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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1941

Grace
Noted Soprano
Makes Debut
In Ann Arbor
On October 22
Metropolitan Opera Star
One Of Most Decorated
Women In America
Kings, Presidents
Praise Artistry
Grace Moore, American prima don-
na who will step before Choral Union
audiences in Hill Auditorium Oct.
22, will bring to 'Ann Arbor for the
first time the voice which has won
th plaudits of four kings and three
presidents.
The famous concert and opera star
is one of the most decorated queens
of song. She was one1 of the last
American women to receive the covet-
ed cross of the Legion of Honor, of
the French Republic. This was
awarded to her in recognition of her
brilliant successes in the Charpentier
opera "Louise" in both opera house
and on the screen.
mDecorated By Kings
In Oslo, Norway, King Haakon
awarded the American singer the
highesthonor of his country for ac-
complishments in the arts-a bar
pin bearing a royal crown of dia-
monds. In Sweden, she received the
king's Gold Medal. Belgium gave
her the Order of Leopold after she
sang fourthe royal family in Brussels.
In Copenhagen, King Christian 'pre-
sented her with the Order of His
Majesty, when se sang at the Royal
Opera.
Her mostrrecent decorations in-
lude' one from Cub and a com-
memorative gold medal of Mexico
City. Miss Moore already holds the
Gold Medal award from the Ameri-
can Society of Arts and Sciencesfor
*her picture, "One Night of Love."
Dreamed Of Opera
Tennessee-born Miss Moore sang
in &hurch choirs as a child, went to
New York for musical comedy and
t'6 Paris to star in the Opera Comique.
The latter had been her fondest oper-
atic dream which came to realiza-
tion only after years of study, three
months of which were spent in, final
preparation with the composer, Char-
pentier.
With her Parisian conquest made,
Miss Moore returned to the States in
1928 to sing the role at the Metropoli.
tan Opera House in New York. This
performance the critics called one
of the real achievements in contem-
porary American music.
The romantic story of Miss Moore's
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Dr. Rodznski
Leads Many.
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Series T Feature
Renowned Artists
Martinelli, Szigeti, Casadesus, Feuermann,
Pinza, Vronsky, Papin, Four Famed
Symphony Groups Also To Appear
Grace Moore, famed operatic soprano, will initiate the sixty-third an-
nual presentation of the Choral Union Concert Series on Oct. 22 in Hill
Auditorium. ,
Other artists scheduled to follow Miss Moore to Ann Arbor are Giovanni
Martinelli and Ezio Pinza of the Metropolitan Opera; Vitya Vronsky and

*- * *

hi nneapolis Orchestra Will Present
Program Here Under. Mtrpls

*DIMITRI MITROPOULOS
Peer Of Any,'
Is, Title Given,
To Feuermann
Famous Violoncellist Made
Professor At Vienna;
Was Born, In Austria
Called the "peer of any in what-
ever instrument" Emanuel Feuer-
mann, popular violoncellist, will be
among the many musical artists to
appear in the 63rd annual Choral
Union Series. ,
Feuermann, now an American citi-
zen, was born in Austria: At the age
of eleven he made his debut with the
Vienna Symphony Orchestra under
Felix Weingartner and at sixteen be-
came a professor at the Conservatory
at Cologne.
First heard in America in 1934,
Feuermann rose to the top of the
musical world in a hurry. At that
time he appeared with the New York
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
under Bruno Walter.
His performance created a tremen-
dous stir. Concert engagements and
appearances with practically every
American major orchesetra quickly
followed. Everywhere he has been
pronounced one of the foremost of
living musicians.
His great success in the Brahms
Double Concerto for Violin and Vio-
loncello which he played with Joseph
Szigeti at the 1940 May Festival was
so well-done that insistent demands
from enthusiastic music-lovers re-
sulted in invitations to both artists
for a return engagement in Ann
Arbor this year.
Mr. Feuermann will present the
second concert in this year's Choral
Union program. He is scheduled to
appear Oct. 30.

