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Festival Programs
Show Wide Range
Of Musical Ability
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Original English Version
Of Moussorgsky Opera,
'Boris Goclunof' Planned
Lhevinne To Give
Coneerl+Of Chopin
Helen Jepson To Sing In
First Performance On
1935 Festival Program
The May Festival, to be held May
15, 16, 17, and 18 in Hill Auditorium,
will surpass its silendor of former
years when it presents six concerts
which include six artists new to Ann
Arbor concert goers, six former
favorites, The. University Choral
Union, Thee Chicago Symphony Or-
chestra, and The Young People's
TheChicago Symphony Orchestra
under the baton of Frederick Stock,
will serve as a background to all the
concerts, participating in all six. The
orchestra is composed of 70 musi-
cians. This year will mark its thirty-
first appearance in the May Festival.
The six new artists will include
Mary Moore, coloratura, a member of
the Metropolitan Opera Association,
Helen Jepson, lyric soprano, also a
member of the Metropolitian Opera
Association .as is Myrtle Leonard,
contralto; Ruth Posselt, violinist,
Wilbur Evans, baritone, and Maxim
Panteleieffff, bass-baritone, a mem-
ber of the Russian Grand Opera
Former Favorites Return
The former favorites of the May
Festival who will return this sea-
son include: Giovanni Martinelli,
tenor, and Paul.Althouse, tenor, both
members of the Metropolitan Opera
Association; Ethyl Hayden, soprano,
American oratorio singer; Theodore
Webbbaritone, Josef Lhevinne, pan-"
ist, and Paul Leyssac, narrator, a
inemiber of the New York Repertory
Theatre. The accompanists will be
Mabel Ross Rhead, piano, and E.
William Doty, organ.
The six concerts will present a
variety of programs ranging from
"Boris Godunof" by Moussorgsky, an
opera in a prologue and four acts to
"King David" by Honegger, and two
musical compositions receiving their
world premieres, "Son gs from 'Drum
Taps' " by Hanson and "The Jum-
blies" by James.
The first concert will be opened on
Wednesday evening with Helen Jep-I
son singing Overture "Leonore" Op.
72, No.' 2 by Beethoven and Aria,
"Qual Fiammia avea nel Guardo"
('Pagliacci') by Leoncavallo. She
will continue with the symphonic
poem, "Prairie" by Sowerby and
Aria, "Plerez, mes yeux" ("Le Cid")
by Massenet.
To Give 'Drum Taps'
Continuing will be songs from
"Drum Taps" (Walt Whitman) by
Hanson with a baritone solo, chorus
and orchestra. This number will be
conducted by the composer, and will
include "Beat, beat, drums." "By the
Bivouac's Fitful Flame" and "To
Thee, Old Cause." Miss Jepson will
conclude the concert with "L'Ap-
prenti Sorcier" by Dukas and "o mio
Babbino caro," ("Gianni Schichi")
and "Musetta's Waltz Song" ("La
Boheme") by Puccini.
Thursday evening's concert will be
opcned with "King David" a sym-
phonic psalm in three parts by Ho-
negger, and after a drama by Rene
Morax. It is written for soprano,
alto, tenor solo, narrator, chorus, or-
chestra and organ. The solo parIs
will be done by Ethyl Hayden, Myrtle
Leonard, Paul Althouse, Paul Leys-
sac, and the University Choral Union
will sing the choral parts.
Miss Moore will be featured in the
second half of the concert. She will
commence with a symhonic poem,
"The Moldau" by Smetna, "Caro

Nome (Rigoletto) by Verdi and "Io
son Titania" (Mignon) by Thomas.
She will conclude the concert with a
waltz from suite "Ruses d'Amour,"
Op. 61, by Glazounow, and "Bell
Song" (Lakme) by Delibes.
'Jumblies' In Matinee
A matinee concert will be given
Friday afternoon in which the Young
People's Chorus composed of 400
children will be featured. They will
begin the concert with overture, "Die
Enthuhrung aus dem Serail" by Mo-
zart, and a group of songs including:
"Linden Tree" by Schumann,, "Now
is the Month of May" by Morley and

