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University Musical Society Denotes
Major Keynotes of Campus Culture

By GLENN LITTON i Fifteen, years after its formation,
the Musical Society initiated a
"I'd like the students to know "Choral Union Series" of 10 con-
that the Musical Society is here certs. This series and an "Extra
for them. We're concerned about Series," begun in 1946, offer or-
their cultural development. That's chestral programs by world-re-
why in the last seven years we ve nowned organizations, instru-
almost doubled the number of mental and vocal soloists, choirs,
concerts, why we haven't raised ballet, and opera.
ticket prices for the major con- The Musical Society also plans
cert serie in the past three years, two concert series designed for
and why we've added a Fall Dance two co eries esigne for
Festival to complement our Cham- those who enjoy musical fare pre-
ber erie:. msented in surroundings more inti-
e Seris temmate and relaxed than the large
"We bring the musical world concert hall. The "Chamber Arts
literally to their feet. Last year, Series" and the annual "Chamber
14 countries were represented in Music Festival" are staged in the
our series of concerts. lushly decorated Rackham Lec-
"Too many students settle for ture Hall,
mere entertainment and forget The youngest of the Musical
the cultural opportunities we're S o c i e t y 's presentations is a
offering them." "Chamber Dance Festival." Begun
That is the working philosophy in 1962, its offerings have be-
of Gail Rector, executive director come more and more elaborate,
of the University Musical Society, which has necessitated a move
Rector heads an organization this year from the Rackham Hall,
that has been planning concert to the larger stage in Hill Aud.
series 'for students since 1879. The oldest and most elaborate
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\Where the virtuous
get their books

of the Society's Festivals is the
May Festival. This year it will be
the "May" Festival in name only,
for Rector and his staff have de-
cided to accommodate students'
hectic tri-semester schedule by
moving the series of six concerts
by the Philadelphia Orchestra,
Eugene Ormandy, and guest solo-,
ists to April 22-25. This is just
following exams and before gradu-
ation, when University housing
facilities will still be open and
most leases will not, as yet, have
run out.
The soloist which has appeared
with the Philadelphia Orchestra
more than any other is one re-
cruited from University faculty,
the student body and community:
the University Choral Union.
This April the Choral Union will
be an important unit in the "pre-
miere of a work commissioned es-
pecially by the Musical Society to
celebrate the University's sesqui-
centennial. The work, written by
University composer-in-residence
Ross Lee Finney, is entitled "A
Martyr's Elegy." The text is taken
from Shelly's "Adonis."
It will be performed by the
Philadelphia Orchestra and the
Choral Union during this year's
May Festival.
The Choral Union will "solo"
late in the first semester, just be-
fore winter vacation, as performer
of the beloved choruses in Han-
del's "Messiah." Joining the Cho-
ral Union for three performances,
Dec. 2-4, will be members from
the Detroit Symphony underrthe
direction of Lester McCoy, con-

doff Serkin, has arranged for
three sets of tours by a variety of
The second chamber group de-
buting in Ann Arbor is the Cham-
ber Symphony of Philadelphia, or-
ganized and directed by former
principal violist with the Phila-
delphia Orchestra, Anshel Brusi-
low. Their performances on this
campus will mark the Symphony's
first week of concertizing.
The third chamber group new
wo University audiences will be
composed of members from the
Boston Symphony Orchestra. The
Symphony is returning to Ann
Arbor after a five year's absence.
After its Saturday night perfor-
mance, first chair players will
stay over and on Sunday present
a concert of chamber works.
As well as the artists spotlight-
ed above, the Society will also pre-
sent the New York City Opera
Company in "The Consul" by
Gian Carlo Menotti and Puccini's
"Tosca." The Chicago Symphony
will return in early October for
two concerts, one of which will
feature the symphony "Altitudes,"
ay the orchestra's French con-
ductor Jean Martinon.
The young Japanese conductor
Seiii Ozawa, winner of the New
York Philaharmonic's'auditions
for young musical directors, will
appear with the Toronto Sym-
phony Orchestra in November.
Ballet connoisseurs will be treat-
ed to concerts by the American
Ballet;Theatre, the Winnipeg Bal-
let Company, and Jose Greco's
Spanish Dance Company.
This variety of artists will be
further enhanced by the Musical
Society's sesquicentennial cam-
paign to promote programming by
visiting groups of compositions
written by members of the Uni-
versiy's music faculty or by for-
mer students of the University.
Aside from the Finney work, a
work by Leslie Bassett has been
scheduled for performance, and
works by such alumni as Wallace
Berry, George Crumb, Donald
Harris, Paul Cooper and Grant
Reglariani are being auditioned by
the musical directors of groups
scheduled to perform.
These are just some highlights
from this season's schedule of
Musical Society offerings.



