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""rITl THE MICHTGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

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uzanne Sten When Festival 's Over... There Are Records(
h A Refu ee - ----___

Of Nazi Rule
oung Singer Came Here
From Germany; Made
N.Y. Debut In March

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Suzanne Sten, sensational young
mezzo-soprano, comes to May Festi-
val audiences this year as an ideologi-
cal and political refugee of the Nazi
regime.
Born in Germany of Viennese and
Hungarian ancestry, Miss Sten left
that country for America in 1938
when she found herself completely
out of sympathy with the Hitlerian
ideals.
Receiving the most unanimously
enthusiastic reviews given any singer
last year at her New York debut,
Miss Sten was described as having
"genuine dramatic temperament and
a splendid voice, unsurpassed in rich-
ness among present day mezzo-so-
pranos."

In just twelve days Dr. Eugene Or- Song" with which Mr. Tibbett dis- impressed by his technical skill in the
mandy willstride vigorously onto the tinguished himself locally in a Choral motion picture, "They Shall Have
stage of Hill Auditorium, lift his ba- Union concert a few years back. Music," there are full recordings of
ton, and open the 48th annual May In a word, one need never feel sad Dinicu's "Hora Staccato" and Saint-
Festival with his own arrangement of when Mr. Tibbett finishes the night Saens' melodic "Introduction and
Handel's "Concerto in D Major for of May 7th: in the more than 60 Rondo Capriccioso." And in refuta-
Orchestra." Three full days later titles listed in Victor's catalog he is tion of the anacronistic claim that
Thor Johnson will lower his baton, satisfyingly represented in all his Heifetz's playing is too mechanical,
stride vigorously off the stage, and manifestations - grand opera, musi- listen to the Gypsy "Zigeunerweisen,"
thus will end the Festival with epi- cal comedy, motion picture, etc. There or the Spanish "Zapateado," or the
sodes from Tschaikowsky's "Eugene is a Mr. Tibbett for every taste. German "Alt Wien," or Joseph Ach-
Onegin." And Heifetz, Too ron's "Hebrew Melody."
Between those two actions will be The same thing is true with Jascha Of course, it is still too early in her
sandwiched six solid concerts featur- Heifetz this observer's unqualified career to expect a large record reper-
ing 11 instrumental and vocal solo- nomination for the finest violinist in toire from Dorothy Maynor, but Vic-
ists, three ensemble groups and four the world. In his Festival appearance tor's listing is sufficient to recapture
conductors. But most of us are likely he is to play the Sibelius Violin Con- for local audiences the Miss Maynor
to take away, when the Auditorium certo, and appropriately perhaps, his who is making her second appear-
lights dim for the last time, only a Victor interpretation with The Lon- ance in Ann Arbor. For example, the
handful of programs, some snatches don Philharmonic (Album M, AM, Pamina's Aria from "The Magic
of melody, and a brief sense of sad- D - 309) is apparently the only re- Flute" which she is to sing May 9
ness. Hereinafter are recorded some cording available. And it is a good, has been recorded by her on a 12-inch
obvious means for overcoming the all-around recording, but one to disc. The reverse side is her interpre-
sadness by giving our mementoes which -- like most of Sibelius' work--- tation of Handel's "O Sleep! Why
more concrete reality, and our memI you will probably listen several times Dost Thou Leave Me" from "Semele
pries, a firmer foundation. before realizing it. which she sang here in an appear-
Tibbett On Records M f tn n rii ance last year.--M.A.

First Festival Was
Result Of Accident
(Continued from Page 1)
was organized in 1879, and which at
first consisted of about three dozen
singers, soon grew into an organ-
ization of three hundred and fifty
voices. It is one of the largest and
oldest permanent choral groups in
existence; and there is scarcely a
community throughout the musical
world which does not number some
citizens who have sung in this chor-
us. In many cases students who have
participated in the Choral Union
have later carried on in their own
fields 'of endeavor, and throughout
the land many choral organizations
owe their existence to the inspira-
tion which was stimulated in Ann
Arbor.
Superstition Is Given
Back Seat With Tenor
Popular supersitition takes a backl
seat in the life of Charles Kullman,
noted tenor who will appear in the
May Festival series. And with good
reason!
He was born on Jan. 13, 1903, his
mother's birthday.
He signed his Metropolitan Opera
zontract on June 13, 1935.
And his small daughter Elsie was
>orn on September 13.

R
f AXzericaTenor Star
OPERA CONCERT
/ RADIO SCREEN.... ti~i v:
Abandoning surgery for opera,
Charles Kullman has had an im-
IH
portant and exciting career. Now
in his fourth season as leading tenor
othe Metropolitan Operahe
m akes his A nn A rbor debut M ay 10. a u d y E en n , M y 1
Sixfh rcte
K uilrda vnig May .
MA Y FESTIVAL
21 .....\,,

The obvious means, naturally, are
phonograph records. For example,;
there is no incontrovertible reason
why we must be content with only a
one-sheet black-and-white reminder
of Mr. Tibbett's presence. His is the
kind of voice that has been given-
and rightfully so - full range by
Victor Records. And so, there are his
single 12-inch recordings of the mag-
nificent "Credo" from "Othello," and
of Cassio's Dream, two of the num-
bers that he is to sing opening Festi-
val night. For those who prefer to
remember him as the swashbuckling
musical comedy hero of "The New
Moon" or "The Rogue Song," there
are his definitive versions of. "Lover
Come Back to Me" and "Rogue Song."
Or there is Tschaikowsky's "Pilgrim

J. e ez, LOo, as6 recoraa e ' o
Victor almost every other concerto of -
any note: the Brahms, which many Pianist Iturbi Was Born
critics think is the best thing Heifetz
ha ever cdnne (M . TAM.DM - 51 - IIo Musle-M1 ther Ituri

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