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America's Own' Is Title Given



Festival Conductor

Negro Singer
Reached Peak
In Two Years
Miss 1 aynor Got Audition
From Dr. Koussevitzky
To BeginRapid Rise

TI e Organizations...
Origins And Activities


The Philadelphia Orchestra comes
to Ann Arbor again for the May Fes-
tival with an imposing record in its
41 year history. Hailed by Rachman-
inoff as "the finest orchestra I have
ever heard any time or place in my
whole life," the Philadelphia organ-

us, made up of several hundred young
people from the Ann Arbor public
schools. Under the direction of Juva
Higbee, the Chorus will present d'In-
dy's "St. Mary Magdalene."

Within two years Dorothy May-
nor, soprano, has become one of thea
top-rank singers now touring ther
United States, to climax one of thec
most unusual stories in recent musi-
cal history.f
Her career began fortuitously, when
she attended the Berkshire Festivalc
to hear the Boston Symphony Orches-c
tra, and won an audition from Con-1
THOR JOHNSON ductor Serge Koussevitzky, who start-
ed her sensational rise to fame. i
Cordon x la s Koussevitzky was so impressed by
Cor n xplamls Miss Maynor's voice, that he request-
'1 orho7 Role cd her to sing the next day at the :
i'Workho'i %/fuse annual picnic which he gives for theI
members of his orchestra. She start-J
In oeratic ork ed by singing difficult classic arias
by Handel and Mozart, followed by
Norman Cordon, bass-baritone of a group of German lieder and the
the Metropolitan Opera Association, Wagnerian "Ho-Yo-To'from aDie
is a workhorse among the supposedly Walkuere Her professional audi-
sedentary class of opera singers. He artas quick to acclaim her vocal
is known throughout the country for Her audition was followed by a
his numerous roles during a season. eri of engagements with the Bos-
I just happen to be able to learn
a role rapidly," he explains. "There ;onic, Chicago and Philadelphia
is just one way. When I find that Sypon orCh estoasPas elpa
I have to learn a new role on short Symphony orchestras as well as a
notice, I simply shut myself up in a group of recitals, including one at the
room with an accompanist and keep auer o here lasl year. minis-?
working at the thing until I know it.1DuheofaNrlkVamns
"During the opera season. I spend ter. Miss Maynor received her first
most of my time down at the Metrosnn tmusical training in the choir of her
politan. It mea ten hours a day-- father's church. At 14 she entered
a oobit. fItme.Y ousavdato the Mapton Institute. where she re-
a good bit of time. You .just have cived her first vocal lessons.
do it, there isn't any other way.
"And when the time comes for per- Following he]' graduation she ac-
formances, yoU have to go on, whether conpanied the Institute's famed Ne-
you feel up to it or not. Sometimes 1r'o chorus in a European tour, and
audiences forget this, and blame a,<1r studied at the Westmister
singer for a performance not up to Choir School in Princeton, N.J.,
the poor devil's too whose directer, Dr. John Williamson,
par when maybe turged her to study to become a chor-
sick to be out of bed., _ al director. But she decided to per-
sist in following a singing career,
Pianist indi atcs and went to New York for three years
to study under John A. Houghton.
eiCelia -a C a i CBe t Critics have noted "the remarkable
Irange of her voice, going from bril-
Mechancal - mindei Jose Iturbi, liant and breath-taking high notes to
who can repair his own piano or the dark deep ones characteristic of
car, added a Howard five-seated her race". She is now able to sing
plane to his personal belongings last with equal ease in both French and
year and favors it as his fondest German.
"Some people like to dance, some I.,
like to swim or fish. I like to fly", ILII r1 s Ii si . 1i s
eexplains. He iamed his plane "l i A s EsseIWC
Turia" after the river which flows Aresr ' se c

ization possesses overwhelming power Veteran of all 48 of the May Fes-
and infinite variety by which it has tivals, the University Choral Union
made for itself a position in the world will be heard-"under the baton of Thor
of music envied by all. Johnson.
Organized in 1900, it has developed The Choral Union has rounded out
from a modest number of players to more than sixty years of activity and
its present eminence under four con- has been heard each season during
ductors. Fritz Scheel, the founder and this period without a break. Calvin
conductor for seven years, was fol- B. Cady, who was the first musical
lowed by Carl Pohlig, who in turn director, served until 1888, when he
was succeeded by Leopold Stokowski was followed by. Albert A. Stanley,
in 1912. Eugene Ormandy, who be- who was in charge until 1921. Earl

The right is reserved to make such changes
in the programs or in the personnel of partici-

pants as necessity may require.

