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July 30, 1985 - Image 8

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Page 8 Tuesday, July 30, 1985 The Michigan Daily
DSO presents dazzling
lightshow, fine music
By Neil Galanter Things got off to a healthy start Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,'"Who's
~_with a medley of themes from popular Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" and
TES YES Ita a familiar scene westerns - including songs from Red other Disney classics made up for me
Me'adm wrok n RiverhGiant, Rawhide, High Noon, the best part of the program. Kojian's
Y at RochesterMedwro and The Alamo - featuring imetrann noucmnso h
Music Festival. Cars crammed onto 'pressive piano and percussion work entertaining announcements of the
the grass, people mingling merrily throughout piee s, with his charming accent
x and licking ice cream cones. The clearly enunciating "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-
casual and always present line in the Dah," was amusing and heart-
washrooms People spread expan- The love story themes provided a warming. How kind of this fine con-
sively across the lawn, displaying a more tranquil feel and served mar- ductor and musician to take the time
brilliant color palette that is rounded velously as the filling in a musical to speak to his audience, and tell them
out by the delicious smells from sandwich. The bottom slice was a about the music they're going to hear.
various picnic baskets. Even though group of marches that closed the con- It was a real plus!
it's a common scene, it is still cert's first half.
The finale featured music that
one of great relaxation on a summer almost everyone is familiar with.
evening. The marches were bouncy and space: The Final Frontier included
Last Friday, guest conductor rhythmically driving, and the audien- music from Star Trek, and Star Wars,
Varujan Kojian took these sights and ce seemed especially appreciative of so that both Trekkies and Darth
created an even more fun-filled the "Raiders Of the Lost Ark March." Vader followers would be musically
evening as he led the Detroit Sym- Some problems with the brass sec- satisfied. Even the ubiquitous "Star
phony Orchestra in a dazzling array tion's intonation and strength in the Wars Theme" was played smoothly
H OWd of pops music from major motion pic- beginning of the set of marches was a with festivity. The concert was en-
t tures. Music from westerns, themes slight hindrance, but that cleared up titled Laser Lights and the DSO Pops,
It has been a long hard road for Carla Olson, lead singer for te Textones. from love estoriesand marches made and they strengthened considerDy and this is where our lasers came in.
She and Kathy Valentine founded the band in the late '70s, but Valentine up the first half hour of the show. Eye- y the end. The light show was a skilled produc-
left in 1980 to play bass with the Go-Go's. Valentine re-recorded the Tex- catching lights coupled with each tion and coordination of radiation.
tone's "Vacation" with the Go-Go's and it was a top-10 hit. Meanwhile the song were displayed on a large screen The second half of the program was The luminosity and clarity was stun-
Textones labored away. Today Carla Olson is the only remaining original above the orchestra. The light show just as entertaining, featuring Great ning and made the music really come
member of the band, but the new line-up has been garnering the critical added a novel touch to the program Adventures, All-American Classics, alive. What a finish!i
acclaim that has eluded the band for so long. The Textones will play and blended well with the light- Walt Disney, and Space: The Final
tonight at Rick's American Cafe, heartedness of the material. Frontier. The Adventures set seemed It was a most enjoyable evening
excessively blaring, and was plagued that had none of the mundane charac-
with poor dynamic and tonal control, teristics that can mara performance.
v n g re ectsP n ter s lg t sidbutfrom there on out things made a The night was persuasive and filled
complete recovery. with vim and vigor which is exactly
what it takes to make a concert of
By Noelle Brower cicalside. The series of small sketches Who could forget, "The Mickey this nature consummate entertain-
Usually the underlying sinister cleverly leads up to the centerpiece of Mouse March?" Ah, such memories! ment.
Lcomedic quality of Pinter's work is the Evening, The Collection, a one-act
AST WEEKEND'S An Evening of maintained just far enough below the play. Plagued by poor staging and
Pinter: The Collection and Four surface of the action to keep the technical problems that should have
Revue Sketches, produced by The audience from laughing out loud. In been ironed out in rehearsal, The ,u em er'sa vag
Eclectic Theatre Company, was these sketches, however, this was not Collection was the biggest disappoin-
refreshingly understanding and sym- the case; the audience laughed freely tment of the evening. The one-actsea
pathetic toward Pinter's lighter, far-, at the farces. clearly lost rhythm several times,
Trouble in the Works opened the leaving the actors looking like they delight. 4
STANLEY H. KAPLAN show with a Pythonesque routine in had nothing better to do than twiddle By Susanne Baum The German Youth Orchestra
which a lowly factory worker must their thumbs. I didn't feel the tension handled the many technically dif-
tell his boss the workers would rather between the male characters as I had HE POWER CENTER stage ficult areas with admirable con-
in make candy than machinery. Charles expected to. There were, however, j was packed with musicians. ciseness and confident inter-
Cass, who starred in and directed the fine performances notably from They held their instruments at the pretation, making the layered
sk ch, carried the piece. George Bufford and again, Charles ready. Last minute fidgeting in the rhythms an exciting experience.
Applicant and Night are the most Cares. audience had ceased as the whole ' The concert's second piece, Nic-
Pinter-like of the four sketches. Night Although the English accents from auditorium eagerly awaited the first colo Paganini't Violin Concerto No.
has a bittersweet quality that the the English accents from the note of Gubaidulina's Offertorium 4, transported the audience back to
other pieces lack. Night depicts two primarily American cast was an ad- for Violin and Orchestra. the 19th century. The disjunct, con-
people recounting completely dif- mirable attempt at giving the The wing door opened, but instead of trasting qualities of Booze's music
ferent versions of the same event. Evening its rightful British flavor, the conductor, out walked the was replaced by the Paganini's
2.3149Ever Deborah Allen was particularly ex- they don't work very well. Aside from business manager. sweet, flowing violin solos on a back-
c Apn AnArbor.rMT48104 cellent as the Woman. those who used the accent incon- "Due to illness," he explained, drop of rich orchestral sound,
sistently, Ben Skerker, the one true "the scheduled conductor, Gerd displaying the stylistic flexibility of
Brit among the cast, sounded the least Albrecht, will be replaced by Yoav the German Youth Orchestra.
-UNIVERSITY COUNCIL British. Talmi, and Tuesday night's Gidon Kremer, the violin soloist,
(the University's non-academic rule proposing committee) program will be heard tonight." The with his energetic facial and body
-STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES once-still audience shuffled their contortions, played with incredible
BOARD OFDIRtECT ORSIT'S GREAT HAIRSTYLES programs; they did not seem emotion. He seemed to radiate
pleased. music, reaching out to each member
Student Positions Available for 1985-86 BY LICENSED However - the audience was so of the audience. This is what per-
BARBER STYLISTS - mesmerized from the very eerie formance is all about. Kremer ex-
Contact the Michigan Student Assembly sap. but new creations at reasonable prices notes of Hans Werner Henze's Trois tended his art to everyone who at-
no later than 5:00 p.m. August 2, 1985 Apas des Tritons, a 20th century com- tended the concert, and his ability to
M.S.A. DASCOLA STYLISTS position, that the program change do so successfully is what
3909 Michigan UnionAnn Arbor, Nichigan 48109 Maple Vile.7012733 didn't matter. The unexpected distinguished him from other
Unio, n (hgal-4beTly ll Stale....... 9...t132 preview of the Summer Festival's violinists. He is truly one of today's
July 23 finale turned out to be a masters.

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