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Chicago Tribune, Saturday. January 13, 2001 Section 1 25 . 11 1 Tr 1 Story time The first of 2001s "Stories on Stage," dramatic readings of short stories by local actors, comes to the MCA at 3 p.m. Sunday with a story by Allan Gurganus; upcoming performances are Feb. 11 and March 11. 312-832-3404. Spin room Renowned beats master DJ Scribble comes to the House of Blues on Jan. 27. 312-559-1212. Online reviews For Chicago Tribune critics' recent reviews of pop, rock, dance, theater and jazz performances, go to metromix.comgocriticsreviews. Arts Watch Taking risks Michael Gielen leads the CSO on different path By John von Rhein Tribune Music Ckitic mong conductors of today, it does seem that making symphonic programs that are varied but coherent, en joyable but challenging, is a dying art form. Michael Gielen, bless him, is a shining exception. The programs the guest conductor is presenting at Symphony Center in his two weeks with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are fine examples of enlightened program-making by a musician willing to take risks and who is able to persuade his players to be risk-takers too. Beethoven and Schoenberg, those mighty bookends of the German musical tradition, were the subjects of his investigation Thursday night. Two of the three Beethoven pieces were unusual chamber music by that composer as arranged by Franz Liszt and Gielen himself. Both represent homages to the colossus that was Beethoven. Gielen combined them with a homage of another sort Schoen-berg's symphonic poem "Pelleas und Melisande" (1903), which honors the late-Romantic tonal tradition that Schoenberg would tear asunder following his conversion to the serialist gospel. The two transcriptions Liszt's arrangement for orchestra of the slow movement from Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio, and Gielen's string-orchestra version of the "Grosse Fuge" were combined with the "Egmont" Overture as a kind of Beethoven "symphony" in three movements. For anyone who still had the vel- A : 'ft ! C o l d en, Cj t o b r:,, N omina t i o n s 1 BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR! m M 8w toTO'jMt hm:M Siirromo Actress 1 to Dm ; 6a Scout fcmtoml lictlc BINOQC ui NOW SHOWING GARDENS CINF.MASofi'fflPu NORTHBROOK COURT 14 900 N. MICHIGAN CANTFRA 30 LINCOLNSHIRE 20 WEBSTER PLACE CINE ARTS 6 MARCUS (UnU'.Kt W t;u u iii ) u -lif MS 600 R. MICHIGAN Ulun HI44-HJI nit CHATHAM 14 ChtifalliMMlUMUl CITY KORTH 14 CHt(, IH.3U IM1 Ftino CITY 14 Cti!mtllV444IUIIMT UWNDAIC 10 CUcw 1IM44 III MM imcom viiuGEM CtlCHt IIIU4 IU Hit 6?l S WFSTFRU Chiaw lli,44 flU) Mtl WIINfiTOH IHFSTREI AtUnflM Hftl HTOJ lt IUMi,f4aM U4M4 fKJM H44 CTFR30 't tmniik unmimt , CFHTMRY 1 ' iimtM wim -tin CHARIESTOWNE MALL 11 M. CUria uuuitm CHICAGO Rinr.F MALL ciHcjfi Mt mmiiut mt CWFMARK UUtrn Pat iMm im CIDFMin AT SEVEN MIDGES tUf UU4tII CRFSTWOOD GARDFNS CIHFMASCjli HK U1HM4H mt tmr gifr SROVE CIRFMAI km Irm 11141 FUI M4T i rat mvM MM lake nmicH 12 UUbrittU'HMM Call thaatr or tea , f Tribune photo by John Bartley Michael Gielen conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of Beethoven and Schoenberg Thursday night . Classical review vety strings of the Saito Kinen Orchestra in his or her ears from the previous night's concert, the harsh string sound Gielen drew from the CSO in the "Egmont" Overture came as a shock. This surely was deliberate on his part, as if he were giving us a musical portrait of the freedom-loving Beethoven shaking his fist at political tyranny After this strenuous account, the "Andante cantabile" came as sweet, soothing balm to the ears. Liszt's transcription bears almost no resemblance to the original, nor does it sound very much like Liszt call it a beautiful anomaly. The scoring is undeniably effective, with rippling harp arpeggios and discreet instrumental conversation that elicited lovely playing from various CSO principals. But it was Gielen's bold arrangement of Beethoven's "Great Fugue" that made the strongest impression of the evening. Without changing a note of the original, Gielen has given the piece (originally scored for string quartet) a spatial dimension by tossing the angular melodic lines back and Kevin Thomas, so j JlntjcLi Oimes iNE of the Best Pictures of MlEM! A Splendid Work fr fn ttt l tin im O h nTirTiiir at the Highest Level!" $ ScRirftR'AwARrA NOMINEE u ROBERT NELSON JACOBS, OCOCUi DENCH Aired MOUNA Lena OUN tfimy DEPP SOUTH BARRINGTON YORKTOWN 18 CINEMA UK 7 IHK r r, 1 1 fi ) i ka it. 