The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 2001 · Page 28
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D4 FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2001 encore! THE SALINA JOURNAL • MUSIC BRIEFLY U2 takes simple approach to tour Music ARIEL Art a la Carte to feature flutist Flutist Roshana Ariel will perform at today's Art a la Carte in Campbell Plaza. Ariel has been playing the flute since the age of 9 and has performed in duos and several bands in New Mexico, San Francisco and Hawaii. A Kansas resident for the past dozen years, she plays a variety of musical styles on the flute and also will play the fiddle. Ariel, who is a copy editor at the Salina Journal, performs with the worship team at First Covenant Church. The free concert begins at 12:20 p.m. in the downtown plaza. In case of bad weather, the performance will be moved to the lobby of Memorial Hall. Bethany band, brass group to play Monday LINDSBORG — The Bethany College Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble will present a Messiah Festival concert Monday The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert will include Gustav Hoist's "Suite in F," John Philip Sousa's "The Glory of the Yankee Navy" and an arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide" for brass ensemble. Sacred music topic of Palm Sunday event LUCAS — The Lucas Arts and Humanities Council will present its annual Palm Sunday concert of sacred music at 4 p.m. Sunday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Lucas. The concert features choral music from the 16th to 20th centuries sung by a community choir of singers from Lucas, Wilson, Dorrance, Sylvan Grove and Luray. Donations will be accepted for the cost of music. Theater Theater needs more actors for 'Big River' The Salina Community Theatre will have more adult auditions at 7 p.m. April 16 and 17 for its upcoming musical "Big River." Speaking roles for men and women, ages 20 and older, as well as the chorus are available, director Michael Spicer said. The children/youth roles have been filled. Spicer also is looking for black singers for a vocal ensemble. Actors should prepare a short song of one to two minutes and be ready to read from the script. An accompanist will be provided. Musical rehearsals begin in late April and production dates are June 15-July 1. For more information, call 8276126. 'Fiddler on the Roof to Bennington stage BENNINGTON — Bennington High School drama students will present "Fiddler on the Roof" on Saturday and Sunday The musical tells the story of a Jewish family in Russia who are faced with a changing world. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Doors open 30 minutes before curtain time. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students kindergarten through high school. Band that's playing in Denver tonight has gone bacl< to its roots By MICHAEL MEHLE Scripps Howard News Service ATLANTA — "I'd like to introduce you to old-school U2," Bono told a sold-out audience here for the fourth of what will be many capacity crowds on the band's tour across the continent. The lineup looked the same, of course. It's the same faces that have been in the band for more than two decades. But these days it's the same band with a new attitude. Or, as Drtk /-> Bono was say- BONO ing, an old attitude brought back to breathe new life into U2. And how simple is this? It's all about the songs. After a decade of pushing stadium tours over the top — one featured a disco ball as big as a Volkswagen, and another included a barrage of television images beamed from around the world and prank phone calls to the White House — U2 has stepped back to a time when the band filled arenas with little more than a cou- U2 has stepped back to a time when the hand filled arenas with little more than a couple of dozen of the era's most powerful songs. pie of dozen of the era's most powerful songs. Nearly 15 years later, the band has decided it's the simple things in life that make us happiest. Of course, it helps that the Irish icons have a new album that stands up to, and fits in with, their old repertoire. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" has been compared to the band's bellwether "The Joshua Tree" disc. It won all three of the Grammy Awards it was nominated for and already has sold 2.2 million copies, nearly doubling sales of the disappointing, disco-gilded "Pop" from four years ago. And the tour has offered undeniable proof that you (or at least U2) can go back again. U2 will play the Pepsi Center in Denver tonight. In Atlanta's Philips Arena, fans stayed on their feet for the full two hours, singing along to old anthems such as "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "With or Without You" as well as new songs such as "Stuck in the Moment You Can't Get out Of" and the evening-ending "Walk On." And the band stayed true to its word. The quartet didn't tinker with their old songs, instead playing them just as we remember them, confident in their original power and passion. The stage also was a back-to- basics affair. A heart-shaped walkway extended halfway across the arena, and banners occasionally dropped from the ceiling to augment a deft light show. But otherwise, the band played atop a bare, no-nonsense platform that fit U2's new less- is-more concert credo. strong aspirations The group may have downsized its show and its musical mission, but it hasn't reduced its aspiration or ego. As Bono told everyone watching the Grammy Awards last February, U2 was reapplying for the job as the world's greatest rock band. Lucky for U2, other groups either failed to see the job post­ ing or aren't interested in the position. Other bands might be bringing in bigger crowds (see: Dave Matthews Band), and some are selling more albums (should boy bands count, however?), but who's been willing to act and look the part? U2 is still up to the task, still willing to use the accompanying pulpit for something more than bashing Napster. The songs on "All That You Can't Leave Behind" continue to explore faith, hope, help and peace on Earth, and the liner notes provide addresses for organizations fighting war crimes. Which brings us back to the beauty behind U2's new old- school attitude. Playing in arenas, without all the bells and whistles, has put U2 right where it wants to be: at the top of the game and at the top of the heap, bringing to town one of the year's most- talked-about tours, without a ticket to be had. And the concert doesn't disappoint. A harbinger of the understated style to follow, the group even did away with the big rock-star entrance. Taking the stage with all the house lights on, U2 made it halfway through the propulsive "Elevation" before the lights were turned down and the energy was turned up. Exhibit / Art will be talked about FROM PAGE D1 From Staff Reports "Some of the titles can significantly change your perception of the piece," Anderson said. "It would be interesting to see what conclusions you reached and how you related to the piece before seeing the title as opposed to letting the title direct how you think." Anderson hopes brown-bag lunch discussions on Thursdays during April will give peo­ ple a chance to discuss the works in an informal setting. The lunches begin at 12:15 p.m. in The Gallery Guests — including ministers, psychology and religion professors and artists — have been invited to begin the discussions by telling their perceptions of a few pieces. But Anderson said he hopes others will join in, allowing for true discussions instead of lectures. "We hope to have a dialogue between the participants and the guests," Anderson said. "We want nonartist insights into the pieces." Anderson and Harley Elliott, education coordinator at the Salina Art Center, will lead Thursday's discussion. The video of the artist in the pool already has generated discussion among Anderson's students — about the technical and the spiritual aspects of the piece. "There has been a lot of dis­ cussion about the shadows behind the subject," Anderson said. "It's a six- or seven- minute loop. The artist emerges, and then he gives up and sinks again. Sometimes, he comes up kicking and thrashing, and other times, there is less of a struggle." • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmontague @salj ournal.com. Return this coupon and you could win a $20 Gift Certificate to one of tliese restaurants. Mail To: J Something For Every Taste | c/o The Salina Journal • P.O. Box 740 I Salina, KS 67402-0740 Prom Dinners BKD & BREAKFAST ^ FINE DINING Call toll [mi r «rll (isi ;rv<ilioii !i !!ilili-;]60-IKi;t 11 1 'I I I 1 ^ 1 . encore! . 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