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iiladelphia Symphony escribed 'One Of World's Fii


traCe By Okd I CO(letrAS
lHyPons Noted For AttrctnghgeOCTi i &
Crowds On Triumphant Road Tour,-"s""
The___ Piade p)1 Orhest' )iund- Yash Kl ff's Gdfred ICapoVio


FrhhTy, The ' 40 1 3th Hold-
T Tei rors For Sopra
Fridy te 1th old noterrox
T a Tni oiu; in fact, it was
d ay a~ rough her her first]I

"Three hundred thousand living
souls, the greatest assemblage ever
gathered at any place in any coun-
try to hear a concert, astened to one
of the greatest voices of the century,
and one of the most beautiful isions
t he lyric stage has graed. wit 1 en
almost awesome silence and order-
liness unbelievable from such a n -
titude," wrote a Chicam,( :usic <cii-
tie following the historic appearance
of Lily Pons in Grant Parl Chicago,
in the course'of what has been caled
the most triumphant tour ever made
by a concert artist in this country.
More than 410,000 people in five
concert-s-an average of over 30.000
listeners at each performance, heard
the Metropolitan Opera's 'coloratua
soprano monopoly" on her transcon -
tinental tour, which broke attn?
ance records in cities from New Yok
to California.
Lily Vs. FootbaIIers
Described as the "little lady who
draws bigger crowds than the best
football teams eyer brought togeth-
er, or the most exciting heavyveiht

boul " newspaper ('rics throughout years later she won the first pr z
the Uite Ustates have referred to in piano in a class of older and mor
the diminutive ibreh diva as "Box- exr"erienced (contestants.

edl in 1900 "10 eneouroag Whe per- in datedc 1891, a 17Th-\ear-old cello

Z0, 1man of ( Irst (lass orchestral
miiici in t he enty of Philadelphia,'

Offien Dynamite."
Lly Pons started all t, e:ite-
inn by1 ~ n born on Apri 13 in
Ces, V 'en. ctoflwes n
As1,, .1 iwars LhaL ch ildhood was
nhe vra- cn--unlike that of most
anthenfs. Her days were spent
n healthy childish activities, and
when she decided that she would be
an actress, she never could have
dreamed that one day she would-
thrill the world with her voice.
Tier mother wanted to have one
musician in the family, so Lily was
provided with a piano, a piano teach-
er and practising hours. From theC
very first the child displayed a re-
markable musical talent, and at the
age of 13, she became a student at
the famous Paris Conservatoire. Two

hutLil Pon; n ,e beame a ei ha develoe from a med .t body 01
cci lanst. 11cr piano studies wt plertooe o elsiuorh-
ofsotby an ilincs tha la-11 i'0 ~ o Id
'ine. con vales.ent Frennh soldier.. t 1, T fi , Fritz Selie.i, a Oer-
.hadfindid wih h
oa tilnsdun hi se
of he olders and when she had th group's success is base

own''d by Wihliam Schmidt, and the Born in Czechoslovakia of Russian break.
do41e ases owned by Anton Torello parents, Rudolf Serkin, violin virtt- On Friday, the 13th, July,
is to sons William dnd Carl. oso. made an immediate suc ess on while preparing for her New
Th rell n abou wo dozen of his American debut as soloi with debut at the Lewisohn Stadiu
cian, which have the New York~ Philarmonic m - N da in "Paliacci," she was su
eed a t i oyunderie ato of Anioo y 1( to hurry into a costume of
t r te t res andj canini. ua. The news had just bee
S rs Serkin, who is still in hiiL ealy ceived that Bruna Castagna ha
ides h bss violin playing thirties, was already playing et- a rk of onsiltis, and it was i
I rlo i are tw other lariliis ably at the age of four. His par s 5ito her to simg that role
p1ag with the Phildelphia Or- however, ruled against a prodigy ear- lead in "Cavalleria Rusticana")
esa. The Grays, Alexander and eir and placed him under the tutelage At first, she was terribly afrai
n pay te viola and violoncello of Prof. Richard Robert in Vienna. finalI she went through it and a
rspetively and the four Gusikoffs At 12 Serkin made his debut as guest the next morning to find the ;
olay a variety of instruments. Charles artist with the Vienna Symphony filled with her praises. A bre
ays the t-ombone, Ben and Isadore Orchestra, but although his success a million she believes, and alt]
are in the cello sections and Saul led enthusiastic managers to offer naturaly sorry for her colle
Gusikoff Caston, a cousin, is first him tempting tours, his parents de- musforttum, 13 has become her
trumpe'ter and asistant conductor. cided he was still too young ite number

