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TiE MICHIGAN DAILY

Biographies Of
~Star sAre Given
(Continued from Page 1)
Rubinstein heard him play and called,
him "a musical phenomenon." He
toured Geltmany, France, England and
Scandinavia finally making his New,
America. An anonymou'- patron, later
announced to be Alfred Corning Clark r*v.
of New York, offered to provide for s
the entire }Hofmann family until Jos-;
ef's 18th birthday so that his father -.}.z<'....
could deVote his time to guiding his .
son's studies.f
At 18 Hofmann returned to the . ~ .
concert platform. a mature artist. Af-
ter two years of touring Germany, JOSEF HOFMANN
England and Russia, he again came
to America, and subsequently became New York Symphony, the Rochester
a naturalized American citizen. On Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony
recent years, in addition to his con- and the Los Angeles Philhamonic be-
cert appearances he has devo'ted much fore settling down in Cleveland,
of his time to his position as director where he has been for five vyears. In
of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. wereahefhastbeenrfears.rdn
Last year he celebrated his Golden February of last year he was accord-
Jubilee in America wiha triumphant ed leave of absence fromk Cevean
Jubleeinmercawith a rumhn to conduct the New York' Philhar-
tour of 50 concerts.m
Imnic Symphony for the final eiht
J ! weeks of its season. His brilliant
Rodinski Blends Old stay there included 28 performances.
World With New ...
Born in Dalmatia, educated for Rin l: A ede
the law in Austria, and with a wealth From Maine
of musical achievement in the great
symphony halls of the Continent, For an even dozen years Rudolph
England and ,the United States, of Ringwall has been associate con-
which he is now a citizen, Dr. Artur ductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, its
Rodzinski, conductor of the Cleve- voice in radio discussions and com-
land Orchestra, represents that type mentator as well as conductor at the
in contemporary American' cultural Educational Concert programs and
life which blends the fine flavor of the popular Twilight Concerts on
the old world culture with a lively Sunday afternoons.
realization of the progress which is Born in Bangor, Maine, he comes
being made in music. of a distinguished line of musicians
Catholic in his tastes, Rodzinski and actors, from a grandfather and
likes all good music, and the year uncle in the Royal Opera of Stock-
it was written and the number of holm and a second uncle famous as
times it has been played mean noth- a comedian throughout Sweden, to
ing .to him, for he maintains there his father who is one of the best-
are no vintage years in music and known pedagogues and pianists. in
that compositions do not improve Maine.
with age-only the taste of te public A graduate and later a member of
improves with each hearing, the faculty of the New England Con-
To please his father, Rodzinski servatory of Music in Boston, he
studied law at the University of Vien- Joined the Boston Symphony Or-
na, where he took his. degree of Doc- chestra when it was under the direc-
tor of Laws just in time to join the tion of Karl Muck. Later he played
Austrian army and serve on the Rus- with the National Symphony Or-
r sian front until seriously wounded chestra under Willem Mengelberg in
and invalided home. Music had surged New York and with Nikolai Sokoloff
underneath the legal routine of his as a member of the Innisfail String
student days in that pre-war Vienna .Quartet in San Francisco.
and it had been law by day but mu-
sic by night. Now a wise father gave Vaszy Both Leader
him freedom to follow the calling
that was irresistable. And Composer
At Lwow, Poland, his music. career
bAn Lwith modest hoa iren Viktor Vaszy, conductor of the Bud-
began with modest choral direction apest University Chorus, represents
Then came an opportunity to try con- aesniesityoCho u set
ductng atthe Lwow Opera, andsoon the new schoolC t ung musi
sparkling performances of "}Ernani generation. he Chorus has had many
"Carmen," and a Polish work, "Eros grea, but fewled smorce distinguished
and 'Psyche," brought him to the at- thance but few dmo, dsnuhed
tenton o Hewas um-than its present leader, who has c-
tendon of Warsaw. He was sum cupied the post since 1929.
moned there with the opera and Maestro Vaszi is not only a choral
made an instant impression, result- conductor, but is leader of the Buda-
Ing in a contract to conduct all op- pest Philharmonic Symphony Orches-
eras, including German and Italian. tra, professor of the Royal Hungarian
In order to fulfill it he had to study Franz Liszt Academy of Music in
night and day to memorize scores Budapest and a composer of note.
that he had scarcely seen before. Many of his works have been pub-
This practice stood him in good stead lished' for voices, six for orchestra
throughout his career, enabling him and he has written two masses. He
to read and memorize a score in has done much for the development
amazingly quick time. of Hungarian music, and his support
For five years Rodzinski conduct- and cooperation with native compos-
ed the Warsaw Philharmonic Or- ers is well known throughout Hun-
chestra, until one day Leopold Sto- gary. In the past seven years he has
kowski heard him and brought him to won distinction in all the many coun-
America. Here he conducted the tries visited by the ensemble.

