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Beethoven classics
come to 'U' festival

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dre Watts to defined by a meticulous nego-
tiation of tempo, dynamics and
perform other factors that conductor and
soloist have given much thought
JOE REINHARD to. Sometimes, their interpreta-
DailyArts Writer tions diverge.
Next weekend, the Ann Arbor
the night of June 6, Symphony Orchestra will open
e classical music press its 2014-2015 season with its
abuzz Beethoven Festival, where con-
iscus- Beethoven certgoers will hear some of
er the German composer Ludwig van
marks Festival Beethoven's most iconic, most
onard with Andrd driven and most bombastic
n, Watts compositions - the Fifth Sym-
York phony, the Leonore Overture No.
monic Hill Auditorium 3 and the Piano Concerto No. S
ra's ("Emperor Concerto") For the
nci- Sept.18,8 p.m. latter piece, pianist and Jacobs
nduc- School of Music professor Andr6
made Watts will be joining the AASO
an unorthodox perfor- as soloist. While Bernstein and
f Brahms's Piano Con- Gould's difference of opinion
.1 in D Minor. Bernstein proved to be legendary, Arie
y distanced himself Lipsky, the AASO's conductor, is
e interpretation to be decidedly more accommodating
hat night. He claimed in his attitude toward soloists.
vision, with the piece's "I usually feel that my job
early cut in half, was as a conductor is to be a team-
the soloist - Canadian player," Lipsky said. "I am
nd enfant terrible Glenn really going to accompany him
and emphatically not (Watts)," he stated further.
As an incidental but note-
luestion over the rela- worthy aside, it was early on in
between soloist and Watts's concert career that he
or, and who should take was asked by Leonard Bernstein
thetic precedent, is one to replace Glenn Gould in a per-
ry orchestra must deal formance with the New York
hile to a commonsensi- Philharmonic in 1963, playing
ner it might seem that Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in
1 product, the record- E-Flat.
straightforward trans- To most ears, the opening

bars of the Fifth Symphony are
a song as old as time, seem-
ingly eternal. But their celeb-
rity should not obscure the
great demands they put upon
the orchestra and conductor.
That symphony, as well as the
overture and concerto, exem-
plify some of Beethoven's most
momentous dynamic achieve-
ments. Sheer volume does not
a successful triple fortissimo
(the dynamic marking for "very
loud") make - after all, a com-
position's loudness only makes
sense in relation to its quietest,
tenderest passages. Highlight-
ing that is the difficulty for any
ensemble setting out on such a
program as this one.
"I try to capture Beethoven's
relentless energy," Lipsky said
in describing his principal goal
in performing this titan of clas-
sical music.
"My biggest challenge in all of
these pieces is to find these beau-
tiful, endless, soft passages, and
to really bring them out," Lip-
sky discussed. "There are some
swatches oftriplepiano (dynamic
marking for soft playing), which
Beethoven usually shies away
from. He typically goes between
pianissimo and fortissimo, but
there are moments where he puts
not two, but the three 'p's.'"
Those who attend this event
will be in the expert hands of
Lipsky, Watts and the AASO's
musicians, as they experience
the play of ecstasy and calm,
triumph and solemnity, in these
celebrated compositions.

4

BBC AMERICA
'Don't you even fucking dare talk about my hair
C10n
Con-frsion, not mystery
in new show Intruders'

By DREW MARON
Daily TV/New Media Editor
Some pilots prefer to play
things safe - spoon-feeding
exposition to get viewers on
board, just
for the sake of
ensuring that
the audience Intruders
isn't bewil-
dered and Season Premier
feels OK com- BBC America
ing back next
week.
BBC America's "Intruders"
laughs at such ploys. The pre-
miere doesn't lower itself to
info-dumping, and the exposi-
tion it does provide is minimal,
resulting in layers and layers
and more layers of mystery.
(Well, confusion may actually
be a more apt term.) Any confu-
sion aside, it's still easy to appre-
ciate a pilot that doesn't hold
the audience's hand through it
all. This admiration only goes
so far, however. It's one thing
to not reveal information to
hook viewers, and it's another
to leave them not sure what to
think. "Intruders" is more of
the latter. The story's hard to
sum up, but basically it involves
secret groups, evil magic, body

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who get swept up in it all in Wonderland"), a nine year old
d up just as confused as who periodically suffers from
dience. possession. It's not explicitly
unately, the show's not clear who's possessing her, but
to be a lighthearted com- he/she seems intent on tortur-
tough a sitcom involving ing this girl (and her pet cat).
becoming possessed Brown does very well as Madi-
make for an interest- son, but she has a harder time
ch), and so we shouldn't portraying whoever takes over
to understand every- Madison's body. The shift in
that's supernatural and character is clear, and it's pretty
ic. Still, there comes creepywatchinga little girl take
it where the confusion on a totally different demeanor.
ts from basic things like Brown just doesn't pull it off as
ter and plot. well as one would like. (There's
still seven episodes to go, so
there's time to improve.)
Richard Shepherd (James
renre series Frain, "The Tudors"), a killer
ndervalues with a connection to the forces
that haunt Madison (and prob-
plot and ably Jack and his wife), could
prove to be the most interest-
character. ing character of the bunch. He
certainly makes some intrigu-
ing choices, particularly at
one point when he confronts
casualty is the main Madison, marking one of the
ter Jack Whelan (John few times the pilot tries to be
"Doctor Who"), a for- intriguing and succeeds. We
p whose wife disappears still don't know very much
strange circumstances. about him, especially his moti-
n investigates her disap- vation, but for now ,he's the
ce, dragging him into a highlight of the show. He's mys-
inspiracy. On paper that's terious without being confusing
ting, but on screen Whel- or uninteresting.
t isn't engaging enough, Now, if only the rest of
z can't become all that "Intruders" could be like him,
d in the mystery sur- then maybe we would have a
ng him. Perhaps devel- recommendable show on our
his relationship with his hands. When you take away the
Mira Sorvino, "Norma mystery and horror elements,
Marilyn") would have it's a boring affair. Even with
matters; we learn little them included, the show can't
her, mostly just how she make up for its lack of substance
ting strangely before she - the show has a possessed nine
ed. The pilot's too busy year old girl drown her pet cat
g up its mysteries here to in a bathtub, and that still isn't
e any substantial charac- enough to carry the rest of the
elopment. episode. It's a discouraging
es offer a more interest- start; there's a chance it'll pay
tline with Madison (Mil- off, but for now it seems more
wn, "Once Upon a Time likely you'll be left in the dark.

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