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4E . WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007 THE OKLAHOMAN NEWS0K.COM Choir handles Russian works with ease The great Russian choral tradition is alive and well as practiced by the State Symphony Capella of Russia. Conducted by Valeri Polyansky, the 48-mem-ber mixed choir recently opened Civic Music Association's 2007-08 season. From the first phrase of Bortniansky's "Concerto for Chorus No. 16," it became obvious that flawless technique, beautiful tone and precise intonation are hallmarks of this amazing ensemble. Polyansky is a conductor for whom economy of movement seems to be the standard. His slightest gesture would result in a sudden crescendo; another would summon a dramatic change of texture or color. Diminuendos were more impressive still. Just when you thought 48 singers couldn't possibly sing any softer, their sound would evaporate into silence. Except for two brief works by Anton Bruckner, the program focused on Russian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries: Bortniansky, Taneyev, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Rachmaninoff and Sidelnikov. You could almost hear Danny Kaye rattling off his Russian composer tongue twister from "Lady in the Dark." "Evening" and "Look at This Darkness," a pair of works by Taneyev, illustrated the choir's remarkably flexibility. One demanded a legato approach; the other some nimble vocal work because of a fast-moving musical line. In "Lord, Make Me to Know My End," another work by Bortniansky, one marveled at the vast dynamic range and the precision of imitative lines. In Polyansky's capable hands, every aspect of the music emerged organically. Phrases were approached and concluded with equal care. Even in music whose harmonies were fairly predictable, the choir's attention to detail made the difference between a sol id performance and an extraordinary one. Regardless of the repertoire, one could only imagine how impressive this music would sound in a large Russian cathedral, its reverberant acoustics allowing the choir's sound to envelop the listener. One couldn't help but be envious of those who can hear this group on a regular basis. The Capella of Russia didn't ignore contemporary music either. Alfred Schnittke explored the interval of the second in his 1985 "Choral Concerto," an interesting example of the progress and direction the Russian choral tradition took in the late 20th century. The work's harmonic complexity didn't faze the choir, a remarkable accomplishment given its unusual chord progressions. There were similar challenges in Sidelnikov's "Spiritual Concerto," a four-movement work that beckoned the listener into the composer's unusual sound world. The work was al ternately powerful and introspective, rhythmic and static, with many intriguing examples of how incredibly effective dissonance can be. Given the reception that greeted every work, it became obvious there would be an encore or two. The first was a brilliant rendition of the Christmas favorite known as "Carol of the Bells." At first, I thought it to be an odd choice, but then I remembered its alternate title: "The Ukrainian Bell Carol." The State Symphony Capella of Russia bid adieu with an equally curious choice but one that brought smiles of satisfaction to the audience. What a treat it was to hear a Russian choir sing (in English) a Vincent Youmans' classic from the Broadway musical "No No Nanette." That they pulled off 'Tea for Two" with such aplomb was testimony to their remarkable musicianship (and Polyansky's desire to leave the audience in such good humor). Rick Rogers PEOPLE n William Baldwin organizes charity auction for his mom's foundation NEW YORK William Baldwin is auctioning a day on the campaign trail with Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential hopeful John Edwards, and a private falconry lesson with Robert Kennedy Jr. to raise funds for his mother's foundation. Baldwin personally lined up the VIP pack- m. ao-ps for an nnlinp - auction to benefit The William Baldwin Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, which his mother established in 1996 after surviving breast cancer. Baldwin and his brother Alec Baldwin sit on the board of the foundation, which provides grants to researchers. "I was very lucky ... to get a significant number of people on board and committed," Baldwin told The Associated Press in a recent telephone interview. "And I think that sort of created somewhat of an aura, where people were like, You know, we want to be in on this.' " Baldwin, who stars on ABC's new show "Dirty Sexy Money," said he hustled friends and family in a nice way to book the packages, which are up for bid on the Charity Folks Web site through the end of October. Alan Rosenberg re-elected as Screen Actors Guild president LOS ANGELES Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg was re-elected to a second term amid growing concern about a possible actors' strike next year. Rosenberg defeated three other candidates, carrying about 47 percent of nearly 25,000 votes cast, SAG spokeswoman Pamela Green-wait said. His opponents were Seymour Cassel, Charley M. De la Pena and Barry Sim-monds. His closest competitor, Cassel, garnered about 44 percent of the vote. SAG has about 120,000 members. Rosenberg, who was a regular on the TV series "LA Law" and "The Guardian," promised to secure a fair deal when the guild renegotiates with studios next year. TV NEWS KFOR-4 wins Emmy for El Reno tornado coverage Only two Emmys were awarded for regional reporting during the 28th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony held Monday in New York City. One of those Emmys went to Oklahoma City's KFOR-4. For its live news coverage of the El Reno tornado that destroyed two airplane hangars on April 24, 2006, the 4 Warn Storm Team was awarded the