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UAC Adds Excitement to Campus

World Artists Perform

The University Musical Society,
which this year observes its 89th
season, has been planning con-
certs for students since its orga-
nization in 1879. Its founding pur-
pose was to maintain a choral so-
ciety and orchestra, to provide
public concerts and to maintain a
school of music which would offer
instruction comparable to that of
University schools and colleges.
Today, the society no longer
operates a music school; in 1940,
the University took over full con-
trol and responsibility for the
school which was operated by the
society. But the other functions
of the society continue undimin-
Gail Rector, UMS director, says,
"The society is devoted to main-
taining the highest ideals in mu-
sic appreciation and presentation.
By bringing the artistry of the
world to the campus, we feel the
cultural life of the students will
be given an impetus that will
sustain their interest and ideals
throughout their lives. We aim to
broaden their horizons as to what
the arts can mean to them, and
give them a new standard of ex-
Graphic Demonstration
The society's past season was a
graphic demonstration of this
stated objective. Highlights of the
year included performances by An-
dres Segovia, Van Cliburn, Emil
Gilels, and the Boston Symphony,
among many others.
This year, the society will be-
gin its season with two concerts
arranged especially for the Sesqui-
centennial celebration. On Sep-
tember 12, the New York Phil-
harmonic, conducted by Leonard
Bernstein, will present in Hill Au-
ditorium the initial concert of a,
worldwide tour to commemorate
their 125th anniversary. The or-
chestra will play the world pre-
miere of a symphony by Aaron
Following these concerts, the so-
ciety will begin its 22nd annual
Extra Series. This. year, concerts
by the Chicago Symphony Orches-
tra, the Yomiuri Japanese Orches-
tra, and the Stockholm Philhar-

[utelage of. UMS


monic Orchestra are scheduled, asj
well as a performance by the Na-
tional Ballet from Washington,

certs Will be held in the period
between the end of final examina-
tions and the graduation exercises.

D.C., and an original Viennese The newest festival put on by
production starring Giuseppe di the University Musical Society is
Stefano of 'Land of Smiles," an the Fairlane Festival, which made
operetta by Franz Lehar. its debut this past summer as a
Choral Union highlight of the Sesquicentennial
Highlighting the Choral Union cultural presentations. The festival
Series, now in its fifth year, will was held outdoors on the grounds
be a performance by Les Ballets of the old Ford estate, now a part
Canadiens of the Expo '67 produc- of the University's Dearborn cam-
tion of Carl Orff's opera, "Carm- pus.
ina Burana." Van Cliburn will Five Concerts
give his fifth Ann Arbor perform-
ance as part of this series. Among 60,000 for music, Rector organ-
others appearing will be Christa $000frmsc etrogn
Lthes appering ,llhe oC histaized five concerts for the festival,
?Ludwig, soprano, the Royal Phil- includn pefracsb th
harmonic Orchestra of London, icading performances by the
the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chicago Symphony's Baroque Gr-
and the Vienna Symphony. chestra, Yehudi Menuhin and the
Chamber music is also an in- Bath Festival Orchestra, the
tegral part of the Ann Arbor con- Stratford Festival Orchestra - of
cert season. This year he Chain- Canada, and two Caramoor Fest-
ber Arts Series and the Chamber ival operas, "Curlew River" and
Music Festival staged in Rackham 'The Burning Fiery Furnace."
Lecture Hall, will include per- The festival was recognized as
formances by the Chamber Sym- significant by several critics, in-
phony of Philadelphia, conducted cluding Harold C. Schonberg of the
by Anshel Brusilov, the Chicago New York Times. Schonberg wrote,
Little Symphony, conducted by "Fair Lane has many things going
Thor Johnson, and the Warsaw for it. a lovely location, high musi-
Chamber Orchestra. cal ideals, the potentiality of ex-
Making their second appear- pansion to a really important fes-
ance on the University campus tival."
will be Music from Marlboro, a
group of instrumentalists who The problem is, will the fes-
spend their summers concertizing tival have an opportunity to ex-
at a summer music colony in pand? At this writing, the society
Marlboro, Vt. is seeking full support from the
In the beginning of December University and alumnae to enable
the University Choral Union, un- the initial effort to be sustained
der the direction of Lester Mc- in the annual program. But as
Coy, will give their annual per- yet no definite plans have been
formance of Handel's "Messiah." made.
The Choral Union, founded in In addition to concerts put on
1879, was originally the outgrowth by the University Musiscal Society,
of a "Messiah Club" made up of a student has the opportunity to
singers from several local church- attend several regularly scheduled
es. The group now numbers about events of the School of Music.
300 singers, including both towns- Among those performing each year
people and students. are the two student orchestras, the
Messian Concerts University Philharmonia and the
In addition to its "Messiah" University Symphony Orchestra,
concerts, the Choral Union has and the world-reknowned Stanley
since 1894 participated in the an- Quartet. The Varsity Band also of-
nual May Festivals. This year, as fers several selections at an an-
last, the May Festival will be nual Varsity Night held in the fall.
held in April, due to the pressures All bf these concerts are relatively
of the trimester system. The con- inexpensive.



'U' Choral Union Performs Handel's"Messiah" Each Christmas



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