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P " THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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evidence of thorough training which promises well
for tomorrow, but as seems inevitable the sopranos D SA G O NA
eclipsed the rest in all tutti passages. Mr. Earl V. D A OL
Moore conducted with a firm beat, a valuable avoid-
ance of rubato, and every mark of pleasure. Stan-ge-laus
The Rachmaninoff was much more satisfying, and Free Beer
probably seemed more than satisfying to listeners
better pleased with the idiom than I. The work is Done in Oils
a worthy sample of ripe and partially decayed ro-
manticism: the classical forms are -tortured, but they By Barton Kane
are recognizable; the classical chords are aberrent,
but they resolve. As might be expected, it is emin-
ently pianistic. Jack Slater, Michigan's negro
Both Miss Gradova and the orchestra brought to boxer, was christened Stanglaws
this work the intensity, the seriousness, and thei
command of.medium that it requires. Miss Gradova, Sidney, Siater. He pronounces his
who is no stranger to Ann Arbor toldtimer Ratner frst name as Stan-ge-laus and woe
tells me she played at the Union in 1925) is as good be unto the person who calls him
as she was advertised. A masculine touch, great Sidney. Incidently, his ribs are
firmness in arpeggio-playing, thorough understand-cg
ing. ai.?d a perfect accord with the orchestra were a'
few of her virtues. For the latter a fair share of says that he will be back in the ring
credit is due to the unaging Frederick Stock. The in about six weeks.
large and well-dressed audience was enthusiastic.
NOTE'ON STRAVINSKY The co-eds at Mosher Jordan coy-
It could not be deduced, either from the advance ly call the north wing of the hall
notices of these concerts or from its quiet position the "sick end" and the south wing,
in tomorrow's program, that Stravinsky's Symphonie the "dead end," because of their
des Psaumes (needlessly called "Symphonic Psalms") respective proximities to the Hos-
is the most important of all the works to be presented pital and the Cemetery.
this week; yet I assert this without the faintest
twinge of exaggeration. .
The Symphonie is a setting for truncated orches-
Among the many who frequented
tra (no violins) and chorus of three texts from the the Third Annual Exhibition of
Psalms: "Hear My Prayer," "I Waited Patiently," and Sculpture, held way up on the
"Praise Ye the Lord." It has this status: it is ao
major (perhaps the major) work of the best composer one of those dear old ladies ,vho
alive; and it is the only successor in the male line stood entranced before Helen Bai-
of devotional music to Bach's Matthew and Beethov- bey's portrait of Robert Hefferan,
en's Mass in D. If the whole structure is too big and Michigan's best-dressed man. After
too plain to be easily grasped, the work offers even gazing many minutes at it in rapt
to a first serious hearing moments as strong, good, admiration, she was heard to sigh,
and exciting as any. "I wish I could adopt a son like
It has been asserted that contemporary music that."
lacks foundation;'in particular Stravinsky's composi-
tions have embarrassed those critics who in the * * *
presence of fireworks can see nothing but fireworks. Howaid Gould is one of the finest
Others, though dazzled, have perceived behind this gentlemen in the senior class and
shifting brilliance a familiar darkness, and the solid probably the finest on the Student
shadows of a world. The Symphonie des Psaumes Council, but his biggest drawback
lays bare, in the plain language of faith, some land- is that he loves publicity. His idea
scapes of this world. I should advise my readers to of the meanest trick that The Daily
listen for all they are worth. ever played on him was when it
mispelled his last name. Since then
THE 'HEATRE RETURNS TO FESTIVAL ;he has often given news stories to
by Oliver M. Sayler reporters and told them to print his
Editor's Note: The following article, printed by name ten times and spell it a dif-
permission of the author, is to appear next week iferent way each time.

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1932
Night Editor-E. JEROME PETTIT
Our Institutions
H ORRIBLE enough on its very face is the mur-
der of the Lindbergh baby. But the whole
affair-from the kidnapping two months ago to
the discovery of the body the other day-has an
importance which far outweighs that of the loss
of a single life, no matter how touching such a loss
may be or how much sympathy one extends to the
parents of the child.
For the Lindbergh kidnapping is the symbol
of the uncertainty and the insecurity of the whole
country at this time. And the failure of the organ-
ized governmental officials to solve the mystery
and regain the child is the symbol of the utter
hopelessness in which American society finds
itself. All over the country, parents are wonder-
ing how safe are their children; people are asking
whether the government will be able to find again
for them their former security and safety.
So it is only proper and fitting at this time to
ask ourselves the question: "Is there not some
need for a change of some kind?" The answer is
inevitably, yes. But the rub comes when we try
discover just what kind of a change is needed, and
can be successfully applied. And when we inquire
into the nature of any suggested change, we find
that at the present moment there seems to be no
one thing that can be done to relieve the entire
situation.
But we have this consolation: out of times as
difficult and problems as unsolvable as our present
ones, the organizations and institutions which we
now use carried us. And there is no reason to
believe that they cannot again serve us.
It should therefore be our purpose to utilize
the existing institutions to the fullest extent, to
strengthen them so they can,serve better, and
finally to try in every manner to adjust ourselves
and our actions to the existing circumstances.
MU C and DRAMA
FIRST FESTIVAL CONCERT
A Review
by F. Brandeis
The opening concert of the 37th May Festival was
given last night in Hill Auditorium. The program
offered two works: Haydn's Oratorio the Creation
(the first two parts), and Rachmaninoff's piano con-
certo in C minor. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
collaborated in both performances: first with Ruth
Rodgers, Frederic Jagel, Chase Baromeo, and the
'ehoral Union; afterwards with Giuta Gradova.
The Creation is a . radical case of mischosen
medium. It is difficult to believe that the composer
of this vacuous work was Papa Haydn, who wrote
the Surprise Symphony and 124 others, of which any
I have heard is pleasant and most of them charming.
The Creation is not pleasant music, though it tries
to be; it is sweet, simple, and wonderfully uninterest-
ing. Haydn's fruitful dexterity is worn here to a
barren compete:nce; his imagination, which moves
cn nivh1u in the tio'ht harness nf instrumental forms

