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monday, november 5, 1979
Up With People songs imply all is well with world
By Michael Wicst
Building bridges of communication and understanding
among all nations, cultures and people -the expressed
purpose of the entertainment group Up With People-is a
noble and ambitious goal. It is also an abstract goal, as
abstract as the words used to state it.
Under the circumstances, one can only look at the
facts to determine the reality.
According to Pat Murphy, a resoresentative of Uo With
People, the organization is a non-profit educational
program, muuiwiaujr uiucptuutm, wuu uu pumiCal or
Murphy said that Up With People is an international
group, representing 21 different countries, and traveling
around the world. The group stays with host families
when it performs on the road.
Up With People consists of five casts of 100, all
performing in different -parts of the world. The organiza
tion is based in Tuscon, Ariz., and uses the University of
Arizona for five weeks of intense rehearsal before touring
ALTHOUGH UP WITH PEOPLE is an international
group, more than half its members are from the United
States. Most of the cast is white and most are Christian.
Nearly all the countries traveled to and represented are
United States allies.
' Although the students in the Up With People program
are from different economic backgrounds, all must pay a a
$4,800 annual tuition. Sometimes this money comes
from scholarships, Murphy said and sometimes it is raised
by students from members of their communities.
Of the 7,000 annual applicants to the program, 500 are
accepted. Most applicants are interviewed after
performances. Murphy said that "yu really don't have to
sing or dance" to be accepted in the program, but she
believes the number of accepted cast members who
perform reflects the type of people most likely to try out.
Violinist Stern shows musical flair
By Penelope Smith'
What can you say about Isaac Stern? Since his 1934
debut at the age of 14, he has become recognized as one
of the greatest violinists of our time and perhaps any
Saturday night at Kimball Music Hall, the lights
dimmed and a gruff little man in a cummerbund and tails
walked on stage with a violin tucked under his arm, With
his pianists David Golub, whom Stern allowed to be a
pianist, rather than an accompanist, Stern created a very
The selections were well rounded. They ranged from
Beethoven's "Sonata No. I in D Major, Opus 12," to Bar
tok's "Sonata No. I," and Cesar Auguste Franck's "Sonata
in A Major."
The Beethoven piece possessed a majesty that Stern in-,
terpreted with flare and pomp. Stern's startling flexibility
was apparent in the Bartok work, a piece of immense
complexity that demanded concentration and precision to
an awe-inspiring degree. The result was a high angular
purity reminiscent of a Graham dance.
With his final piece by Franck, Stern touched his
audience and gave his utmost. The piece was a romantic
composition that flowed through Stern like a sad melo
dious river of music. He smiled throughout the piece and,
rather than the concentration of an expert musician which
he had exhibited earlier, he radiated ioy in his music as if
to sav that was what made his life worthwhile. The
audience was greatly affected after the eerie uneasiness of
Bartok, and the applause was enormous, v
Stern's was a performance to be enjoyed on many
levels. His playing possesses a complex and varied richness
that pleases all, from the music student listening to how
he handles his E-string to the old woman who closes her
eyes and dreams. He can be a pleasure or a puzzle to be
analyzed for technique and ultimate human error.. But
Stern is, above all else, an exquisite pleasure.
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She said they don't like to exclude anyone.
Murphy said interviewers talk to the applicants to
"find out what they like." She said they look for students
who are "willing to work, willing to get involved and
people who like people."
ABOUT HALF the funding for the financially
independent group comes from performance royalties.
Private corporations such as Dewitt Wallace Reader's
Digest corporation and the Lily Corporation endowment
fund donate 21 percent. Two of the corporations who
hire Up With People are Scott Paper and the 3M
The performance Friday evening at Pershing
Auditorium consisted of group musical and dance
numbers reminiscent in spirit of the routines used to fill
space in the Miss America pageant or the Coca Cola
commercial "I'd Like To Teach the World to Sing."
.It was good family entertainment, although slightly
disturbing in its implied premise that these young people
represent the world and their performance proves that
everything is working out.
In a flyer containing facts about Up With People, it is
written that the purpose of the group's performance is "to
celebrate the brotherhood of man and to instill a sense of
hope among the audience." This it did. Everyone on stage
was talented, everyone looked healthy and happy. No one
appeared to be starving. Racial strife was non-existent,
there were no disillusioned Native Americans. The world
should be such a happy place.
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