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Y, SEPT. 22, 1936




Choral Union
Will Present
Annual Series
Ten Concerts Will Include
Three Orchestras, One
Choral Group
A brilliant series of 10 concerts,
which will include three of the na-
tion's leading symphony orchestras,
the Boston, Chicago and Detroit, has
been planned for the 1936-37 Choral
Union Series, according to the an-
ouncement made by Dr. Charles A.
Sink, president of the music school.
The opening concert promises to
be one of the most outstanding events
of the musical season, with Kirsten
Flagstead, the Norwegian operatic
soprano, who scoreG such a success
last year with the Metropolitan
Opera Company, appearing in a re-
cital on Oct. 19 in Hill Auditorium.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
under the baton of Frederick Stock,
which has scored many triumphs in
Ann.Arbor during previous May Fes-
tvlwill be here again for the
second concert of the series on Nov.
2. This will mark the first time that
the Chicago Symphony will play in
Ann Arbor with the entire orchestra.
During its May Festival appearances
for the past 31 years, it has always
been represented by a curtailed group
of 70 musicians.
Moscow Choir To Come
One of the most unusual concerts
of the season will be that given by
the Moscow Cathedral Choir, consist-
ing of two dozen singers under the di-
rection of Nicholas Alfonsky. They
will present a program of Russian
music on Nov. 16.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra,
under the direction of Serge Kousse-
vitsky, which gave one of the most
outstanding and most popular con-
certs of last year's Choral Union
Series, will return to Ann Arbor for
its sixth appearance on Dec. 10.
The sixth concert will be a piano
recital by Josef Hoffman, whose skill
and artistry have 4nade him known
throughout the musical circles of
the world. Mr. Hoffman's first Ann
Arbor appearance in almost ten years
will be made on Dec. 14.
Bernardino M o 1 i n a r i, brilliant
young Italian conductor, will appear
again as guest dnrector of the Detroit
Symphony in the first concert after
the Christmas holidays, to be given
Jan. 15. Molinari scored such a suc-
cess last season that he was engaged
Wo lead the Detroit group again this
Nelson Eddy Will Appear
Gregor Piatigorsky, the well-known
Russian violin-cellist, will give the
eighth concert on Jan. 25. This will
be the second time that Mr. Piatigor-
sky will have been heard in Ann
The first concert of the second
semester will find Artur Schnabel at
the piano in Hill Auditorium on Feb.
23. Mr. Schnabel has proven him-
self one of Ann Arbor's favorite art-
ists in his previous appearances here.
Nelson Eddy, youthful American
baritone who has scored great suc-
cesses in the musical comedy, con-
cert stage and motion picture fields,
will present the final concert of the
season on March 24.
Season tickets for the concert
series can be obtained immediately
at the offices of the music school on
Maynard St.
First Contemporary
To Be Out In Month
Contemporary,, campus literary
quarterly, is in search of material for
the fall issue, which will come out in
late October or early November,
Frances Carney, '37, co-editor, an-

nounced yesterday.
The magazine, beginning its third
year on campus, publishes essays,
fiction, poetry and book reviews writ-
ten by students.

Preparations For Union Opera
Are Rapidly Getting Under Way

Mimes To Scan Dramas
For Acceptable Vehicle
For Comeback Opera
Plans for a bigger and better Men's
Musical Show, traditionally known as;
the Union Opera, are rapidly getting
under way, according to Shirrel Kasle, ,
president of Mimes and vice-presi-
dent of the Varsity Glee Club, who
said yesterday that manuscripts are
expected to be submitted shortly after
the opening of school this semester.
Mimes, honorary dramatic society,
was founded in 1911 by a small group
of students among whom were Prof.
Earl V. Moore, Matthew Blish, '11E,
and Homer L. Heath, '07, who were
then working on an opera.
The express purpose of the new so-
ciety was to select the casts and man-
age the operas, duties heretofore car-
ried out by Union committees. Only
members of the operas could become
members of Mimes and consequently
since its members were all experi-
enced in the technique of staging
operas, only the best of manuscripts
and songs were used.
In 1929, because of the depression,
no opera was produced and Mimes
languished. Between 1922 and 1929,
an annual Christmas vacation tour
was made, during which the opera ap-
peared in Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland,
Buffalo, Rochester and in New York
City in the Metropolitan Opera House.
Not until 1933, however, were the
operas resumed, through the chance
meeting and subsequent efforts of an
alumnus and a student, both mem-
bers of Mimes. Since then "With'

Banners Flying" and "Give Us
Rhythm" have been produced, the
latter having been judged one of the
finest musical shows ever seen on the
The history of the opera itself is
an interesting one. In 1908, the
Union after more than two years of
consideration planned and produced
"Michigenda," a comic opera which
was a take-off on students and fac-
.ilty members. It was directed by
Roy Dickinson Welch, who also wrote
most of the songs, and was written
by Prof. Donald H. Haines, '09, now
of the Journalism department. One
of the principals in the cast was
James K. Watkins, former police
commissioner of Detroit. The opera
was staged in the Whitney Theatre,
which had just been completed, and
was such a success financially that
it set a precedent for future operas.
In 1909, the opera "Culture," a mu-
sical satire, was produced under Mr.
Welch's direction, assisted by Prof.
Moore, now musical director of the
University; and in 1910, "Koanza-
land" was staged under the direction
of Earl V. Moore with its lyrics writ-
ten by J. Fred Lawton, '11, author
of "Varsity."
In 1914, the opera took its first
short road trip, and was very suc-
cessful in both finances and ad-
vertising the University. The later
operas differed from their predeces-
sors in that they were musical extrav-
aganzas and devoid of local color.
In 1929 the opera was discontinued,
and another was not given until 1934.
Interest in the opera lagged after
"Give Us Rhythm,

Student Auto an
Effective Monday
The automobile ban for the school
year of 1936-37 will go into effect at
8 a.m. Monday, Sept: 28, it was an-
nounced yesterday by the office of the
Dean of Students, which is in charge
of its administration.
The resolution of the Board of Re-
gents governing the use of cars states:
"No student in attendance at the
University from and after the be-
ginning of the University year 1927-
28 shall operate any motor vehicle.
In exceptional and extraordinary
cases at the discretion of the Dean of
Students this ruling may be relaxed."
The interpretation and enforce-
ment of this University ruling will
be unchanged from last year, and
will govern the use of cars as well
as their operation. Thus it is not
permissible for a student to use his
car or his family car for social, per-
sonal or other purposes when the car
is driven by someone who is not a
member of his immediate family.
Students who anticipate the need
of driving privileges or who feel that
their circumstances are exceptional
are urged to file applications for per-
mits at the office of the Dean of Stu-
dents, Room 2, University Hall with-
out delay. Anyone driving after 8 a.m.
on Sept. 28, without the official per-
mission will be in trouble.

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