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in the Sunday Dramatic Page of the New York
Herald-Tribune. Oliver Sayler, distinguished as
a critic of the theatre, is the author of "Behind
the Doors of the Moscoe Art Theatre" and "Re-
volt in the Arts."
A friend of mine who knows enough about the
theatre to be a dramatic critic and enough about
how to achieve peace of mind not to be one, stoutly
maintains that there is nothing new in the so-called
new theatre and new stagecraft-and new "move-
ments" in general. All else, he asserts, is re-discovery,
retrieval, remembrance of things past.
I suppose, therefore, we would have to agree that
the present trend toward Dramatic Festival in this
country, typified by Robert Henderson's season which
is just opening for the third consecutive yaer in the
Lydia Mendelssohn theatre of the University of,
Michigan, is likewise a reincarnation of an idea as
old as the theatre itself.
For it was in dramatic festivals in a cupped slope;
of the Acropolis--the Lenaea in January, devoted
largely to comedy; and the City Dionysia in April,
reserved chiefly for tragedy-that the drama of West-
ern Europe, our drama, was born and bred.
Sometimes I think we would have been much
wiser and happier if we had kept our drama and
theatre as a seasonal pastime instead of spreading

Last week, Howard was running
around the Press building with a
new 'Ensian asking whomever he
saw which one of his 14 pictures
that appear in the book was the
best likeness.
*5 * *
Maestro Albert Lockwood, piano
teacher at the music school, was ac-
cused by some co-ed of being a
great virtuoso. Professor Lockwood
bowed and explained, "Ah no, I am
merely a virtue-so-so."
* * *
The Varsity Lunch, that restaur-
ant on Liberty street that is sup-
posed to be open all night but real-
ly closes at 2:30 o'clock, has this
sign in the window: "Ice cold free
beer served with sandwiches and
orders."
But who wants to walk way down
there?

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ait incessantly around the year and around the clock. In spite of the raving and rant-
iting heads of organizations do about
Imagine the thrill of expectation with which Mhe
Athenian must have looked forward twice a year to the importance of their particular
his dramatic festivals! groups, I believe no one is interest-
To wish for a complete return to the now-and- ,ed in student government on the
then nature of the theatre in the age of Pericles campus. Last night, the Interfra-
would be as futile as to long for the day when news- ternity Council planned on passing
papers would be published only when there was news. for the second time its new rushing
But it is not futile to try to recapture the festival.:lan which, if approved by the sen-
spirit inherent in the presentation of a coherent pro- ate committee, is expected to be the
gram of plays by a coherent group of actors for a financial saviour of the fraternities.
limited period of time. For passing an amendment to the
The metropolis is no place for such a festival, for constitution, as is necessary in this
rivalry is death to festival. Instead, take your mod- case, three-fifths of all the houses
ern dramatic festival to a small community, not too ! in the Council must approve of the
distant from main-travelled roads. Make your play- plan. Only thirty houses answered
going a bit difficult, and it will become alluring. It the roll call when thirty-five werc
is that psychological truth which has actuated young needed. It was only after a prolong-
Henderson at Ann Arbor just as it did the pioneers ed recess during which time all
of the festival movement in modern Europe. absent houses were called that the
Henderson frankly acknowledges his debt to con- five additional delegates arrived
tinental pioneers. "There is, I feel, a very exciting and saved the situation. If the
idea behind the Ann Arbor Dramatic Season," he fraternities aren't going to look aft-
says. "Basically, of course, it is built upon the plan ! er their welfare, who will? Quis
of the European festivals; its aim is to gather at the custodet ipsos custodes?I
end of the season the finest representative talent of
the professional theatre and present it in the most!
exciting standard of plays. For the benefit of those students
"Now, why Ann Arbor?" he continues, "In the first planning on coming to summer
place, Ann Arbor is the seat of the University of school, there was a course in Canoe-
Michigan, and provides with its student body and ing in last summer's catalogue for
faculty a very cosmopolitan and appreciative aud- one half credit.
ience. When you bring-for example-Glenn Hunter * * *
or Martha Graham or Violet Heming, they do not
look at you blankly in wonder; they know who these Charles Rush, the cynic of the
artists are, their position in the New York theatre. Phi Psi house, at the present time is
their most recent successes. Similarly, when you being done in oils by some very
bring them plays that are still running in New York good looking girl from the archi-
tecture school. It isn't what you
-before they have been presented in any other city think, sholy itin h had.
in the country-they appreciate such a distinction. thmk, she is only paintig his head.
They enjoy the rather thrilling sense of being sophis- s n.
ticated theatre patrons.;
"Again, Ann Arbor possesses a new and beautifully This year's graduates are not so
equipped theatre, and the patronage and interest- hard up as they think themselves
however unofficial-of various important civic and to be. I was talking to a business1
University organizations. Such an interest regards man yesterday who said that dur-
the theatre n sn imnnrtant nultural addition to its ng the past two years he had takenI

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