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SECTION TWO

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ANN ARBOR, MIC., SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 1940

Four

Day

May

Festival

Will

I
Is

Successful

Concert

Series

yen Here May 8;.
Forecast By Sink

Festival Series
Nears Sellout
As Early Sales
Break Reeords
Record TFigtre Is Possible
As Entire Middle West
Responds To Program
Music Society Head
ExplainsPrograms
Announcement of the programs and
solo artists have been so enthusias-
tically received, that the 1940 May
Festival promises to be one of the
most successful the University Musi-
cal Society has ever produced, Dr.
Charles A. Sink, president of the
Society,' said .yesterday.
Inquiries and requests for tickets
are being received in large number
from the entire Middle West, he add-
ed, indicating that the attendance
will probably surpass last year's near-
record total.
Capacity Houses Insured
Huge advane sales for the six-
concert tbkets have insured capacity
houses, Dr. Sink said, but added that
tickets for s, le concerts may still
be obtained .the School of Music
office.
In discussin :the program for the
Festival Dr. Sik explained that this
season more emphasis than usual was
placed upon instrumental and en-
semble aspects of music, pointing to
the inclusion on the program of Josef
Szigeti, Emanuel Feuermann and Ar-
:tuf SchnabeL. In addition to the solo
numbers, Mr. Szigeti will provide the
violin obligate for a Lily Pons aria
from Mozart's "Il re Pastore."
Expresses Hopes Of Approval
However, Dr. Sink emphasized that,
in building the programs for the
Festival, the Society "has endeavored
to keep in mind the divers tastes and
desires of a loyal and discriminating
public, both in the selection of artists
and organizations."
He expressed the hope that the
Society's offerings will meet the same
sincere approval which has greeted
past festivals, and tendered the Soci-
ety's appreciation to "its patrons and
music-loving public in general, for
their loyal and stimulating support
over a period of many years."
Rosa Tettoi,
IsThroghly
American Girl
Rosa Tentoni, young soprano star
for the past two seasons of the Metro-
politan Opera Association, has often
been termed a thoroughly American
woman: she was born in the small
mining town of Buhl, Minn., and has
never set foot out of the.United States
or Canada.
Despite this, however, Miss Ten-
toni's talent and temperament stem
directly from her Italian heritage
and depends especially on the great
influence of her father, Vincent.'
Among the things he taught her were
the discipline and character she was
to need, pure Italian (he wouldn't
let her mother seak the dialect of
March to her) and the love for musi,
all of which has contributed greatly
to her success.
After a nuiber of years of hard
work, she made her first appearance,
enouraged by Galli-Curci, in 'the

East in 1932, at a semi-private per-
formance of "Cavalleria Rusticana."
During the next few years her parts
became bigger and biger and in the
winter of 1934 her real opportunity
came: she was chosen to sing under
Toscanini in Beethoven's Ninth Sym-
phony.
Since then she has starred in opera
at the New York Stadium summer
seasons, has ree featured in the
Cleveland Orchestra's production ofh
Verdi's "Otello" has played in the
Hollywood Bowl's "Aida" and has

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Predicts Fine Festival

Music Festival Was Three-Concert
Affair At Inception 46 YearsAgo

Six

Appearances

DR. CHARLES A. SINK

Enid Szautho
MaeSucs
In U.S. In 1935
Iim garian Contralto Sang
Role li Maher's Second
With N.Y. Philharmonic
Opera, oratorio and song are all in
the repertoire of Enid Szantho, young
Hungarian contralto of the Metro-
politan Opera Association.
Born in Budapest, Miss Szantho
came to America in 1935, at the re-
quest of Otto Klemperer, to sing
with the New York Philharmonic-
Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Sec-
ond Symphony. A fortnight later she
gave a New York recital, at which,
according to the New York Times,
"by the gorgeousness of her voice
and the perfection of her artistry, she
scored a sensational success."
'Enid' From Irish Mother
Her father, retired Vice-Secretary
of State in Hungary, founded the
Museum of Social Hygiene in Buda-
pest. Her mother is Irish, which ex-
plains Enid's first name.
It was from her mother, considered
a fine pianist, that Miss Szantho in-
herited her musical talent. Her
mother taught in English, having sung
in England many times, including the
opera season in Covent Garden.
Miss Szantho studied voice at the
Royal Academy of Music and Dra-
matic Arts at Budapest. As a voice
student, she was discovered by the
famed director of the Vienna State
Opera, Franz Schalk, who engaged
her for the opera season. Just before
his death, Schalk told Hungarian
newspapers that he believed Miss
Szantho had "the most beautiful con-
tralto voice in the world." In her
second year as a member of the
Vienna State Opera, she was engaged
by Siegfried Wagner to sing at Bay-
reuth, where she appeared at festi-
vals of five different seasons.
Sang Under Ormandy
After having sung in all the capitals
of Europe, she came to the United
States, where she sang under Eugene
Ormandy in Minneapolis and before
President and Mrs. Roosevelt at the
White House in a musicale.
The year 1937-38 marked Enid
Szantho's debut as a leading contral-
to of the Metropolitan Opera Asso-
ciation in the role of Frica in "Die
Walkure," and contributed a memor-
able performance of Clytemnaestra in
Strauss' "Elektra." This year she is
returning to the Met for her third
season.
Hale Well-Knowii
As Ac tor-intger
Richard Hale is known both as an
actor and a singer. His first acting
engagements, after his graduation
from Columbia University was with
the company of Mrs. Fiske.
Two years later he made his debut
as a singer with Yvette Guibert,
Since that time he has sung recitals
in New York, London and Berlin, and
has been soloist with many of the

