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THE MICHIGAN DAILY SgNgag; OCTOBE

;R 13, 1940

'Sigin1G

Don Cossack
ChorusBegan
20 Years A ro
34-Strong, Orgyanizatidonl
1l as Presented Sengs
All Over The World
Twenty years ago, a gr'oup of
singing giants of the Steppes rie
their voices around a military campii[
fire near Con tan tinople, and the}
Don Cossack Chorus was born.
Since that time those 34 men,
descendants pf the rece of S tenka
Razin, greatest hero ofth Cos-
sacks, have traveled mo)re than aa
million miles to sing more than 4,000
concerts in almost every corner of
the earth.
Singing folk tunes, Cossack soldier
songs and liturgies dating back a
thousand years, the group is nowa- in
their eleventh season in America, pro-
duct of diminutive Serg Jaroff's>
enterprise. His choirmasteir trainingL
fashioned a brilliant ensembie orft
of 'a horde of bedraggled, homesickc
prisoners. Leading them in song-
around the evening campfire,.'he
sensed the emotion in their voice.

Te 'M4(j1, '

,Fes' Formed
r sed Player At 4,
DJebut Eight Years

Grou ,y

;"in

.tAmy

(~1 t ~(O ~r 'rpleRole
ToIr hiMuselScene

1,

adt ys in f II! i
rucb aia A i iI 'fi
mui2 ofiC' _ s ndlreo h~
ork

i~e1'kin cine of a msically 1aet
erioi h money as a mer :chant l o
~-po!his larg efai.
Aliloshhis parents needed the
,_ .C that nil-ht hvcome from
.'xpli lug ti.on as a child prod-I
igy 1 e~hiscfl'dto headvice of the
pianst A ri Gruf~dand sent
Uvi: mu rom Czeco -Slovakia to
b platced und: er the Iu-felage of Pro-
? ! 2 erkn mde his debut as
'li( ~ ~ -i - i IwihteVienna Sym-
Iil"IX (t'( osti_ ut his techlers
ioUi:I( I ' cela Ubewas still too
C" II~' 10ac1ep,te offers of a long
out]ae y-ever,,al manae.
± Ia cnti.ud his stuciies foc' sev-
;;, Cing spe(cial work in com-
irstCocert
The Budapest String Quartet was'
h fs( or' the first time in America
in 931and has played over onel
thousand concerts during the last
ten years, a record which is rareI
amnong c'hamber music organizations.

po.. v ie ArnoldA Schoenberg. Symphony, and quickly won NewC
Wit-a ii final>aid begn his career. York audience approval, as well as
0eqicl in- lic('ess, playing the favor of concert audiences all
in F-cca. ' nil'ndSwitzerland. over the country during tours in en-
lin- i udAustria. He made suing seasons. c
cil awsnjont recital with Met Wife At 17t
Adl i U i init. Serkin's wife is the daughter of
in1 1a i sn to the United't
his musical collaborator. Adolf Busch.
-- They met when she was four and he
was 17. He says, "She announced thenr
that she was going to marry me and1
I told her I would wait for her to1
... grow up. As things worked out I
did just that." They have two child-
ren and now make their home in
New York.
The pianist turns to mountain
climbing and skiing for relaxation.
although another one of his hobbies
is toy electric engines. Oan of his idio-
K ~syncrasies is to, keep two pianos in
his New York apartment- in r'ooms
as far apart as possible. He practices
for a while in one, then goes to the
r ~other room. To give the neighbors
at each end a rest, he explains.
4 ~Old N.Y. Sawr
Philharmonitc

