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Museum, Library Exhibit Art
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Exhibitions from permanent
collections will greet the returning
and new student as he looks
through the galleries of, the Uni-
versity's art museum and- Under-
graduate Library.
In the west gallery of the mu-
seum, located in Alumni Memorial
Hall, 84 paintings and artifacts,
spanning the University's collec-
tion of Byzantine, medieval, en
aissance, American, Oriental and
contemporary art.
The Undergraduate Library gal-
leries will display prints from the
permanent collection.
Neuberger Collection
Ip October the first of the year's
traveling exhibitions will be from
the collection of Roy Neuberger, a
well known New York collector of
contemporary art.
The University collection dates
back more than 100 years. Prof.
Henry S. Frieze, twice acting pres-
ident of the University, began it as
a personal collection. During an
1855 European trip, Prof. Frieze
bought a collection of engravings,
photographs, and plaster and
terra-cotta copies of classical
sculpture to illustrate his Latin
lectures. Three years later the first
catalog of the collection was is-
The first original work was do-
nated to the University by alum-
ni in 1862. It was a sculpture en-
titled Nydia, by Randolph Rogers,
a leading figure in a Nineteenth
Century classical revival who had
spent his youth in Ann Arbor.
Lewis Bequest
The collection received 460
European paintings and sculptures
bequeathed to the University by
Henry C. Lewis of Coldwater.
In that same period, its collec-
tion, of American art began to ex-
To house the expanding collec-
tion, the museum was placed in
the newly-built Alumni Memorial
Hall in 1910.
As a result of the expeditions of
Prof. Francis W. Kelsey, the mu-
seum acquired a collection of or-
iental art.
Rapid Growth
However, only since the post-
World War. II era has "the ac-
cumulation of works of art and
craft continued in geometric pro-
gression," Prof. Charles Sawyer,
the museum's curator declared.
The museum was reorganized as
an administrative unit and re-
ceived increasing grants from the
Regents to expand its collections.
A significant addition is the Park-
er collection, donated in the will
of Dr. Walter R. Parker, of Jap-
anese prints and works by James
Abbott McNeill Whistler.
Recently, the museum's acquist-
ing program was extended to in-
clude early Western art since the
Sixth Century AD, Near Eastern
and Far Eastern art including
India, but with emphasis on Ja-
pan and China.
The museum is also attempting
to expand its contemporary art
In 1957, housing of the museum
was changed and the current
unistrut gallery was built.
The unistrut gallery is a series
of metal platforms adjusted at
different levels, upon which the
art is exhibited.
Drama Season
To Give Plays
In Springtime
Drama Season will present its
29th consecutive series of plays
this spring.
The season which is held in Ly-
dia Mendelssohn Theatre during
late May and early June consists
of five plays performed by leading
Broadway stars. Each play runs

for a week with matinees Tuesday
and Saturday.
This year the Season sponsored
five plays. The first, "Toys in the
Attic" starred George Montgom-
ery. The play, a winner of the New
York Drama Critics Award in 1960,
dealt with southern life and

AT ART MUSEUM - Joos Van Cleve's'"St. John on Patmos" was
probably painted in Antwerp about 1525. Combining figure with
landscape, it is one of the many additions to the Art Museum's
collection made in recent years.
'U'.Players To Present
Varied Drama Season
Theatre on campus has long been perpetuated by the University's
speech department, which established the University Players 650
productions ago to present an annual season of plays.
The Players number among their seven or eight yearly productions
classical tragedies, modern farces, musical comedies, and anything
else the directors feel is both entertaining to the public and educa-
tional to its students.
Directed and designed by faculty members, the plays are pre-
dominately student-cast and have student crews. After long hours of
trehearsals and technical practice

