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Robert Virovai, Brilliant Young.
Violinist, Plays Here Thursday
The belief that precocity has never of a child violinist who could play
identified itself with any one social Mozart and Haydn with remarkable
stratum has a well-founded authority tone and style. His mother took the
in the life-story of Robert Viroval, inevitable step: she sent him down
18-year-old violinist, who will play the mountains to Belgrade and the
here Thursday. conservatory of Stojanowitsch, famed
Virovai-the public has already violin teacher. Robert made such
dropped his first name-was born in progress that in his 10th year, he was
Daruvar, ancient Serbian Spa in the presented to the late King Alexander,
mountains separating Yugoslavia and played for him and his court.
from Hungary, of a wood-working In 1934, Stojanowitsch persuaded
father and a musically-inclined his old teacher, Jeno Hubay, to take
mother. Doors and sashes were not the 13-year-old -genius as a scholar-
to be for him had been his mother's ship pupil at the State Academy in
decision, and when he was three, he Budapest. Virovai was to be the
was introduced to the piano in which master's last pupil.
he showed only moderate interest. For three years Hubay, nearing 80
However, on his fourth birthday taught him. In 1937 still unknown
Virovai indicated he was "no ordinary beypnd Belgrade and Budapest he en-
child." (The words are his mother's.) tered the International Contest for
For the celebration his mother took violinists held in Vienna, and played
him to Dubrovnik, storied resort on Brahms Violin Concerto well enough
the Adriatic. A small orchestra was to take first money. He remained in
playing on the quays, and Robert, Vienna to appear as soloist with the
breaking away from his iother's side, Vienna Symphony.
rushed into the midst of the en- From then on, there was nothing
semble, seized the leader's baton, and to it. Belgium and Portugal ac-
surrendered only when the policeman claimed him before he made his tri-
carried him and his mother off to the umphant debut on Nov. 3 last year
local police station. with the New York Philharmonic. In
After their release, the boy, still re- the course of that first season, he
membering his short experience on appeared as soloist with the Chicago
the podium,,often imitated the first- Symphony, with the Montreal and
violin player which led his mother to Dallas Symphonies, and played 30 re-
buy him a cheap three-eighths fiddle citals in as many cities.
and to teach him the little she knew
of bowing, fingering and position. The College of Emporia was the
Within a year's time visitors tak- first U.S. college to receive a Carne.
ing the cure at Daruvar heard tales gie library.

With a Galaxy of Top Personalities, Featuring
JOHNNY MORRIS LORRAINE O'DAY
Song Stylist and Drsnmer Man Charming Songstress
FOUR NOTES SCOTTY BURBANK
Three Kings and a Queen Noety tUenAli
MARJORIE WHITNEY Novelty Instrumentalis
Sweetheart of Rhythm, >
JOE SODJA
Outstanding Guitar - BanjoAri
Artist_________________ __
MICKEY SABLE :
Romantic Baritone R:

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What is it about me THE NEW HARDY PICTURE IS HERE!
800 laughs! .Thrills and heart- a
that malkeS wimmen throbs, too 1 Man to man,
go nuts? I'm a little it's terrific!
nice to a girl:. and
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