cboniposoi . ('CilUthi r' iii'> ion nI -
alist - on voiidei's xxiii. ' ''N ta po
Gooi'ges Enesto. l-lian.ntu.ln mu>a at
aitist, first.
Regaided as lIt' ut tile C i. i''"t ot
~ 'out cm P01'S CV 1i701. 0 ii) 1 0 15 it
omposci' 01 ~5 reulo. 11000> hi'
\'ul 10050 \ ioliiiist Of 'i eiuai hable a -
chiex oment .'' and a coudiietoi' of
truly ''mast ci ful insight
The ci'eat.ing of mh.s: ' 1 eel iCOS 'I
great part of Enesco > nor and Cii -
orgy. A man of in mow <imnlli i v,
he makes annual conceit cxc's mci -
spe~'sed with sojourns in the i u~t~c

heN wa. ~~i youwrk siowlyh-and
a. i di ,voni you dto not achieve
"' 1) (1oe' nd conduictor,
C i:> 'n~cohasa gandope'ra to
hi ti'Ui. is"Oedipus" taken
tico incclrek rgeywas first,
ipr '11d1nPi's 93.ad made a
0~~~~O1 ~ra mns Ion.Ensco has divid-
ed n> ll0 btwen ilolin Concerts
U Imo T. IfHehas toured
Fr n '. l 1i. 1lTolland and not,
o \ pl'x ed bu )often as conduct-
ed~~~ hP-, ou o-hstaswith which
hi ape~i A. is comnpositions par-
U. sil ly ih Firt ,and Second Rou-.
nutnii.'-.lutpsodieshavebe)en played
: > s c aisintnselove of mu11-
'a , fa~mci' andas chlidciGeorgesi
.~.cctIN eposd o the national
it v of he oumaianfolklore and
mit ~ .lie xasso profoundly affect-
ad ' h ui o f the pgypsies that he
i>~.. his nt hoc Oe him a fiddle'
o . , he 110he hlad seen a gypsy,
.111 ~ ~ r" '. 'lpn ithout knowing a
'd'~ .'. [I ree ted faultlesslythe sons
lit'fl~i I tai U Pe civing that the
'Iv Ii to hu e eaher in Rou-
_ i.litrcte d him until his
.1 u rea.Iand; the nsggested that
Hex s ae o rscudy Tcomposition
it n taous iena Conservatory
~'.a ony cnsetedto play the violin
ri. a m'instrvument had to be
int']idedIll he crriculum, and the
x isin css~ wer the least crowded.
Fl (wo ws frtunte n attracting
he~i attenion o the irector Hellmes-
K i'~et. wose grandfather had
learned condcting- from Beethoven,
and R' te haluenztial IBibesco, fain-
i~~x'. ~ Athagof 13 he entered the
Pars ClisrvaI o'cstudying violin,
comp~sit o ad theory with such
lii -en a- Mssnet, Faure, Gedalge.
Lii 'ee year larthe Conservatoire
a ~ ,ared ifit h highest prize for
va un anv sltlytereafter he made
his '0115. I ebt, playing the Beet-
ho, eiCocrto( with the Colonne

and welded them into an artistic and sttldteex mterfuiis
ageai; iFirst World 'dour eihr''l Iy., i"(f
Shortly after their fame spread be- tj:,no'swa iv}i0 O ; '}t h
yond the military prison a knowing B EroolnSclotii'.i"o
concert manager set them on the t~s ue-ec ' ~.i''lIi~ ot
first of their world tours. dt.IiJiold' . 1 ~to ls
Serge Jaroff, Tom-Thumb direc-sas 110>bni ttDnRve
tor of the GatDonCoscChrsVie 10woii*1l'ettpote
was consideredt as a boy "oo s aloigsta d id stay thcia t

l-ItDOLI! lSERKIN

First Concert

States I!,th first time to play at I
the ooldpeFesival in Washington. The Philharmonic Society of New EERE NS'
The- flloingwinter he made his York gave its first concert on Dec.
A-ie'iasolo debut under the direc- fhsRuaintr hr
tioni of Arlucuo Toscanini. who con- 7. 1842, in a concert hall on Lower, peace ofiso-I l "ti . c p, e fSn!
dted the New York Philharmonic Broadway in New York City, thenahecmosfra uha tele
- city of less than 400,000 people. At ious a day.r~ ir
to') 'eLirka.t IL') ig rllSVf- A t