Per forms
New Woek~
The University Symphony Or-
chestra, in addition to performing
standard orchestra pieces, also
dabbles in the new and unusual.
Directed by Prof. Josef Blatt
of the music school, the orchestra
last year gave six concerts, all in
Ann Arbor. During the first se-
mester, while Prof. Blatt was on
leave, the Orchestra gave three
One of the most unusual of
these was the concert featuring
composer in residence Ross Lee
Finney conducting his First Sym-
phony. Also at this concert Hans
David conducted Schubert's "Un-
finished" Symphony and Clyde
Thompson conducted Moussorsky's
Night on Bald Mountain.
Roller Conducts
The third main concert per-
formed during Prof. Blatt's ab-
sence featured A. Clyde Roller,
conductor of the Amarillo Syf-
phony Orchestra and formerly
conductor of the University Sym-
phony Orchestra at the National
Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich.
Of unusual interest was the Or-
chestra's participation in the An-
nual Contemporary Music Festi-
val in which they played works by
Finney, Honegger and Schoen-
berg's Violin concerto. The guest
soloist for this concerto was Louis
Krasner, the only violinist who
plays this concerto.
Works by student composers
from the University, and the Uni-
versities of Illinois and Iowa, and'
Northwestern University, were
played by the Symphony Orches-
tra at the Midwest Composer's
Hold Auditions
The University Symphony Or-
chestra is open to all qualified
musicians. Auditions are held each
fall and there is also a summer
school Symphony Orchestra.
Both orchestras - summer and
winter - combine with the music
school to present one opera a
season. Last year, under the direc-
tion of Prof. Blatt they did The
Merry Wives of Windsor and two
one-act operas in English, Gianni
Schicci and La Serva Padrona.
To Sponsor
Film Series
Once again film classics will be
available for student viewing.
The Cinema Guild, a related
board of the Student Government
Council, has prepared a fall pro-
gram of films ranging from Alfred
Hitchcock's "North by Northwest"
to Russian and Japanese classic
films, to Charlie Chaplin comedies.
Special Halloween and Disney
programs are also scheduled for
the fall.
Two programs .are scheduled
each weekend. One is usually
shown 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday
and Friday nights in the Architec-
ture Aud. The other is scheduled
for the same times on Saturday
and Sunday nights.
Programs for the Cinema Guild
are selected by a Student Govern-
ment Council-appointed board
composed of both experts on films
and student connoisseurs so that
all possible interests are represent-
Student organizations use Cine-
ma Guild showings to raise funds.

By petitioning itc board, they get
the right to sponsor a showing and
split the receipts.




Perform Here

in Fall

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New Plays,

MESSIAH PERFORMANCE - Each Christmas Handel's classic oratorio is presented in Hill Auditor-
ium. The traditional event is scheduled by the Choral Union and prepared for by both town and cam-
pus vocal groups. The University Symphony Orchestra has accompanied the vocalists at the per-
o Begin 84th usic Season


Students Run
Short Plays
Six times a semester, crowds
overflow the Arena or Trueblood
theatres to see afternoon produc-
tions of one-act plays.
Gaining in popularity, the Lab-
oratory Playbill offers experimen-
tal productions to the public free
of charge. Financed by the small
profits made by the University
Players' major productions each
year, the programs are complete-
ly produced, directed and staffed
by students.
Often more liberal and "radi-
cal" in their choice of plays than
the faculty members who direct
the regular playbill, the students
have chosen such diverse offer-
ings as a medieval pageant and
three plays by Edward Albee in the
last year.,
The directors choose the play-
often an original one-act by mem-
bers of the playwriting class or
by someone in the department -
then rut student designers to work
creating sets, costumes, and light-
ing for the shows. With a student
cast, they start intensive rehear-
sals, that last all afternoon and
often into the night, in prepara-
tion for the productions.
Nearly as much work goes into
one of these "minor" offerings as
into the major productions, and
audiences have been increasingly
appreciative of the efforts.

sessions, the finished product is
presented for a four-night run.
Choose Plays
The faculty directors choose the
plays, ca'st them, and oversee the
production. Students handle back-
stage management, t h e a t r i c a 1
makeup, the lighting, costume
changes, and stage changes. Both
cast and crew find the opportunity
to apply, directly, what they have
learned in the classroom in a
semi-professional atmosphere.
Plays are chosen both for their
intrinsic theatrical worth and for
their educational value, so that
historically important plays are
annually mixed in with modern
ones, musical comedies with trage-
For instance, the plays for this
year vary from the season opener,
an Italian Renaissance classic
comedy, to Jean Giradoux's mod-
ern "The Madwoman of Chaillot."
Modern Treats
In the opener, "The Servant of
Two Masters," students and audi-
ence will be treated to a modern
production of an ancient art form
-embodied in the Commedia dell-
'Arte, which fostered pantomime
companies in Renaissance Italy.
Much of the play in those days
revolved around ad libbing and
comic gestures created spontane-
ously on the stage. Goldoni, the
author of this famous play, put
some structure into the perform-
ance with a wellconstructed
script, but room for improvisation
remains in this tale of the original
"The Madwoman of Chaillot,"
on the other hand, is a very mod-
See PLAYBILL, Page 3

