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21, 1927


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Nine Famous Concert And Opera Artists

To Participate In Festival

Flagstad, Telva, Rethberg,
Carron, Morelli, Pinza,
Melehior Are Vocalists
Dr. Moore, ilighee,
Christian To AssistL

Local Musicians Also To Participate Ip Festival

May Festival Big Annual Event
For Local Children's Chorus
The Young People's Festival Chorus The first Children's Concert was

Eugene List, Pianist,
Toseph Knitzer Are
To Par-iipa


(ContUilued froin Pagfe 7)
American artist born in St. Louis,
Mo. Eighteen months after leaving
her native city to study in New York
City, Miss Telva was signed by the
Metropolitan, making her debut there
in "Manon Lescaut." She is regarded
as one of the company's most valued
members. Among her outstanding
performances there have been Adal-
gisa in "Norma," Magdalene in "Die
Meistersinger," Brangaene in "Tris-
tan," Amneris in "Aida," and Susuki
in "Butterfly." During the last two
years, Miss Telva has appeared as
soloist with Arturo Toscanini and the
Now York Philharmonic Orchestra.
English Dramatic Tenor
Mr. Carron, a gifted English dra-
matic tenor, born in Swindon, Wilt-
shire, launched on his professional
career in "Tannhauser," with an
English opera company and sang
most of the leading tenor roles with
that company. He also made several
guest appearances thereafter at Co-
vent Garden. Late in 1935, Carron
came to America for further study.
In April, 1936, he won the Metropoli-
tan Auditions of the Air, the prize
being a contract with Metropolitan
to sing in the spring season. He made
his debut at the Metropolitan in
"Pagliacci," and is now a regular
member of the company.
Mr. Melchior, famed historic tenor,
has become known especially for his
Wagnerian interpretations. A native
of Denmark, Mr. Melohior first stud-
ied in the school of the Royal Opera
in Copenhagan, and later toured Eu-
rop. In 1925 he was invited to sing
at Bayreuth, where he has appeared
frequently since. In the season of
1925-26 he first came to America
for his debut at the Metropolitan. He
has been decorated many times by
the King of Denmark and also has
been honored by other European
countries. His song repertoire is es-
pecially interesting, covering Danish,
Scandinavian, Italian, German and
English masterpieces, both classic
and modern.
University Graduate
Mr. Morelli, a University graduate,
was first brought to the Metropolitan
to share the baritone roles with Law-
rence Tibbett and John Charles
Thomas. Among leading roles which



of 500 Ann Arbor school children an-
nually points to the May Festival as
its outstanding musical event of the
The opportunity to appear in con-
cert with several musical celebrities
as well as a world-famous orchestra
is a major event in the school musical
program. The chorus, in addition,
plays an important part in the Fes-
tival, injecting a refreshing element
into the general program. The chorus
will again be under the direction of
Juva Higbee, supervisor of music in
the public schools of Ann Arbor.
Permanent Feature
The annual Children's Concert has
become a permanent part of the May
Festival, and, according to Charles
A. Sink, president of the School of
Music, "Not only have these young
people offered entertainment of high
quality to concert-goers, but they
themselves have profited musically
from splendid training, arid in after
years, in many cases, they have be-
come members of the Choral Union
or similar choral societies throughout
the land. In some cases, individual
members have been stimulated to
professional careers, and have won
distinction in many fields of musical
United States so much. But I do
not consider singing my real career
-at least not in the way a man looks
on his career. The career that I
really want awaits me at home."

given in 1913, 20 years after the be-
ginning of the May Festival. That
year the Young' People's Festival
Chorus gave "The Walrus and the
Carpenter," an interesting work by
Fletcher, which they have repeated
several times siice then.
Trained By Potter
The chorus was trained by Flor-
ence G. Potter, then supervisor of
schools, for a period of sixaoinRF
music in the Ann Arbor public.
schools, for a period of six years, but
the children were conducted at the
Festival by Dr. Albert Stanley, then
musical director of the May Festival.
In 1920 the children were conduct-
ed by Russell Carter, who had suc-
ceeded Miss Potter as school super-
visor of music. From 1921-1924,
George.Oscar Bowen was in charge
of the chorus; from 1925-1927 Joseph
E. Maddy presided; since 1928, Miss
Higbee has trained and conducted
the chorus. During all these years,
the present music supervisor has been
ably assisted by cooperation of the
principals and members of the fac-
ulty of the various schools throughout
the city.
At this year's Festival the chorus
will offer a group of songs by Arne,
Schubert and Scott as well as Gaul's
Cantata, "Spring Rapture," sharing
the program with Eugene List, pian-
ist and the Philadelphia Symphony,
which will also accompany the

