their professional infectious.
lives ahead. "All the music has great tunes,
"We tend to focus on building and you'll go away humming
all of the great melodies," Lee
said. "It's a good skill-building
program for the orchestra as
The UPO seeks not so much
to produce sound, but rather to
create an environment in which
one can fully understand its
reflective and transformative
"What we continuously
strive for in our craft is not the
addition of more sound, but of
more beautiful sound," Lee said.
"It's a way for people to enter
into a world that's sculpted
around beauty. And hopefully
we find, certainly, the fun, the
lightness, the levity, the drama,
but also a sense of magic."
The performance will
be headed by a pre-concert
lecture given by the assistant
conductors of the program at
7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby
of Hill Auditorium. Curious
audience members can hear
about the program, learn about
the plots of the different operas
and sample a little of the music
prior to the performance.
Lee's confident that once
attend a UPO performance,
they will fall under its spell.
And with a program filled with
tales of magic and fairies, it's
"I promise that you'll fall in
love with it," Lee said. "And
you'll want to come back to the
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Union's Anderson Room will
look more like a high-end
than a stately To See The
will host an Thursday,
interactive Friday, and
fashion show Saturday
designs by Xu Union
Rui, an award- Free
fashion designer from China.
The show is one portion of a
three-part fashion exhibition
hosted by the University's
Professor Joseph Lam,
director of the Confucius
Institute, explained how this
chic event came to be offered at
Lam pointed out that the
Confucius Institute has
offered many events, like
lectures, exhibitions, painting,
calligraphy and theater, but has
yet to do anything related to
"I had the idea of doing a
fashion show, and that year
we were visiting The Central
Academy of Fine Arts in
Beijing," Lam said. "I met with
the director of The Academy,
and I told him I wanted to do
a fashion show from China,
and I didn't want to do just
the traditional Chinese pieces
because we have seen enough of
that. I wanted something new."
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as then that Lam was a whole show of fashion, light,
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itly the director of the really an experience."
n Design Department This experience is not
the School of Design at something one would regularly
entral Academy of Fine encounter in Ann Arbor.
China, as well as a world- "It is something that in the
ned fashion designer. high-end artistic world - Paris,
met with her, and she New York, London - you might
d me all her work and I see," Lam said. "When you go
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's exhibition at the free"
sity is titled "To See Interested people will also
ivisible" and will consist have a chance to meet the artist
garments, which will be directly and participate in a
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t Lounge at the University other students and staff on Sept.
from Thursday until 27 in the Union's Wolverine
lay. The pieces will be Room.
r showcased on Sept. Through her collection, Rui
>m 4 to 5:30 p.m. in an explores the concept of "Where
ctive fashion show in the naught is made to aught, aught
son Room. changes into naught," or how two
opposites can be transformed
ome see "People think of fashion as just
pieces of clothing to keep warm
d cool China, because it is so basic to our lives,
but actually if you think of it,
fashion is always about who you
are, it's always about making a
when we say fashion statement," Lam said. "So this
we think of people artist is exactly like that. She has
ng pieces of clothing and this theory called 'To See the
g along the catwalk, but Invisible' because her argument
not like that, this is really is that clothes are not just clothes.
garde," Lam said. "We For the more affluent, elite and
models, students, coming intellectual, clothes are worn
he show. They will be to show people who they are
ng the clothes and dancing and what they want. What they
the audience. The whole wear is a statement of what they
will be dark, except the are. So her argument says that
s, so they will stand out. under every piece (of clothing),
will be lights flashing in there's a game of identity, which
ut, and the models will is whatcshe basically meant by the
ding lights so it will be 'invisible' part of the culture."
The clothes themselves are as
unique as the concept.
"She is using material that is
not just fabric or silk," Lam said.
"She is making technologically
altered, metalized clothes, which
is why her clothes are not just
flat. They're also very hard with
shapes that make them three-
dimensional. The shade is metal
with many different patterns
and every angle, every fold of the
garment is to make people think.
You look at the clothes, and you
see they are not your everyday
garment. This is where art and
cutting-edge technology are
}~ Lam hopes that through
experiencing this exhibition,
University students will expand
their world view and utilize their
"The basic thing," Lam said,
"is to make people feel good,
realize how art is powerful and
then in the process learn a little
bit about China."
When people typically think of
China, contemporary art might
not quickly come to mind. Joseph
Lam hopes that this example
of modern Chinese fashion will
"This is one side of China
that people don't talk about,"
Lam said. "We're talking about
now. Contemporary, creative,
young and edgy China. Come
TESY OF THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE experience hip and cool China.
hion show. You will like it."
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