for much use" by his gargantuan
brothers and was permitted to study
music with the choirmaster of the
neighborhood church.
Born in the valley of Russia's his-
toric Don River, young Serge
showed a marked aptitude for music.
After he had learned all the local.
choirmaster could teach him, young
Jaroff was sent to the Imperial Chor-
al School in, St. 'Petersburg where
his talent was brought to the atten-
tion of the Grand Duchess Marie
whose protege hie became.
Fought In War
He held a lieutenant's commission
during the World War in the machine
gun corps. When the war was over
he fought with the White forces and
was interned by the Soviets. At the
camp of Lemos he groomed the home-
sick Cossacks for 15 months until
there emerged a birilliant chorus of
34 whose fame spread outside the
-prison walls. Invited to sing in Em-j
ba~sy Church, they became in 19211
the official choir of the St. Sofia1
Cathedral in the Bulgarian capital,G
and for three years people streamed
from all over Europe to listen to}
them as at a shrine.
The vicissitudes of two decades,
have left the ensemble comparatively'
uxiscathed. A record of which they
are proud is that in four thousand
appearances no one has missed a
concert, and only once was a manI
tardy for rehearsal. This they as-
sert is due not only to the complicat-

limbed Mfoie ae or'thi
reckless hol'serna l-n id s"g'
and fI imnie' dat's.
its will bcm ~eu.a .iios
bCoueIt t ! r ,..U soon...c
mie- ' z 1 A, hi '0.?e t arorii
Chontienal; i c]'in195.l md
Nef Yrliilal'olc
midd -w t tK -/io c ols ym
phon Or'heL'sis li thrdond
the atonof 1.1 cndtit her.Dsitiy
Mit i ' l onlMarc
idn h UItsIII ~ ,Qia- c xi

4i sAcelaim

The four artists who comprise thisII
ensemble play some of the fnetin- ~F y 4 t~nrde As Greatest
str'iments of old Italian make. The 7. n ol
fir'st violin is a Petrus Guanei'ius;
the viola a Gr anc'iao; the 'cello a J. (Cont inue'd fromn Page 1)
13B. Qtanini: and the second violin!
a iants Seraphin. x< ll coulc ri i New York (1935) with
Alwkays following their American:hal'footnapast. As a result of
11' they appear in Par is, then they ! 0 i mo she appeared in a
tula a series of Victor Recoids incneta anegie Hall. Since then
Fur lad. Four years ago they played ! s ''ha1tinin concerts in Europe.
fo rwt'oli('0'l 5in 0on' eekin Pats he -oj-.Uno. Africa, and South
Wht i esltdin the greatest ,n-Amria. ,xhee the SRO sign was
,,ph they; ei' had, and which they hugoto vry occasion. In 1938
do.ubled the next season when they Ms iUCi itour'ed the United
l')ayclbe'for'e a sold-out house at ttsiue most intensive course
Salle Gavean and enjoyed an over- 01" ci asi concert history for any
xxhelriiuu suc'cess.,1101.i'hmig seventy appear-
ThePy played all the Beethoven Ai'?S
Stiing Quartets three times in Paris, I owad tU ivrsity made her a
twice in Melbourne (Australia), twice Doelci' 01,Mu by awvarding her an
li Copenhagen (Denmark), twice in h~.i : rj ,degree and she also re-
'ewYoi'k, once in Oslo (Norwvay'), ' . ed !-i1 Grnd Prix du Chant for
uiicein Stockh olm Swxeden), once( hebet 'corded voice on the Con-
in Baltimore and once in Buffalo. iet
H fxeci' athough some of the Ls saon Miss Anderson toured
i~'atiStsucesesh av'e been achieved it I ln eventy cities to give nine-'
xxintl h~i'.they ar'e knowxn ,asc
finest interpreters of the moderns. tt ixconci'ts between November
j Iome of these, including Hindcmniiah. and Jn In June she sailed for her,
welr' played by themnov'er' thle radio. fir's, c:t. ('o Honolulu after which!