Forty-six years ago bustles ane
four-button suits jammed the ric.
kety seats and aisles of the olh
University Hall Auditorium to hear
Dr. Albert A. Stanley conduct the
Choral Union in Verdi's "Requiem,'
and bring the first May Festival
into glorious being.
It was a birth that succeedec
through its novelty and the publicit3
that novelty produced.
A two-day, three-concert affair
it was not until the last concert of
the second day that sufficient pub-
licity had filtered into the hinter-
lands to attract the musical follow-
ing. For that last concert, railroads
were forced to run special "trains'
to accommodate the crowds, and suc-
cess was insured.
Site Transferred
The following year a fourth con-
cert was added, and later, a fifth
concert. In 1913, the Festival was
transferred to the newly-constructed
Hill Auditorium, and with the addi-
tion of a sixth concert, the set-up took
the appearance which it boasts today
today.
Founder of the Festival in 1894
was Dr. Stanley, president of the
University Musical Society, and his
associates on the Board of Directors.
Their early efforts resulted in the
institution that for nearly half a-
century has drawn the attention of
the musical world to Ann. Arbor.
In those years, practically all the
larger choral works and operas
adaptable to concert performance
have been given. In a number of
cases, American, even world pre-
mieres have, taken place. For 11 years
the Boston Symphony participated;
for 31 more the ChiPago Symphony
under Frederick Stock took over the
orchestral duties. For the past five
years the Philadelphia Orchestra un-

'90s, had played once against each
other in Chicago and were taking
the opportunity to relive the exper-
ience !
Baromeo Comes On
Remembered, too, has been the
first appearance on Hill Auditor-
ium's stage of Chase Baromeo, Met-
ropolitan basso who has sung sev-
eral times at the Festival. As Dr.
Sink tells it, the artist who was to
appear that evening was one hour
late. During the interval Mr. Stock
and the Orchestra played all their
numbers; there were several inter-
missions, and finally, the artist ar-
rived. As he walked on the stage,
one student in the chorus who had
strayed too far came running desper-
ately through the center stage-door,
clambered up the packed tiers of
student-singers, and breathlessly
prepared for the first note. That stu-
dent was Chase Baromeo (Chase
Sykes at the time.) Since thattime
he has been content to take the cen-
ter of the stage legitimately,
Great Tenors Have

Will Feature Three
Groups, 12Soloi~sts,
Philadelphia Orchestra, Under Direction Of Ormandy,
Will Play For Concert Series; Lawrence Tibbett,
'Met' Baritone, Will Sing On Opening Night
Michigan's contribution to the spring musical world, the four-day May
Festival, will get its 47th annual hearing May 8-11 in Hill Auditorium.
Twelve vocal and instrumental soloists, three musical organizations and
five conductors will participate during the six-concert affair that annually
has attracted thousands from all over the Middle West.
Returning to renew acquaintances with Ann Arbor audiences will be
Lawrence Tibbett, Metropolitan Opera Association baritone; Giovanni Mar-
tinelli, famed Italian tenor; Artur Schnabel, pianist-interpreter of Bee-
thoven; Lily Pons, coloratura soprano, and Norman Cordon, bass, of the
- -- --- Metropolitan; Richard Hale, actor-

