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Nov. 11, 1997

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Collegium Musicum to perform

WACO -- The Medieval-Renaissance Consort and the William Casey Baroque Ensemble, Baylor's Collegium Musicum, will present a concert of early European music today at 7 p.m. at Roxy Grove Hall.

The Medieval-Renaissance Consort, comprised of eight members, will open the concert with a set of 13th-century motets. They will end their part of the concert with 'Het derde musyck boexken ... alderhande danserye,' which was edited by German composer and publisher Tielman Susato.

The concert will continue with the 22-member William Casey Baroque Ensemble, which will perform two pieces from the German Baroque period. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's 'Double in E-flat Major' is scored for fortepiano, harpsichord and orchestra. Lecturer in Piano Brian Marks and Visiting Lecturer in Harpsichord Christina Edelen will perform as soloists for this performance.

Frideric Handel's 'Concerto Grosso, Op. 6., No. 3' will be the final work and will be performed by three student soloists -- cellist Noah Bunker and violinists Noel Martin and Brenda Garcia.

The Collegium Musicum is under the direction of Christine Getz, Lecturer in Music History. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

Biker Jay Leno

rides again

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) --In the sea of black leather and shiny chrome, Jay Leno led the way.

The 'Tonight Show'' host was the grand marshal for some 25,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders revving their engines for charity at the 14th annual Love Ride over the weekend.

Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale, started the ride to promote a positive image for bikers. The $45 entrance fee and any donations the riders made went to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Leno led the convoy 50 miles to Castaic Lake, where a barbecue, trade show and concert featuring the Doobie Brothers and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts awaited them.

The ride was expected to raise $1.25 million.

Paul Simon writes Broadway musical

NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul Simon's resume needed no padding, so why did the pop icon spend seven years writing a Broadway musical?

'I didn't want to be 'that guy who played Central Park,''' Simon said of his 1991 concert in a story published Sunday in The New York Times Magazine.

Simon's musical, 'The Capeman,'' is scheduled to open on Broadway on Jan. 8, with preview performances beginning Dec. 1. It has been in the works for seven years, and the idea came to Simon a decade ago.

'The Capeman'' is based on the story of Salvador Agron, a teen-age Puerto Rican gang member convicted in 1959 of slaying two boys in New York, a case splashed across the city's tabloids. Agron, who died in 1986, was called The Capeman because of the black cape he wore as a member of a gang called the Vampires.

'I just thought, `Hey, the Capeman murder, that would make a good musical,''' said Simon, who penned hits with Art Garfunkel before a successful solo career with such albums as the Grammy-winning 'Graceland.''

Ice-T's street respect still intact

NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that Ice-T has gone from rapper to star of a do-gooder TV show, has he lost respect on the street?

Not at all, he says.

'The rap community at this point is so intelligent, they're happy for me,'' the star of NBC's 'Players'' said in the Nov. 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly. 'They're giving me the thumb up.''

On the show, Ice-T plays one of four people serving prison terms who are enlisted by the feds to capture bigger game.

With the role, the rapper who infuriated many five years ago with his album 'Cop Killer'' has gone mainstream. He said he was able to make the transition because he has crossover appeal.

'That's what people told me when I first started,'' he said. 'I'm somebody who could always explain myself in a way that's not too, like, scary to white people.''

Ice-T has made 10 albums that have sold millions.

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