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There is no getting around the difficulty of the string writing, which exposed weaknesses of intonation and ensemble that no doubt will be corrected in later performances. "Pelleas und Melisande" is tonal music trembling on the brink of atonality; after this, there would be no turning back for Schoenberg. With its thick scoring and overripe chromaticism, the 45-minute tone poem works itself up to one ecstatic climax after another. It takes a conductor with a firm sense of perspective to save the music from its own excesses. Gielen did so in a tightly argued, clear-headed reading. The price of this intellectual rigor was a lack of atmosphere. Hardly any of the score's softer dynamics were realized, while some of the brass playing was painfully loud. The program will be repeated at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; phone 312-294-3000. 41 ,M'Quils'.triumphsl" PIPERS ALLEY CINEMARK AT SEVEN BRIDGES CMcJt.2444-FUIK77 IHtKjt MMtMCT NO PASSFS OR DISCOUNT aia7RffVBVavVf Ll t-. .. TIIS SEASON'S FOiSniST, FUJIIillST SOHPiSISE!" WIS""- "IT KITSI SAfiSSA Et'UCCK DOES rfflAT SHE COES BEST." -Jool Stagxl, GOOD MORNING AMERICA a ccr.:;c deuchti wickedly mza: -BiH Diahl, ABC RADIO NETWORK V MTll HOCK 111 ' 1 1 MMrri nmnircMnawn t AND A Qt VXHCNCI WWW fY1NWC4W4JNtlii4rfy ESQUIRE cttuttiiiMW-rMnM CHATHAM 14 CMllft IHi444 FIMn CITY NORTH 14 Cut IWIM INI FORO CITY 14 CMM I1I4M4UIIH7 LAWNDAIE 10 uich nvm4iut mi UNCOIR VIIIAGE 1-B CWctft HhM4ltM Mil Vm WESTERN Uteat 1444 f KM Mtl IIOOMIRGDAIECT. CHARLESTOWNE MALL II M. Ctlritl utvui UM CHICAGO NIDGE MAIL CMttw UMll IM.444HUI Mt CINEMARK Hat rt nmim CINFMARR AT SEVER BRIDGES MtntmilMlliri CRESTW00O CnaMM! III4M4U Ml BtENWOOO iim.mi imitt-im fiOlF BIFN km ttum-nu nm BROVE CINEMAS mlll4444UtM7 CANTFRA 30 LAKE HZftt-rWE CFNTURY 12 Haataa H'mll LAKE ZURICH 11 lata briM HiHi tM 'Chocolat' role sweetest in By Roger Moore Ohijvndo Skntinkl t's a curse being Lena Olin. Not a big curse. No tall beauty with those eyes and those cheekbones is unlucky enough to pity. Just a little curse, one that keeps the "Chocolat" star from working as often as an actress as sexy and exotic as she should work in the land of short memories, Hollywood. Director Philip Kaufman cast Olin in the film that made her reputation, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988), a film that also introduced Olin's "Chocolat" co-star, Juliette Binoche to American audiences. Kaufman, whose most recent film is "Quills," is downright apologetic about the career that landed Olin in such lesser lights as "Havana," "Mr. Jones" and "Mystery Men." " I feel guilty for not having made more movies, simply because I should have made more movies with her in them," Kaufman said. "She's got wonderful presence, very funny, very earthy, very sexy. Very cool. She is the complete actress." Olin first gained fame in Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny & Alexander" (1982). After making her Hollywood splash, she has only occasionally had roles that allowed her to shine as a Holocaust survivor in "Enemies, a Love Story" (1989), as a crazed assassin in "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1992). Her turn in "Chocolat," the new fairy-tale confection directed by her husband, Lasse Hall-strom, is her tastiest role in years. "Hollywood has trouble with any actor from Europe, because of the accent," she said from