The Minneapolis Symphony Or-
chestra, with its augmented quota;
of 90 players and under the leader-
ship of the brilliant Athenian con-
ductor, Dimitri Mitropoulos, will give
a concert here Feb. 3 in the Choral
Union Seriec.
One of the leading musical organi-
zations of this country ,the Minne-
apolis orchestra ,spans an outstand-
ing, career of 37 years. During its
lifetime, it has given hudreds of con-
certs in its home season and has
toured t more than 300 cities in 41
states, besides Canada and Cuba. It
has been heard frequently on the na-
tional radio networks.
Debut Made In 1936
Mr. Mitropoulos made an electri-
fying debut in America as guest con-
ductor of the Boston Symphony Or-
chestra in 1936.dThe critical ac-
claim that greeted. his appearance
led to his return the following year.
He was also invited as guest con-
ductor ior a series of concerts in
Minneapolis, which resulted in his
engagement as permanent conductor,
starting in 1938.
Of Mr. Mitrdpoulos, Time Maga-
zine said earlier this year: "Visitors
(to the Twin Cities) discovered that
some of the most brilliant and spec-
tacular U.S. conducting since the peak
days of Stokowski and Toscanini was
Accidental Meeting
Of Aspi ring Couple
Turns To Stardom
Fellow students at Berlin met and
married-and the world today is
listening to their combined art.
Vitya Vronsky and Victor Babin,
both Russian born and both deter-
mined to become pianistj, were
brought together accidentally in Ger-
many, where they were studying
piano under Artur Schnabel. After
their marriage, they renounced their
separate careers to create a glowing
art of their own. This season finds
them, sfirmly entrenched in public
favor, returning to continue the rec-
ord of their initial triumphs.
The success of these two young
people-neither are over thirty-lies
in the perfect accord of tastes and
temperament. At the keyboards of
their pianos, they have been described
as "two Romantics, almost vocal in
style, for they make their pianos
sing like matched voices."
Ann Arbor will hear them in a con-
cert March 3.

being done in snow-crusted Minne-
apolis."
'Minneapolis Has Great Success
Under Mitropoulos, the Minne-1
apolis Orchestra is enjoying one of
the most successful and artistically
satisfying years in its history. At-c
tendance at the concerts in Northrop
Memorial Auditoriim on the Uni-
versity of Minnesota campus where
the orchestra makes its home is more
than 15 per cent ahead of last year.I
There has been a decided increase,i
too, in attendance of students of the
Jniversity and the smaller colleges in
the vicinity of Minneapolis.I
Whether in the field of the classics1
that concert goers have acclaimed
over the years or in modern music,
Mr. Mitropoulos is equally at home.
His conducting from memory and
Koussevitzky
Will Conduct
Sixth Concert'
Famed Director To Lead
Boston Symphony Group
For 12th Year Here
Sixty-one years ago, two years after
the founding of the, University Musi-
cal Society, Major' Henry Lee Hig-
ginson brought together 60 gifted
players at his own expense for the
purpose of giving to Boston a sym-
phony orchestra it could call it own.
Major Higginson himself was un-
able to perform due to an injury
suffered in the Civil War, but he
created an orchestra which has raised
the standards of music to new heights.
The first series of twenty concerts
was inaugurated Oct. 22, 1881 un-
der the baton of the distinguished
conductor Georg Henschel. Boston's
cultural reputation rose as the per-
sonnel and renown of the Boston
Symphony Orchestra grew and its
popularity now makes it impossible
for the performers to fill the many
out-of-town engagements asked of
them.
Ann Arbor audiences have had the
privilege of hearing the music of the
orchestra for 12 years now, each time
with the masterful conducting of
Serge Koussevitzky. His repertoire
includes the monumental works of
the past masters as well as those of
the moderns among whom are in-
cluded many American composers.
49th May Festival
The 49th Annual May Festival,
consisting of six, concerts, will be
given May 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Hill Audi-
torium. The University Choral Un-
ion, the Philadelphia Orchestra and
the Youth Chorus will participate
in the Festival.
Schedule Of Concerts
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Grace Moore ..........Soprano
Thursday, Oct. 30
Emanuel Feuermann, Violoncellist
Sunday, Nov. 9 (afternoon)
Cleveland Orchestra
Artur Rodzinski, Conductor
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Giovanni Martinelli, Tenor and
Ezio Pinza, Bass, in joint recital
Sunday, Nov. 30 (afternoon)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Frederick Stock, Conductor
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Serge Koussevitzky, Conductor

without baton makes a deep impres-
sion upon all who hear him. By fore-
going baton and score, he feels that
he brings a much more profound
performance ,from his orchestra.
It takes prodigious labor to mem-
orize the scores a conductor must
have at his command and then to
keep them an essential part of his
being, but the results obtained are
well worth the effort, Mr. Mitropoulos
feels. And the matter of memoriz-
ing grows less difficult with the years.
Just like a veteran actor acquires
ability to learn his part in a com-
paratively short time, Mr. Mitropou-
los now can commit scores to mem-
ory in less than half the time it took
early in his career.
Mr. Mitropoulos gradually laid his
baton aside because he discovered he
could get a more exact interpreta-
tion from an orchestra by use of his
hands alone. First he found himself
laying aside the baton to lead the
Orchestra through certain passages
with his hands. The next step was
to leave the baton back stage entirely.
It wasn't long before the maestro
found himself expressing certain pas-
sages with his hands just as a dancer
expresses certain emotions with
movements of the body.
Stock Will Direct
Chicago Orchestra
Here November 30
Favorite of the Windy City, the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under
the baton of Frederick Stock, will
be heard again this year in an after-
noon concert Nov. 30.
For the past 31 consecutive years,
this organization has participated in
the annual May Festivals presented
here annually. The orchestra has
just celebrated its 50th anniversary
season.
At this occasion, a series of out-
standing special events took place.
Performances of 17 works new to its
repertoire were given and 15 of
these were specially written for its
jubilee season. Another feature was
an eastern tour-the first in 20
years. The orchestra was engaged'
in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, twice in
New York and in Boston.
Critics everywhere were astounded.
Today ranking among the three
oldest orchestras in the .country, the
Chicago Symphony group of players
has continuously ranked among the
few top-notch musical organizations
of this period.