Student Government President Ed Robinson, and Vice President, Cindy Sampson, are shown here after a successful "Let's" campaign.
They did; their current ambition is to set up student advisory committees to University presidents as well as to all vice-presidents.
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. . . "-- doctor of the Chorai union.
Students are especially lucky
this year to be able to hear An-
dres Segovia in concert. Segovia
WEDGWiOOD BE{ ADS is touring the United States, an
unusual undertaking for an artist
in his 60's and one not prone to
1 1jt 1traveling.
Coninuinuion CP mand 7Because Segovia decided to re-
schedule his tour to allow him a
more leisurely pace, he will be
appearing in Ann Arbor on both
Q Feb. 28 and March 1, rather than
s hiand ereron the previously scheduled date
*N SO. JNtYERSlTY of Jan. 9.
Three chamber groups will be
making their first appearances on
twtt, the University campus this sea-
son. Music from Marlboro is a
j group of instrumentalists who
g eta or spend summers concertizing at a
ANN ARIOMR., 4IHEr summer music colony in Marl-
A boro, Vt. This year, the colony's
. ~ music director, noted pianist Ru-


Champions for "a meaningful
student .voice in University de-
cision-making" last winter seemed
to have given up the idea of ever
achieving any progress through
"the proper administrative chan-
Disenchanted with an adminis-
trative and regental scuttling of a
plan for a University-operated dis-
count bookstore, some local acti-
vists completely despaired of ever
successfully working with or even
against administrators using any
means, proper or not, while oth-
ers hinted at possibilities of non-
cooperation as sit-ins at Regents'
But, over the summer, new Stu-
dent Government Council Presi-
dent Ed Robinson, '67, has re-
vived interest in working through
established channels of communi-
cation once again and has pro-
posed establishing even more
channels as "proper."

At this moment of publication,
attempts are being made to influ-
ence the Regents, by individual
conversations, to allow students
time to speak at Regents' meet-
ings. If SGC fails to convince
them, students this fall could pos-
sibly see one of the rare bursts
of more blatant activism if former
hints to stage sit-ins at Regents'
meetings become a reality. .
Robinson already has convinced
administrators to set up a student
advisory committee to the Uni-
versity president as well as com-
mittees to all the vice-president.
The advisory committee network
has been steadily growing since
last fall when Vice-President for
Student Affairs Richard L. Cutler
began implementing the plans
proposed in the Reed Report of
1962 for student advisory commit-
tees to all the Office of Student
Affairs division directors.

Students also gained a chance
for a significant voice in adminis-
trative planning when, after sug-
gestions from the Daily and SGC,
the Regents created a student
committee to help advise on the
choosing of University President
Harlan Hatcher's successor for
Fall, 1967.
The system of advisory commit-'
tees will work under the same
SGC structure in operation for
11 years. The president, executive
vice-president and 10 regular
members are chosen in semi-an-
nual{ elections by all ID carrying
students. Five more, who sit on
Council as ex officios, come from
the five largest student organiza-
tions: Interfraternity Council,
Panhellenic Association, Interna-
tional Student Association, the
University Activities Center and
Interhouse Assembly.
The administrative vice-presi-;


dent and treasurer are elected by
the president, with the approval
of the rest of the council mem-
Voter turnout for SGC elections
is consistently sparse. Last spring's
elections attracted about 15 per
cent of the student body; over the
past four years, voting records
show a range of from nine per
cent in the fall of 1964 to 27 per
cent in the fall of 1962.
In Fall, 1964, only six candidates
ran for the six available Council
seats, though there were three de-
clared write-in candidates, one of
whom was elected.
The large turnout for Fall, 1962,
elections may have been influ-
enced by the fact that at that
time students were also asked to
decide whether or not the Uni-
versity should continue its mem-
bership in the United States Na-
tional Student Association.
Though last spring's elections
were characterized by only an av-
erage turnout, some campaign ex-
citement was provided when "mys-
terious bandits," as the headlines
screamed, stole almost p1,000 copies
of an issue of The Daily contain-
ing candidate endorsements.
In the past few years, SGC
elections have brought with them
the rise (and usually rapid de-
cline) of various campus political
Spring, 1964 elections saw the
emergence of SGRU (Student
Government Reform Union, SUR-
Ge (Students United for Respon-
sible Government - eventually),
and Voice political party, affili-
ated with the national Students
only one of these three parties
still active on campups.
Group political party first ap-
peared in Spring, 1965, running
nine Council candidates. The
candidacies of seven of these were
contested when they were charged
with campaigning in University
buildings in violation of election
rules. Charges were dismissed
when it was determined that the
literature was being distributed
under the auspices of GROUP as
a recognized student organization,
and not by individuals.
In the most recent elections,
GROUP was disbanded, but one
new party, SCOPE, appeared. In
Fall, 1965 REACH political party
was established, with promises to
carefully research student pro-
posals and dispel the administra-
tive myth of students' irresponsi-
Most parties and candidates in
the past year have worked toward
alleviating the economic burden of
University students. And, even
though the proposal for a discount
bookstore fell through, adminis-
trators have been made aware,
through SGC's efforts, of students'
concern with obtaining low-cost
housing, books, drugs ...
Student leaders testifying before
Rep. Jack Faxon's (D-Detroit)
Higher Education Subcommittee
last fall, at an investigation of the
University's finances and tuition
hike, complained that because of
high living expenses, only the
economically elite" could attend
the University.
Students also iinfluenced ad-
ministrative and regental approv-
al of more low-cost married stu-
dent housing, which provides more
privacy and better sound-proof-
ing, and are presently working on
a proposal for University-operated
single student apartments.



THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY brings Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra to town aech May for the traditional
May Festival; however, due to academic schedule changes, the annual May festivities will now be presented in April. Included in this
year's festivities will be music written by University's composer in residence, Ross Lee Finney.


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