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Wednesday, May 10, 1972

May Festival '72: Fine

The sounds of fine music and
loud ovations filled Hill Aud.
last weekend as the University
Musical Society presented the
79th annual May Festival. The
main attraction was the Phila-.
delphia Orchestra, appearing
with its renowned conductor,
Eugene Ormandy, as it has ev-
ery year for the past 35 years.
The series of five concerts be-.
gan last Thursday with an elo-
quent performance of Mahler's
Kindertotenlieder. Baritone Die-
trich Fischer - Dieskau was the
soloist. This was singing at its
best. Teher just isn't anyone
who can match Fischer-Dieskau
for superb, dramatic interpreta-
tions. To see him put his entire
body into his singing added a
dimension to the moving exper-
ience one has come to expect
from his innusmerable record-
ings. The tragic quality of Reuc-
kert's poetry, combined with
Mahler's ultraromantic setting,
was the perfect vehicle for the
singer, and a high point of the
Also on the program were Roy
Harris' Symphony No. 3 and
Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.
In the latter, Ormondy drew
every ounce of sound from the
orchestra for a thrilling close
to a performance that did, how-
ever, seem to drag in the middle.
Friday night Thor Johnson
took the podium for the first of
his two concerts, a tradition at
the Festival. He led the Festival
Chorus of the University Choral
Union, four soloists and the or-
chestra in Mozart's Vespers, K.
339. The majority of the solo
singing went to the soprano, No-
elle Rogers, who proved to have
a lovely voice, if somewhat heav-
ier than necessary for the float-
ing phrases. The work itself is
not very spectacular, but was
handled capably by Johnson;
the chorus was in rare form,
and had obviously been well
coached by Donald. Bryant, its
After an innocuous orchestral
work by Hewell Tircuit, which
contained s o m e interesting
sounds but little to hold onto
otherwise, Susan Starr was the
soloist in Schumann's Piano
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Concerto. Her technique was
solid, and her musicionship fine;
The tempi in the first and third
movements left me wondering,
though. The opening Allegro
sounded like a dirge most of the
time, instead of the impetuous
romantic piece it is. And the
final movement was brilliantly
played, to be sure, but many
fine points of phrasing were
glossed over because of the
breakneck s p e e d. Schumann
clearly indicated metronome
markings - why are they ig-
The best all-around program
was Saturday night's, featuring
works of Johannes Brahms
(whose birthday was Sunday, by
the way). I am a sucker for
Brahms. Perhaps he repeats de-
vices too often in his composi-
tions, and can be long-winded,
but of all the late Romantics,
his themes are the most glori-
ous to my ear. The orchestra's
sound, furthermore, seems in-
credibly well suited to the lush
textures of his symphonies, and
thus I was in a state of rap-
ture throughout the evening.
The two major works on the
program, the Symphony No. 3
and the Violin Concerto, pro-
vided the best playing of the
Festival. The symphony is some
40 minutes long; yet one's sense
of time was truly suspended as
one shared the involvement of
conductor and orchestra in each
movement. Considering that
there had been no rehearsal of
the work, the results were am-
ple, testimony to the calibre of
the performers. This holds
equally true for the Tragic Ov-
erture, which opened the pro-
After intermission, Mayumi
Fujikawa gave a remarkable
performance of the Violin Con-
certo. Her flawless intonation,
amazingly supple bow arm, and
sense of timing all contributed
to as polished performance as
I've ever heard. She is only 26
years old, and certainly belongs
in the front ranks of violinists
her age (Zuckerman, Perlman)
and those of greater experience,
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201, led by Thor Johnson, but
improved with the Stabat Mater
by Szymanowski, one of the
most unusual and beautiful
twentieth century choral works
I have heard. Noelle Rogers
again was the capable soprano
soloist. Elisabeth Mannion and
Leslie Guinn sang the mezzo
and baritone parts. That they
sounded muffled must be attri-
buted to acoustics more than
anything else, I think. The Fes-
tival Chorus was splendid in ex-
ecuting the difficult a cappella
Weber's Concerto No. 2 for
Piano and Orchestra rounded
out the program. It has not been
heard in this country for about
a hundred years, and soloist
Malcolm Frager has been in-
strumental in its revival. He is
a top - notch musician, with
great facility and a blend of wit
that works just right in making
the concerto sound more than a
naive early Romantic work. The
third movement in particular
was delightful in every way, and
one hopes that some recording
company will look into the con-
certo soon,
The Festival concluded Sun-
day night with a Rossini and
Wagner program, with Marilyn
Horne, soprano soloist. A Bach
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in
C began the evening, and seem-
ed to serve the orchestra and
Ormandy (who transcribed it)
better than it did Bach. My

'taste in Mach runs to purity, not
to lush arrangements, however
well performed.
Three Rossini arias provided
Marilyn Horne with the oppor-
tunity to display her phenomen-
ally rich voice, and she made
each of them a jewel, especially
the "Willow Song" from Otelo.
Horne graciously added an en-
core, from Mignon, with a leap
at the end from high B flat to
low C which she shrugged off
at the end, as if to say, "See, it's
perfectly simple." The accom-
paniments went fairly well, con-
sidering many problems which
arose in rehearsal.
Excerpts from Wagner's Die
Goetterdaemmerung closed the
evening, first a carefully shaped
orchestral interlude, and then
the final scene, with Horne
singing the part of Bruennhilde.
The orchestra contributed some
of its best playing, and all con-
cerned did justice to the im-,
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Protests flare across U.S.

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there was little damage.
About 2,000 Universityv of Illi-
nois - students marched through
the streets of Champaign yester-
day, trashing buildings along the
way. Heavy damage was report-
edly done to the local armory.
The students then marched
back to campus, trashing and
looting six buildings. Police
moved in and blocked streets,
and thus far two arrests have
been reported. A curfew has
been imposed on the city from
11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
University of California. at
Berkeley students continued to
trash the city's downtown areas
last night, in the remnants of a
march which erupted late Mon-
day. According to a Berkeley
spokesperson, the demonstrators
have done "tremendous proper-
ty damage."
At Columbia University in New
York protesters staged a march

Monday night down Broadway.
The march was accompanied by
widespread trashing, and police
reportedly arrested 11 people.
Last night a march of about
200 Columbia students was
aborted by a police blockade.
Some of the demonstrators dis-
persed into the subways wnere
they were attacked by the New
York City transit police force
Several injuries and arrests en-
At the University of Colorado
in Boulder yesterday, an esti-
mated 2,000 students ologed
traffic so severely that tae local
police were forced to close offj
the turnpike into the city.
Before delivering a speash in
which he lauded Nixon's actions,
Vice President Spiro Agnew yes-
terday was greeted with an or-
slaught of potatoes and rocks
thrown at his'car. One object lit
the rear of Agnew's car, but no
one was reported injured.



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