The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1996 · Page 21
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•«-*;;-£E-,*iViWi^.U' v ^^ THE SALlrWObURNAL T RICHARD DREYFUSS DREYFUSS gets on a soapbox 'Mr. Holland' says the arts are vital to the education of American youngsters By JEFF STRICKLER Minneapolls-St. Paul Star Tribune N EW YORK — Richard Dreyfuss isn't about to be mistaken for Oliver Stone. Dreyfuss makes movies; Stone makes political statements. Having established that, Dreyfuss quickly pulls out his soap box and starts talking about "Mr. Holland's Opus." The impassioned discourse that follows would do any politico proud. "A country that considers arts expendable is an expendable country," he argued in a recent conversation. "The arts are being trampled on because some people think that's a good way to save money. "And that comes from some strange terror and resentment against .the government that it's spending too much money. So, you want to take it away.' And who do you take it away from? The kids." He turns sarcastic: "Oh, that makes sense!" Dreyfuss plays a high school music teacher in "Mr. Holland's Opus." The drama touches on several issues, among them the sacrifices made by dedicated teachers and the relationship between, a father for .whom music is of paramount importance and a son who is deaf. As an actor, Dreyfuss found a lot of dramatic fodder.in those sce'nes..But as a citizen, the part of the movie that agitated him the most concerned the school's music program, which faces budget cuts that would decimate it. "I didn't want to make a political movie," he said. "But I know politics exist. And this (movie) fits right into my own politics." The father of three — a girl, 12, and boys 9 and 5 — Dreyfuss ardently professed to be "involved in support of my children's schools and will fight for what I have to fight for." "We have an obligation as Americans to revive the whole educational system to what it was in the 1960s," he said. "Arts are not taught in schools to teach my daughter how to play the clarinet. Arts, along with science and math, create well- rounded minds. "And well-rounded minds make it possible to have the imagination you need to solve problems. If we cut arts, we cut the imagination and make solving those problems that much more difficult." When it comes to supporting the educational system, Dreyfuss is ready to back up his words with actions. One of his goals — and one he said he may reach sooner than people might expect — is to try teaching. Stay tuned. If he could live his professional life over again, one of the few things he'd change is the timing of his Oscar. He won the Academy Award for best actor for 1977's "The Goodbye Girl." The award made him brash. He took on a youthful cockiness that he looks back on with the bemusement that comes from experience. "The Oscar said that I'd made it, and for some reason that made me uncomfortable," he said."I hope I've mellowed." WHAT'S HOT/Di EXHIBITS/D2 1 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal The Stein family will perform In concert Sunday to dedicate the new organ at St. John's Military School. Shown with their cellos are family members (clockwise from left) Adele, Derek, Wendy and Eric. ALL IN THE FAMILY A musical tradition that began in the Ukraine continues with the Eric Stein family By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal ric Stein doesn't dwell on his past. His childhood in the Ukraine, his musical performances at the front lines of World War II and his 450- mile walk through Europe to escape the Communists have been written about before. These days, he isn't one to talk publicly about those times. But another generation is still interested, as is demonstrated by the curiosity of his 10-year-old son. "Tell about the last time you saw your father," his son Derek urges during an interview. That is one of the stories Derek wants to hear — tales of bravery such as the time Stein was told he'd have to return to Stalin's Soviet Union but instead stood holding hands with his fellow escapees refusing to go. The elder Stem merely shakes his head at the second-hand memories of his son. "We wouldn't want to put that in the paper," he says. But the longtime Salina musician, instructor and conductor of the Salina Symphony eventually tells a few tales from his past. And as expected of a maestro, those stories revolve around his music. Stein also talks about a concert he will give Sunday with his wife, Wendy, son Derek and 8-year-old daughter Adele at 4 p.m. at the St. John's Military School Chapel. In a rare public performance, the four members of the family will perform on the cello. For some numbers, Wendy Stein will accompany the three cellos on clarinet. The concert will include folk music from Russia and the Ukraine. Several numbers arranged by Stein have never been performed for the public. The concert is part of a series to celebrate the new digital organ in the school's chapel. The concert also will include a performance by organist Royce Young. The Steins have performed together before but usually for family or private functions. The children are used to performing by themselves before audiences, but this will be their public debut as a family. Stein met Wendy while she was attending and he was teaching at Marymount College. She is the band instructor at St. John's Military School. With musical parents, it's no wonder that Derek and Adele both started music lessons early and now play the piano and cello. Not only do the St. Mary's Grade School students have two live-in instructors, but one of them — their father — can arrange music to fit their abilities and challenge them. At the concert, Derek and Adele will perform a brother-and-sister duet of music arranged originally by Eric Stein as a father-and-son duet. The children prefer playing together instead of separately, Wendy Stein said. • See STEINS, Page D4 A Stein family concert • THE MUSICIANS: Eric and his wife, Wendy, on cello with their two children, Derek and Adele. Organist Royce Young will also perform. • WHERE: the St. John's Military School Chapel • WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday • ADMISSION: Free. The concert is one in a series of concerts to dedicate the new digital organ in the school's chapel. * GRUMPIER OLD MEN CENTRAL RATEDPG-13 This film has Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon still living where - > nejjt doqr and fjshing every day, thqugh Lemmon Is now '' ,fh$ie custoj$'9f'" '^arrfeij (to Ann-Margret) and Matthau is lonely ~.until -'-*iftejr 3*da)ln(!| Soptija U'ren moves into the neighborhood,, Snp-waVits'to\ ""'" *"* ' open a restaurant In the old bpJt s^op, which would scarf' away the fish, and so the lads plan'a campaign against her. *JUMANJI . *fe ~ -UK , ,^ (h *.», 7 SUNSET RATEDPG ,.V 4^&Sb^ v i||injpu|pitjyt,revenaf f^nvlilwriich the deck,iV. v. This is billed as a family entertainment, but ifs too «..„• - -^--^ 'ifaibfof the fegal and immoral choice^ lorced",, M 'grotesqye and frightening for younger viewers, Robin hel>|ne (SlllHleld) aflir4ier: datighter *,<i-i'\ JWilliams stars in this story of a tiaunted board game that , &4nSde|ad ! M|^|e}s(l<ae|er Smherland) Is set free and; ^transports its players into a series of terrifying jungle - 1 kjfteMa^ , •*' i '- "'„"'/ ' ' adventures'involving bats, rhinos; crocodiles, poison darts v V^TJ, •> •&-., »t< i> . A- • and man-eating plants. The special effects upstage the story. <, * MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS ** * TOY STORY CENTRA RATED * * Va CENTRAL , RATED G Kids will like this story, -a buddy movie Involving a toy cowboy and his new rival, a space ranger. The voices are by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Vamey and others'.'^,', ," . \ • " \ ' /, '''' . , "TWO IF18Y SEA if if CENTRAL RATED R Sandra Bullock stars with Denis Leary in a lame romantic comedy about a thief and his girlfriend who manage to occupy a ritzy house in a small New England town. The fish-out-of-water comedy falters and the plot (something •about stolen art) Isnt much. And the'film doesn't make us care for these oddball characters. TWELVE MONKEYS *** MID-STATE RATEDR This is Terry Gilliam's grungy futuristic fantasy, starring I time traveler who wrpte irjesc/eenplay). Loteoi; Glenn? Headly as his patient, Insfitful wife, he abandons his : .op, bjjt.the plot is replaced by nonstop early dream of being a composer and begins to realize that ' '' ... beJJevea him, 9ra0 P|tt Is-tht loony animal right^ activist, and the movie Is a triumph of the visual. Well made, cold and convolute^ tt SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! .EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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