Victor Babin, famed piano team; R
Music Socety
Ldeader Greets
Concert Goers
4 a
The University Musical Society,
through its Board of Directors, deeply
appreciates the loyal co-operation
which the music-loving public has
ever accorded its efforts. For sixty-
three consecutive years the Society
has endeavored to present to the
members of the University, both stu-
dents and faculty, as well as to the
public at large, the most distin-
guished musical artists and organi-

DR. CHARLES A. SINK
zations. Programs of greatest artistic
and eduational significance, both
modern and classic, have been pro-
vided New artists and former fav-
orites are included each year.
The Society is particularly happy
to present so imposing a series of
concerts during this period of stress.
and strain. It hopes that its offerings
may constitute a substantial con-
tribution in stabilizing the public
morale, for the message of good mu-
sic should be of greatest value at
times when minds are fraught with
complex and serious problems..
Sincere thnks are extended to the
.concert-going public, without whose
sympathetic and courteous support
and co-operation the efforts of the.
University Musical Society alons
would be futile.
CHARLES A. SINK
Quartet To Play Here
The Roth String Quartet has been
brought back to Ann Arbor this year
to present the second annual 'Cham-
ber Music Festival, Jan. 23 and 24,
1942.

obert Casadesus, outstanding French
> pianist; Emanuel Feuermann, vo--
loncellist, and Joseph Szigeti, violin-
ist
Four major symphony orchestras
are scheduled to be heard on the
Choral Union Series. Artur Rodzin-
ski will conduct the Cleveland Or-
chestra and the Chicago Symphony
will perform under the baton of Fred-
erick Stock in Sunday afternoon per-
formances. The Boston Symphony
and Minneapolis Symphony orches-
tras round out the selection, with
Serge Koussevitzky and Dimitri M-
tropoulos conducting their respective
organizations.
Moore To Make Debut
Miss Moore, renowned prima-don-
na of the Metropolitan Opera, will
make her first appearance in Ann
Arbor when she inaugurates the
series, Oct. 22. Her long career has
been highlighted by appearances in
musical comedy in New York, in the
Opera Comique in Paris and in the
Metropolitan Opera House. As a
radio and screen performer, Miss
Moore has won great popilar acclaim
as a singing actress.
Emanuel Feuermann, violoncellist,
will be the soloist for the second con-
cert of the series on Oct. 30. He
started his long and successful musi-
cal career at the age of eleven with
the Vienna Symphony Orchestra un-
der Felix Welngartner.
Feuermann was first heard in
America when he appeared with the
New York Philharmonic-Symphony
Orchestra in 1934. His acclaim from
local music lovers for his perform-
ance with Joseph Sziget at the 1940
May Festival, when the two artists
presented Brahms Double Concerto
for Violin and Violoncello, has re-
sulted ih invitations to both artists
for further concert appearances in
this year's series.
iCleveland Orchestra To Appear
The Cleveland Orchestra under the
baton of Artur Rodzinski will make its
third Ann Arbor appearance on the
third program of the series Nov. 9.
It has built a fine tradition during
the years and has become a welcome
visitor all over the country on its
many tours.
Giovanni Martinelli, tenor, and
Ezio Pinza, bass, will give a joint re-
cital Nov. 18. Mattinelli has become
one of the best loved as well as one
of the most distinguished singers of
the age. Pinza, dynamic bass, is an
artist of world-wide fame. In their
joint concert, they will provide a
program of arias and operatic duets.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of Frederick Stock
will perform on Sunday afternoon,
Nov. 20. The orchestra has just cele-
brated its fiftieth anniversary season
and is the third oldest organization
in the country. The Chicago group
has provided orchestral background
for the May Festivals from 1905 to
1935.
On Dec. 10, Serge Koussevitzky and
the Boston Symphony Orchestra will
make its annual pigrimmage to Hill
Auditorium. Dr. Koussevitzky has
presided over the Boston Orchestra
for more than 15 years and has helped
bring its effectiveness to new heights.
Included in the repertoire are the
monumental works of past mraster
composers, together with those of the
great moderns.
Casadesus To Give Concert
After Christmas Vacation, the sev-
enth concert of the Choral Union
Series will feature Robert Casedesus,
eminent French pianist, on Jan. 19,
in his initial Ann Arbor appearance.
Casadesus has received many honors
from great rulers and musical ass-
ciations alike.
On Feb. 3, Dimitri Mitropoulos and
the Minneapolis Symphony Orches-
tra, unanimously acclaimed in its
first appearance here last year, will
return for another engagement,
Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violin
virtuoso, will give concert on Feb.

