UMS Concert Program, March 9, 1981: International Presentations Of Music & Dance -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
ALVIN AILEY, Artistic Director Mary Barnett, Associate Artistic Director
Sarita Allen Carl Bailey Marilyn Banks Barbara Pouncie Beckles April Berry Roman Brooks Kevin Brown Ronald Brown Alistair Butler Debora Chase On leave of absence
Masazumi Chaya Daniel Clark Gary DeLoatch Patricia Dingle Neisha Folkes Ralph Glenmore Judith Jamison Mari Kajiwara Keith McDaniel Deborah Manning Sharrell Mesh
Michihiko Oka Nathaniel Orr Stanley Perryman Danita Ridout Maxine Sherman Linda Spriggs Gregory Stewart Dudley Williams Donna Wood Sara Yarborough
Monday Evening, March 9, 1981, at 8:00
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Alvin Ailey Company has come a long way since its 1958 debut with seven dancers at New York's 92nd Street YW-YMHA. As early as 1962 the Company appeared in the Far East, Australia, and London, and in 1970 captured first prize in the International Dance Festival in Paris. Also in 1970 the Company created a sensation on a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour to the Soviet Union, performing in towns where Western dancers had never been seen before. Subsequent tours have taken the dancers to Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, Greece, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Africa--all with seasons sold out before they began. The Company now numbers 30 dancers, with a repertory ensemble company, a workshop, a well-established school, and a repertoire that boasts such Ailey classics as Revelations and Blues Suite, as well as 50 ballets by over 30 major choreographers.
The Ailey Company first performed in Ann Arbor in 1969; this is the ensemble's seventh visit to the city for a total of 17 performances. The three concerts this week comprise a residency under the Dance Touring Program, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts.
102nd Season -Forty-fifth Concert Tenth Annual Choice Series
(First performance, December 1980)
Dances inspired by the dynamic sounds of Pharaoh Sanders, Donald Byrd, and Max Roach
Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Assistant to Mr. Ailey: Mari Kajiwara
Costumes: A. Christina Giannini
Lighting: Chenault Spence
Masazumi Chaya Carl Bailey Marilyn Banks Keith McDaniel Maxine Sherman Patricia Dingle Sharrell Mesh Danita Ridout
Linda Spriggs Gary DeLoatch Roman Brooks Kevin Brown Stanley Perryman Barbara Pouncie Beckles
Maxine Sherman Gary DeLoatch
Keith McDaniel Linda Spriggs
Sharrell Mesh Carl Bailey Danita Ridout
Patricia Dingle Stanley Perryman Barbara Pouncie Beckles
It's Time Dudley Williams and The Company
"Astral Traveling" composed by Lonnie Liston Smith, played by Pharaoh Sanders.
"Thembi" composed and played by Pharaoh Sanders.
"Flight Time" composed by L. Mizell, played by Donald Byrd.
"It's Time" composed and played by Max Roach.
"Phases" was made possible in part by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.
THE STILL POINT
(First performance, 1954)
Choreography: Todd Bolender
Music: Claude Debussy
Costumes: Stanley Simmons
Lighting Design: Chenault Spence
"At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless Neither from nor toward; at the still point, there the dance is . . ."
T. S. Eliot "Burnt-Norton"
Sara Yarborough Roman Brooks Patricia Dingle April Berry Keith McDaniel Kevin Brown
"The Still Point" was made possible in part by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.
THE TIME BEFORE THE TIME AFTER (AFTER THE TIME BEFORE)
(New production, first performance 1972)
Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Igor Stravinsky (Concertina for String Quartet) Lighting: Chenault Spence
Sarita Allen Michihiko Oka
Lar Lubovitch has performed with many modern dance and classical ballet companies, and in 1968 formed his own company which has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. As a choreographer, Mr. Lubovitch has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and his works are included in the repertories of the American Ballet Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and companies in Lisbon, Paris, and Tel-Aviv. Mr. Lubovitch and his company appeared in Ann Arbor last October with two performances in the Power Center.