Koussevitzky's 14th Season
Featured Modern Com positions
32 Of 86 Works Played yen's first, third, fourth and seventh
By Boston Symphony symphonies, the "Emperor" concerto
and the third "Leonora" overture are
ere By Lving,_Menall on the records of the 24 Friday and
Included in the final programme Saturday programmes. The "Missa
book for the Boston Symphony Or- Solemnis," presented as this season's
chestra's fifty-seventh season is a Pension Fund concert, was recorded
summary of the programmes of Serge by RCA Victor,as was last .year's
Kausevtzk's outeeth easn a fperformance of Bach 's "St. 'Matthew
Koussevitzky's fourteenth season as Passion," a recording which, accord-
conductor. Eighty-six works by 40 ing to the Chicago News, "represents
composers were played. Of these, 28 quite the most singular item to be
were symphonies, 16 concertos of found in all recorded music." Other
one or another kind, 12 were suites, choral works given during the current
nine tone poems and five overtures, season were "Psalm XLVII" by Flor-
Composers now living wrote 32 of the ent Schmitt and the "Requiem" of
works, 33 were by nineteenth century Faure which was conducted by Nadia
men and nine dated from the eigh- Boulanger, an authority on the work
teenth century. and the composer, and two works of
Listed in the summary are the Sibelius in which the Helsingfors
works which compose the balanced University Chorus appeared with the
repertory of a full symphonic year. Orchestra.
Bach. his son Carl Philip Emanuel. The great symphonies of the eigh-
and Boccherini represent the pre- teenth and nineteenth centuries from
classical composers. Haydn and Mo- the substance of the orchestra's com-
zart, with three works each, fill in prehensive repertory. The twentieth,
the classical period proper. Beetho- century, however, also contributes its

measure of classics. The G minor nstruments Valued as the total for all other conductors.
Symphony of Albert Roussel. one of estimate the total value of the collec-
the works commissioned by the Bos- At Quarter Million tion in the neighborhood of a quarter
ton Symphony for its fiftieth anni-_ of a million dollars.
versary season, was revived for the Members of the Cleveland Sym- The Stradivarius played by Josef
fourth time since 1930. Hindemith's phony Orchestra carry their own in- Fuchs, concertmaster, is valued at
Concert Music for String and Brasss
Choirs was also revived. struments and hug them tightly on about $25,000. Victor de Gomez,
Nine works of Ravel. the mostoftheir tours-for there is not today cellist, possesses two famous instru-
any single composer, were played, anywhere in the world a duplicate of ments, one an authentic Sanctus Se
anfin, madelie1731.pThero oes o
Dr. Koussevitzky having played two many of them, and insurance men Philip Kirchner,1hand-madeoboeon
memorial concerts after the compos --- - - - - - - ---- and silver works of art, cost up to $1,-
r's death. Eight works of Prokofieff in encouraging and presenting works 000 each.
and six each of Beethoven and Sibe- ifrom living writers. In this connection The whole set of violins in the or-
lius were also included. it is interesting to note that in the chestra are worth about $100,000. The
The survey of musical trends by index of Nicholas Slonimsky's book, violas add about $15,000 more, harps,
Indiana University has pointed out "Music Since 1900," Serge Kousse- $5,000 and clarinets and bassoons
the Boston Symphony's pre-eminence vitzky's name has as. many references about $8,000.

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A RIBUTE N
With GREGOR PIATIGOR-
SKY the violoncello has
come into its own. This
amazing Russian artist has
proved to audiences from
Milan to San Francisco that
his instrument can be as
brilliant and sensitive as the
violin, as exciting and pow-
erful as the piano, as rich
and expressive as the human
voice. This extraordinary
artist will appear at the
ninth Choral Union concert
on February 27.
Gregor Piatigorsky
TO PLAY FEBRUARY 27

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SCHEDULE of PRICES
SEASON TICKETS
The prices of season tickets are $12.00, $10.00, $8.00, and $6.00.
Each season ticket contains a coupon good for $3.00 in exchange
for a season May Festival ticket.
Three center sections, both on the main floor and in the first
balcony, $12,00 each. (These $12.00 tickets are designated "Patrons'
Tickets;" and entitle the holder to the same location for the next
May Festival when exchanged in accordance with a May Festival
schedule to be announced.)
Two side sections both on the main floor and in the first
balcony, $10.00 each.
First sixteen rows in the second balcony, $8.00.
Back of the first sixteen rows in the second balcopy, $6.00.

CLEVELAND and BOSTON ORCHESTRAS
Under the Direction of
SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY and ARTUR RODZINSKI

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SINGLE CONCERTS
The prices of individual concert tickets are: Main floor,
first balcony, $2.00; and second balcony, first sixteen rows,
balance of second balcony, $1.00.

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$2,50;
$1.50;

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NOTICES
If the seats in any division become exhausted, remaining orders
will be filled from succeeding divisions, and, a corresponding adjust-
ment in finances will be made.
Beginning Monday, October 10, all unsold tickets, both season
and individual will be offered for sale "over-the-counter."
No responsibility will be assumed for errors made in connection
with orders written illegibly or inaccurately, or in connection with
telephone conversations, or for tickets lost, stolen, burned, or other-
wise destroyed.
ORDER BLANK I
CHARLES A SINK. President
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Enclosed please find remittance of $........ in payment
for.........Choral Union ticketsas follows:
SEASON TICKETS - INDIVIDUAL
10 CONCERTS CONCERTS
Tickets: $2.50-$2-$1.50-$1
....tickets at $12 each .. $....
.. ..Lawrence Tibbett at $ . .. .
....tickets at $10 each $. . ....Cleveland Orchestra
...tickets at $8 each $..... at $....
I ....tickets at $6 each $. .. ..Jose Iturbi at $. . . .
Total ......$. .. . . .Kirsten Flagstad at $....
$ - ..Boston Orchestra at $ ..

Serge Koussevitzky
Serge Koussevitzky is a native
of Russia, where he headed an
important orchestra which was
familiar to music-lovers in all
the great music centers. Coming
to America he was well prepared
to head Boston's great organiza-

THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is in its fifty-
eighth season, and its record of accomplishments is phenom-
inal. Gradual changes in personnel have brought about an
assemblage of world famous ensemble and solo performers.
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, now in its twenty-first
year, has filled a double decade with musical achievement.
The orchestra has built a tradition of musical excellence that
establishes it as one of the great orchestras of the land.

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