Tickets are

came co-conductor in 1936, and mu-
sic director in 1938, has just accepted
an invitation from the orchestra's
governing board to preside over it
for five more years.
A youthful Ann Arbor touch in thej
Festival of world-famous musicians
will be furnished by the Youth Chor-
i (#ar ej

V. Moore served through 1939 when
he was succeeded by Thor Johnson
as conductor in 1940.
This year the Choral Union will
be heard in three works: "Alleluia,"
by Randall Thompson; Brahm's "Re-
quiem," and "Eugene Onegin" by


sold at purchasers' risks, and if lost, mislaid,
burned or destroyed in any manner, the Uni-
versity Musical Society will not assume re-
sponsibility, nor will duplicates be issued.
Concerts will begin on Eastern Standard
time. Evening concerts at 8:30 and afternoon
concerts at 2:30.
Holders of season tickets are requested to
detach the proper coupon for each concert and
present for admission (instead of the whole
Those who leave the Auditorium during in-
termissions are required to present door checks
in order to re-enter.
Concerts will begin on time, and doors will.
be closed during numbers. Late comers will
be required to wait until admitted.
Lost and found articles should be inquired
for at the office of Shirley W. Smith, Vice-
President and Secretary of the University,
University Hall.
Traffic regulations will be enforced by the
Ann Arbor Police Department and the Building
and Grounds Department of the University.
For obvious reasons, notices will not be an-



Star of Opera
ands Stauge

, . . sensation of radio and
is in constant demand as solo-
ist for major orchestras. He is
now in his sixth year at the
Metropolitan Opera.



ist changed the spelling of his name through his native Valencia.
at that time to conform with the Iturbi learned to tune a piano when
program by adding another "t" to only a youngster. His father was a
Tibbet. piano-tuner by trade and from him
Sang In 'Falstaff' lie learned the rudiment of music
Early in his second season at the mechanics as well as of music ap-
Metropolitan he scored his first great preciation.
triumph in the role of Ford in "Fal-...
staff" which was being revived after his dressing room. The commotion
a 15-year period. Antonio Scotti, grew and cries o' "Tibbett" came
then the leading baritone at the from all points of the house. But
"Met" was singing the leading part. there was no response.
In the second act Tibbett sang Finally the lights were lowered and
Ford's noted monologue in which he the conductor raised his baton for
was able to reveal his great ability the next scene to begin. He could
and when the curtain fell, the house not go on, however; the audience was
burst into prolonged applause. It determined to hold the performance
kept it up many minutes and in re- until Tibbett came before them. Fin-
sponse, various of the principals ap- ally he appeared and, after an orgy
peared. Then Scotti and Tibbett of foot-stamping, hand-clapping, and
came out together and received ova- shouts and whistles, the opera con-
tions. Afterwards, Scotti, as the star, tinued. Tibbett had become a star.
took several bows alone. But the ap- Since that date, the fame of Lavwr-
plause continued louder than ever. ence Tibbett has become more and
At last it was evident that the .aud- more widespread and every year sees
fence wanted Tibbett and none other, new additions to his musical tri-
but Tibbett had already retired to umphs.

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his favorites is Jerome Kern's
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".
Iturbi claims to have found happi-
ness in America because he "is in
sympathy with the Ambrican temper-
ament". He found particularly en-
thusiastic response in South America
and Latin America.He was in Mexi-
co City in the spring of 1933 play-
ing 20 recitals in six weeks when his
audiences were so completely attract-
ed by his artistry that he decided to
conduct for the first time
a 1 1

Sixth (Concert


Saturday Evening, May 10


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' nounced from the stage.
Rehearsals are strictly private, and auditors
will not be admitted.
An art exhibition will be conducted in
Alumni Memorial Hall during the Festival.
The Steinway is the official piano of the
University Musical Society and of the Phila-
delphia Orchestra.
for six concerts by "Stars," Choruses, and Or-
chestra, are $3.00, $4.00 $5,00, for those
holding "Festival" coupons; and $6.00, $7.00,
and $6.00 for others.
The prices of individual concert tickets will
be $1.00, $1.50, $2.00 and $2.50.
ML ('hCbHARIES A. SINK, Presideut







Pia tigorsk y
"JC greatest 'Cellist
of. our day."

'1 z i


In the ten years GREYGOIJR PIA'Tll(,)RSKY has
toured this country, the fabulous 'cellist has acliev-
ed the unparalleled record of 104 appearances as
soloist with Amwricaii ()rchesltras in addition to
hundreds of regular concert engagements. He
has brought hack beau.tiesof the 'clell that lud
t c li , faruct

America has found in Suzanne Sten a personality of vivid
charm and a singer possessed of a magnificent voice trained
in the great tradition of European vocal art. Acclaimed by
the New York Times as possessing "one of the outstanding
voices of Ithe time," she has enjoyed tremendous success both
in concert and in operatic engagements with leading Euro-
iiran Operai ho;sS u

Enclosed find remittance of , ,
May Festival Tickets, as follows:

for .

Season Tickets
(Six Concerts)
at $8.00 each $..... .
.....at $6.00 each $ . ....-.
......at $7.00 each $...... .
Notice- -If Festival Coupon is
exchanged, the above prices
:u' i'd twed to $3.00. $'4.0 and

Single Concerts
Wed. Eve. at $...... .
.....Thurs. Eve. at $


... .rFri. Aft.
Fri. Eve.
Sat. Aft,

at $
at $

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