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By MELANIE MODLIN
The North Carolina Symphony
concludes its concert season with
performances in Raleigh's Memorial
Auditorium tonight and Friday night.
But classical music fans can take
comfort knowing the North Carolina
Chamber Players, most of whom are
Symphony members, kick off their
summer season Sunday.
Respected pianist Byron Janis will be
guest soloist at the N.C. Symphony's two
8 p.m. concerts, performing the
"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,
Opus 43" by Rachmaninoff.
Janis made headlines in 1967 and 1973
by twice discovering different and
hitherto unknown versions of Chopin
waltzes, set down in the composer's hand.
He recently completed a film essay for
French television, A Portrait of Chopin
by Byron Janis." Its Parisian premiere on
French television met with tremendous
acclaim, and it will soon be available for
The concluding work ; on the
Symphony program will be Mahler's
"Symphony No. 1 in D Major." Tickets
are priced at $3.50 to $7 and can be
purchased at the N.C. Symphony Box
Office in Memorial Auditorium.
Students and senior citizens will be
admitted for $1 at the door the night of
the concert only.
The North Carolina Chamber Players
are 30 professional musicians under the
direction of clarinetist Donald Martin.
The group celebrates its summer season
with a gala opening concert at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday in Sarah P. Duke Memorial
Gardens, Durham. There is no admission
The N.C. Chamber Players made their
debut in 1973 and have been entertaining
Triangle area audiences ever since.
With the core of a chamber orchestra
the group forms and re-forms itself to
offer a broad spectrum of music from
chamber orchestra to small ensembles.
This summer's Monday Evening
Concert Series displays the group's
flexibility and its diverse repertoire:
June 1 1: Baroque Orchestral Music.
Works by Purcell, Bach, Vivaldi and
June 18: Music for Strings and
Winds. Chamber works by Beethoven
June 25: All-Schubert Program,
with soprano, clarinet and piano soloists.
July 2: Music for Strings, Winds and
Piano Compositions by Persichetti,
Prokofiev and Schumann.
All concerts are Monday evenings at
8:15 at Gross Chemical Laboratory
Auditorium on Duke University's West
Campus. Season tickets are priced at $12
and are available at Page Box Office, 684
4059. Single tickets are $4.
By JERE LINK
Two farces were dropped over town last
week, and the 'chute failed on one.
Love at First Bite is slow-paced, spotty
and stupid. A few good one-liners and sight
gags can't make up for the overall ineptness
of this aborted parody of Dracula. Luckily,
Peter Sellers' Prisoner of Zenda redeems the
Sellers plays both the insipid playboy
Prince Rudolf (pronounced "Wudolf") and
the feisty London hackman Sydney Frewin.
All the -other characters from the 1894
Anthony Hope classic are there: the wicked
Duke Michael, the laughing and
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unscrupulous Rupert of Hentzau, the
seductive Antoinette de Mauban and the
virginal Princess Flavia. Two other
characters are added for comic relief: Elke
Sommer playing the sightly Countess and
Gregory Sierra as the buffoon-cuckold
The plot, as in the original work, hinges on
a set of Prince and the Pauper twins, with the
romance and intrigue of The Three
Musketeers thrown in for good measure. In
the straight 1930s film version with Ronald
Coleman, it was all brave sentiment and
noble resignation. Not so for Sellers version.
The Prisoner of Zenda, filmed in Austria,
offers some great scenery of the imaginary
kingdom of Ruritania. Love at First Bite
offers only a two-bit set of Transylvania and
the usual mugshots of New York City.
George Hamilton, to be fair, is not bad as
the Count beset by the 1970s. Richard
Benjamin is even good as the demented
Jewish psychiatrist Rosenberg, descendent
of old Dr. Van Helsing in the 1931 movie.
But Arte Johnson as Renfield is predictable;
Susan St. James as a neurotic fashion model,
unconvincing; and Isabel Sanford and
Sherman Hemsley downright embarassing
in cameo roles out of a latter-day minstrel
In sum, avoid Love at First Bite. It's
Hollywood trying to prove the same stupid
10-year-olds who used to pay 75e to see real
movies will pay three bucks to watch TV at a
s'-John Gosling, director of the North
Carolina Symphony for the past seven years,
announced his resignation on Monday, May
28 at a press conference in Raleigh.
His resignation follows increasing
dissension among orchestra members over
the past two years concerning artistic
matters and the excessive amount of travel
required of musicians.
Some symphony members have also
parted ways with Gosling, complaining of a
new system of ticket pricing. Under this
system, concerts in different cities carry
different ticket prices.
Critics of the pricing system say the
symphony should serve all parts of the state
equally for equal prices.
Under Gosling's leadership as conductor
and artistic director, the N.C. Symphony
was named one of the nation's top 33 major
symphonies in 1976 and received acclaim for
performances at Carnegie Hall in New York,
and at Washington's Kennedy Center.
This summer. Gosling will conduct at the
Bear Valley Music Festival in California's
High Sierra. Gosling founded this well
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