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PRESENTATION BEGUN IN 1894:
May Festival Features Well-Known Musical Artists in Six Conce

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EVERY SATURDAY-An important part of football Saturdays is the University Marching Band.
Precision marching, intricate dance steps and elaborate formations as well as fine playing have
characterized the band. It is one of three bands at the University.
UniversityHas Three Bands

May Festival, a series of six con-
certs presented in Ann Arbor each
spring, draws musical artists from
many parts of the world.
These concerts represent the
culmination of a definite program
of concerts presented throughout,
the season under the auspices of;
the University Musical Society.
The first annual May Festival
was inaugurated in the spring of
1894 under the leadership of Prof.
Albert A. Stanley, musical director,
'U' Baroque
TVrio Uni que
"The University is the only such
institution I know of that has a
regularly sponsored organization
to present music of this type,"
commented Prof. Florian Mueller
of the music school.
The Baroque trio, a University
organization since 1955, is com-
posed of Prof. Mueller who plays
the oboe, Prof. Nelson Hauenstein,I
flute, and Prof. Marilyn Mason
Brown, harpsicord. All are in the
music school.
Specializing in music from 1600
to 1750, the group plays composi-
tions of the Baroque period of
music which ends with the death
of Bach.
The playing of much of this
music has been neglected and
many pieces only now are being
made available," Prof. Mueller
said. "For example, one composi-
tion which we have played was
printed in 1740. We had to have a
photostatic copy made of the re-
cently found music."
The trio presents a concert in
Ann Arbor each semester and
plays engagements throughout the
state.
In Detroit last fall the trio and
the Woodwind Quintet played a
special reception for the French
ambassador.

and his associates on the Board of
Directors. Three concerts were
played by the Boston Festival Or-
chestra, directed by Emil Kollen-
hauer. The Choral Union Chorus
with a membership of about 300
sang in the final concert with
soloists from New York.
This was the first large musical
event to be held in this area, and

Festival since 1913, was in its
early days, referred to by such dis-
tinguished musicians as Ignace
Jan Paderewski as "the finest
music hall in the world."
The May Festival concerts, as
well as all the other-musical pre-
sentations during the year, are
planned for more than the enjoy-
ment and entertainment of Uni-
versity students and local and
state residents. They are intended
also to appropriately supplement
the academic and professional re-
sources of the University, the Uni-
versity"Musical Society says.
Artists Appear
Appearing on the program this
spring were the noted artists Lily
Pons, soprano of the Metropolitan
and Paris Operas, Claramae Turn-
er, contralto; Brian 'Sullivan,
tenor; Martial Singher, baritone;
Yi-Kwei Sze, bass-baritone.

Gyorgy Sandor, Hungarian pian-
ist accompanied the Festival Youth
Chorus which is composed of 400
singers from the Ann Arbor Public
Schools.
George London, baritone, Mi-

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chael Rabin, violinist and Glen
Gould, pianist were also feature
as part of the Festival. Many c
these artists are famous for part
in operas. They all have toure
the United States and other coun
tries.

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LILY PONS
... opened Festival

Stepping off at 220 steps per
minute each fall is the Univer-
sity's, Marching Band.
The Michigan Marching Band
takes the spotlight for the first;
eight weeks of each fall semester.j
Under the dire'ction of Prof. Wil-
iam Revelli, the band has estab-
lished a reputation for unusually
fine playing, precision marching,
and intricate dance steps, forma-
tions, and gridiron productions. -
The practice that the bandj
members go through requires
enough steps to equal the distance
of a little over once around the
world. The 170 band members
spend about seven hours drilling
on each show and manage to lose.
800 pounds in eight weeks.
Director Since 1935
Prof. Revelli assumed the duties
of, director pf University Bands
in 1935. The band performs at all
home football games and also ac-
companies the team on out of
town games.
With the close of the football
season the University Symphony
Band takes over the spotlight.
The Symphony Band requires a
high degree of musical proficiency,
since members read and perform
the finest of symphonic litera-
ture. Often the band premiers new
works.,for a, composer under his
direction.
The spring tour climnaxes each
symphony season. Band members
receive a real exposure to "being
on the road."
Symphony Band has played in
ir
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Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Aca-
demy of Music, and Symphony
Hall in Boston during recent
years. Students have gained pro-
fessional training and experience
on the concert stage.
The third part of the University
Band lineup is the Wolverine
Band. The Wolverine Band's ac-
tivities center around extra cur-
ricular campus functions such as
basketball games and local pa-
rades. The Band takes over the
marching role of the Marching
Band at the close of the latter's
season.
Primarily for students without
the proficiency to qualify for the
Symphony Band or for those who
cannot devote the time required
for participation in the other

bands, the Wolverine Band is di-
rected by Prof. George R. Caven-
der, assistant director of Univer-
sity Bands.
Training Ground
University Bands, according to
Prof. Revelli, are to encourage
student talent and serve as a val-
uable training ground for future
music educators.
Actual practice in organization,
training and presentation provide
participants with experience in
music education, culture, and ar-
tistry.
University Bands have always
been considered among the lead-
ers of the nation's bands. Not only
students and alumni but critics
and audiences throughout the
world have acclaimed them.

music lovers from all over Michi-
gan and surrounding states were
in the audience of the old Uni-
versity Hall.
Festival Grows
During the years the number of
concerts was increased to six. The
Boston Festival Orchestra par-
ticipated annually for the first 11
years. In the May Festival of 1905,
the Chicago Orchestra took part
and continued to do so for 31 years.
The Philadelphia Orchestra with
Eugene Ormandy, conductor, has
been heard annually in all six con-
certs since the Festival of 1936.
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