finished. there was a moment of si-


lence, then thunderous applause. Liy
Pons realized that she had a voice.
Expert's Pr(diction
One day she walked into the office'
of Max Dearly, famous Parisian pro-
ducer and talked herself into an in-
genue's role in his new show, where
she was discovered by Alberti Di
Gorostiaga, famous vocal expert. He
was amazed to hear that she never
had a teacher. "You are a natural
singer," he told her. "A voice like
yours happens too few times in mu-
sical history.



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StokwskiNe xt
Upon his death in Mat Ci. 1907, he
was succeeded by Carl Pohlig, who
left the positin of First Court Con-
ductor at Stuttgart, by permission 01j
the King of Wurtemburg, to accept
the proferred post in America.
Pohlig was followed by Leopold
Stokowski, termed-one of the greatest
musicians- of the century, who did
much to bring the orchestra to the
point of eminence it occupies in the
world of music today. One of his
earliest and most impressive per-
formances was the American premi-
ere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony
requiring more than 1,000 orchestral
and choral performers. The event,
one of international significance. did
much to win for the Orchestra world-
wide attention.
rourth Conductor
Eugene Ornandy has recently tak-
en over most of Mr. Stokowski's du-
ties to be the fourth great conduc-
tor of the Orchestra.
The Philadelphia Group's reper-
tory covers the widest range and is
capable of handling the great com-
positions of all schools from classic
and romantic to ultra modern. "I
keep my eye on tomorrow as well as
today," remarked Ormandy, speak-
ing of his programs.

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£4 ponJ


Star of Opera* Concert *Radio* Screen


Because of this policy of playing
modern compositions the group has
had many notable "firsts." Among
these were the opera "Mavra" by
Stravinsky and Gluck's "Iphigenia
in Aulis."
Boasting a large collection of valu-
able musical instruments, worth over
a quarter of a million dollars, the
various musicians in the Orchestra.
treat them as they do their own
Insirumentts Listed
Some of the more valuable instru-
ments are a Guarnerius violin, valued
by experts at thirty-five thousand
dollars atlone, owned by Alexander
Hiisbrg, concert master; a Stradi-
varius owned by Henry Schmidt, fist
violinist, dated 1720; which he sends
every two years to a firm in London,
the only one of its kind, for revar-
Other interesting instruments are
213 years in opci a and still keep sweet
ari 'm ung on high notes? Giox an
iMart mli wh o has contrived to do
gives credit to his chef and good
this FAday. Noemio Guido.


Will stir the audience at the .. .

stories in recent music history, and Ann Arbor tLusic lovers arc
fortunate in being able to hear this new Negro soprano. The beau-
tiful voice and unaffected artistry of this modest youn rger


to fame is one of the rare success


MISS LILY PONS, the world's premier coloratura, will appear
in concert in Hill Auditorium on Friday evening, May 10.















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under the baton of CUGENC ORMflNDY


CfSTON, fssociate Conductor


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This thrilling orchestra, for the fifth consecutive Festival, will participate in
all six concerts. Music-loviers know the fine work of this orchestra both here
and abroad. TE MAY FESTVAL is -ouid to present them, to Ann Arbor

afain this year.

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