New Star To Sing

*( * * -
Festival- P a r t
Follows Debut
Ofar oore
Youngest Of Metropolitan
Stars To Sing Here In
Second Concert
Mary Moore, colortura soprano, will
make her debut for Ann Arbor music
lovers, when she appears in the
Thursday evening concert of the May
Festival at 8:15 p.m., May 16, in Hill
Miss Moore is the youngest member
of the Metropolitan Opera Associa-
tion, and made her debut there on
last St. Patrick's Day. She is pro-
claimed the third member of that re-
'nowned triumvirate of coloraturas
which also includes Galli-Curci and
Lily Pons, whose first Festival con-
tract also called for Ann Arbor ap-
Her debut on the Opera stage was
appropriate for St. Patrick's Day
when she appeared with a shamrock
pinned to her dress, and was there in
all of her Irish splendor.
Noted For Clear Tones
In her concert Thursday evening,
she will sing Arias, "Caro Nome"
from Riogoletto by Verdi for which
she is so famous as well as "Io son
Titantia" from Mignon by Thomas.
In addition, she will sing that lovely
waltz from suite "Ruses d'Armour,"
Op. 61 by Glazounow, and the "Bell
song" from Lakme by Delibres.
Miss Moore is especially well liked
by audiences because her of particu-
larly clear, bell-like tones of her high
notes and the accuracy of her pitch.
Her voice is not one o great pow-
er, but on the other hand is smooth,
freshly youthful, delightfully even in
the greater part of an extensive
range, and completely under control.
In coloratura passages Miss Moore
demonstrates a marked ability. She
discloses an intelligent knowledge of
the tradition and essence of the pieces
which she sings.
Praised By Reviewer
Greena Bennett has written this of
her in the New York American:
"Mary Moore, the Metropolitan's
youngest leading soprano made her
debut at last evening's "gala" concert
and proved to be worthy of a place
in the organization's most gifted
members. In a measure, her talents
were put to the test, for shesshared
the program with such outstanding
artists as Kirsten Flagsted, Eliza-
beth Rethberg, Karin Branzell, Paul
Althouse, Frederick Jagel, Ezio Pinza
and others.
Miss Moore, a pretty, slender girl
of 21, revealed her prowess in exact-
ing florid music from "Lucia" and
Riogoletto." Her quality is light,
fresh, and bell-like, and her singing
of the long, highly-embellished an
exacting mad scene from "Lucia"
was beautifully and cautiously man-
aged, receiving an ovation that ac-
tually stopped the progress of the
program for what, seemed like sev-
eral minutes. She was ably seconded
by Nino Martini, tenor, in the duet
from the same opera."
S asoz Ticket Prices
C For Music Patrons