DR. ALBERT A. STANLEY
der the batons of Eugene Ormandy,
Leopold Stokdwski, Jose Iturbi and
other distinguished guest conductors,
has appeared.
Out of the colorful background of
the first 46 years have come as colt
orful incidents. Many are still left
who can remember the strange re-
union backstage during Madame
Schumann-Heink's recital in "U"
Hall Auditorium. In the middle of
one of her numbers, voices were
heard coming through the thin pine
doors that separated the stage from
the tiring-room. Dr. Charles A. Sink
went backstage to find the soprano's
husband speaking in no uncertain
terms with George Jewett, colored
j janitor rIt seems he and Jewett,
JAwrmler star footballer with Ann Ar-
bor High and the University in the

Makes Local Debut I

Stage

Fright Too

Giovanni Martinelli always trys to
help young singers by whispering
advice to them and calling their
cues.
Martinelli, himself, had a case of
stage fright that lasted for years
afterward when he forgot his words
during an aria and then dropped his
sword awkwardly.
"The audience roared with laugh-
ter," the tenor explained, band ever
since then, I have attempted to calm
young people who may be nervous."

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Program For The 1940 May Festival

Wednesday Evening, May 8, at 8:30
Soloist:
LAWRENCE TIBBETT, Baritone
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor
Entr'acte Khovantchina .*... .. ...Moussorgsky
"Lieutenant Kije" Suite ............ Prokofin f
Incidental solos: LAWRENCE TIBBETf
Hallucination Scene from "Boris
Godounoff" . ................. ... oussorgsk y
Prince Galitzky's Aria from Act 1,
from "Prince Igor" . . . . . . . .Jlorodijj
Mft.' TIIBIET'I
Fifth Symphony in E minor,. . Tschaikovsky
(In commemoration of his 100th
birthda y anmvers4sry)

Thursday Evening, May 9, at 8:30
Soloists:
DOROTHY MAYNOR, .iopraluo
ROSA TENTONI, Sopriano
ROBERT WEEDE, Baritone
RICHARD HALE, Narrator
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESITRA
THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION
EUGENE ORMANDY and THOR JOHNSON,
Conductors
Music to Goethe's Tragedy, "Egmont" . . Beethoven
1. Overture 8. Entr'acte I
2. Recitation 9. Recitation
3. Entr'acte IT i1 "Clarc<w>>
4. Recitation
5. Song: "Die Trommel ath
geruehret" II. "Mllodrami"
6. Recitation 12. Recitation
7. Song: "Freudvoll und3., 'Sympi 1uy of v!-
Leidvoll" tory"
MISS TENTONI and MR. HALE
Cantata: "The Inimitable Lovers" ....... a r dell
MISS TENTONT, MR. W EEDE, al
CHORAL UNION
"Leise, Leise" from "Der Freischutz" .. von Weber
"Depuis le jour" from "Louise" ..... Cliarpenticr
MISS MAYNOR
Legend: "The Homecoming of
Lemminkainen" ,ilus
Friday Afternoon, May 10, at 2:30
Soloist:
A12 mT'11 R .'t-TARV..T . rn.. -

3. Star Lullaby (Polish) ...........Treharne
4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Negro Spiritual)
5. En passant par la Lorraine (French) Tiersot
YOUNG PEOPLE'S CHORUS
Sante Fe Trail Symphony............. McDonald
CONDUCTED BY THE COMPOSER
Concerto No. 4 for Piano agid Orchestra. Beethoven
MR. SCHNABEL
Friday Evening, May 10, at 8:a30
Soloists:
LILY PONS, Soprano
JOSEPH SZIGETI, Violinist
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor
Suite for Strings, Op. 5 .................. Corelli
1. Sarabande
II. Giga
ITT. Badinerie
141onda's Aria from "Die Entfuht'urjg aus
dem Serail" ...................... . Mozart
Aria, "Caro Nome" from "Rigoletto" .... Chausson
MISS PONS
Poeme. ,.. ..............,Chausson
MR. SZIGETI
Ballet Music from "The Machine Man" .... Zador
"L'Amero saro costante" from "Il re
Pastore"..... ....................Mozart
Obligato by MR. SZIGETI
Bell Song from "Lakme" ................ DelibesI
MISS PONS
Symphony in D minor ................. . Franck
Lento. allegro non troppo
Allegretto
Allegro non troppo
Saturday Afternoon, May 11, at 2.30
Soloists:
JOSEPH SZIGETI, Violinist
EMANUEL FEUERMANN, Violoncellist
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor
Compositions by Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Violon-
cello and Orchestra
MR, SZIGETI and MR. FEUERMANN
INTERMISSION
Symphony No. 2 in D major

