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62 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 7 - March 13, 1997 Gamelan Lake conce00 :set l! r Ge, ,rgetown March 13 The Gamelan Lake of the Silver Bear, an Indonesian-style orches- tra at the University of Delaware, will present two concerts in Georgetown on Thursday, March 13. tuned only to itself and no two gamelans are ever tuned alike, he explained. The group name, Gamelan Lake of the Silver Bear, has individual significance. The orchestra, Michael Zinn, UD professor of music, will perform for high school students at 12:30 p.m. and again for the public at 7:30 p.m. in the West Building Theatre of the Higher Education Building. Both concerts are free. Gamelan is the Javanese word for orchestra, and for more than 10 years, Zinn and his musicians have been surprising area audi- ences with this taste of the exotic. The instruments themselves are unusual, as the eelempung, a stringed zither, and kenong, a set of pot gongs, replace the usual vi- olins and cellos. Lines of numbers are used in- stead of notes on sheet music, and the musicians perform barefoot in flowing patterned skirts and waist cloths instead of tuxedos and gowns. Zinn first saw a gamelan per- form years ago at a conference in Milwaukee. He said that the beauty of the ancient art form prompted him to pursue a fellowship in Asian mu- sic at the University of Michigan. He gained hands-on experience when he performed in the game- ensemble there. 'I couldn't get the sounds out of my head," Zinn, who is also a composer said. Eventually, he spent two years making 16 of 18 instruments. The other two - a bronze gong with a teakwood frame and a kethuk, a set of bronze knobbed pots - were both imported from Java. Following a tradition started in the ninth century, Zinn tuned his instruments to their own spirit. Each gamelan ensemble is Thespians Continued from page 59 Midsummer Night's Dream," is Cape alumnus Jacob Norfleet, who had standout roles in past Cape productions such as "Little Shop of Horrors," "Guys and Dolls, and many others. His su- pervision and direction helped lighten the load of the shows di- rectors Aleta Thompson and Chris King. Choreography was provid- ed by senior east member Sara Wolak and King. Nightly performances for the musical will be held March 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. Special performances include a 10 a.m. show on Satur- day, March 22 during the Second Annual Cape Henlopen Arts Fes- tival, and a Sunday, March 23 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for. adults and $4 for children and students. : eservations may be made by 6iiiie Lore at 945-7174. A specialance for senior cit- izens wi'held Wednesday, March 19 at 1 p.m. direeted b37 ........ ec-0rdfng to Zinn, the bear symbolizes an animal native to North America and some of the orchestra pieces are made of sil- ver. In 1982, Gamelan Lake of the Silver Bear was an experimental music course with 12 students, none of whom had any musical background. The group learned together dur- ing weekly field trips to play with musicians at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Wash- ington, DC. Today, the ensemble consists of 18 members. Some former participants have gone on to participate in the direc- tor's community group which meets weekly in Newark. Others have composed pieces for the group. Despite the off-beat characteris- tics of the orchestra, audience re- sponse has been overwhelming positive. The two to four concerts the en- semble performs each year have attracted full houses. Zinn, who teaches courses in music theory, orchestration, com- position and more, has been awarded a post-doctoral fellow- ship for the study of non-Western musical cultures through the Na- tional Endowment for the Human- ities and is a published composer. He has three times been named Delaware's Composer of the Year. For more information on the Georgetown concerts, contact Mark McLeod at 856-5400. xAez pma Full ea. pc .......................... *69 Queen 2 pc. set .................. *179 Sold in sets only. Quantities limited! SAgE PmCE Full ee. pc ........ Queen 2 pc. Set..*Cgg 3 pc. Set .... *729 SAgE PRICE 69 TwinEa. Pc Full ea, pc ........... *99 oUlai  , Pn, "C uSaett:e: lime 9 , SHALIMAR FUTON O.L* S99 Full Size, BlaCk, SALE PmCE s229 Full ca. pc ........ ..... Queen 2 pc. Set ....... uS49 King 3 pc. Set ......... *799 =,,. m. s269 Full ea. pc ............. *299 Queen 2 pc. Set ....... qi40 King 3 pc. Set .......... ql99 s89- Ea. Pc Full ea. pc ............. .129 Queen 2 pc. Set ....... King 3 pc. Set ......... VISTA BLACK CANOPY BED Full, Queen, King SAgE PR;CE "IMMMIMagi. Firm s139 In'zwllwIR Twin E,. Pc. Full ea. pc ............. '189 Queen 2 pc. Set ....... King 3 pc. Set ......... q199 FUTON BUNK BEDS s279 Mattress Extra sA00z pmcz Full ea. pc ..... ,..'329 Queen 2 pc. Set ...749