Two World
In Festival
'juinblies,' By Lear, Janes
And Hanson's 'Drum
Taps' To Be Presented
Choral Union Again
In Promninent Role
Wednesday Night, Friday
Afternoon Are Days Set
For Performances
World premieres for two choral
works will be given during the 1935
May'Festival to be held May 15, 16,
17, and 18 in Hill Auditorium. The
works are "Drum Taps," by Howard
Hanson, and "Jumblies," by Edward
Lear and Dorothy James.
"Drum Taps, the spectacular cho-2
ral work by the distinguished modern
composer, Howard Hanson, will bel
given its world premiere at the Wed-s
nesday night May Festival concert,C
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. 1
Mr. Hanson will conduct the work
in person. He is no new figure in
Ann Arbor, because on several occa-
sions, he has been present in the .
role of guest conductor, notably when
his great opera, "Merry Mount," was1
given before the New York perform-
ance. '
Has Civil War Background .
With the bombardment of Fort,
Sumter, on April 12, 1861, the Civil
War began. The news reached New
York late at night. Walt Whitman,
who had been attending the opera
in Fourteenth Street, was walking1
downsBroadwaykabout twelveno'clock,
on his way back to Brooklyn, when
he heard the cries of newsboys with
their extras,
For the next eighteen months there
is practically no record of Walt Whit-
man. Before the end of 1862, the
volume "Drum Taps" was written,
and bears witness to the effect the
war had upon him.
All WarPhaos Given
In "Drum Taps" Whitman em-
bodied the very spirit of civil con-
flict, picturing as only the greatmas-
ters of literature have been able to
The electric shock of the first alarm
as drums and bugles sound; the
sinewy tread of the volunteer soldiers,
the fight, the cavalry crossing the
ford, the crashing and smoking artil-
lery, the bivouac, the field hospital at
night, the vigil, the gaunt faces of
the dead, are brought to us with a
descriptive power seldom found in
native poets.
In three songs from this great
poem, "Beat, Beat Drums," "By the
Bivouac's Fitful Flame," and "To
Thee, Old Cause," Howard Hanson
has caught all of the terrific drama,
pathos and patriotic fervor of Civil
"Jumblies" Is Fanciful Story
The "Jumblies," a cantata for chil-
dren's voices, text by Edward Lear,
the music by Dorothy James, will be
given its world premiere at the Fri-
day afternoon concert of the 42nd
Annual May Festival, in Hill Audi-
This delightfully whimsical work
tells the fanciful story of how the
Jumblies-odd little dwarf like men
with green heads and blue hands-
went to sea in a sieve, in spite of all
the warnings of their friends. A
pea-green veil, tied with a ribbon,
Ferved as a sail. The water soon
cane in, but the Jumblies kept their
(Contined on Page 3)




Chicago Symphony With
Dr. Stock Will Play In
Five Of Six Concerts
Choral Union And
Children Featured
Young Peoples Chorus
Will Give Premiere Of
Three distinguished group organi-
zations will supplement the galaxy of
stars to appear in the 42nd Annual
May Festival to be held May 15, 16, 17,
and 18 in Hill Auditorium. They are
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the
University Choral Union, and the
Young People's Chorus;
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
of seventy players will be present for
the entire week, participating in five
of the six concerts scheduled for the
period. Cataloged by music critics
as one of the first two or three great
orchestras in America, this will be the
thirty-first annual pilgrimage to Ann
Conductors Well Known Here
Its conductors, Frederick Stock and
Eric Delamarter, as well as the indi-
vidual musicians, have been coming
to Ann Arbor so long that they have
practically been adopted, not only by
the music lovers and festival patrons,
but by the general public as well.
Synonymous with his appointment
to the conductorship of the symphony
in 1905, Dr. Stock began bringing his
players to Ann Arbor for the Festival.
As co-director with Dr. Stock, Eric
Delamarter's services have long been
indispensable. His contributions to
the Festival programs have won him
wide-spread recognition.
Has TrainedMany
In the 56 years of its existence the
University Choral Union has been the
training school for many thousands
of students and others, who have par-
ticipated in choral and festival con-
certs. r
Membership during a period of sev-
eral seasons, has in many instances,
constitted a liberal musical educa-
tion, and large numbers of former
Choral Union singers, have developed
into important musical leaders in
many capacities i every part of the
civilized world.
Since 1894, when the chorus first
began to participate in the Festival,
it has performed practically all of the
larger choral works, and on many oc-
casions has given American or world
premieres of important compositions.,
Accompanist Is Noted
Mabel Ross Rhead, pianist of the
Choral Union and a performer of
unusual ability, has contributed much
in the development of the artistic ac-
complishments of the Festival chorus.
Her activities as soloist and in en-
semble, as well as accompanist for
chorus and for great artists, have
created in her a musicianship of gen-
uine and attractive merit.
The Young People's Chorus, of four
or five hundred school children, has
proved to be a splendid training school
for the development of singers gen-
erally. Many of these young people in
later years find themselves in the
ranks of the Choral Union or in other
choruses throughout the land.