DOROTHYrv 1AYNOR
Negro Singer's
Rise To Fame
Is Rare Success
Opportunity Of Singing
Before Dr. Koussevitzky
'Made' Dorothy Maynor
The sensational rise to fame of
Dorothy Maynor, young Negro colora-
tura, is one of the rare success stories
in recent music history,
Only a few months ago she was a
virtually unknown singer. A trip to
the Berkshire Festival to hear the
music of Serge Koussevitzky and the
Boston Symphony Orchestra changed
all that, however, when, through a
friend, she secured the opportunity
to sing before the conductor at the
annual musicale he gives for his or-
chestra and friends.
The audience of 200 musicians,
critics and music.-lovers heard her
sing diffic ul t crman lie d er, arias
from Handel and Mozart and "Ho-
yo-to-Ho" from "Die Walkuere," and
proclaimed her voice "one of the
finest in a generation." The young
soprano was made.
A native of Norfolk, Va., and
daughter of a minister, Miss Maynor
received her first musical experience
in the choir of her father's church,
At 14 she entered Hampton Institute
and in 1929 went to Europe with its
chorus. At first she planned to be-
come a mu ic teacher but friends
convinced her that a greater career
was in store for her--a solo career,
Sine her successful Koussevitzky
audition she has appeared in a num-
ber of concerts in New York and as
soloist with the Boston Symphony
Orchestra making her first concert
trip west this May,
St0prano0 Can Go From C
To A And Rack Again
The vocal range of Lily Pons,
famed coloritaura sopranmo, has been
a subject ofmaazemntefor musi-
cian and layman alike.
The truth is, the voice of Lily
Pons soars beyond the highest note

singer, who narrated the Boston Sym-
phony version of "Peter and the Wolf"
this yeark
Soloists making their local debut
will be Dorothy Maynor, widely-ac-
claimed Negro soprano; Rosa Tentoni;
soprano, Enid Szantho, contralto, and
Robert Weede, baritone, recent addi-
tions to the Metropolitan; Joseph
Szigeti, Hungarian violinist, and
Emanuel Feuermann, Austrian violon-
cellist.
Philadelphia Symphony Returins
The Philadelphia Symphony Or-
chestra, under the direction of Eugene
Ormandy and Saul Caston, will return
for the sixth consecutive year to par-
ticipate in all six concerts. Thor
Johnson, conductor of the University
Symphony, and Harl McDonald,
director of the University of Pennsyl-
vania's Music Department, will also
lead the orchestra during the Festival,
the latter conducting the premiere of
his own work, "The Sante Fe Trail."
Juva Higbee will again direct her
Young People's Festival Chorus, sev-
eral hundred young people drawn
from the local public schools, in one
of the afternoon concerts.
Mr. Tibbett and the Philadelphia
Orchestra will give the first concert
Wednesday, May 8, devoted entirely
to the music of Russian composers.
Feature of Mr. Tibbett's program will
be the Hallucination Scene from
"Boris Gudounoff," the baritone's
favorite opera and the one in whic
he made his debut at the Metropoli-
tan. In commemoration of Tschaik-
ovsky's 100th birthday anniversary,
Mr. Ormandy will lead the orchestra
in the composer's Fifth Symphony in
E minor.
Variety Concert Thursday
The second concert Thursday night
will be a variety one featuring the
first Ann Arbor appearance of Miss
Mayrcor, newest musical discovery of
the year. She will sing two operatic
arias. Miss Tentoni and Mr. Iale
will joie with the orchestra Ato sing
Beethoven's music to Goethe's Trag-
edy "Egmont." Miss Tentoni will
also appear with Mr. Weede and the
Choral Union in Vardell's cantata,
"The Inimitable Lovers."
Artur Schnabel, and the Young
People's Festival Chorus will present
the solos in the first matinee con-
cert Friday afternoon. Mr. Schna-
bel will play Beethoven's Fourth
Piano Concerto, and the Chorus, un-
der Miss Higbee, will sing a group
of five songs. Mr. McDonald will,
lead the orchestra in his newest sym-
phony.
Pons And Szlgeti Friday
Top-billing for the Friday evening
concert will be shared by Miss Pons
and Mr. Szigeti. The petite soprano
has selected two of her most famil-
iar arias, "Care Npme" from
"Rigoletto" and the "Bell Song" from
"Lakme." Mr. Ormandy and the
orchestra will make their bid for the
evening's honors with a playing of
Cesar Franck's Symphony in D minor.
Mr. Szigeti will join with Mr. Feu-
ermann Saturday afternoon in an all-
Brahms program,. Their contribu-
tion will be the Double Concerto In A
minor for Violin and Violoncello and
Orchestra. The orchestra will con-
nete the nrogram with hrhm' var.

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