The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on June 2, 1995 · 18
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Friday, June 2, 1995
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P i 8 Friday, June 2, 1995 a LISTENER'S GUIDE Sons of Shaw and Levi together at Spivey Mall What: Robert Shaw i Ijpm i Chamber lingers perform A I I Honeeeer's "Kins David." Robert Shaw, conductor. Thomas Shaw, narrator. Various soloists, including boy alto Amir Levi. Per formed in English. Chamber orchestra features members of the Atlanta Symphony. 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25. Spivey Hall, Clayton State College, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 961-3683. Conductors' sons: "King David" is a work that Robert Shaw has conducted often and well. But these Spivey performances stand out, as they represent Shaw's first collaboration with his son Thomas in an acting capacity. For Thomas, who has extensive theatrical experience at the Westminster School, this marks his professional acting debut. Atlanta Symphony music director Yoel Levi's son Amir sang with his father earlier this year in Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms." Now he sings for Shaw for the first time, taking the solo in "The Song of the Shepherd David." A biblical great: Written in 1921 and revised in 1923, Honegger's oratorio catapulted him to immediate fame. It surveys in sweeping fashion the major events in the biblical account of David. Part I begins with his youth as a shepherd, continues with his slaying of the giant Goliath and ends with his defeat of the jealous King Saul. Part II concentrates on the crowning of David as king of Israel and subsequent celebrations. Part III addresses David's love of Bath-sheba, the rebellion of his son Absalom, the crowning of his son Solomon as king and the old king's peaceful death. Stylistic diversity: Part of the fascination of this work is the way Honeg-ger draws on a wide array of musical idioms: Hebraic psalmody, Bach-like chorales, Handelian counterpoint, folk-ish tunes. In general, the pacing is swift, the melodies clear and memorable, the orchestration bold. Often Honegger employs driving rhythms and the clash of different keys (polytonality) to impart power and vitality. The composer's three favorite numbers (out of 27 episodes) were the chorus "God shall be my light," the "Dance Before the Ark" and the psalm of penitence. Did you know? Honegger, with his penchant for brisk action, love of visual stimuli and ability to compose quickly, was a natural for cinema music. He wrote more than 30 film scores, including the epic "Napoleon" of Abel Gance. Recommended recordings: Maurice Abravanel conducting the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Utah University Chorus (Vanguard) for the full orchestra version; Charles Dutoit conducting the Philippe Caillard Chorus and instrumental ensemble in the original chamber orchestration (Erato). Derrick Henry Keep up with Atlanta happenings on your computer. Information, Page A2. Members, jump: Calendars. Amir Levi Age: 12. Aspiration: "To be an actor or a singer. I particularly like opera and musical theater." Acting experience: "The Rothschilds" at the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, "Our Time" with the Atlanta Workshop Players, "The Top Ten" and "How to eat like a child and other lessons of not being a grownup" at Greenfield Hebrew Academy. Singing experience: Has been singing in the Atlanta Boy Choir since September. Sang boy alto part in Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" with his father, Yoel Levi, conducting the Atlanta Symphony in January. How he got into singing: "When I was 10, my mother encouraged me to audition for the role of Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at school. I got the part. Joseph was a singing part, so I decided maybe I better learn how to sing." Musical background: Emphasis has been on singing. Doesn't play an instrument. Schooling: Finishing seventh grade at Greenfield Hebrew Academy. Studied at Interlochen Arts Camp (Interlo-chen, Michigan) in the summers of 1993 and 1994, receiving training in acting, singing and dancing. He won a special award for acting in 1994. Will return again this summer. On singing on stage at Symphony Hall: "I felt really nervous but confident at the same time. Once I began to sing, I lost all my nervousness." Biggest thrills: "I feel really honored to sing for Robert Shaw. Now I can say I've sung for Yoel Levi and Robert Shaw in the same year." Listening tastes: Soundtracks, pop, rock. "Some of my favorite musicals are 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Cats.' " Favorite TV shows: "My So-Called Life," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills 902 1 0," "Slider." Other interests: "I like to read, especially mysteries and suspense books. My favorite authors are Stephen King and Michael Crichton." Derrick Henry Thomas Shaw -r 1- "'" Age: 18. Aspiration: Act- ' ing. Acting expert ence: Fagin in "Oliver," Harold Hill in "The Music Man," Cyrano in "Cyrano ' de Bergerac,'' Dylan Thomas in "A Child's Christmas in Wales," plus sever- . al others. (All at the Westminster School.) How he got into acting: "In ninth grade, I tried out on a whim for a small part in Agatha Christie's The Hoi- . low.' I got the part. had a great time and just started trying out for plays." Musical background: "I played piano for seven years, trumpet for two or three. I've also sung in church choirs since I was a child, although I haven't really studied voice." Listening tastes: "I'm a jazz lover, especially jazz piano and big bands. I listen to a lot of classical jazz Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong but I also like acid jazz, which is kind of a hybrid of jazz and 70s funk and soul." College plans: Begins at Yale University in the fall, , with seven of his Westminster classmates. He likes Yale's emphasis on the arts and the fact that "the theatrical opportunities are extensive there are between 80 and 90 undergrad productions every year." Major undecided. "I love all the arts and humanities and am very interested in English and history and religion. I'm not a big math and science freak." Other interests: Exercise and dancing, especially ."ballroom and crazy dancing." Current reading: Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" and "A Winter's Tale;" books on Taoism. Derrick Henry 4' It ! 23 TONIGHT Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgia State University Recital Hall, Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. 651-4636. Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. Performing Arthur Honneger's "King David." 8:15 p.m. Also Saturday. S25; $12.50 students. Spivey Hall, Clayton State College, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 961-3683. SATURDAY Orchestra Atlanta. With pianist William Ransom. Philip Rice conducts Beethoven's "Emperor Piano Concerto," Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances," Honegger's "Pastorale d'ete." 7:30 p.m. $20, $18. Roswell Municipal Auditorium, 38 Hill St., Roswell. 992-2559. SUNDAY Bassoon and Friends III. Features bassoonist Shelly Unger and area musicians. 4 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church of Atlanta, 754 Peachtree St. N.E. 434-6700. Epiphany Episcopal Church Choir. With recorder players Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker, organist Jane Flynn, harpist Cheryl Slaughter and soprano Dale Fessele. 4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. 373-8338. DANCE Dancical Productions. Featuring Total Dance Company. Premiering "Free My Soul," excerpts from "Fusion" and "Women Hold Up Half the Sky." 8 p.m. Sunday. $10. 3rd Act, Rio Mall, 595 Piedmont Ave. N.E. 892-8486. I99S Next Decade of New Performance Festival. "Walking on Water" and "Aria for an Endangered Species," contemporary dance by Darla Long Andrew Johnson and Company of Austin, Texas, and Several Dancers Core. 8 tonight-Saturday. $10; $8 senior citizens and students. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 373-2670. ; Compiled by Lisa C Moore flTI u !. 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