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eople Television Theaters Deaths Want Ads Comics 2C 3-6C 7C 7-14C 14, 15C 2 M ROCHESTER, N.Y., FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1978 c Big sound of Kansas fills War Memorial News , .. Makers. In Review In fact, Kansas the band draws on a whole host of traditions, . musically. Its influences range from Heifetz to Jimmy Hendrix, and if you listen hard you can hear a snatch of just about every sound ever artificially produced and called music. Such a collection of sounds could easily form a chaotic glob of noise. The six members of Kansas, though, handle it well, managing to synthesize everything into a style of their own. It may be theirs because nobody else can do it, or it may be theirs because nobody else wants to bother trying. The heart of the band, formed by Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh on By LARRY KING D&C Staff Writer Until about six years ago, the state of Kansas was notable mainly for producing John Brown, who had a hand in starting the Civil War. That, and being half-way between wherever you were and wherever you wanted to go. It now has a new claim to distinction, being the home state of the band of the same name. The band sold out the Community War Memorial last night, and then filled it with a decibel count rivaling the Civil War, providing a certain continuity, a sense of tradition, you might say. Wayward Son," last night, sounded futuristic, like a step forward. One of the encores, however, J.J. Cale's "Bringing it Back," was simply a very good example of raunchy rock and roll, proving, maybe, that a band that wants to keep selling albums can't get too far from basics. The opening act, a new group called the DFK Band, further proved that point. Its set was built around songs with a sold rock base, essential rhythm and blues stuff. Its sound was carried by two keyboards, like Kansas'; unlike Kansas, DFK didn't go in for flash. What the band did was simple; it just did it well. At other times, though, the keyboards, violin and guitar of Rich Williams, anchored by Dave Hope's bass and Phil Ehart's drums, come together and make some interesting music. None of the instruments takes a tru lead position; the intent seems to be more a total sound. What this leads to is a sort of '70s version of Phil Spector's old "wall of sound" technique. Since rock music is essentially a synthesis of a bunch of different styles blues, country, jazz, gospel you could "argue that Kansas represents a step towards a new level in rock music. You argue it if you want to. "Point of Know Return," say, or "Carry On Dropping iq guitar (Livgren) and a vast array of electric keyboard instruments, and Robby Steinhardt on electric violin, give Kansas its unique sound. It's impressive, but not always pleasant. There are times when Steinhardt's violin, especially, can be heard only as an agonizing screech, trying desperately to make itself heard. This probably has more to do with the inherent difficulty in turning a violin into a rock instrument than with any fault of Steinhardt's who is classically trained but the noise is still there. bands back in the 1930s and 40s and now an accordion and piano instructor in New York. Serry Jr., who composed half of the tunes on "Glider," has studied piano with Marian McPartland and Bill Dobbins. Trumpeter Braun is from Allentown, Pa. Kujala, whose father plays with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is from Chicago and is a former award-winner as a flutist at the Montreux Festival. Vibraphonist Rehbein is from Oshkosh, Wis., and once studied with Gary Burton at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Bassist Staebell is from Orchard Park, N.Y., and has played with Joe Farrell and Joe Romano, among The gliding reviews bass and Ron Wagner, drums are the other members of Auracle. The group was described by critic Leonard Feather as "another reminder that some of the best new music is being developed in colleges and conservatories." Auracle blossomed from the rehearsal rooms at the Eastman. Rehbein and Wagner happened to be jamming one day and they were soon joined by Serry, Braun and Kujala. Before long the group of young musicians capable of synthesizing several styles into their own entertaining brand of music had developed a following. "The one label that I can sort of stand for our music is fusion," says Serry. "Jazz-rock has too many incorrect implications. Fusion reflects our understanding of classical, jazz and rock styles the best way. "I'm influenced by so many people in the jazz and classical fields, and I think all the members of the group are the same way. I admire Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Oscar son and McCoy Tyner. "But I definitely listen to more classical music than anything else. Among the people I'm most excited about are Bartok and Hindemith. For about two years I did practically nothing but listen to Hindemith and read his books." SERRY'S FATHER was a professional musician, a veteran of several 1 Eastman graduates who call themselves Auracle. Auracle is with good By STEPHEN A. MONROE D&C Staff Writer Most four-year-olds get into things like building blocks, tricycles or finger painting. Not John Serry, Jr. "I