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arts & culture ■ 18 

gateway ■ WWYUHfMIEWATOHUM.CA ■ January30,2013 

Arts & Culture Editor 

Alana Willerlon 





A&C meetings Wednesdays a! 4 p.m. in 3-04 SUB. 


Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. 

Rexall Place (7424118 Ave.) 

Tickets $74.31 - $84.31 at 

With glittering laser light shows and elabo¬ 
rately staged sets, Muse’s live performances 
tend to be as dramatic as singer Matthew 
Bellamy's soulful falsetto. Although their 
last album divided some fans with its dubstep 
influences and synth pop stylings, the rock 
band remains technically impressive in addi¬ 
tion to being popular on the charts. With the 
help of smoke machines and strobe lights, this 
concert will be likely be an intense evening of 
mosh pits and heartfelt vocal solos. 

Craig Martell and Jon 
Mick Record Their Split 
Comedy Album 

Sunday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. 

Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus (8120101 Si.) 

$10 at the door 

When people talk about Edmonton, local 
comedy isn't usually the topic of choice. But 
while they fixate on our mall or the amount 
of snow we get, they're also missing out on an 
underground crew of hilarious comedians that 
regularly rouse chuckles from frozen, shopped- 
out bodies. Craig Martell and Jon Mick, two 
staples of the Edmonton comedy scene, are 
recording an album this weekend called Beef 
Dip/Tuna Melt. Whether you want sore abs 
from laughing, to debate which is a better sand¬ 
wich or just haveyour own weird laugh immor¬ 
talized on the album, don’t miss out on the fun. 


Directed by Trevor Schmidt 
Starring Cole Humeny and Sereana Malani 
Friday, Feb. 1 - Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m., 
preview Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. 

TransAlta Arts Barn (10330 84 Ave.) 

$20 for students at, 
preview is free for students with valid ID 

An unfortunate few of us have first-hand 
knowledge of this cliched experience: waking 
up in a bedthat's notyourown nexttosomeone 
you can’t remember — and the night before is 
all a blur. That’s the case in Ride, the second 
production of Northern Light Theatre's 37th 
season. This season at NLT features shows that 
star only one man and one woman, exploring 
the depths of adult relationships. Ride follows 
this contemporary couple and their morning- 
after confusion as they work through what’s 
happened between them. 

Zodiac Arrest 

Starring Jamie Cavanagh, Gianna Vacirca, 

Caitlin Marchak, Mackenzie Baert, Candace 
Berlinguette, Michael Kennard, Billy Kidd, Kadri 
Hansen, Lisa Feehan and Kristi Wade 
Thursday, Jan. 31 - Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., no 
show on Monday, Feb. 4 
Westbury Theatre (10330 84 Ave.) 

$26.25 for students at 

Firefly Theatre, Edmonton’s circus art and 
aerial theatre organization, has decided to add 
the wow-factor back into determining desti¬ 
nies with their performance of Zodiac Arrest. 
The show takes the horoscope symbols and 
creates circus movement pieces around each 
theme, allowing audiences to see Scorpio and 
Sagittarius presented by clowns, Taurus imag¬ 
ined through silk climbing and the Gemini 
twins explored by contortionists. 


(February, get it?) 

FEATURING The University Symphony 

CONDUCTOR PetarDundjerski 

WHEN Monday. Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. 

WHERE Winspear Centre 

(4 Sir Winston Churchill Square) 

HOW MUCH SIO for students 

Alana Willerton 


In their first of two major concerts this semester, 
the University Symphony Orchestra is hoping to 
warm students up with some dramatic classical 
music. The orchestra — which includes a wide 
range of students from the university's music 
department to the faculties of Engineering and 
Medicine — are upgrading from their past per¬ 
formances in the U of A's Convocation Hall to 
the Winspear Centre downtown, taking their 
concert to the next leveL 
"The energy that these students give visually 
and orally (makes) this experience pretty amaz¬ 
ing, (and) playing at the Winspear brings it all 
together," says conductor Petar DundjerskL “It 
puts a very nice wrapping around this gift that 
has lots of substance in it. I hope it’s witnessed 
by a lot of people." 