Artur Rodzinski, conductor of the
Cleveland Orchestra, who will lead
this famous body of musicians in
their concert here on Nov. 9, is one
of the busiest musical directors in
the world. Not only is he occupied
daily with rehearsals and concerts
from the first of October till the'
end of April, but his summer holiday
is constantly interrupted by engage-
ments' as guest conductor at the vari-
bus music festvals that are becoming
increasingly numerous and import-
ant all over America.
Last summer Dr. Rodzinski" con-
ducted the New York Philharmonic-
Symphony Orchestra during the
opening week of its warm weather
season of outdoor concerts in the
Lewisohn stadium, New York. Later
the same summer he led the Chicago
Orchestra through two weeks of its
Ravinia Festival in Ravinia Park,
near Chicago, and was invited by
Dr. Serge Koussevitzky to conduct one
concert of the Boston Symphony Or-
chestra's Berkshire Festival at "Tan-
glewood," in the Berkshire Hills of
Massachusetts.
Two summers ago Dr. Rodzinski
divided his engagements between Ra-
vinia Park and the Hollywood Bowl,
and three years ago he conducted,
the Stadium Philharmonic Orches-
tra of Portland, Ore., in addition to
the Chicago and Los Angeles groups
at the Park and Bowl respectively.

Unique Family Of Musicians
Is Back ground Of Casadesus
, ____

Martinelli Stresses Alert Mind,
Feeling As Success Formula

Robert Casadesus, the French Pian-
ist who plays here on Jan. 19 was
born in Paris on April 7, 1899. He
comes of a unique family of musi-
cians whose members, both men and
women, have made a name in their
profession-among them Francis Ca-
sadesus, composer, conductor, and
founder and director of the Ameri-
can Conservatory' at Fontainebleau;
Henri-Gustav, founder of the Society
of Ancient Instruments; the distin-
guished 'cellist Marcel-Louis-Lucien
who was killed in the World War;
and many others including Robert's
aunt, Rose Casadesus, with whom the
child began his musical studies.
His father, known professionally as
Robert Casa, was a well known figure
as actor and director on the French
Stage. During the World War he
was sent to New York City by the

of Xavier Leroux and the f6llowing
year the coveted Diemer Prize was
the crown of his pianistic education.
The career of Robert Casadesus
was brilliant from the start. Begin-
ning in his native France, soon his
engagements took him over the length
and breadth of Europe-to Holland,
England, Belgium, Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, Italy, Spain, jPortugal,
Poland, the Baltic States, Russia,'
Rumania, Greece and Turkey - as
well as to North Africa and to South
America where he played through-
out Brazil, Argentine, and Uruguay.
The pianist came to the United
States for the first time in January,
1935, made his debut with the New
York Philharmonic-Symphony Or-
chestra under the direction of Hans
Lange in the Mozart D major "Cor-
onation" Concerto. In the audience

How can a good singer become a
great singer GiovanniMartinelli,
recognized as the outstanding tenor
of the Metropolitan, was asked re-
cently. He threw up his hands in a
helpless gesture, and replied:
"Who can tell? There are formulas,
but they are different for each indi-
vidual, First, for opera the voice
must be strong. Then the mind must
be sensitive and alert. You must feel,
or you cannot act. More and more
opera calls for characterization, for
acting and singing, and one has come
'to be as important as the other. Then
a singer should have heart. Without
it there is no warmth. An audience
will make an idol of an artist because
of qualities that cannot be expressed,
but it is necessary that they should

They coud not be for me. I had made
two, three mistakes.' And my sword
had clambered from out of my hand
in nervousness in one scene. I was
filled with great mortification. I
heard the plaudits and I was over-
come that this fellow Martinelli was
hailed as a great singer. Martinelli
was somebody else. Every artist in
this way comes to have two person-
alities-an exacting critic which is'
his own integrity and is never con-
tent, and a public personality that
takes the plaudits as though he
really thinks he deserves them."
"I think the secret of a long career
in singing," says Giovanni Martinelli,
"is always to keep an ambition to do
something more. But if one is to
arrive at a certain age and be able

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