remember exactly when I first got into music," says Serry, keyboard leader of Auracle. "I was four years old and I started playing around with the accordion. That's how I spent my time, I really didn't have any other toy. The accordion was my toy." Twenty years later Serry's main instrument is the piano. And the New York City native, Eastman School of Music graduate is on the verge of stardom, as are the other five members of Auracle, which plays tonight and tomorrow night at the Paper Moon in the Colony East Inn. Following the early spring release of the album, "Glider," on Chrysalis Records, Auracle is riding the crest of favorable reviews from New York to Los Angeles. The album has hit the jazz charts of both Billboard and Record World magazines and in a couple of weeks Auracle will perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. AURACLE WILL play two shows each night at the Paper Moon, alternating sets with the Spider Martin Quintet, back in town after dates in Philadelphia. Rick Braun on trumpet and flugel-horn, Steve Kujala, woodwinds; Steve Rehbein, percussion; Bill Staebell, Phyllis Diller ' Barbara Paley 'Babe' Paley dies at 63 NEW YORK - Mrs. Barbara Cushing Paley, wife of CBS chair man William S. Paley and a trend setting fashion plate of alternation al reputation for nearly 40 years died of cancer yesterday at her Manhattan apartment. She was 63 She was named the "Super-dress er of All Time" in 1975 by the Fashion Hall of Fame, the first and only woman ever given that honor to date. Mrs. Paley, who was called Babe by her friends, was one of a trio of beautiful sisters, daughters of Bos ton neurosurgeon Dr. Harvey W, Cushing, who married with consid erable fanfare into such New York social families as Astor, Roosevelt, Whitney, Mortimer and Fosburgh. She was first married to Stanley Grafton Mortimer Jr., whose mother was a leader of Tuxedo Park society. She divorced Mor timer in 1946 and the following year she married Paley. UPI. Wynette weds fifth JUPITER BEACH, Fla. -Country singer Tammy Wynette was married yesterday to a Nash ville record producer at her beach front home. About 100 friends and family members attended the brief civil ceremony and reception honoring Miss Wynette, 36, and her fifth husband, George Richey, who has been her business manager for several months. "George has taken so much worry and responsibility off my shoulders in the past year," she said. "I've known George for 11 years and we've worked together and traveled together. It's a good basis for a marriage." UPI Kevin McCarthy Lead in 'Equus' Veteran actor Kevin McCarthy will replace James Daly as the star in the upcoming production of "Equus" at Barry Tuttle's Summer Theater, July 31 through Aug. 5 Daly died Sunday of an apparent heart attack. McCarthy has appeared in "Two for the Seesaw," "Happy Birthday, Wanda June" and "Cactus Flower" on the stage. His film credits include "Death of a Salesman," 'Hotel" and "Kansas City Bomber." In addition to appearing as a guest star on many television series, McCarthy can often be heard on the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater," which airs weekdays at 10:07 p.m. on WHAM Radio (1180). Baryshnikov debut? SARATOGA SPRINGS Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov may make his long-awaited debut with the New York City Ballet and George Balanchine tomorrow afternoon at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, according to informed sources. The company opened its 13th season at Saratoga Wednesday with a performance of "Coppelia" danced by Patrica McBride and Helgi Tomasson. The ballet, a masterwork of the company's mentor, Balanchine, is also scheduled for tomorrow. But the official program cryptically lists the leads for that performance as "to be announced." Sources in the arts community said that was the tip-off that Baryshnikov would be dancing. No official announcement has been made and none is expected before the performance. AP others. Drummer Wagner is from Buffalo, and besides being a player and composer, he's also an amateur film maker. "After we leave Rochester we play clubs in Boston and New York, then go to Europe for the Supot Festival in Poland, and then to Montreux. Those are two prestigious festivals and we're very excited about playing them. "This is just a short tour we put together and we hope to do something more extensive later. We were sort of waiting for the album to make some noise and hit the charts and now it has. So we're planning a tour of colleges for the fall. "We'll probably be back in the stu appear Miss Diller, who was born in Lima, Ohio, and who'll be 61 on the 17th of this month, enrolled in the Sherwood Music Conservatory, Chicago, upon graduation from high school. Two years later, assailed by a fear that her talent as a pianist might not be great enough for the concert stage, she transferred to Blufton College, Ohio, with the intention of taking courses to qualify as a music teacher. The rest, as they say, is history. As No jokeUiiier will Candidate Cuomo also a guest dio to work on our second album by January and plan for a March release." BENNY MARDONES. whose album "Thank God for Girls" on the Private Stock label was called by Rolling Stone magazine "a continuously