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Renowned orchestra
to perform at Hill

San Francisco
Symphony famous
for its innovation
By COSMO PAPPAS
Daily Arts Writer
One cannot lose sight of
the fact that capital-A Art as
an institution relies on a set of

Put your hands in the air becouse you just don't care.

Nick Jonas grows
up on solo album

economic
and social
mechanisms
to make it all
happen. The
municipal
symphony
orchestra as
we know it
is largely an
invention
of the 19th

San
Francisco
Symphony
Nov. 13 at
7:30 p.m. and
Nov.14 at 8 p.m.
Hill Auditorium
$14 to $85

Self-titled effort
features urban-
leaning pop sound
ByGIBSON JOHNS
DailyArts Writer
Nick Jonas wants you to know
thathe's agrown-up now:gone are
the dayswhen he dated Hannah
Montana,
sported a purity B
ring and sold
out arenas full Nick
of tween girls. Jonas
Now he has sex,
drinks, and he Nick Jonas
knows what it Island
really means to
be in love and, subsequently, to be
heartbroken. Though technically
still a Jonas brother, Nick Jonas
is desperate for you to realize that
he no longer fitsthe imagethatthe
Jonas Brothers used to embody.
And at certain points on Nick
Jonas, his efforts pay off.
At its best moments,Nick Jonas
is an urban-leaning pop album
with grimy, throbbing beats
and sensual lyrics sung by an
experienced.- emotionally and-
sexually - Jonas. On "Numb,"
which features a verse from
Angel Haze, a brokenhearted
Jonas reflects using a mature
voice that he didn't have before

with lines like, "Fuck with my
head, like it's nothing at all" and
"Swallow my pride, you swallow
me whole" over a pulsating, club-
ready backing. To be sure, there's
very little subtlety here - lyrics
like these help him craft songs
that are borderline erotic - but
that's not what he's striving for.
As has been abundantly clear
from his numerous interviews
and photoshoots this fall, Jonas
is conscious of the need for
Nick Jonas 2.0 to exemplify an
extreme departure from his
previous image. In order for
his fans and the general public
to disassociate him from it, he
needs to shock them. So if he has
to pose inhis Calvins (gratuitous
crotch-grab included) for a
magazine or proclaim that he
wants his fans to have sex to
his new music for people to pay
attention to him, he's more than
game. And the material on Nick
Jonas reflects that.
"Teacher," a funk-infused
dance jam that puts his
impressive falsetto on display,
sounds almost Timberlake-
esque as he entices his love
interest by singing, "It's like
your mama never taught you
how to love / So let me teach
ya." Though Timberlake
comparisons are apt - Nick
Jonas is essentially Jonas's
Justified in that it signals his

emancipation from being just
another boy band standout -
Jonas doesn'tquite stack up.Yes,
there are other bright spots in
the set: The album's declarative
second single "Jealous" has
proven to be a sleeper hit
(and deservedly so) and the
foot-stomping "Wilderness"
channels OneRepublic in all
the right ways. But Jonas's.
strong new perspective and
image too often gets dragged
down by forgettable material.
"Take Over" brings nothing new
to the table and comes across as
just another nondescript pop song.
"Avalanche," a soaring duet with
Demi Lovato, could easily have
been recorded when the pair still
starred in separate shows on the
Disney Channel.
Nick Jonas isn't what you'd
normally expect from a Nick
Jonas album and, in that way, it
proves to be a generally pleasant
surprise. Though he's not being
asgroundbreakingashe probably
thinks he is, Jonas has succeeded
in sheddingsome of the squeaky-
clean boy band shine that the
world had come to expect from
him and replaced it with a racier,
more mature varnish. Nick Jonas
may scream more Timberlake-
lite than oozing full-on sex
appeal, but it is indisputably a
step in the right direction for the
youngest of the JoBros.

media in public relations. And in
the world of classical music, the
SFS has defined the cutting-edge
of the social media savvy.
"(When we created the label)
we wanted to control all aspects
of the media," Kieser said. "So
that includes not only what we
recorded and when we recorded,
but also how that media was
producedandunderwhatformats
and how the distribution would
work. So essentially, we became a
kind of indie label."
This has meant not only an
increasingly global presence
across a variety of platforms and
formats, but also the move to
found an in-house record label.
The SFS has been successful in
centralizing everything from
production to distribution
to media relations. Beyond
constituting a successful business
model, the movement illustrates
the interdependence of economic
and artistic practice. With the
integration of recording and
distribution, the SFS grants itself
that much more artistic license
by not being accountable to an
external agent.
The SFS took an even bigger
gamble by producing a multi-
million dollar project spanning
many years called Keeping
Score, which exhibits broadcasts
of performances, video and
documentary media and
educational resources.
"It's highly unusual for an
orchestra or a performing arts
entity to actually produce their
own PBS miniseries, but that's
what we did," Kieser said.