The University Musical Society,
now in its eighty-fourth season,
continues to provide Ann Arbor's
townspeople and students with
music chosen from the many na-
tionally known artists and organ-
izations available to it each year.
The society began in 1879, and
its original Choral Union Series
has since increased to ten con-
certs a season. This season's ser-
ies begins with the Detroit Sym-
phony Orchestra, a "local" group
compared to the attractions com-
ing from thousands of miles away.
Last season saw the first dance
company to come to the Choral
Union Series. This year, however,
also has its firsts. Grand opera
will be introduced by the Gold-
ovsky Grand Opera Theatre per-
forming "La Traviata." The op-
era will be sung in English with
full chorus and orchestra, and a
company of 50.
Broadway Show
A Broadway musical will appear
for the first time in Hill Auditor-
ium. Rodgers and Hammerstein's
"The Sound of Music," which has
been running continuously since
its Broadway opening in 1959, will
open the seventeenth year of the
Extra Series.
The "Messiah" concerts, per-
formed during the Advent season
of Christmas, represent the oldest
tradition of the society. The Uni-
versity Choral Union, which now
performs in both the "Messiah"
concerts and the May Festival,
originally grew out of a "Messiah
Club" consisting of singers from
local churches.
The 300 singers are chosen from
both students and local residents.
Auditions are held during orien-
tation week.
Chamber Music
The expanded Chamber Music
Concerts began with only the fes-
tival in 1941. At present, two con-
trasting attractions, the Chicago

Little Symphony and Julian
Bream, guitarist and lutist area
included in the program.
For the twenty-eighth consecu-
tive year, the Philadelphia Or-
chestra is performing in the May
Festival. Since its inauguration in
1894, the festival has grown from
three to six concerts.
The concentration of six con-
certs in four days attracts many
people from outside the city. Par-
ents of students often combine
visiting the University with at-
tending the May Festival.
Outside of the usual series, the
University Musical Society has
scheduled a special recital for pi-
anist Artur Rubinstein.
The society began with the an-
nounced purpose of maintaining a
choral society and orchestra, pro-
viding public concerts, and run-
ning a school of music. The "Ann
Arbor School of Music" was reor-
ganized in 1892 as the University
School of Music. However, the
University did not provide any
support until 1929. In fact, the
University did not assume full
control until 1940.
The University Musical Society
is a non-profit, educational organ-
ization with its own administra-
tion, and is maintained solely for
ticket sales.
Gail W. Rector, ExecutiveDirec-
tor of the society, said that the
audiences are accustomed to the
high quality of the series and de-
mand the continuance of attrac-
tions with good reputations.
Even so, there is also a demand
for performers who have only re-
cently been recognized. For in-
stance, Gerhard Souzay, baritone,
will make his Ann Arbor debut in
the Choral Union Series.
Low-Cost Music
Rector said that a student who
regularly attends the series will
get a background of music culture
of high quality conveniently and
at low cost.

By attending all concerts of a
series, and not just the ones that
suit his fancy, a student, gains a
standard of appreciation that will
last him throughout his life. Rec-
tor cautioned that many students
put off buying tickets and later
regret not having any when a per-
formance is given.
Rector added that many stu-
dents leave the University and
then realize that concert series of
equal reputations are not avail-
able to them. In this way, the so-
ciety offerings are similar to other
peripheral benefits of the Univer-
Students and others may attend
the concerts without paying for
tickets by ushering. Applicants are
accepted during orientation week.
"The University Musical Society
presents one of the finest concert
series in the country and enjoys
a worldwide reputation of excel-
lence," Rector said.
May Festival
To Celebrate
70th Season
The outstanding series of musi-
cal concerts presented at the Uni-
versity reaches its climax each
year with the May Festival, which
next spring will celebrate its 70th
Since 1936, the famed Philadel-
phia Orchestra, conducted by Eu-
gene Ormandy, has been featured
on the Festival program. Other
regulars include pianist Byron
Janis, sopranos Dorothy Kirsten
and Phyllis Curtin and baritone
Jerome Hines.
The programs usually extend
over a period of three days, with
a rich array of operatic, classical
and symphonic fare. The series is
recognized by most musical de-
votees as one of the best events of
its kind in the country.
Starts in 1894
When the Boston Festival Or-
chestra came to Ann Arbor in
1894 to play a series of three con-
certs, the Festival got its start, as
the first large-scale musical gala
in this area.
The concerts used to be per-
formed in old University Hall,
whose 2,500 seats were jammed
with music lovers from Michigan
and the surrounding area. The se-
ries is now held in dome-shaped
Hill Aud.
The Boston crew participated in
the Festival for the first 11 years,
but after 1905 the Chicago Or-
chestra took over until 1936, when
Ormandy's performers began to
play here.
May Festival
May Festival, sponsored by the
University Musical Society, at-
tempts to feature up-and-coming
artists as well as the more famous

