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: vaz ar, , x THE MICHIGAN. DAILY

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'Cellist Began
Career At Six
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Wiw'S Who
On The Podium..
Associate conductor under Orman-

Harrell On Start In America;
Novotna Rated Highly In N.Y.


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dy is Saul Castor. American-born (__ drm__ by Arturo Toscanini, noted conductor,
Mr. Caston joined the Philadelphia male contestants and a contract for she had become one of the musical
Piatigorsky Aided Family Orchestra when only 16 and was the year. luminaries of Europe, appearing at
Btt- the Paris Grand Opera, the Vienna
By Playing Regularly made second trumpeter by Stokowski. Born the small town of Celeste State Opera, the Warsaw Opera and
At Ukranian Cinemas Five years later he had advanced to a violinist. In his late teens he ear under Toscanini at Salzburg
first place and now enjoys a reputa- ed money for his violin lessons by In addition to her operatic achieve-
Gregor Piatigorsky, world-famed Lion as one of the finest trumpeters playing with the local theater or- ments in Europe, Madame Novotna
'cellist who will appear here at the chestra first in his home state and had been starred in a number of
May Festival, is only 37 years old, in the world hater in Oklahoma, where he attend- European motion pictures, including
but those years have been marked ed the State University. several of Max Reinhardt's major
by a closely packed series of inci- Though relatively new in his post Shortly after he was graduated productions, notably "Die Schoene
dents full of privation, suffering, ad- as Choral Union conductor, Thor from the university, he was awarded lene" "Die Fledermaus" and
venture and romance. Johnson is a conductor who has won a scholarship to study violin in Phil- 'Tales of Hoffman".
Born in the Ukraine in 1903, Pia- distinction for his magnetic ability adelphia with Emanuel Zetlin. As Born in Prague, Madame Novotna
tigorsky began to play the 'cello at six as a leader. a side interest, he filled a long-felt came from a well-known Czech bank-
years of age under the instruction of desire by taking vocal lessons with ing family. When only 17, she sang
oif ae ndefrthe nveru aoo Before taking over -the reins of the
his father. At first he never appear- BeCor ning in 1h0 Mr.nson Robert Lawrence Weer. It was not her first opera role, Violetta in "Tra-
ed publicly to give 'cello recitals, but;Choral Umon m 1940, Mr. Johnson long before he gave up the violin to viata" at the Prague National Opera.
when his family met ill luck a few was musical director of the Mozart concentrate on voie up the viliod The same role, when sung at the
latr h strte tosuporthisFestival at WtSlemNC was cocnrteo oc. At the Juilliard jTh saerlwnsug tte
years later he started to support hisinsonaem. Graduate School in New York he Metropolitan, has won the acclaim
family by playing at the local cinema the holder of the Beebe Foundation studied with Madame Schoen-Rene. of the critics.
houses. Scholarship for a year's study abroad
Worked In Imperial Opera and has conducted the Little Sym- Stories of Harrell's boyhood reveal Madame Novotna participated in
phony of the University on several that as a lad he developed a method the San Francisco and St. Louis Op-
remai lonatky his ocured ost itours of the Middle West and South. of study of his own. By imitating the era seasons, before she appeared at
remain long at his obscure post inmIvoices of great sopranos as he heard the Metropolitan for the first time
the theatre orchestra, for he was soon As conductor of the University them on recordings, he learned such last season. She made her New York
engaged as first 'cellist at the Imper- Symphony Orchestra, he has brought favorites as the Shadow Song from debut in "La Boheme", singing the'
ial Opera in Moscow and also became that group to a high state of perfec- "Dinorah", as recorded by Galli- role of Mimi. She has also appeared
a member of the string quartet of the tion. Local audiences should well-re- Curci, in "Orfeo et Eurydice" and "The
Moscow Conservatory. member his work in producing "Mes- Marriage of Figaro".
His promising career was inter- siah" last December in Hill Audi- !} Madame Novotna has also sung
rupted by the Russian Revolution, torium. He is also the conductor of ! Mr. Toscainiwith the NBC Symphony Orchestra,
and he decided that the new Russia, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orch- i in their performance of Beethoven's
was no place for an ambitious artist. estra. "Ninth Symphony" at Carnegie Hall
But it was not easy to obtain a pass- * * *Rated by New York musical critics and a special brodcast of DeBussey's
port from the government, and in Head of the Youth Chorus, Juva as the most important recent addi- "The Blessed Damozel".
1921 Piatigorsky had to resort to de- Higbee, has trained hundreds of Ann I tion to the personnel of the Metro- Offstage Madame Novotna is Bar-
pending on a band of smugglers to Arbor boys and girls. Her youthful politan Opera Company. Jarmila No- oness George Daubek. She is at pres-
get him across the border. ! singers from Ann Arbor public votna, soprano, will sing in Ann Arbor ent the only titled member of the
Robbed By Smugglers schools who will appear in the Festi- for the first time, when she appears Metropolitan, the first nobility since
The smugglers robbed him of his val are a tribute to her ability to at the May Festival this year, the days of Maria Jeritza, who was
last ruble and most of his clothing, handle children. Recommended to the Metropolitan Baroness von Popper.
and he arrived in Warsaw in rags and ~ ~ --~ -
tatters. After a period of painful
,want, he managed to substitute for
a 'cellist at the Opera, and almost
overnight he became a musical sen-
Emigrating to Germany, Piatigor- Fourth Festival Concert
sky found Berlin in the throes of a
serious money inflation. Under such
conditions, he could only find odd
jobs at coffee houses and motion pic-
ture houses.
One day he was invited by Arturo 2<O 1/
Schnabel, noted pianist, to play the 0 01
'cello part in a chamber music workC
by Arnold Schonberg. One of his fel-
low musicians in that project was the !
second flutist of the Berlin Philhar-
monic, who was so impressed by thej
young 'cellist that he persuaded the
director of the Philharmonic to make
Piatigorsky a member of the or-
chestra O eo h usadn
From that time on, Piatigorsky's One of the Outstnd g
success as a musical artist was as- VA
sured. Requests from all over Eur- Voices of the day.
ope were sent to him, asking him to I-Ne.York iiiues
make solo appearances. Neu . . ___
Tenor Worked His Way
Through On 65 Odd Jobs
After hearing Dorothy Maynor for the first time, Serge Koussevitzky
high scho eandcole Cwharle ug stated: "The world must hear her." The world has heard her and
man, Metropolitan tenor, engaged in loved her just as did Koussevitzky. Not for some time has the musical
no less than 65 different types of odd world been so stirred as by the beautiful voice of this modest young
jobs, he claims.
One summer he was offered the op- singer.
portunity to work for a railroad firm.
He took it. Other jobs included post-
al clerk, playground instructor, ap-
prentice butcher, messenger boy, and
numerous singing assignments which
paid as little as five cents per per-
formance with the choir at his local
church in New Haven, Conn.

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NORMAN CORDON, born in North Carolina started
his career as a choir boy at four dollars a month.
After many years of study he launched his operatic
career with The Chicago Grand Opera Company
and is now a stalwart of the Metropolitan. Since
then he has achieved amazing success, singing as
many as 24 performances in five weeks with ever-
increasing popularity.
Thursday and Saturday Evenings

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"Ravishiutly lovely. The voiCe is b'autifully
clear and trite . . . ait excellent 'inusician."


On the recommendation of Arturo
Toscanini, the Metropolitan Opera
mnported this glamorous Czech opera
quickly endorsed here following her
star. Her splendid reputation was
first performance in "Travia cr."
Second and Sixth Concerts
Thursday and Saturday
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