CONCERTO IN F
(First performance, February 1981)
Choreography: Billy Wilson
Music: George Gershwin Lighting Design: Chenault Spence
Andante con moto A llegro agitato
Sara Yarborough Carl Bailey
Linda Spriggs Nathaniel Orr Debora Chase Gregory Stewart
Gary DeLoatch Deborah Manning Roman Brooks April Berry
Sharrell Mesh Stanley Perryman Barbara Pouncie Beckles Kevin Brown
Billy Wilson, a native of Philadelphia, made his New York debut in the City Center Production of "Carmen Jones'" and appeared in the original Broadway productions of "Bells Are Ringing" and "Jamaica." He then went to Europe for nine years where he appeared with the National Ballet of Holland as well as television appearances, working in films and in opera. He returned to the United States as director of the Dance Program at Brandeis University, and for four seasons directed the famous "Hasty Pudding Theatricals" at Harvard University. He sub?sequently formed his own company in Boston and choreographed "The Trojans" for the Boston Opera under the direction of Sarah Caldwell. He was also the choreographer for the two-time Emmy award-winning children's television show "Zoom." On Broadway he created the chore?ography and musical staging for the long-running hit "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and for "Eubie." Most recently, Mr. Wilson directed the hit revue, "Rhapsody in Gershwin," for the St. Regis Hotel.
"Concerto in F" was made possible in part by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.
Paul Plishka, Bass (replacing Martti Talvela) . . . Tues. Mar. 10
Songs of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Schumann, Niles, Ukrainian;
arias by Mozart and Verdi. Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.......Tues. Mar. 10
Later That Day (Posin, Glass); Tilt (Faison); Places (Chaison, BachLoussier);
Memoria (Ailey, Jarrett). Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.......Wed. Mar. 11
Night Creature (Ailey, Ellington); Treading (Monte, Reich); The River (Ailey, Ellington); Revelations (Ailey, Traditional).
Hakan Hagegard, Baritone (replacing Walter Berry, new date) . . Sat. Mar. 14 Songs of Schubert, Stenhammar, Ravel, Rangstrom, Martin, and Brahms.
New York Chamber Soloists........Sun. Mar. 15
"A Venetian Evening"--music of Monteverdi and Vivaldi.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Andre Previn . . Thurs. Mar. 19
Haydn: Symphony No. 82 ("The Bear"); Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnol; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band.......Mon. Mar. 23
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Kurt Masur . . . Sun. Mar. 29
Mozart: Serenata Notturna, K. 239; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor; Beethoven: Symphony No. 7.
Faculty Artists Concert.........Sun. Apr. 5
"Virtuoso Music for Wind Instruments."
Guarneri String Quartet (sold out)......Mon. Apr. 20
Western Opera Theater, "Elixir of Love" .... Thurs. Apr. 23
Ann Arbor May Festival, 1981
Wednesday-Saturday, April 29, 30, May 1, 2, in Hill Auditorium
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, Conductor Laureate Aldo Ceccato, Guest Conductor
Judith Blegen, Soprano Ani Kavafian, Violinist
Gyorgy Sandor, Pianist
The University Choral Union
Faye Robinson, Soprano John Gilmore, Tenor
Katherine Ciesinski, Mezzo-soprano John Cheek, Bass
Wednesday--Ormandy and Blegen; Barber: Second Essay; Mozart: Exultate, Jubilate; Rach?maninoff: Vocalise; Stravinsky: Pastorale; Ravel: Habanera; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5.
Thursday--Ceccato and Kavafian: Rossini: Overture to Semiramide; Bruch: Violin Concerto in G minor; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8.
Friday--Ceccato, Choral Union, Robinson, Ciesinski, Gilmore, Cheek: Mozart: Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter"); Rossini: Stabat Mater.
Saturday--Ormandy and Sandor: Harris: Symphony No. 3; Bartok; Third Piano Concerto. Concerto for Orchestra.
Series tickets still available at $40, $30, $20, $18; single concert tickets now on sale, from $5 to $15.
"100 Years of Great Performances"
This brand-new publication of the University Musical Society is available in the main floor and first balcony lobbies this evening for your perusal and purchase. In its 208 pages is a wealth of human interest and information, including: a 100th Season Anniversary Guest Book, hand?written greetings from each artist who performed that season; personal letters from nearly 200 artists who share reminiscences of their Ann Arbor performances over the years; a 100-year history tracing the Musical Society's growth from the small "Messiah Club" in 1879 to its present-day stature; and a roster of performing artists who appeared under our auspices from 1879 through 1979.
This anniversarysouvenir book is also available for purchase ($10 per copy) in our Burton Tower office, and at the following Ann Arbor locations: Borders Book Shop, Liberty Music Shop, and Little Professor Book Center.
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
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