Emmy for outstanding regional spot news story. The tracking of that anti-cyclonic (backwards spinning) twister was followed on the ground by meteorologist David Payne and photojournal-ists Kevin Josefy and Tim Money, in the air by Chopper 4 pilot Jim Gardner and photojournalist Dan Anderson and in the studio by chief meteorologist Mike Morgan. When asked how they felt about their Emmy nominations (they received two for their coverage of the tornado) , they made it clear that their job is not to win awards, it's about informing the public of severe weath- "What's going through my mind is to bring the best coverage honestly and truthfully, while letting our viewers know what is going on," Gardner said. "I try to make them feel like they are sitting with me inside the helicopter." MUSIC NOTE The Flaming Lips record music for movies, television The Flaming Lips may just be the hardest working band in show business. In recent months between European and American concert dates, the Grammy Award-winning Oklahoma City rock Wayne Coyne Flaming Lips band found time to record a number of brand new tracks in upstate New York and Oklahoma City for inclusion in a handful of new movies and soundtracks. "I Was Zapped By The Lucky Super Rainbow" appears in the movie and on the soundtrack for "Good Luck Chuck," directed by Mark Helfrich and starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook. The track was recorded at Tarbox Studio and produced by long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and the Lips. The new Farrelly Brothers movie "The Heartbreak Kid" starring Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan features a pair of new Lips originals, "The Horny Frog," and "Maybe I'm Not The One," also recorded and produced by Frid mann and the Lips. Ine sound track will be released Oct. 2, and the movie will premiere Oct. 5. "The Brothers Solomon" features the Lips track, "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," from their current album, "At War With the Mystics." The documentary "Summercamp!," features some film score from the Litis. Of The And "The Creek Runs Red," a new documentary about the toxic mining town of Picher, will feature a track by the Lips titled "Death in Picher." The documentary will premiere Nov. 20 on the PBS series "Independent Lens." Source: Staff and Wire Reports Singer Olivia Newton-John is 59. SHORTTAKES Birthdays Fitness expert Jack La-Lanne, 93. Actor Philip Bosco, 77. Country singer David Frizz-ell, 66. Actor Kent McCord ("Adam 12"), 65. "The Weakest Link" host Anne Robinson, 63. Singer Bryan Ferry, 62. Country singer Lynn Anderson, 60. Actress Mary Beth Hurt, 59. Singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, 53. Actress Linda Hamilton, 51. Actress Melissa Sue Anderson ("Little House on the Prairie"), 45. Actor Jim Caviezel ("The Passion of the Christ"), 39. Singer Christina Milian, 26. This week in history 1977: "The Love Boat" premiered on ABC. Sound bite "I can tell you he has been doing very well; he has been making us laugh." 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Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) is a cop who served 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Finally exonerated and released with a big money settlement, he takes baby steps back into the world and onto the force with the help of a lawyer friend, a former cellmate and the knowledge of Zen he picked up in prison. "Dirty Sexy Money," 9:01 p.m., K0C0-5. This new drama series has "guilty pleasure" written all over it, even without that titillating title. Peter Krause stars as Nick George, a lawyer who's working with the disadvantaged when he gets the call to take over his late father's job: problem solver, father confessor and spin doctor to the wealthy Darling family. With five grown kids each toting a ton of baggage, this clan will keep him on his toes. WORTH A LOOK "America's Next Top Model," 7 p.m., KOCB-34. In this new episode, the girls move into an environmentally friendly mansion and are introduced to their new mode of transportation also green. And because this is "America's Next Top Model," the infighting has already started. A style challenge and an anti-smoking photo shoot conclude with the elimination of one contestant in "The Models Go Green." "Criminal Minds," 8 p.m., KWTV-9. In the season premiere, the Behavioral Analysis Unit has shut down a Midwestern college campus whose female students are being targeted by a killer. The team members do their usual thing, drawing up a profile of the likely killer and tracking down someone who fits it but the killings continue after he's in custody, leading the profilers to question whether they're losing their touch. "Gossip Girl," 8 p.m., KOCB-34. Best friends Blair and Serena are on the outs after Blair reveals she knows Serena slept with Nate. Serena opens another can of worms by inviting Dan to Chuck's fundraiser. Blair considers letting Jenny into her circle in the new episode "The Wild Brunch." "CSI: NY," 9 p.m., KWTV-9. In the season premiere, the investigators find human blood on the Statue of Liberty. Apparently it's the work of a vigilante killer with a well-known musician in his sights. TALK SHOWS "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," 9 a.m., K0C0-5. Actor Greg Kinnear; opera singer Paul Potts. "Live With Regis and Kelly," 9 a.m., KWTV-9. Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; comic Carrot Top; musical guest Queen Latifah. "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," 10:35 p.m., KFOR-4. Actor Steve Carell; musical guest Bright Eyes. "Late Show With David Letterman," 10:35 p.m., KWTV-9. Actress Jennifer Gamer; filmmaker Ken Bums. Talk show lineups are subject to change. For additional program highlights, consult TV Week in Sunday's editions of The Oklahoman.

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