Kansas City Times 1-24-72 concert review

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Kansas City Times 1-24-72 concert review - I 38 THE KANSAS CITY TIMES Monday, January 24,...
I 38 THE KANSAS CITY TIMES Monday, January 24, 1972 s v MUSIC/ln Mid -America THE WARSAW QUINTET (Igor Iwanow and Jan Tawrosxewicz, violins; Stefan Kamasa, viola; Ansi Ansi re zj Orkisz, cello; Wladyslaw Szpilman, piano). At All Souls Unitarian Church. Program: Quintet, Quintet, Op. 57, Shostakovich; Quintet, Quintet, Op. 34, Zarebski; Quintet, Franck. By John Haskins The Star's Music Editor The Warsaw Quintet, appearing appearing under auspices of the Conservatory, Conservatory, U.M.K.C., gave a splendid demonstration last night of what real togetherness means in chamber music. The program they set forth at All Souls Unitarian Church was almost worthy of their impressive impressive forcefulness as an ensemble; ensemble; almost, but not quite. Formidable Formidable quintets by Dimitri Shostakovich and Cesar Franck bracketed a quintet by 19th Century Century Polish composer Juliusz Zarebski, a work which In style and content did not belong in that company. It smacked too much of the salon, and many little felicities it displayed, especially especially in the finale, were rather wasted because of the overall impression of the work. But the Shostakovitch was something else again, and so was the Franck, a powerful work for all the echoes of material material employed in the violin sonata, sonata, the symphony, the symphonic symphonic variations for piano and or- iChestra, and various organ ?■works. Last on the program, the Franck elicited a few shouts from the audience, percussive I accents in a rolling thunder of | applause. Mi, j* But the Shostakovitch quintet .Which opened the program received received almost as warm a volume volume of applause, and it was richly deserved. With an ensemble ensemble like the Warsovians one does not single out individual j performers, but the driving * Spirit of Wladyslaw Szpilman at he piano was a continual de- de- light all through the i evening. They play again at the { University of Kansas at 8 :o'clock Wednesday night, and ithe trip down the turnpike to : hear them would be worth-while. MENDELSSOHN CHOIR, assisted * by the Conservatory Faculty ; Chamber Orchestra, William R. i. Fischer, conductor. Soloists: (Ko* Ù daly) Polly Johnson, soprano; ft Carol Ralston, contralto; Donald Nelson, tenor; Morris Phillips, bass) (Puccini) Richard Herndon, tenor; Ron Bryan, baritone; An- 1 drew Klapis, Jr., Bass. At Pierson Hell, U.M.K.C. Program: Budavari ! Te Deum, Kodaly; Messa di Gloria, ^Puccini. Hie Mendelssohn Choir for • several seasons has been one of Jthe most effective town-and- gown activities of the University \ of Missouri-Kansas City. Yesterday Yesterday afternoon the 75-voice choir under the direction of William R, Fischer offered a model program program in Pierson Hall. * Fischer programed the Zol­ tán Kodaly “Budavari Te Deum* and the Giacomo Puccini Puccini ^Messa di Gloria” for this, the choir’s 12th annual winter t concert. Since the works are not \ equal in running time, there 1 was a certain built-in imbalance» imbalance» but the contrast achieved Was worth it. Kodaly wrote the Te Deum in 19G6 as part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the liberation of Hungary’s capital from Turkish dominion, and it can be considered as a piece d*occasion, though a massive one for 8-part chorus, solo quartet quartet and orchestra. The Puccini mass, an 1876 work written for fS&e feast of San Paolino, was only rediscovered and performed performed in the early 1950s. Naturally, the Puccini mass is the more graceful work, with all fits quotations of material used and implied in the operas. In yesterday afternoon’s perform- j aoce it also had the benefit of a better group of soloists, though It would have been nice if the tenor could have cleaned up his Latin diction. The Mendelssohn Choir Seemed a little smaller in numbers numbers on this outing than remembered remembered in the past. Ensemble is good, balance is acceptable, but tile lower voices among both men and women maintained better quality in sectional work than their opposite numbers. CHICAGO In concert at Memorial Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas. By Jerry D. Kohler A Member of The Star's Staff It had to be a happening after the tickets for both concerts were sold out almost immediately. immediately. There certainly were no disappointed