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4The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, March 27, 1984
Baroque oboist featured
in season fs final concert
By JEFF GROVE
Stephen Hammer offers a logical
defense when asked why he goes to the
trouble of playing oboe music on an
authentic baroque oboe.
"You wouldn't play a Brahms sym
phony on a synthesizer," Hammer said.
"You wouldn't look at a Rembrandt
painting with dayglow colors."
Hammer, who also plays the recorder
and the modern oboe, will have a
chance to put his money where his
mouth is tonight at 8, when he will be
the guest soloist for this season's final
concert by the Society for Performance
on Original Instruments.
The Society, wrapping up its
inaugural year, was formed to allow
performers and audiences in the
Triangle to hear baroque and early
classical music played on period in
struments. Structural changes in most
instruments over the years have changed
the sound those instruments produce.
The Society also seeks to employ ac
curate baroque and classical perfor
mance techniques, gleaned from study
ing musical manuscripts, composers'
letters and other existing material.
The concert tonight will be perform
ed in the main sanctuary of the Chapel
of the Cross on Franklin Street.
The. concert will feature Spring from
Antonio Vivaldi's four-concerto cycle
popularly known as "The Four
Hammer will play the recorder for
Georg Philipp Telemann's Trio Sonata
for Recorder. Violin and Continuo. He
will be featured as the solo oboe in G.F.
Handel's cantata Mi palpita il cor and
in two works by J.S. Bach, the Double
Concerto for Violin, Oboe Strings and
the Wedding Cantata.
With a program like that being
almost standard fare in the Triangle
these days, one has to agree with Ham
mer's assessment of local music. "The
Chapel Hill area really has an im
pressive amount of high-quality early
music going on," he said.
Hammer's own interests are not
limited to the baroque period and its in
struments; that's just the way things
"I've always liked baroque music,
and (playing it on period instruments)
seemed like a more sensible and natural
way to play it," Hammer said. "I like
music of all periods, and I never really
gave up the modern oboe.
"One often gets type-cast. I got type
cast as a baroque oboe and recorder
Hammer explained that once a per
former becomes known for a certain
specialty, people tend to hire that per
former for that specialty.
Thus, Hammer ended up this spring
at the Metropolitan Opera in New
York, playing the recorder onstage in
For that, Hammer was richly wigged
and costumed. "It was a real gas," he
said. But there was a catch: "I played
that on a plastic recorder."
Tickets for tonight's concert are $7.
They may be obtained in 105 A Hill Hall
or at the door. Call 962-1039 for more
Student Film Night had fears, beers and laughter
Sunday's Student Film Night offered a
little bit of everything nightmares and
laughter, strange galaxies, a plant god,
three views of drunkenness, and even the
Three Wise Men.
Eight of the 12 films provided inten
tional laughs. The first of these, Steve
Price's The Wrath of Gloob, witnessed
intergalactic scurrying and laser play in a
campy, painted universe full of swinging
While the aliens all looked suspiciously
terrestrial (particularly the evil "Devo
Man"), the mood was airy and the special
effects teleportation, disintegration
and other "actions'-, were fun.
John Williams' Fond Memories detail
young man's return to his childhood
home in terms of psychological parody.
Ominous black-and-white camera work,
a yapping dog, close-ups of an angry
mouth, and Munchkins singing on the
soundtrack contributed to a mood both
schizophrenic and hilarious. The film
defied interpretation, which was probably
its express point.
Williams' technique differed very
slightly in another piece, Shades, which
was nightmarish without comic relief.
First in an open field, then on a super
market sidewalk, a woman encountered a
menacing figure with a bandaged,
detachable head. Williams succeeded in
evoking the claustrophobic atmosphere
of dreams almost too well; the audience
seemed to breathe a sigh of relief at the
Another gripping entry was David
Palmer's Photogenic, a standout in both
technique and storytelling.
At the end of a picnic, a girl gives her
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Great Hall March 29 8 P.M.
day. No ordinary shutterbox, this: the
boyfriend, snapping away, discovers a
third figure developing and lur king
behind his girlfriend in the pictures.
Palmer handled the plot developments
so to speak with admirable preci
sion and a flair for suspense. At the end,
applause was strong, but it was delayed
while the people in the audience waited
for their blood to run warm again.
