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The Daily Tar HeelFriday, November 22, 19855
By ELIZABETH ELLEN
Distinguisho! soloists, a professional
symphony and major works by cele
brated but misunderstood composers
are elements which often combine to
make memorable concerts. The partic
ipation of over 100 amateur and student
singers, however, should add another
dimension to the musical venture
planned for this weekend in the Tri
angle. The North Carolina Symphony
will be joined by the Carolina Choir,
the Durham Civic Choral Society, and
vocalists Maureen Forrester and Pene
lope Jenson in three performances of
Ravel's Sheherazade and Mahler's
The first of the three concerts was
last night in Raleigh. The groups will
perform the same program tonight in
Durham and on Sunday afternoon in
The Carolina Choir's contribution to
the program comes in the fifth and final
movement of the Resurrection Sym
phony. Entering the performance in its .
final moments is something of an
obstacle, according to director Larry
Cook. Mlt is difficult to get in and sing
after sitting an hour and a half," he said.
However, Cook, also the director of
the Durham Civic Choral Society, feels
that participation in the concerts
provides special opportunities for the
singers. "Association with top-quality
professional musicians is performing in
the major leagues musically," he said.
"There is much incentive to do your
best, and the fact that we get to do it
more than once creates the challenge
to make it fresh and vital every time.
If we only had one chance to do it, we
would have no opportunity to explore
the room for improvement."
Carolina Choir President Jenny
Ferguson, a senior from Charlotte, cites
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The Carolina Choir practicing in Person Hall for upcoming concerts with the North Carolina Symphony and others
the opportunity to sing with the
Durham group as another advantage
of participating in the concerts. "It is
interesting to sing with older voices and
to be a part of such a large group of
singers," she said.
Both Cook and Ferguson call the
soloists, contralto Maureen Forrester
and soprano Penelope Jenson, "out
standing." Considered an expert inter
preter of Mahler and one of the
foremost contraltos in the world,
Forrester has performed with numerous
symphonies and sang solos from the
Resurrection Symphony in her first
appearance at Carnegie Hall. Forrester
will sing solos in both works.
. Penelope Jenson, a Chapel Hill
resident, is a nationally-known soprano
and has performed with The Los
Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadel
phia Orchestra, among others. Her
Carnegie Hall concert was hailed by
New York Times critics as "sensitive"
Resurrection Symphony is the first
Mahler work to be performed by the
Carolina Choir, said Cook. The Ger
man text does not present as much of
a challenge to the group as does the
unusual vocal range and texture of the
music. "The piece is very thick and starts
off softly and extremely low," said
Cook. Especially difficult is a low B flat
for the basses, which is below normal
range. "Mahler indicated in the score
that it really doesn't matter if this note
is heard but that it must be sung as
written and not transposed to a higher
octave," he said.
Cook said the choir has been rehears
ing the Mahler off and on for most of
the semester. Other projects, such as the
choir's performance this Sunday morn
ing in Duke Chapel, have kept the group
from focusing entirely on the Resurrec
tion Symphony. "We get to do a wide
variety of things," said Ferguson. She
sees the Duke Chapel performance as
another .great experience. "To sing in
a. room where sound reverberates
several seconds after you sing is
marvelous," she said.
The Carolina Choir has performed
with the North Carolina Symphony in
previous years. Apparently, the collab
oration is a satisfying one for the student
vocalists. "To sing with Gerhardt
Zimmermann (director of . the N.C.
Symphony) and a world-class soloist
like Maureen Forrester adds so much
to what we do," said Ferguson lt
broadens our perspective a little bit."
The North Carolina Symphony will
perform with the Carolina Choir, the
Durham Civic Choral Society, and
soloists Maureen Forrester and Pene
lope Jenson (and a cast of thousands)
tonight at 8:15 p.m. in Page Auditorium
at Duke and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in
Memorial Hall. Call 962-1 449 for ticket
information for the Chapel Hill
OuDcag MBSA co-op gives a fleg;
By SONYA TERRELL
Special to the DTH
MBA students at the University of
Illinois at Chicago have an advantage
over other MBA students, said Fred
McLimore, director of the program.
UIC offers a co-operative education
program for its MBA students that
provides them with practical work
experience and places them in jobs
without going through a corporate
indoctrination period, McLimore said.
The program is one of the first of its
kind in the nation.
