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HANDEL'S MESSIAH-Capacity crowds fill Hill Auditorium each winter to, hear orchestra, choi
their individual talents for a rendition of Frederick Handel's timeless oratorio, the
Oratorio Attraets Large Campus
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More than two centuries from
its original performance in Dub-
lin, Handel's "Messiah" still suf-
fers from a supply and demand
The Choral Union and Musical
Society Orchestra's 81st annual
performance of the oratoria Sat-
urday and Sunday in Hill Aud.
have been sold out since early
This space problem has existed
ever since the first performance
in 1742, when ladies were request-
ed not to wear hoop skirts in or-r
der for more people to attend the
To Broadcast Sunday
to; Walter Corringer, tenor; and
Donald Bell, bass.x.
The oratorio was first performed
by a chorus and orchestra of about
40 members each. This year's or-
chestra has 55 pieces, and the
Choral Union consists of 330
Evolved from Group.
Just as the priginal "Messiah"
chorus was a combination of two
Dublin cathedral groups, so the
Choral Union evolved out of a
group of Ann Arbor church choirs
which met to perform Christmas
music and called itself the "Mes-
In 1879 the Club reorganized as
the Choral Union and the orches-
As a partial solution, the Sun- tra was set up so that the talents
day performance here will be of students and townspeople could
broadcast over WUOM, the Uni- be combined, according to Gail W.
versity radio station, and stand- Rector. Executive Director of the
ing room tickets may be sold. Musical Society.
Soloists who will sing with the Lester McCoy, in his fourteenth
local ensembles are Phyllis Cur- year of condpcting the concerts,
tin, soprano; Evelyn Beal, contral- said that this year's organizations
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are ,about equally divided between
Ann Arbor residents and students.
The groups will be accompanied
by Mrs. Mary McCall Stubbins,
who has been organist for the
Christmas concerts since 1948.
The oratorio, which was written
in 21 days takes three and one-
half hours if performed in its en-
tirety. McCoy uses only portions
of the work.
He leaves most of the first part
intact, since it deals with the Ju-
daic prophecies and is most closely
allied with the meaning of the re-
ligious holiday. Omissions are
made from parts two and three,
AT MARTHA COOK:
Messi ah Su
By JUDITH SATTLER
Coming as it does on the first
Sunday in December, the Martha
Cook Building Messiah Supper is
said to open the Christmas season
The dinner is a traditional af-
fair at the dormitory building, and
has been given annually for about
twenty years. It is held after the
Sunday afternoon performance of
"The Messiah," given by the Uni-
versity Choral Union
The dinner originated as a way
of honoring the soloists in "The
Messiah," and for the first years
of the supper, these guests stood
in the receiving line. In the past
few years, the supper has become
an occasion for the women of Cook
to entertain the officials of the
University, as well.
Large Guest List
There are about 150 people on
the guest list for the event, in-
cluding the University Board of
Regents, the President of the Uni-
versity, and other executive offi-
cers, the deans of the various
schools and colleges, and the Mes-
The girls of Martha Cook are
permitted to invite "contemporary
guests" to coge for dessert, and
for the entertainment.
When the Messiah Supper first
began, all the guests and residents
wore formal dress to it. In recent
years, this has been modified to
About a month and a half be-
fore the dinner, two women from
Cook, who have voluntered to be
co-chairmen of the supper, begin
to make plans. Work is divided
between several committees, such
as the invitations committee, the
Blue Room hostess committee, the
decorations committee, and oth-
ers. All women in the dormitory
are expected to participate in the
dinner, and to work on one of the
Guests are invited and reply, an
entertainment is planned by the
Martha Cook choir in co-operation
with the Law Club singing group,
decorations are designed by the
decorating committee, and the die-
tician and the chairmen plan the
Finally the day of the supper
comes. The building is decorated
with Christmas greenery. Large
wreaths and ropes of greens dec-
orate the paneled wars and high
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dealing with Christ's passion and
"We change the continuity from
year to year, so that students who
sing with us for a number of years
will perform the whole work,"
He has been meeting with the
Choral Union since October in \
weekly rehearsals for the concerts, t .
and the orchestra has had fourso nt sr cte
sessions on the score scattered .- f
through the fall. -orhetraa
This week the orchestra and
chorus Join for two evening re- s"' t
hearsals. On Friday night, the °"'
guest soloists will arrive for a jt
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iday Season ~ a,6s .
windows, and a 20-foot Christmas
tree stands in the main lounge.
The tables are set in the morn-
ing, with formal table service.
Soon after the performance of Cyril Hi
"The Messiah" ends at Hill Audi-
torium, the guests begin to ar- Hi
rive. A group of women who are - or d
receiving hostesses wait in the ves- Heels
tibule of Martha Cook, and when --He-
the guests have removed their
coats, escort them into the small 129
lounge, called "The Red Room."Tined
Here the guest is introduced to
the girl who will be his hostess
during dinner, and is escorted by
her into the main lounge, "The
Blue Room." The receiving line is
in the Blue Room, and the girl and
her guest pass down this line.
After dinner, demi-tasse and t
sometimes dessert is served in the FOOTW EA R
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and their University guests. i'sena '
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