that time John Tyler was resident{
of the United States and Victoria
was queen of England. Ludwig van
Beethoven had been dead fifteen
years and Johannes Brahms was not
yet ten year's old. Franz Liszt, Rich-
au'd Wagner' and Giussepe Verdi were
at the height of their musical careers.
1Honorary membership in the Phil-
harmonic Symphony Society is an'
honor that is infrequently bestowed.z
The first two honorary members were
twvo famous violinists of a century
ago-Henri Vieuxtemps, a Belgi,.%,
and Ole Bull, a Norwvegian, who were
elected in 1842. the first year of the
Society's existence.j
Ludwig Spohr and Richard Wag-
ner, composers, received honorary
memberships as did Felix Mendels-
sohn, Franz Liszt, Joseph Joachim
Raff, Anton Rubinstein, Antonj
Dvorak and many others.
Jenny Lind, Henrietta Sontag and
Marietta Alboni weire among the
singers so honored during the nine-
teenth centui'y. Edwin Booth, son
of the famous John Wilkes Booth,
who appeared occasionally as reader
with the Philharmonic was also elect-
ed.
IN.Y. Plijilaritioni~c
J WillAi rPriograni
(Continued from Page 1t
harmonic -Symphony was made in
New York on Nov. 5, 1936 and the
dynamic young conductor became an
immediate success. His audiences
grew with every concert and the af-
fection and admiration extended to
him by his men became more and
more apparent as time went on.
An inter'esting tale is told of the
time when, aftei' a presentation of
"Don Quixote" by Strauss and the
conductor's last bow, a large number
of his musicians took him into theii'
collective arms and embr aced him in
grateful thanks for the performance!
in which they had participated. The
conductor rose to the occasion by
kissing them in turn, his heart
warmed by the enthusiasm of hisI
men. "~No," he commented later, "it
couldn't have happened in Glasgow.",

the Rtie de Chchy in arsou
down on paper the themesand liar
monies wvhich arei'ete eycoeo
his being.
"Melodic ideas cm noit ed
years. sometimes, bfr tiii
them," he said abot his mt uo o
composing, "Yet nIa tIcm
method of treat ing themIma.,be x cr
different from wa twoud hv
been at their cneto.SilI a
always put an oldidatacon"
He composes very soxxh. ort as
because he believes;httob h

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sa~ninmm~

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sip,1returnel(d ho the United States to
.,maketxwo more appearances.
Eaeyawvaited in her program
hee x'~lbe a grup of Negro spirit-
, asi e she promised to sing in
her-next coneirt in Ann Arbor. She
xx's unaleto fulfill requests for
ili~il whtnpse sang at Hill Audi-
torii inshe 1938 May Festival be-
chi-n herogram was all Brahms,
butassredthae audience that she
would.incld them on her next ap-
AuitOin~vs are too large for pure
'-i'un~ i t op(inion of Marian
' L u." headdd."thei'e's the other
sideof te si ; ion. You do like tol
aslS S as any people as wish to
hear)ut, aind I don't think that kind
o Ie pla-,u'e is ignoble."

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THE DON COS) HORL
MInn Arbr sxtio. r181 u W i) ki te direction of Serge
,aroff, 1.5cci x o ittdiI 1" Iit*.'ao l nthis country. Thseyi,
34 ti'i" xil ciL i fo xi l k ; _,t . Cossack soldier songs,
and lit tirics da.11 "1 7 ltt) F0)i x it xi hch ihe thrilled 1(1
cities lat ivaa-I iii t .1 11

1'i

One of the outstanding
baritones of this era, and
wpl! loved by Ann Arbor
audiences, will return in
o solo appearance.

III

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R i

Ann Arbor Itf-hve its first glance

in many

RICHARD BONELLI

years at V'-o - Horoitz, January 1I5. The son-
in-law of Tosccnini, famed in his owen right as one I

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