"We feel this is an opportunity to get
experience and earn money," he said,
adding that students in the program
were usually paid between $1,600 to
$2,500'per month '"by' 'Aw' employers
during their work assignments.' " ;
The co-op program may work for
UIC, but the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill's MBA pro
gram does not consider it necessary to
provide work experience for students
during their MBA educations, said
Mark Eaker, director of UNC's MBA
The Research Triangle has sufficient
industry to support a small co-op
program if that was what the business
school wanted to do. Eaker said
However that's not the type of program
UNC has, he said.
The UNC program expects students
to have significant work experience
prior to entering MBA school, Eaker
"We're happy with the requirements
we have," he said. "We are able to
attract the caliber of students we need."
Mike Hostetler, director of admis
sions at the Fuqua School of Business
at Duke University, disagreed with
Eaker saying the Research Triangle may
not be large enough for a co-op
"One reason the co-op program
works at UIC is because Chicago is a
large metropolitan area with " a. high
demand of businesses needing stu
dents," Hostetler said.
Although it's not a negative aspect,
Research Triangle does not have the
critical mass Chicago has, he said.
UNC's MBA program accepts very
few students directly after graduation,
Eaker said, adding that only about 10
percent of its students had entered the
program without work experience.
Most of UNC's MBA students with
work experience had worked for about
four years, he said.
Work experience is not a prerequisite
for admission into the Fuqua School
of Business, Hostetler said. More than
60 percent of the students in its school,
however, have had more than two years
of work experience, he added.
Students in the . Fuqua School of
Business are encouraged to obtain
internships during the summer. Last
year, all MBA students who wanted
internships received them, Hostetler
Two career counselors at the UNC
Business School work with students in
their job search process, Eaker said.
"Usually 90 percent (of the students)
have jobs by graduation," he said. J
. Whether the; MBA co-op program is
advantageous is still a debatable issue.
The program at UIC, however, has
placed a high percentage of its students
in full-time jobs at the companies they
worked for while in the MBA program.
"We can't believe it," McLimore said.
"Over 90 percent, almost 95 percent, of
the students in the co-op program have
been offered full-time jobs with the
company they worked for. And over
85 percent have accepted."
Hostetler said the placement rate of
MBA students at the Fuqua School of
Business was about 95 percent.
UIC's co-op program takes about two
years to complete six months of
classroom followed by six months of
employment until the usual eight
quarters are completed, McLimore
said. , ,-.;
Hostetler" saTcTtHe basic benefTfs for
students in the co-op program were the
students' ability to finance their MBA
education and the possibility that the
job obtained during that education
could lead to a full-time position in the
McLimore said the co-op program
could also be rewarding for the indi
vidual with several years, of corporate
A student with work experience can
easily change fields without having to
start out at ground level again because
the co-op program provides the needed
experience while an MBA is being
earned, he said,
Participating companies benefit from
the co-op program in several ways,
McLimore said, adding that companies
liajchance tppreyivc. potential
management employees without a lot
of risk or financial commitment.
to mix music
By DEMISE SMITHERMAN
There will be singing, performing
People from across the state will
attend the 50th Anniversary Celebra
tion Convocation of the N.C. Coun
cil of Churches 4 p.m. Sunday at
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1210 Eugene
Council membership includes 26
N.C. denominational bodies and
conventions and seven congrega
tions in the Raleigh-Durham area.
The organization was formed 50
years ago "to express and lift up
examples of Christian unity among
churches," said Sister Evelyn Matt
ern, N.C. Council of Churches
program associate. It also, she said,
"provides a vehicle for specific
The council's first year included
a celebration of the first English
Bible translation and a Peace and
Brotherhood Sunday. Sunday's
convocation theme is God's Instru
ment for Unity, Justice and Peace:
50 Years, Mattern said. Dr. Eugene
Owens, pastor of Myers Park Baptist
Church in Charlotte, will deliver a
sermon, and the Greensboro Orato
rio Society and the Band of First
Moravian Church will perform.
"We think it's an honor to be asked
to participate in this service," said
Sue Kiorpes, band director. She said
the band, which has a flute, clarinet,
baritone horn, trombone and tuba,
will play Thanksgiving chorales
(Moravian hymns) and traditional
Moravian tunes. 1
"Most people are not used to
hearing a band play during a church
service," Kiorpes said. "Bands are
not the usual in Protestant
The Greensboro Oratorio Society
has 60 members and was founded
in 1951. Director Donald Trexler
said the anniversary service "should
be a nice experience, musically."
The oratorio will sing anthems,
"The Last Words of David" by
Randall Thompson and Beethoven's
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