In Annual May Festival;
Noted Groups Contribute


Will Be Center Of May Festival Activity




Six 'New' Stars And Six
'Old Favorites' Starred
In Concert Series
Two Local Artists
Add To Program
Martinelli, Mary Moore,
Panteleieff, And Miss
Jepson Featured
Fourteen widely-known stars, in-
cluding six who have never before
been heard in Ann Arbor, six who
have appeared here in previous pro-
grams, and two who are members
of local musical organizations, will
be heard in the 42nd Annual May
Festival to be held May 15, 16, 17, and
18 in Hill Auditorium.
A wide range of talent is compre-
hended in the group, five being mem-
'ers of the Metropolitan Opera Asso-
Aiation, one being a member of the
R.ussian Grand Opera Company, an-
)ther representing the New York
;ivic Repertory Theatre, and all of
hem having achieved national and
nternational success in their respect-
.ve fields.
Of the new stars the one of great-
Est interest to Ann Arbor music-
,overs will probably be Mary Moore,
ioungest member of the Metropoli-
an Opera Association, who has
achieved brilliant success with that
>rganization during the current



Dr. Stock's Career
Is Shown To Be
UniqueIn isory
The career of Dr. Frederick Stock,
who will be featured with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra in the MayI
Festival, May 15, 16, 17, and 18, has
been one of the most remarkable of
modern musicians.
Dr. Stock came to America in 18951
to become a member of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. Four years
later he was made its assistant con-
ductor under Theodore Thomas and
cn the death of Mr. Thomas in 1905
he succeeded him in the conductor-
This is probably the only instance
on record where an orchestra of
major rank has entrusted so im-
portant a post to one then so little
known to the world of music-and
with such signal success. For more
than thirty years Dr. Stock has con-,
tinued in the conductorship of that
University Society Is
May Festival Sponsor
The Ann Arbor May Festivals
are given under the auspices of the
University Musical Society, a non-
profit making corporation, which
was organized in 1879. Its articles
of association have continued with-
out serious change since that time.
The officers are :
Charles A. Sink, president, Alex-
ander G. Ruthven, vie-president,
Durand W. Springer, secretary,
Levi D. Wines, treasurer, Oscar A.
Eberbach, asst. secretary-treasur-
Junius E. Beal, Arnold H. Goss,
Harley A. Haynes, James Inglis,
Earl V. Moore, Horace G. Pretty-
man, and Shirley W. Smith.

Festival Prices,
Low, President
Sink Declares
rTickets Will Be Availabl(
To All This Year, Music
Head Asserts
Prioes for tickets to this year'
1 May Festival have reached a positior
at which they are within the mean.
of students and townspeople alike
according to President Charles A
Sink of the School of Music.
It has been said that "one car
hear the Ann Arbor May Festival foi
a song." This statement tells ar
important story. There probably i.
no place in the world where such
fine musical offerings can be heart
at so low a cost, President Sink ha.
For those wko purchase tickets tc
the winter series of Choral Unior
concerts, the average cost for thi
May Festival concerts is reduced tc
the low averages of from thirty-three
to sixty-seven cents, per concert
The policy of the University Musica
Society has always been to keep the
price as low as the traffic would bear.
Season tickets for the winter serie,
each contains a "festival coupon'
I which is acepted as $3.00, when ex-
changed for a season May Festival
ticket. In other words, the regulai
$5.00, $6.00, and $7.00 each, may bl
purchased by holders of such "festi-
val coupons" for $2.00, $3.00, and
$4.00 each. This arrangement ha:
made it possible for practically every-
one interested in hearing good music
to gain admission,and the student
body and publc in general, have taker
advantage of the situation, and havE
invariably packed the auditorium tc
the doors.
For those not holding Festival cou-
pons, the price of tickets is still ex-
ceedingly low, and in most cases
much lower than the same artist:
and attractions can be heard in greaE
metropolitan musical centers of the
Orders for tickets may be mailed
or left at the office of the School of
Music, on Maynard street. They wil'
be filed in sequence and selection of
location made in the same sequence
each person being given the locatior
as near as possible to that asked fo:
I %n the respective sections.