The first half of the show features a variety of 
selections, including a performance by the U of 
A’s vocal department, who will be performing 
arias by Mozart and German composer Engel¬ 
bert Humperdinck- The orchestra will perform 
the overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachi- 
no Rossini — which Dundjerski says most will 
recognize from the The Bugs Bunny Show — 
and then the first half of the show will finish off 
with a performance by Kerry Waller, the winner 
of the U of A Concerto Competition. Waller will 

be performing "Totentanz” by Hungarian com¬ 
poser Franz Liszt, which Dundjerski notes is "a 
famously difficult piano piece" that highlights 
the composer's fascination with dark themes 
and death. 

The second half of the show has been devoted 
to Brahms' Symphony No. l, a beautiful 45-min¬ 
ute masterpiece that Dundjerski believes will be 
e asily accessible, thanks to the clear transitions 
between the light and more tragic aspects of the 

“When you have a masterpiece 
like (Brahms Symphony No. 
1), it takes a lot of layers and 
understanding to present it to 
the audience. We believe that 
when you play this piece and 
listen to it, you go somewhere 
special for 45 minutes.” 


"Brahms makes just about anybody sound 
their best,” he says. "The symphony is very trag¬ 
ic, but it kind of goes from very dark to light and 
finishes very optimistically and exuberantly. It 
basically starts in C minor and ends in C major, 
which is the complete opposite in dark versus 

Now in his third year conducting the orches¬ 
tra, Dundjerksi says this is his best group of per¬ 
formers yet, and the large numbers of return¬ 
ing performers has helped the group to mesh. 
He points to their increased awareness of each 
other — like knowing "when someone should 
be heard and not to cover them, and when you 
should play all out" — as a critical quality of the 
astute ensemble. 

And with their increased synchronicity, what 
the symphony orchestra is really offering is a 
chance to escape into die reflective world of 

classical music as they play “quiedy, loudly and 
all the shades in between." 

Td say what we offer is a chance to go away 
with us. Not just listen to us, but for us to be a 
conduit, to go to some special place that 1 don't 
think you normally get to go to on a daily basis," 
says DundjerskL "When you have a masterpiece 
like this, it takes a lot of layers and understand¬ 
ing to present it to the audience. We believe that 
when you play this piece and listen to it, you 
go somewhere special for 45 minutes. Classi¬ 
cal music isn't pop or rock, but I hope it doesn't 
make anyone afraid of it. 

"It's not just for a classical crowd — it's for 
people who appreciate feelings and have brains 
to think with and are open-minded." 

Jack Erdmann, a first-year Bachelor of Music 
student who plays trombone in the orchestra, 
agrees with the conductor, pointing to an in¬ 
crease in younger audiences at their shows as a 
sign of classical music's increasing popularity. 

“I think die draw of classical music is defi¬ 
nitely how in-depth the music is,” Erdmann 
says. “There's a lot of depth that you can take 
out of the music, and there's so much variety. 
If you pay attention to it enough, then you can 
actually hear different things and not have to 
focus solely on lyrics to get the meaning. 1 diink 
(classical music) can be very approachable if you 
get to the right type of stuff. It's something that 
people can appreciate well if they know how to 
appreciate it.” 

With all the hard work the orchestra has been 
puttingintopreparations forthe performance— 
they've been rehearsing these particular pieces 
since the beginning of the semester — diere will 
certainly be plenty to appreciate as they take on 
the masterpieces of musical geniuses. It's this 
energy and passion for bringing tiiese classical 
gems to life that keeps Dundjerski and his per¬ 
formers returning every year. 

"That, and the millions of dollars avai lable for 
classical musicians — not," Dundjerski jokes. 
“But absolutely. There's no other way to feel this 
it anywhere else. That's the drive that keeps us 

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MUSICAL MASTER Conductor Petar Dundjerski leads the University Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Brahms next Moday. 

University Symphony Orchestra 
fill the halls with classical music