her home in Bedford, N. Y. "That, and my own reluctance to give up a big part of my life in order to work, haven't made me a bigger star. Even if you master the language, you still are going to have that 'European' label. Your choices are limited." She's not even Hollywood's conventional view of a Swede. Instead of blond hair and blue eyes, she's got dark hair and eyes, and just a hint of an accent. vmmmwm CINE ARTS SOUTH BARRINGTON tlfUl UimHttl Utrtt ltnttt Uirm-lUK TICKFTS ACCEPTED J ' li ...... ,rff WW.MIttMll.CWII LINCOLNSHIRE 20 RICE LAKE SO, Mtftl U444 'll IMI RIDGE CINEMAS IHMfltl Ml. HI444 U M14 RIVFR RUN 1 M71ll-ltp) MARCUS CINFMA tttwt WU4W MARCUS CINFMA ctnxt m. mini4m MARCUS CINEMA warn rut mnn im MFRRIllVTIll 11 Kctiimm tinti-wi R0RRIPGE mMii natMMI MM RORTHRWOK COURT 14 Btrtttnat MM OAKRROOX 1-7 knl lllM44-rUMn PARRY CINEMAS 14 BMM mV4M4MI Mil BIROIMIRST 11 I 'II, 444 -nit Mil RIVERTREE COURT VrM mm JIU444 f tn nit ROURD LAKE IFACH1S mot utt um uiiuum SHONPIACE 11 CmUIUtllllMHIHi SOUTH IARRINGT0N IMt ItnMflM UUM IUK STRFAMWOnO fcii i i utvw ru m STRFETS OF W0OOFIF10 till I III l 141444 rHM Mil w i A X 4teJr K000RI0RE itilln IU444-nil M41 WW 1 T "W I it. IP wtmmmfm - i i , ,JV " ' i . -. : ( -. . ( V - . . r Lena Olin (right) and Juliette Binoche star in "Chocolat." They also starred in the 1988 film "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." "My looks worked in my favor, I think," she said. "I don't look like the Nordic Swedish woman, with blond hair and blue eyes. So I've played Russians, Swedes, Poles, French, women from all over the world. ... The only thing I haven't played is an American woman." Olin, 44, was born in Stockholm and enjoyed a busy career in Sweden before "Fanny & Alexander" gave her the chance to work with one of the cinema's legends, Bergman, on his final film. Working with Bergman "affected everything that has come since," she said. She acted for Sydney Pollack ("Havana"), Sidney Lumet ("Night Falls on Manhattan") Paul Mazursky ("Enemies, a Love Story"), Roman Polanski ("The Ninth Gate") and finally, the man who since 1994 has been her second husband, Hall-strom, famous for directing "My Life as a Dog," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules." "I knew that he had a heart of gold, just from watching his movies," she said of Hallstrom. "You can't make a movie like 'My Life as a Dog' without having a true heart." One thing neither of them had to fake in "Chocolat" was a "thing" 71 Merehanl Ivorv Productions oresents Ratcatcher A film by Lyme Ramsay W-rvUnUvwy WWWlfp.C0m WW 12:30, 2:40, 3:00, 7:20 A 9:30 One Of The Best NaH Rwn, NY1 ToucfflNG, Soulful And hiurious!" Mark S. Allan, UPH-TV "Wonderfully Uplifting!" Jan WaM, NBC-TV "Supremely Enjoyable!" DavM ShtMhan, CM 1 Loved This Movie! HoHy McChira, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER NICOLAS CAGE The Family Man PTl ES33L' OtOO N. 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"There are always people who can't cope with living in a repressed society, and Josephine is one of them," Olin said. "She's tried to fit in, and failed. The culture she lives in, in this town, makes her a victim. When the movie begins, she has hit her lowest point. But the arrival of Vianne (Binoche) changes her, because Vianne sees her for who she is, and her friendship allows Josephine to become who she could be, who she wants to be. "I played her as someone who sees herself as odd, and when she tries to cover that up, she seems even more odd. That desperation to fit in makes her seem" that way Olin likes the film's light, simple message, one that she said can apply even in her famously liberal homeland. Temptation is not necessarily evil. "Don't judge. Try to embrace, instead of reject. Try to accept rather than deny people the right to be themselves. That's all this film is saying. What's wrong with that?" 7' MUSIC BOX WILMETTE Chka4o 773S7l-M WUmettt M71SI-7411 fms 0? 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