Set Kilty Adaptation
Of 'Ides of March'
The University made a major
theatrical breakthrough this year
by announcing the establishment
of a permanent professional com-
pany on campus.
Only a few other colleges have
made such a move in recent years,
but Robert C. Schnitzer, executive
director of the Professional Thea-
tre Program sees it as the coming
move. Bringing commercial thea-
tre to the college scene, he be-
lieves, will help decentralize thea-
tre and give it the needed shot
in the arm it's not gaining on
The residence company the Uni-
versity will host is the Association
of Producing Artists, repertory
group that has been in existence
for over three years. Just finish-'
ing a successful season in New
York, the company will be in Ann
Arbor beginning in October to
present two seasons a year for
three years..
Present Drama
Each fall it will present a season
of five dramas, and in the winter
will switch to Shakespeare for a
series of three plays.
Headed -by director Ellis Raab
and London star Rosemary Harris,
the company will also present a
world premiere of Jerome Kilty's
"The IdeA of March," based on
a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning
playwright Thornton Wilder.
Also on the slate is a produc-
tion of an original play by "a
promising young playwright," to
be chosen by the threatre group.
The playwright will be invited to
take up residence on campus while
his play is in production, to add
to his knowledge of the theatre
and to offer aid in the presenta-
tion of his own work.
Another educational aspect of
the program involves awarding
six fellowships to outstanding
graduate students in theatre, to
be chosen from schools throughout
the nation. These students will be
allowed to work alongside the pro-
fessionals in their own fields of
specialization and will gain prac-
tical experience along with class-
room instruction.
The many-pronged program of
the professional theatre in Ann
Arbor will also include a lecture
series by top directors, critics, and
stars in professional theatre and
a series of special guest-star ap-
pearances, including Helen Hayes
and Maurice Evans in an evening
of Shakespeare.
And, special roadshow produc-
tions will be enticed to stop off in
Ann Arbor in the coming years.
Among the top possibilities are
productions of "Brecht on Brecht,"
"The. Premise," and "The Fanta-
Baroque Trio,
String Quartet
Give Concerts
Some of the University's most
distinguished musical professors
comprise the Baroque Trio and the
Stanley Quartet, both nationally
famous for their orchestral excel-
The Quartet, formed in 1949,
presents several free concerts
throughout the year on campus,
and in addition tours other univer-
sities and cities.
The group's repertoire ranges
over a wide field of classic, ro-
mantic and modern chamber mu-
sic literature.
Named after Prof. Albert. A.
Stanley, a pioneer in the Univer-
sity~s music education program, the
quartet at present is composed of
Professors Gilbert Ross and Gus-
tave Rosseels on. violin, Robert
Courte on viola and Jerome Jelinek

on the cello.
The Baroque Trio specializes in
music from 1600 to 1750, the Bar-
oque period which ended with the
death of Bach.
The trio, formed in 1955, pre-



Men's Glee Club

Travels in U.S., Europe.

Army Spoof
"No Time for Sergeants," the
famous spoof of army life starred
Charles Hohman. It ran May 20
through 26.
Gloria Swanson starred in the
pre-Broadway trial of "The Ink-
well." The comedy tells of an ac-
tress's relations with her es-
tranged daughter and the adjust-
ments made.
University alumnus M a r i a n
Mercer, '58, returned to her alma
mater to star in "Little Mary Sun-
shine," now running off Broad-
way. "Sunshine," another comedy
in the season series, was satire of

The Men's Glee Club, which has gone to Europe and toured most
of the country, plans to continue this year with an energetic
In the fall, the Glee Club will sing at Ohio State and Michigan
State Universities when the football team goes to play there, giving
joint concerts with the glee clubs of the two schools. It will be
joined at home by the Wisconsin singers when their football team
comes to town.
The spring tour, still tentative, has the Club travelling through
the Southwest, visiting, among other places, Tulsa, Memphis and
perhaps Chicago.
National Tours
Instate and local events provide the money for .European tours,
while nationwide tours just break even. The Club sings for alumni
fund-raising affairs, as well as for private groups.
There are 75 members in the Glee Glub-only ten per cent of
them music school students. Early in the fall, a tryout meeting
is announced. About 250 people generally show up at these meetings



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