engaging blend of old-fashioned pop melodramatics and genial, footloose charm," appears at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Manhattan Square Park. Guitarist Mardones has opened for Richie Havens, Peter Frampton and Dave Mason, his debut album was produced by Andrew Oldham, formerly with the Rolling Stones and Humble Pie. with KHU a comedienne, she became known as a master of satirical self-deprecation. The Diller and Cuomo appearances are part of the RPO's summer season here and in Canandaigua. Cuomo's opening night (all concerts begin at 8 p.m.) will also include Verdi's Ove-ture to "La Forza del Destino" ("The Force of Destiny"); Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," and RPO Concert-master Howard Weiss as soloist in Bach's Violin Concerto in E major and Bela Bartok's Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra. Other guests for the summer sea-Turn to Page 2C 24-year-old major, piloted the B-29 named Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, Eatherly performed the same duty over Nagasaki. In 1946, he and his plane were engulfed momentarily in a mushroom cloud during a nuclear bomb test over Bikini Atoll. "For a moment, he got lost in that cloud. He said it was the most horrible moment of his life," said another relative, Joe Eatherly, of Van Alstyne, Texas. After his discharge, Eatherly returned to Van Alstyne, and in the 1950s was charged with forgery, burglary and robbery. Witnesses said he seemed to want to be caught. He pleaded innocent by reason of insanity and was committed to the VA Hospital. Later, friends said he overcame some of his problems. He married, raised a family and spent the last 20 years in Houston. tFts stv was AT VO Tain of thousands' A-pilot never forgot What price fame? Less than $6 million By GEORGE MURPHY D&C Music Critic Phyllis Diller, the centerfold girl of Popular Mechanics, playing Beethoven and Bach on the piano? A candidate for lieutenant governor of New York appearing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra? The answer in each case, is yes. Miss Diller will join the RPO, under its associate conductor, Isaiah Jackson, in Highland Park Bowl Aug. 18, and at the Community College of the Finger Lakes the following evening. She will play the first movement of . Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, in Majors planned to return to Kentucky to begin work on another adventure fijm called "Steel." Majors' agent said he's trying to promote the actor as an adventure star along the lines of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Michael Caine. "This is what appeals to the mass world audience," he said. Majors was in four TV series in 13 years, including "Big Valley," "The Men from Shiloh," and "Owen Marshall." The most successful was "Six Million Dollar Man." Shedding that tag is a problem as Majors tries his hand as a movie actor. Even the movie publicists work against him, he said. The publicity for his first film, he said, read, "'Norseman' starring Lee (the Six Million Dollar Man) Majors." "They're destroying what I'm trying to do," he said. Turn to Page 2C C. major. Op. 15; Nos. 1 and 8 of Bach's Two-Part Inventions and the Preludium I from his "Well-Tempered Clavier." Mario Cuomo, New York's secretary of state, will be Gov. Carey's running mate in the November elections. He'll be guest artist in Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait," for narrator and orchestra, on Aug. 8 in Highland Park Bowl, and .Aug. 9 at the Community College of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua. Lee Majors in TV role. HOUSTON (UPI) Qlaude Robert Eatherly, who helped drop the first atomic bombs on Japan, used to bolt from sleep screaming that he felt the pain of thousands dying in a nuclear holocaust. "He said his brain was on fire. He said he could feel those people burning. He never forgot the thousands of people dying in those flames," said his brother James Eatherly of Midland, Texas. "I don't know if he ever came to peace with himself, but he was 100 percent for America and, if you print anything, print that he was the most loving human being I have ever known," said Paul Guidry, a fellow member of VFW Post 490. Eatherly, a Distinguished Flying Cross winner discharged in 1947 for "severe neurosis and guilt complex," was buried in Houston National Cemetery Wednesday. He died of cancer. On Aug. 6, 1945, Eatherly; then a By EDGAR MILLER Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Lee Majors has just finished an action-adventure movie here which he hopes will help him shed his "Six Million Dollar Man" image. "I hope I'm a good enough actor to overcome it," the Middlesboro, Ky., native said in an interview. "I didn't think it would be so hard." The movie, "Greed," produced by Carlo Ponti, co-stars Karen Black, Margaux Hemingway and Marisa Berenson and involves a big emerald robbery. The villains in the film are not the usual Hollywood heavies. They are voracius man-eating Brazilian piranhas. For Majors, 39, the m6vie is "not one to show how good an actor I am but a commercial vehicle." It's Majors' second film. His first, to be released in the, next few weeks, is called "Norseman." From Brazil,

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