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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, November 18, 1988, Image 7

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Review Christine astounds By MEUSSA THURBER Special to the Press On Friday, November 11 , J. Christine Johnson cap- tivated her audience in a senior voice recital, spon- sored by the Music Depart- ment. Christine began her pro- gram with two arias from Wofgang Amadaeus Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro {The Mariage of Figaro}, \Non so piu cosa son\ and \Voi che sapeti.\ Christine grabbed hold of her audience with her powerful voice and expressive gestures. She also sang the Italian so fluently that it seemed to be her native language. Following a strong open- ing, Christine played with the audience's emotions in \Repentir\ by Sh. Gounod and/G. Favres \Chanson d' Amor. '' Her voice over flowed with sweet despair and she had tight control over her dynamics. In two more pieces by C.U. Gluck and G. Carissimi, Christine vic- toriously sang out the delightful melodies using facial expressions and hand gestures. She performed these pieces with great ease. As the first half of the pro- gram concluded, both singer and accompanist confidently walked off stage knowing that the best was yet to come. Christine began the second part of her program with three german lieder; The first, \Gretchen am Spin- made\ by Franz Schubert had a fast, flowing accom- paniment with a slow singing tempo. Christine toyed with the expressive song using dynamic changes, and strong articulation of the German text. Her next piece \Zveignung\ op. 10 no.l, was written by Richard Strouss. It began with a very slow tempo. Gradually get- ting faster, reaching the climax and racing to the end. The audience was astounded at how well this piece was performed. In her last Ger- man piece, \Er der Her- rlichste ron allen'' by Robert Schumann, Christine sang with grace and a sweet, flow- ing style that perfectly mat- ched the delightful melodic accompaniment. The mood drastically changed with \My Man's Gone Now\ and \Summertime\ from George Gershwin's \Porgy and Bess.\ These two pieces were definite crowd pleasers. Johnson used her deep and powerful voice to bring the words to life. Her jazzy- vocal style included sliding and dramatic dynamic changes. Christine also had incredible control over the high sustained notes. The au- dience was 'Spellbound with this performance. Christine concluded her program with a humorous encore piece entitled ''The Safety Curtain\ by Flanders and Swan. At the end, the audience leaped to it's feet to applaud such a remarkable performance. It was a night that will never be forgotten for all who attended. By CHRIS GRIFFITH Staff Writer Hey readers: When was the last time you remember a doll coming to life? Pin~ nochio and Twilight Zone's 'Talking Tina' are two that pop into my head. Well folks, 'Chuckie' has arrived in a new fllm titled Child's Play. Set in Chicago, the soul of a killer is planted in the body of a sophisticated children's doll. Chris Saran- don [Fright Night] suspects 'Chuckies' young owner of the killings. , The film is suspenseful, and even amus- ing; watch grown-ups battle the little doll and lose! I en- joyed this film because it in- volved someone other than Jason or Freddy making inci- sions in people. Tbe Pftss/Frida film stars Peter O'Tqole, a castle owner in Ireland, wllo haunts it to keep tourists coming. Steve Guttenberg stars as one of the tourists who meets up with a real ghost, played by Daryl Han- nah. Another film starring Steve Guttenberg is a sequel titled Cocoon- The Return. This film allows the senior citizens to forgo eternal life. and return to Earth to retrieve the cocoons that were left behind in the first film. Although is was not directed by Ron Howard, the cast is the same, so hopefully it will be as good as the Howard classic. The makers of An American Tail have made a new film titled the Land Bejor.e Time. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have team- ed up again to bring us a stor of four Olln dinosaurs of different species, in seareh of the Great Valle-y where they can survive. Vide<> releases: VCR pick of the week is Biloxi Blues, adapted from the Neil Simon play, depicts the life of a young boy going into the ar- my, and how he becomes a man. Also out' is The Unho- ly. It isn't too difficult to understand what this film is all about. It involves seduc- tion, murder, and of course, demonic forces. That's a wrap. Until next week, \1'11 see you at the cinema!\ Invitation to \Homecoming\ Special to the Press Harold Pinter's intriguing \Comedy of Menace\ entitl· ed \The Homecoming\ will be the next public play reading sponsored by the Theatre Department at SUNY Cortland. The two- act play will be performed on Sunday, November 20 at 8:00 pm in the Brockway Lounge. \The Homecoming\ is Harold Pinter's 1965 play about a bizarre family whose son returns to Britain from 'America with his wife. this play placed Pinter in the forefront of modern British playwrights and has since been performed around the world. 'The Homecoming\ will be read by SUNY Cortland .,...,.., r Faculty, Joseph Brownell. John Willmer, Bill Hopkins and Joel Shatzky. Flo LeMerle, a SUNY student, and Eric Williams, an ex- change student from Great Britain, will also be doing readings from this play. All are cordially invited to \The Homecoming\ which is free . THE CAMPUS ARTIST AND LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS THE Featuring The Ithaca Ballet • Dowd Fine Arts Theatre • SUNY Cortland Campus TODAY Friday Evening, 8:00pm November 18, 1988 All Students $4 00 Fac/Staff. Sen1or C1!1zens Cortland A.lumn1 $6 50 General Public $8 50 TOMORROW Saturday Family Matinee 2:00 prn-November 19, 1988 Chtldren Under 12 $3 00 All Students $4 00 Fac/Staff Sen1or C1t1zens $5 50 General Pub11c $7 50 This performance is ma~e pos- sible through the contributions of the following corporate sponsors: Cortland County FmanCial lns!Jiullons Cit1zens Savings Bank F SB. Cortland Savings Bank. First National Bank of Cortland. Key Bank of Central New York, Marine Midland Bank N.A , Norstar Bank of Central New York Stone Travel AtlantiC Mortgage Bank Sm1th Corona Corporation E H Lang Company Cortland Glass Yaman Real Estate Pecks Furn1ture Cortland County New Car Auto Dealers Crown Carpet State Farm Insurance Tupper Real Estate Harts and Flowers Arnolds Flor1sts Payne Brothers Ofl1ce Equ1pment Cable Advert1s1ng Systems Inc

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