fans at the matinee matinee performance. Chicago is a remarkable band. Their music combines the best from the big hands, progressive progressive jazz and hard rock. TTiere are even some classical influences in the brsss work, and many of the rhythms can be traced to African and Latin origins. But Chicago puts it all together together into something that does not quite fit into any of those cate- { *ories. One hesitates to describe t with some meaningless label like “jazz-rock.” Whatever Chi- cago’s music is, it is very much their own. The band includes three horns —trumpet, trombone and tenor sax—in addition to the guitar, bass, drums and organ you might expect to find in any rock band. And three of the instrumentalists instrumentalists are quite good singers, singers, each offering a distinctive vocal range and style. With that kind of combination there isn’t much that Chicago cannot do, as they have shown with three excellent 2-record albums. In their fourth and latest album, album, recorded live at Carnegie Hall, they proved that they can reproduce on stage the fantastically fantastically tight, precise and complex band sound that they had created created earlier in the recording studio. studio. They proved it again yesterday. yesterday. The group performed several tunes from a forthcoming album, album, but the audience favorites were the old Chicago tunes like “Beginnings” and “Does Anybody Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” from their first album, when the band was known as Chicago Transit Authority. Particular note must go to Robert Lamm for writing and singing several of the best tunes as well as turning in superb performances on organ and piano. piano. A special feature was a new Lamm thing in which he plucks the strings of the grand piano like a harp. Additional credit must go to Terry Kath and Jim Pankow, who have contributed a good deal to Chicago’s excellent repertoire repertoire of original material. Kath handles some of the vocals and plays the electric guitar with astonishing speed and brilliance. brilliance. Pankow does the highly innovative horn arrangements and also gets some amazing sounds out of a trombone. Chicago had the audience in a yelling, hand-clapping frenzy by the time they closed with “25 or 6 to 4” from their second album. album. It was the hardest rock tune of the set, and the fans stamped their feet and screamed for more. . Chicago returned to perform an even rawer rock time, an old 'Traffic number called “I’m a i Man,” also from the first Chicago Chicago album. The tune featured a soul-stirring solo by drummer Danny Seraphine and Kath’s wildest and most virtuoso guitar work of the day. An excellent choice for an encore, encore, “I’m a Man” was the best tune of the afternoon by a long | shot if only because the audience audience was so eager for it. Trans-Atlantic Party Expires In New York New York (AP) — The big weekend party in Paris ended at Kennedy Airport last night and most of Reese Palley’s 685 birthday guests appeared to have had a ball. “Marvelous,” “Fantastic,” “Overwhelming” were ways some described the 4-day bash that included parties across the Atlantic and back in two chartered chartered jumbo jets. The 50-year-old alley, an art dealer who has galleries in New York, Atlantic City, N.J., and San Francisco, said he paid more than $250,000 for the trip. But many guests had agreed to buy a Salvadore Dali lithograph—at lithograph—at $650 each—so he ended the party with most of its cost already repaid. (ADVERTISEMENT) At homt in minutes Amazing; new Quik-FIx fixet broken plates, fills in the cracks and replaces teeth like new. Fast! Easy to use! No SSSS&St QUIK-FIX® your money back. Ontiri Rtpalr lit JANUARY SALE SAVE UP TO 30% “And I’ll get two to three times that amount in the next few years,” he said. f Chancellor Emeritus At Rice Dies at 70 Houston (AP)~Dr. Carey Croenis, chancellor emeritus of Rice University, died Saturday in a local hospital. He was 70. Croneis, Rice’s acting president president at one time, retired as chancellor last August. He had undergone surgery last month and had been in ill health since. Activist Dies New Orleans CAP)—Alexander CAP)—Alexander Pierre Tureaud, Sr., pioneer civil rights leader in Louisiana, died Saturday at the age of 72 following a lengthy illness.

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The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri)24 Jan 1972, MonPage 38
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