Critics Praise Miss Moore
Critics and the public have joined
.n "singing her praises" and have
ananimously proclaimed her the
hird member of that world renowned
riumvirate of coloratpras-the other
wo being Galli-Curci and Lily Pons.
'Helen Jepson, lyric soprano, has
aptly been described as "a queen of
:.ong and beauty." Her outstanding
:uccess with the Metropolitan Opera
quartet, followed by a brilliant de-
)ut and further engagements in
3roadway's august Opera House,
lave placed her among the outstand-
,ng opera stars of the day.
Myrtle Leonard, a young and beau-
iful contralto possessing all of the
attributes of a great artist, has won
iuccess of the highest order in con-
2ert and in recital, and more recently
.is an important member of the Met-
ropolitan Opera.
Martinelli Sings Here Again
The great tenor of the Metropoli-
an Opera Company, Giovanni Mart-
nelli, is one of the best loved as well
is one of the most distinguished of
hat illustrious assemblage. Now in
Mis twenty-second season at the Met-
,'opolitan, he holds the record for
enors in length of time.
Josef Lhevinne, "master pianist,"
vill undoubtedly find old friends in
Ann Arbor as he has long been a
?avorite artist here. His genius has
,von him an honored place among the
supreme pianists of all time.
Paul Althouse, world - famous
American tenor of Metropolitan,
treated the tenor role in "Boris God-
.inof" in its first American perform-
mce in English. He will sing this
role in the Festival.
Ruth Posselt, violinist, has won
:ame both in America and in Bur-
ope by her attractive art. Her re-
lebut 'in January in New York after
several seasons in Europe won her
.nstant acclaim.
Panteleieff Greatest 'Boris'
Maxim Panteleieff, bass-baritone,
,s acknowledged to be the "greatest
3oris since Chaliapin was in his
)rime." His presence in the Festi-
ial production of "Boris Godunof"
,romises to make it eminently suc-
Wilbur Evans, baritone, has won
Jistinction in many capacities, and
;specially in concert and oratorio
winging has achieved high rank. His
:areful mastery of the roles assigned
aim has won him the aproval of pro-
lucers and public alike.
Ethyl Hayden, American concert
and oratorio singer of supreme
vorth, has increased her reputation
.vherever oratorio is heard. She is
noted especially for her remarkable
z epertoire.
Theodore Webb, baritone, won his
'musical spurs" as a concert and re-
vital singer on sheer merit. His suc-
,ess at the last Festival, for which
le was especially recommended'by

42-Year His toryv Of Ann Arbor May
Festival Shows Continual Progress

The Ann Arbor May Festival was
established forty-two years ago, and
has continued without interruption
since that time. Those who con-
ceived and carried out the Festival
idea at that time, had no idea of the
magnitude and the permanence of
the contributions which they were
Fifteen years previously, in the
1879-1880 season, the University Mu-
sical Society, had been organized, and
a large chorus which later developed
into the Choral Union, was estab-
lished. For about ten years, the cho-
ral and concert activities were con-
ducted under the .direction of Cal-
vin 0. Cady, who in 1883 had been
appointed an Instructor in Music
in the University.
In 1888 he was succeeded by Albert

Orchestra, under the direction of
Emil Mollenhauer, was engaged, and
later since the railroad fares would
not be increased, the engagement was
extended over two days, for three
concerts, on a Friday evening, Sat-
urday afternoon and Saturday eve-
ning. This then became the first May
In those early days, little in the
way of great concerts was offered in
this middle western area, and the an-
nouncement of a three-day May Fes-
tival, with a great orchestra, out-
standing soloists, and choral works by
the Choral Union, was received witl
great enthusiasm for miles about. Sc
great became the enthusiasm, that
it resulted in almost a musical holi-
day for Michigan. Music lovers from


Contest Gave Wilbur
Evans His Opportunity
Unusual was the method by which
Wilbur Evans, noted singer coming
here for the May Festival, broke int
musical fame.
In 1927 the door of opportunitN
opened for him when the Atwatei
Kent Foundation launched its first
national radio audition contest. Thc
30,000,000 listeners were to choose thc
winner from a field of 50,000 con-
Among those who tried out wal.
Wilbur Evans, unknown young stu-
dent. at the Curtis Instituite, who

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