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The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, October 29, 19853
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By JIM GILES
The North Carolina Symphony
opened its 53rd Chapel Hill season
Sunday with a concert in Memorial
Hall. Aaron Copeland's Orchestral
I'oriaiions was the first piece of the
afternoon. The 1957 version of the
Variations is actually Copeland's own
transcription of his Piano Variations
which was composed in 1930. These
variations are not representative of the
composer's nationalistic pieces (i.e. his
ballet suites), which have become so
popular. In fact, the work comes close
to Schoenberg's principles of the "serial"
technique, even though it never relin-
quishes the principle of tonality.
Conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann
elicited clean attacks and appropriately
percussive playing from the orchestra,
which executed the complex rhyihirK
Kristen Merscher, a young German
pianist, then joined the symphony in a
performance of Schumann's Piano
Concerto. Schumann's warmly roman
tic score remains consistently popular
with performers and audiences alike.
The music is poetic and capricious but
contains no unneccessary notes
included merely for virtuostic display.
Merscher proved herself capable of
coaxing a singing tone from her
instrument. The last movement con
tains some intricate passage work and
lacy arpeggios, which she handled with
ease with her independent finger tech
nique. Merscher employed the pedal
sparingly in the outer movements while
maintaining a legato style in approp
After intermission, the orchestra
rounded out the program with an
inspired rendition of Jean Sibelius'
Symphony No. 2. Most critics agree
that this is not the best of Sibelius'
symphonies, but audiences have been
most partial to it.
From the pastoral character of the
first movement to the final statement
of the "big tune" in the finale, Zimmer
mann was in full control of his forces.
The scherzo displayed the orchestra's
virtuosity and distinctly contrasted with
the lyrical Trio. Zimmermann was
successful in creating effective crescen
dos and just the right amount of rubato.
The overpowering impact of this
symphony was skillfully conveyed right
through the towering coda, a monu
mental ending to an outstanding
Jazz concert Sun HMi HaBI
By IAN WILLIAMS
If you're tired of the same old trash
on the radio but still want to put
a little musical spice in your week,
then tonight's concert may be for
you. The UNC Jazz Band, under the
direction of James Ketch, will
perform tonight in Hill Hall Aud
itorium at 8:00.
The band, consisting of five
saxophones, five trumpets, five
trombones, and an assortment of
rhythm instruments, is a credit
course here at the University. Audi
tions are tough, but saxophonist
Everett Britt says, "It's worth it. We
have a great time in there."
Featured in tonight's program are
works by Sammy Nestico, McCoy
Turner, and Billy Strayhorn, as well
Everett, a junior from Lumberton,
thinks it will be a good performance.
"ItH be a hot show the material
we're doing is pretty cool."
The Jazz Band concert is free and
open to the public.
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By ELIZABETH ELLEN
The search for authenticity is a
common quest among artists in various
media. The Academy of Ancient Music
Chamber Ensemble, which will perform
tonight in Memorial Hall, is at the
forefront of the search in the field of
music. As the Ensemble's director
Christopher Hogwood said: "The
philosophy is precisely the same as the
one that leads museums to clean 18th
century paintings and put them in the
right frames. We like to see our pictures
of music clean without layers of 19th
The Ensemble uses period technique
and reproductions of period instru
ments to "clean up" music of the pre
Romantic era. Performers produce
sounds which are foreign to modern
ears but true to the composers' inten
tions by using instruments such as
wooden flutes, harpsichords, and
violins with gut strings and straight
The Ensemble was founded by Hog
wood in 1980 in England. Since then,
the group has made a name for itself
on vinyl as well as in live performances.
Tonight's performance, the opening
event of the Carolina Union's Carolina
Concerts series, will feature works by
George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)
and Antonio Vivaldi (1675-1741) and'
a mysterious piece attributed to a
member of the Bach family.
The first Handel piece is TheAlchym
isty a suite of movements used in English
playwright Ben Jonson's comedy of the
same name. Two Handel works feat
uring a bass soloist, Cantata No. 20
"Spande ancor a mio dispetto" and
Cantata No. 11 "Cuopre tal voltra il
cielo," come later in the program.
The two Vivaldi pieces show off the
special qualities of the wooden flute.
The Ensemble will perform Concerto
No. 3 in D major and Concerto No.
6 in G major.
The last piece on the program, Suite
V in G minor, was discovered in a set
of manuscripts owned by Wilhelm
Friedmann Bach, one of the sons of the
German Baroque composer Johann
Sebastian Bach. Although scholars feel
sure that J.S. Bach did not compose
the work, they cannot pinpoint the
As evidenced by the popular success
of groups like the Ensemble, many
music lovers enjoy the "unvarnished"
versions of old favorites that allow their
original beauty to flow through.
Call 962-1449 for tickets to the 8 p.m.
show tonight in Memorial Hall.
Boyfriend against male shows
By STEVE AUSTIN
Dear Steven: Why do all the girls
carry on over the male stripper
shows? Those guys are a bunch of
studs interested in one thing. It's
different when men go to topless bars
and strip shows. The average guy
knows he doesn't have a chance with
those dancers. But the males dancers
will sack with anything that wiggles.
Do you think I should prevent my
girlfriend from wasting her time and
money at those dumb spectacles?
Dave, Winston Salem
Dear Jealous: Why do you have
to be such a jerk? With a brain like
yours to contend with I'm surprised
she hangs around your space at all.
Copyright 1985 by Steven J.
Austin. Got a problem, question or
comment? Write to Steven the
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