Back in the world of comedy, two films
by John Schultz offered plenty of fun
and little sanity.
In Plant Island a shipwrecked captain
dragged himself slowly onto a beach
. while unbeknownst to him, the sound
track featured switches in theme music
and comic commentary from the film
maker and a critic. Then, of course, came
the hostile encounter with a shrub and a
confrontation with the plant god himself.
Car Bash featured reckless driving, a
fender-dented and tread-marked dummy,
U-turns and an assortment of highway il
legalities all enacted in the name of fun.
Another four-wheeled spoof was
Peyton Reed's Drinkin' and Drivin': The
Death of Johnny Quest. The simple plot
dealt with the down-and-out rock V
roller sliding drunkenly behind his steer
ing wheel for a final spin through mortali
ty. The film's main attraction was the
high-speed, front-seat view of miles of
street signs, fenders and, lastly, of a
Drinkin' was co-directed by Grady
Cooper, who appeared as the herp-f
Reed's other film, Dirk Dugan: Private
Dugan, a Raleigh-based send-up of the
film noir and hardboiled detective flicks,
started out well as the detective of the ti
tle, aided by his attack cat, Trusty, pur
sued criminals through an underground
parking lot. But the movie literally disap
peared due to underexposure.
John Paul Middlesworth's The Big
Party was easy to see, but it had so much
going on in it that there was plenty to
The animated short consisted of egg
shaped college students clustering,
vomiting and coupling around a few beer
kegs an entire party compressed into
two hilarious minutes.
But as funny as all the other comic
films were, the most popular proved to be
Rob Capwell's The Miracle of the Magi,
an audacious presentation which literally
put the old nativity story on its head.
Introduced by a chorus on the sound
track singing "We Three Kings" while
the words of Matthew 2:8 appeared
onscreen, Magi promised to be a tradi
tional holiday film. But the first sight of
the Wise Men dispelled the idea.
Played by three upside-down human
chins and mouths, crowns were propped
on the actors' chins, their puppet eyes
glued between chin and mouth. It's
almost impossible to describe, but it was
riotously funny to see. Baby. Jesus receiv
ed the same unholy treatment, ensuring
not only charges of blasphemy but belly
laughs as well.
Somewhat stabilizing the zany
highlights of Student Film Night were
two other fine offerings, both documen
taries, both different.
Sharon Anton's Welcome to Carrboro
emphasized the underside of that com
munity, the poverty and alcoholism of its
black population. Scenes of blacks work
ing, washing other men's cars, or idling
on the sidewalk underscored the subject
On the lighter side, Anton filmed the
efforts of the Community Kitchen to
alleviate some of Carrboro's problems.
The film helped expose a section of socie
ty that has been unjustly overlooked.
The revelations of Barry Blackwelder's
Cancer were more personal, moving
deeply, subliminally, like a half
A silent inventory of ordinary objects
emptied shoes, ruins of breakfast, a
crumpled newspaper and eyeglasses
reconstructed someone that once was.
Specifically, as the ending dedication
revealed, that someone was
Blackwelder's father, whose presence and
absence the film sketched with haunting
and tender attention.
A suit laid out on a bed, a man
recognizable by his eyes through 50 years
of photographs a hat toppling from the
hatrack Blackwelder's images hit
home with sadness and clarity.
It was fine film, a beautiful tribute and
an ironic ending to an evening filled with
the work of students who are looking
ahead instead of back.
From page 1
would allow the student activities fee to
be altered with the approval of a simple
majority of students voting in a cam
puswide referendum back to the Rules
and Judiciary Committee for further
Approval of an increase in the student
activities fees currently requires a two
thirds maiority of those students voting,
provided 20 percent of those eligible vote.
Parker said he proposed the bill
because he feels the current system is not
as democratic as a simple majority elec
tion. "This bill is neither in favor of a fee
increase or against it," he said. "I just
feel that the current system does not en
courage democracy and that the simple
majority system is the way all the major
offices are decided and how this issue
should be decided."
Other members of the Council pointed
out that it might look bad that the CGC
was sponsoring this bill so soon after a
failed attempt to raise the fees. Ron
Everett, CGC representative from
District 13, said; "If we passed this bill it
might look like some sort of power play
on the part of the CGC to slip a fee in
crease by the student body."
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