"There is no other program that
takes a live performance and
builds around it an experiential
documentary."
The SFS popularizes classical
music at multiple levels: first,
at the basic level of bringing
classical music to more listeners
and, second, by humanizing
the people whose lives' work
underlies an area of cultural
commonly associated with the
esoteric, the inaccessible and the
unpopular.
The SFS has made itself
known worldwide through its
partnerships with international
distribution companies. Their
reputation is so well-based
through these efforts that they
were awarded the Preis der
deutschen Schallplattenkritik
(German Record Critics' Award)
for their recordings of Mahler's
symphonies, a grand gesture
for an American symphony by a
German association.
The SFS's first-night program
inAnnArborwillfeatureMahler's
Seventh Symphony, their
second a bill of Liszt, Prokofiev
and Ravel. To choose such
different programs is a bold and
demanding aesthetic decision.
This creative breadth represents
the innovative and adventurous
attitude that the SFS exhibits
in all aspects of its practice.
With acclaimed conductor
Michael Tilson Thomas at the
helm, fans of classical music
can expect a brilliant and
enchanting performance from
this Grammy-award winning
orchestra.

century and does not in any way
reflect "a natural state of things,"
as it concerns music in the public
sphere. Even the ominous,
rending calls-and-responses
between baritone and horn
cannot answer the question of
how an orchestra will get flights
booked, meals cooked and all the
money needed to keep it going.
These facts are so self-evident
that they're often just forgotten.
As John Kieser, general manager
of the San Francisco Symphony
(SFS), discussed in an interview
with The Michigan Daily, the
orchestra is something that lives
by sculpting a public presence
or, to use his phrase, a "brand."
Increasingly, this has meant
confronting the power of social

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pated H&M collection tight crop-top ensemble with
nally hit stores. On Nov. Wang's named emblazoned
ng's designer pieces fil- across the body is the gym,
down into the public where I wouldn't dare wear
e and into malls every- a designer outfit anyway.
, and the collaboration However, the materials were
s the first time an Amer- custom blended for the line
designer has teamed up and definitely count as per-
the popular Swedish- formance wear. There's even
clothing store. a T-shirt with a logo that only
world went a little appears when you sweat. This
after the Alexander attention to detail is emblem-
x H&M collection atic of Wang's approach to
ed on Thursday. The clothes and is impressive
aused such frenzy that considering that the line is
ations were reported for a less well-heeled and less
be of a London location inquisitive crowd.
he entire H&M website The idea behind the line
ed as servers were over- stays in the context of Wang's
d with visitors. Going typical style, and it definite-
e site just a few days ly doesn't fall short of his
the debut revealed that usual weirdness. "Redesign-
majority of items had ing the urban uniform is
letely sold out. While stated under the collabora-
shion world waited on tion's main page on the H&M
toes in sheer anticipa- website before the shopper is
or the debut, I am sur- allowed to sift through the
d how quickly the public pieces. Every design is domi-
hed itself to the Wang nated by gray scale, with the
Seeing as the pieces occasional pop of white, blue
ike they've come fresh or neon yellow. Things like
e Star Trek movie set, I the "Scuba-look top" and a
a hard time seeing how sports-style bra with Wang's
'erage person could fea- initials in bold letters across
be interested in wearing the chest pretty much sum
esigns in an everyday up the general strangeness.
g. But perhaps that's However bizarre the pieces
oint. Wang's style may seem, they're undeniably
.r casual-cool, but he interesting; fun and signifi-
igh-end designer. They cantly over the top. There's a
ust be plain sweatshirts, lot of mesh and a lot of straps.
ey're plain sweatshirts It's urban, it's intimidat-
Wang's name on them, ing and most of all, it looks
hat can-make all the dif- just as expensive as the real
ce. stuff. The collection man-
ages to successfully translate
Wang's runway designs into
everyday wear - a feat not
he line stays easily done.
While it may not be a real-
the context istic line for me, the collec-
tion is clearly a huge hit with
W ang's usual the average fashion connois-
seur. While some of it may
range style. come across as trying way
too hard, the pieces are pret-
ty cool. Wang certainly has
a distinct visual language,
er seeing the first few and if you're into wearing
f promo for the collec- his name across your boobs,
I was skeptical of the thighs and pretty much
;m of the designs. The everywhere else, this collec-
place I can imagine tion is screaming your name.

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