TUESDAY, AUGUST 25,1964
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
~EUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1964 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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G&S Survives Crises,
Slates Two Light Operas
May Festival Climaxes Musical Society's
By GAIL BLUMBERG
By MICHAEL HARRAH
A beleaguered tradition on cam-
pus.is the University's Gilbert and
Sullivan Society, whose problems
with calendaring and productions
have become perennial.
Still and all, the Society turns
out two spirited performances
For the 1964-65 season, the So-
ciety has scheduled a double bill
in the fall and a single production
in the spring.
The fall offering, to be staged
in November in Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre, will be two of the early
G&S light operas.
'Trial by Jury'
The first, "Trial by Jury" is
only 40 minutes, in length and
originally was intended by its cre-
ators as a curtain raiser for an-
other show long since forgotten.
A one-act operetta, all in song,
the plot deals with a suit of breach
of promise of marriage. It has
long been a favorite of audiences
the world over.
The second show on the bill,
"The Sorcerer" is less often done.
It is the story of a magic love po-
tion and what befalls the villagers
who partake it.
Unlike "Trial by Jury," how-
ever, "The Sorcerer" contains a
good bit of dialogue in addition
to its musical numbers.
Not Named Yet
The spring production has not
yet been selected. General try-
outs for the fall show will be held
during the opening weeks of the
semester, following a mass meet-
ing, to be announced during reg-
istration week, for prospective cast
This past year the Gilbert and
Sullivan Society presented two
successful productions. "The Mi-
kado" in the fall was well-received,
only to have its productions cur-
tailed by the assassination of the
President. The spring production
was the popular "Iolanthe."
Members of the Gilbert and Sul-
livan Society are drawn from all
over the campus and are not re-
stricted to any one school or de-
partment. Preparations emanate
from the basement of the SAB and
rehearsal rooms in the Michigan
Union until production week when
everything moves to the Michigan
The University Musical Society
was founded in 1879 to maintain
a high quality of musical presenta-
tion to the University community.
The Society has filled this posi-
tion by growing with the Univer-
sity in the scope and number of
For its 86th year, the Society's
program will contain several Ann
Arbor premieres in four widely
diversified concert series: Choral
Union, Extra, Chamber Arts and
The opening concert of the 86th
Choral Union Series on Sept. 25
will be given by the Chicago Sym-
phony Orchestra under the direc-
tion of their new conductor, Jean
Martinon, who is now completing
his first season. The series will
continue with Antonio and Les
Ballets de Madrid, a company of
Flamenco dancers, singers and
guitarists which will be making its
premiere appearance in A n n
The Warsaw Philharmonic, ap-
pearing Oct. 14, and the local
debut of Russian violinist Leonid
Kogan, Nov. 4, will be the next
two programs. The New York City
Opera Company will return to Ann
Arbor Nov. 22 with a production
of Gounod's "Faust." The series
also includes Stanislaw Skrowac-
zewski conducting the Minneapo-
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lis Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 8);
Rosalyn Tureck, pianist and Bach
specialist (March 1) ; Baritone K
Robert Merrill (March 12) and .
the National Ballet of Canada
The Extra Series was begun to
supplement the regular Choral
Union programs. In this, its 19th
year, it will open Oct. 2 with the
London Symphony Orchestra with
Georg Solti conducting, and the
Nov. 9 American debut of the Rus-
sian mezzo-sporano Irina Arkhi-
pova. On Nov. 22, the New York
Opera Company will present the
The Berlin Philharmonic with
Herbert von Karajan conducting
will be here Jan. 30. The final Sunday afternoon in
presentation of the series will be
the Polish Mime Theatre from
Warsaw, appearing March 6.
The second Chamber Arts Ser-<> The brilliant musicians shown
ies will open Oct. 28 with the So- on this page are among those who
cieta, Corelli from Italy. It will visited the University to perform
present the New York Chamber in last spring's May Festival.
Soloists (Nov. 17); the classical Again next spring, the Univer-
gutarist Andres Segovia (Jan. 20); sity Musical Society will wind up
the Paris Chamber Orchestra with the school musical year by pre-
Paul Kuentz, conductor, and Bach senting a May Festival. There's
trumpeter Adolf Scherbaum (Feb. every indication that the 72nd
14); and the Netherland Chamber will equal the high mark set by
Choir with Felix de Nobel con- the people shown here, who made
ducting (Feb. 27). The two final the 71st Festival a memorable
presentations will be the Chicago event.
Little Symphony with Thor John- The programs usually extend
son conducting (March 7) and over a period of three days, with
Solisti di Zagreb with Cellift An- a rich array of operatic, classical
tonio Janigro (March 30). and symphonic fare. It is recog-
In addition there will be a nized as one of the best events of
Chamber Dance series, also for its kind in the country.
the second year, whose program The Festival began when the
is to be announced. The Budapest Boston Festival Orchestra came
String Quartet will give several to Ann Arbor in 1894 to play a
special concerts. series of nine concerts.
The concerts used to be perform-
ed in old University Hall, whose
U nion ra s 2500 seats were jammed with
music lovers from Michigan and
surrounding areas. The series is
now held in Hill Aud.
For the first 11 years the Bos-
ton Orchestra participated in the
Every fall a tradition in musi- Festival but after 1905 the Chicago
cal comedy returns to delight the Orchestra took over until 1936,
campus under the mystic pseudo- when Ormandy's performers be-
nym of MUSKET (Michigan Un- gan to play here.
ion Show Ko-eds Too). Sponsored by the University
This fall will be no exception. Musical Society, the Festival at-
Director Jack Rouse;Grad, returns tempts to bring new talent as well
to a s co conas well known artists to the atten-
production, this year "Wonder-tinothpulc
ful Town," the musical version of
"My Sister Eileen."
Written by Adolph Comden and
Betty Green, the show is the story
of two sisters in Ohio who come
to New York seeking fame and
fortune. Rosalind Russell made
the part of Ruth, the older sis-
ter, almost legendary both on
Broadway and on television.
Rouse, director of last year's
highly successful production of r;
"The Boy Friend" by Sandy Wil-
son, will stage the entire show for
presentation in Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre late in the fall.
"Wonderful Town" concerns
Ruth and Eileen Sherwood in the
big city of New York; Ruth fan-
cies herself a writer and Eileen
an actress. Their troubles arise
when the editors and directors
don't agree with them.
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