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April 21, 1935 - Image 3

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-Second Annual'

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History Of May
- l
Festival Shows


Rare Progress
Founded In 1893-1894
Season, Period Is Now
In Forty-Second Year

(Continued from Page 1)


general eating houses, contributed its
share of discomforts.
To make matters worse, special
trains which were scheduled to leave
the Michigan Central station, after
t-h e Saturday evening concert,
through a miscarriage of instruction,
didn't arrive until Sunday morning.
The result was that crowds of people
packed the station and the adjoining
spaces, most of them "zoaked to the
skin" from the downpour of rain.
The next year the Festival wa in-
creased to four concerts and late the
number was extended to five, given
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For 11 consecutive years, including
the Festival of 1904, Emil Mollen-
hauer and his Boston players came
to Ann Arbor. During this perioca,
choral programs were conducted by
Dr. Stanley, the orchestral numbers
by Dr. Mollenhauer.
New Movement Begun
With the Festival of 1905, a new
movement was inaugurated. The
Cicago Symphony Orchestra, whose
great founder, Theodore Thomas, had
just been succeeded by Dr. Freder-
ick Stock, was engaged, and this out-
standing organization has performed
at the Festival during the intervening
31 years.
During this period Dr. Stock has
been at the helm with Eric DeLamar-
ter, as associate conductor. Until
1921, Dr. Stanley continued as Musi-
c l Director. At that time he was
succeeded for a period of two years,
by Earl V. Moore, as acting conductor,
and since 1923, as permanent Musical
Director. About 20 years ago, the
Festival was again enlarged and a
sixth concert was added, the days
extended to cover Wednesday, Thurs-
day, Friday and Saturday.
Hill Gives Auditorium
Until 1913, the Festivals were held
in old University Hall. Through the
generosity of the late Arthur Hill, a
former Regent of the University,
funds were provided for the construc-
tion of Hill Auditorium, which made
possible larger and more pretentious
offerings. A complete orchestra of
70 men, instead of the abridged road
orchestra of 50 players officiated.
The Choral Union was increased
in size, ,and a special Young People's
Chorus of four hundred voices, was
included. More stars of first magni-
tude were engaged and many newer
choral works, aswell as a large num-
ber of American or world premieres
were provided.
The remodelling of the Frieze
Memorial Organ, on the occasion of
the construction of Hill Auditorium,
and its recent replacement, also con-
tributed to musical possibilities.
'King David'To
Be Heard In
Hlonegger Composition To
Be Presented Thursday
Night At Concert
"King David," one of the outstand-
ing modern choral compositions, by
the distinguished Arthur Honegger,
which was heard so successfully in
the Ann Arbor May Festival four
years ago, will be repeated at the
Thursday night concert, of the 1935
Festival, in Hill Auditorium, Ann
Arthur Honegger's meteoric rise to
world fame has been due to a great
extent, to his work, "King David." In
the course of a few months it brought
the name of its creator to the atten-
tion of the whole musical world.
Stavinsky Refuses Task
Monsieur Rene Morax, the poet
who was in charge of the productions

of the Theatre at Mezieres, near Lau-
sanne, sought a composer who would,
in the shortest time possible, set his
psalm, "King David," to music. The
task was refused by Stravinsky, be-
cause of the limited time.
Honegger wrote the work in the
time. allotted, less than two months,
and at 'its very first performance,
it was acclaimed by critics, musicians,
and laymen alike, as a work of epic
powers, astonishingly daring both in
the scope of its conception and in its
convincing eloquence.
Is Called Master Work
Lawrence Gilman, distinguished
critic and annotator of the program
notes for the New York Philhar-
monic Society, states that King David
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Stars InFirst Of May Festival Concerts-

remieres Of
Two Works To
)e Presented
Jumblies,' By Lear, James
And ,Hanson's 'Drum
Taps' To Be Presented.
(Continued from Page 1)
feet dry with pink paper all foldedr
neat and held down with a pin.
They continued their journey until
they came to the western sea and a
land all covered with trees. They
bowght an cwl, a cart, a pound of rice
anti a cranberry tart, a beehive, a
big, some green jackdaws, a lively
monkey and no end of stilton cheese.
Returned In 20 YearsI
In 20 years they all came back
to their native land, and their friendsI
gave them a welcome with a feast of
dumplings ,made o-f beautiful yeast.
And every one said that if he lived
long enough, he too would go to sea
in a sieve.
This charming little tale is told in
delightful verse by Edward Lear,
authu: of so many unusual and imag-
inative, stories for children, with the
.same poet and whimsical fancy that
one finds in Carrell's "Alice in Won-
Music By Dorothy James
The music of Dorothy James, who
was ,inspired by Miss Juva Higbee's
Festival Children's Chorus to create
this cantata, is tuneful and simple
and lends itself to the limitations of
children's voices. The unusual qual-
ity of the text the spirit of the story
are reflected in the music through
the play of modern harmonic devices
which help to create the unique at-
mosphere of the poem, without. in-
truding upon the simple and direct
lyric melody line.
The work was composed by Miss
James while attending the MacDowell
Music Colony.

Tenor And Baritone Scheduled To Sing

Commentator Remarks
On Genius Of Chipoin
(Continued from Page 2)
such tremendous success that. he
found himself again with a full con-
cert itinerary.
With his wife, who is also a dis-
tinguished pianist, Lhevinn had for
many years entertained his friends
with piano duos. Cesare :Cui, 1the
composer, having heard them play,
wrote a selection for two pianos espe-
cially for them. Lhevinne has recent-
ly played, both alone and with his
wife. on coast-to-coast radio broad-
casts. At present the Lhevinnes teach
at the Juillard School of Music in
Ney York City.
Ann Arbor is no stranger to Mr.
Lhevinne. Not only has he played
with outstanding success here many
times, but his son, Constantin,; was
graduated from the University of
Michigan last year and is at present
employed at the Ann Arbor Municipal



Two Newcomers To Perform Here Soon

YRTLE LEONARD RUTH POSSELTies," whicmn nas never before been
performed in public.


for Season


The prices of Season
each t

For those who present "Festival Coupons",from season
Choral Union tickets, the prices are further reduced to
$2.00 3.00-$4.00
The prices for Individual Concert Tickets will remain
at the reduced levels of last year.
-- $1.50 -- $200
Orders for tickets, with remittance to cover, will be filed
and selections will be made in sequence. Tickets will be
mailed out about May 1, at purchasers' risks, unless
additional fee of 18 cents for registrati'on accompanies
the order. Please address CHARLES SINK, President.

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