May Festival
Is First Event
History Of Music Series
Offerings Started With
1894 Concerts
(Continued from Page 7)
eral concerts each year and has per-
formed all of the great oratorios and
operas adaptable to concert perform-
ance, including several American
and world premieres.
In 1913 when the Festival was
transferred from old Uimversity Wall
to Hill Auditorium, the general plan
was expanded to include a large
chorus of young people from the
public schools of Ann Arbor. The
offerings of this Young People's
Festival Chorus of several hundred
voices have supplemented the contri-
butions of the Choral Union and have
made possible the injection of at
wider range of choral singing.
Because of the resignation last
year of Leopold Stokowski from act-
ing directorship of the Philadelphia
Symphony, Eugene Ormandy, newly
appointed head, will lead the orches-
tra in its second Festival program.
Jose Iturbi first attracted world
attention as an orchestra leader when
he played 26 recitals in six weeks in
Mexico City.

he sang with great success last sea-
son at the Metropolitan were those
of Marcello in "La Boheme," Rigo-
letto in the opera -Rigoletto," and
Amonsasro in "Aida." He will again
sing this last part in the last Fes-
tival concert.
Mr. Pimza, born in Rome, Italy,
early abandoned a career as a civil
engineer to study singing, as did Mr..
Morelli. Hailed as the "Young Chal-
iapin" in his performances in Italy,
he was for three years the leading
basso under Toseamii at La Scala. It
was here that Gatti-Casazza heard
him and induced himn to join the
Metropolitan in 1926. He has sung
there each season since.
Born In New York
The youthful violinist, Mr. Knitzer,
was born in New York in 1913, but
was brought up in Detroit. At the
age of seven he started playing violin
and two years later was accepted as
a pupil by Leopold Auer with whom
he studied until the great teacher's
death. At 14 he made his debut as
solist with the New York Symphony
under Walter Damrosch, and then
returned to study under Louis Per-
singer. In 1934 he won the Walter
Naumburg award and the following
year the prize of the National Fed-
eration of Music Clubs as well as the
Schubert Memorial Award.
Youngest Artist
The second instrumentalist, Mr.
List, is the youngest artist in the
group of guest stars, being 18 years
old. Within the past year he has
appeared with the New York Phil-
harmonic Symphony Orchestra, the
Los. Angeles Philharmonic, and the
St. Louis Symphony. He won in
competition a scholarship at the
Philadelphia Conservatory, on the
conditions that he was not to be
exploited as a wonder-child.

Fla stad Prefers
To Keep Simple
Ioee ThanSing
"No one seems to believe me when
I say I would rather keep house than'
sing, but that really is the truth,"
said Kirsten Flagstad, famous Metro-
politan Opera Star, who will sing in
the May Festival in the opening
night, Wednesday, May 12.
Miss Flagstad, Norwegian soprano,
already proved herself a favorite in
Ann Arbor when she appeared to
open the current series of Choral
Union concerts early last fall.
Even though she does not cook and
seldom sews, she still insisted that
she would not mind exchanging the
cheers and shouts of the "Golden
Horseshoe" for the domesticity of a
simple home.
"Of 'course I am very happy over
the welcome I had in this country
and I confess the applause and ap-
preciation thrills me," she admittd
frankly. "But I am looking forward
to that time in the future when I
shall be a private person, able to do
just as I wish every day, without
the thoughts of rehearsals and per-
formances. When that time comes
I shall look back happily and grate-
fully to this present time of work.
But if I did not believe that one day
I should return permanently to my
home and family in Norway, I should
not be able to enjoy my work as
much as I do."
Miss Flagstad confessed that she
is not an ambitious person by nature
and that if she had not had the en-
couragement of her husband, she
would never have carried her career
to the point it has reached. On her

second marriage six years ago, she
said, she willingly gave up her public
appearances, limiting her singing to
the seclusion of their home.
"I was perfectly happy doing this,"
she explained, "Then one day an
opera soprano fell ill and they begged
me to substitute at short notice. My
husband agreed at once, so I did so.
Gradually there were other appear-
ances, and almost before I knew it
I was a public person once more.
"Naturally no one could refuse the
honor of an invitation to sing at the
Metropolitan Opera, so when I saw
my husband really wanted men to ac-
cept, I did so. I love my music and
I have enjoyed my two seasons in the

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SEASON TICKETS (Six Concerts) may be ordered at
the main office of the School of Music, on Maynard
Street. $6.00, $7.00 and $8.00



COUPON, prices are
$3.00, $4.00

reduced to
and $5.00

the unsold season tickets and will be offered "Over the
Counter" later for $1.00, $1.50, $2.00 and $2.50
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