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Pb iladelphiaOrchestra

In 38 Years Of Its Existence, o
Have Conducted; Ormandy No

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Fritz Scheel, First Leader, tailed to give Philadelphia the bene- Respighi, Artu
Responsible For Much fit of a large number of concerts. Reiner, Sir T
OfOr s ' uFritz Scheel, the orchestra's first ers.
O Orchestra's Succs conductor held the post for seven Sucess
year whn, t hs dath Cal Foh- Much of the
Philadelphia is justly proud of i r wen atu hideathitaon o attributed to it
great orchestra, which will participate lg ethsSutgr oiinto fl Scheel, who con(
for the third time in the Ann Arbor the vacancy in 1912. He was instru- certs at Woods
May Festival, May 11 through 14. It mental in raising the standards of the center near Ph
was founded in 1900 with the aim of group. "Mr. Scheel's
encouraging the performance of first In his tenth season with the Phil- Germany, plac
adelphiainrchestraforeopoldfStorst-,the new organ
class orchestral music in the City aielphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokow- of a scholarly
of Philadelphia, and has since grown ski received the Philadelphia award of vision. His
the original small body of play- of ten thousand dollars for accom- ened in the fa
fromtsplishments "which advanced the best ficuities: he ha
ers to a concert instrument of ngh and largest interests of the corn- ]fing the highest
rank with 100 musicians now led by nunity of which Philadelphia is the orchestra perso
Eugene Ormandy. :enter.
Incorporated under the laws of Presented Many U.S. Firsts
Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Or- Among the notable American firsts
which the orchestra presented is I iumfn.
chestra Association is controlled by I ahler's Eighth Symphony, the
14,000 subscribers who have donated "Symphony of a Thousand," which AtTh
he
nearly two million dollars in sums vas performed with orchestra, solo- I
ranging from one dollar to' one hun-. ists and chorus and received such an "
died thousand. ovation that its original three pres- M lJ Si(
A sadministersentations were inkreased to nine and
Board of Directors admmister which packed the Metropolitan Opera
the organization, the first having been House.. A farmer pa
formed-.in May 1901. Alexander Van
Rensselaer served as president until Others are Rachmaninoff's "The tivals, Marjorie
his death 32 years later. Bells," which will be. given here; Stra- represent the U
Season Seven Months Long vinsky's "Le Chant du Rossignol" and sic Festival nex
From its modest beginning with six Sacre du Printemps"; Richard Austria. The f
performances, the orchestra has Strauss's "Alpensymphonie"; Schil-ys
grown and now the seven-month sea- 'ing's "A Victory Ball"; Skriabin's year, consisting
son presents 28 consecutive pairs of "Le Divin Poeme" and Schoenberg's and a complet
performances each Friday and Satur- "Die Gluckliche Hand." from July 23 tc
day. A Tuesday Evening series pre- Among the many artists of dis- Miss McClung
sents about 10 concerts and a set of tinction who have appeared with the in musical activ
programs for youth completes the Philadelphia Orchestra are Richard on her gradua
year's work. Strauss, Alfred Casella, Georges En- years in Vienn
An out-of-town schedule takes the esco, Igor Stravinsky, Vincent D'In- burg, returning
Orchestra to various cities in the East ,dy, Wilhelm Mengelberg, Frederick tinue her work.
and until 1936, touring had been cur- Stock, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Otterin erous concertsi

Notes O Stars And Near Stars
nly 4 y M Editor Of The Daily
w Head __
(Continued from Page 1) more than enough to remind us of one
- . of the earlier performances of that
innecessary remarks about the music'oftearirpfrmnsofht
or the players. Finaily an exasperat- work, years ago when Joseph Lhe-
cl fiddler stood up and said "Listen vinne was a young and nervously at;-
erc, if You st1ol just one more time piring pianist. Arriving in Hamburg
we'll play tie way you conduct!" one morning to play the Tschaikow-
sky that evening with the great Ar-
Anotlher conductor was having tur 'aikisch as conductor, Lhevinne
vcn a worse time. He couldn't get discovered with a shock that Nikisch
wvhat he wantedk because he didn't had not considered it necessary to
know what lie wanted, and every few plan a rehearsal with him. Fantastic
measures he had to stop and bury his j pictures of stopping the performance
h[ad in the score to find out what was to get together again besieged the
what. Each time he did this the men over-anxious pianist, and he immed-
fM in the orchestra heckled with a ven iately called Nikisch by phone. But
gcance that would make Beetle .jeal- Nikisch was busy and would not see
'ius, creating strange noises with him. Five o'clock came, and Lhe-
their inlslrunc lit s and even, we're
vinne could contain himself no long-
afraid, with their mouths. Finally er. He must have a rehearsal. So
the rehearsal broke up completely Nikisch is called again, and agrees to
when the bass drci umnmner took a sock come down for a talk at 6:30. Lhe-
.::at his drum that nearly felled the vinne breathes somewhat easier, un-
theatre. "Now," said the wielder of til 6:30 comes and with it no Nikisch,
the baton, peering angrily around only a message saying the conductor
at his tormentors, "who in the world could not make it and would be there
did that?" early for the concert. So Lhevinne,
* * *too nervous to eat, hangs around to
We see by the program that see Nikisch before the concert-only
-_ - -Rubenstein will be with us this May, to see the conductor arrive one min-
uro Toscanini, Fritz playing the Tschaikowsky B-flat ute before curtain time. Well, dur-
honias Beecham and minor Concerto for Piaio. That is ing intermission perhaps; but dur-
ful From First ... And is Conductors
orchestra's success is
s first conductor, Mr.
aducted a series of con-
side Park amusement
iladelphia in'1899.
experience, gained in
ed at the command of
ization the resources
musician and a man
idealism never weak-
ce of insuperable dif-
d the faculty of shoos-
type of artist for the
nnel."
aTo Sipo
Salzburg
SFestival'
PROF EARL V. MOORE ' EUGENE ORMANDY
rticipant in May Fes-
McClung, '31SM, will
University at the Mu-
t summer at Salzburg,
estival's program this
g of operas, concerts
te program will last
August 31.
g, a soprano, took part
vities on campus. Up-
tion, she studied two
a, Munich and Salz-
to New York to con-
She has given num-
in this country.-

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JUVA HIGBEE, conducting

The

young

Teople's

t5estival horus
WITH
HARDIN VAN DEURSEN
Presenting
CANTATA PAUL BUNYAN - - -- JAMES
(FIRST PERFORMANCE
THE YOUNG PEOPLE S FESTIVAL CHORUS is made
up of several hundred young people from the
Ann Arbor schools. It plays an important part
in the 1938 Festival and for more than two
score years it has injected a refreshing element
into the general Festival program. Youthful and
enthusiastic, the singers catch the spirit of sin-
cere artistry and contribute in large measure
to the wholesomeness of the occasion.
X IfA I CUEQT7IA T

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