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TH E MICHIGAN DAILY
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Music Future
Said To Rest
In Small Cities
Felix Knight Claims Little
Coinmunities Perform
Very Important Service
Brought up in small cities himself,
Felix Knight, popular tenor of con-
cert and radio, believes that the fu-
ture of Amierican music rests in the
small communities.
"Of course, the cosmopolitan cen-
ters are the communal points of the
artistic elite," admits Knight. "Only
the large cities can afford elaborate
opera houses and major symphony
orchestras. But the backbone of sup-
port given to fine music comes from
the little communities. Without
them, few artists would be able to
continue-their careers."'
Received Scholarship
Knight got his start in music when
some friends made it possible for him
to get a three year scholarship for
study with Melbone Beasley in Santa
Barbara. Knight says that if it were-
n't for those friends, he might today
be a discontented aviator or aero-
nautical engineer. He tried his hand
at flying for a time and had several
close calls.
However, flying is still his favorite
hobby. Airplane for him is the most
logical method of travel. A hop from
New York to Hollywood for three
days' intensive study with his coach,
Melbone Beasley, is not at all un-
usual.
Knight's mechanical bent turns to
cars as well as to airplanes. He owns
several speed cars with which he
tinkers himself. And he seldom
misses the Indianapolis auto races.
Keeps In Condition
Although not athletic, he keeps in
condition by going through a series
of "machineless" gymnastics which
requires no equipment, making it
possible for him to exercise even
when on tour. They are a sort of
one-man jiu-jitsu which builds up
certain parts of the body without
making the muscles knotty.
Knight advises all young singers to
sing in the shower, for the added
resonance makes it easier to detect
defects.
Conductor Castor,
Joined Philadelphia
Symnphony At Age 16
The yong associate conductor of
thePhiladelphiahOrchestra, Saul
'Caston, has put his musical lineage
to good use.
At the very young age of 16, Cas-
ton joined the Philadelphia Orches-
tra, then under the baton of. Leopold
Stokowski. Five years later, Caston
conducted his first rehearsal.
The young trumpeter conducted
the great orchestra on its first trans-
continental tour and from that time
on he has been the associate conduc-
tor. Among his performances are
numbered many premieres
Born in New York, Caston exhibit
ed musical talent while yet very
young. He studied trumpet and soon
mastered the instrument. When he
was only 14 he was playing in a sym-
phony orchestra.

Rabbi Brickner To Be Narrator
In Presentation Of_'King David'

Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner will
take the role of narrator in Honeg-
ger's "King 'David." He is one ofj
America's outstanding rabbis, and a
leading American Zionist.
He won high praise for this same
role when he appeared together with
the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
Rabbi Brickner presides over the
Euclid Avenue Temple in Cleveland,
one of the largest congregations in
America. Previous to his arrival in
Cleveland in 1925, he served as Rabbi
of a congregation in Toronto, Can-
ada. On his departure, the Toronto
community established the "Rabbi
Barnett R. Brickner Scholarship" at
the School of Social Sciences of the
University of Toron'to.
He is well known for his many and
varied activities. Besides doing his
rabbinical duties he delivers weekly
radio addresses, many of them over
national networks. Rabbi Brickner
has also gained considerable notice as
educator, debater, and publicist.
Zionism has long been a focal point
of his activities. He is an outstanding
figure in the American movement,
and was a prominent figure at the
Zionist World Congress held at Gen-
eva in the summer of 1939.
Rabbi Brickner has traveled exten-
sively, principally in Europe and the
Near East. In the course of his tra-
vels he has studied conditions in the

Festivals Were
1893_Accidenit
[9os!oi Symlhony Altered
Local .Mu1sic History
Because the Boston Symphony Or-
chestra changed its 1893-4 concert
plans, the University Musical Society
consequently made alterations in its
Chgral Union Concert series, and
out of'the program shifts came the
May Festivals which since then have
provided the climax to Ann Arbor's
annual musical entertainnent.
The May Festival was indeed the
result of an accident, for back in the
fall of 1893 the Boston Symphony
Orchestra which for 15 *years had
given the annual music series a lasit
rousing performance suddenly found
itself forced to canc] this concert.
However. it had a small travelling
orchestra. the Boston Festival Or-
chestra, which the Board of Directors
of the Society seized upon as a sub-
stitute. Because the Board was
forced to pay the railroad charges
to transport this group to Ann Arbor,
they decided to give three concerts
instead of one. thus creating the
Festival.
Since that year of its first signi-
ficance. the May Festival has in-
volved I he services of practically all
of the world's most distinguished
artists.

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AN OUTSTANDING SOPRANO
SECOND AND SIXTH CONCERTS
MAY 7th, 9th

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RABBI BRCKNER

Soviet Union. Germany, Italy and
Pa'lestine.
An outstanding figure in the field,
of labor arbitration, Rabbi- Brickner
is also a member of many- Jewish'
agencies. He is vice-chairman of the
United Palestine Appeaf and is on
the executive board of the National
Council for Jewish Education. In ad-1
dition he holds membership in many
education, social welfare, and peace
boards.

AMERICA hs fouid in Judith Hellwig a personality of vivid charm
and a singer, possessed of a magnificent voice trained in the great
tradition of European vocal art. Acclaimed in every performance oh
the concert and opera stage, she has won a firm place in the hearts

of all music lovers.

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"HRAVO! BELLA VOCE!" says Toscanini.
"Mr. Peerce, a true lyric tenor, is unusual. It was a shock to hear the
music of "Tristan" actually sung without effort or strain. Wagner
would have been pleased with Mr. Peerce's beautiful and easy delivery."
New York Post
y Jan Peerce, given an 1\t~ovton..at1SeIve'-
ance Hall by a large and enthusiastic
audience, added to laurels won on pre.

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1'IOLOJWEILRST
EMANUEL FEUERMANkN h 1s been pruiioninc(d by leadin m 11
sical authorities to be not only the greatest cellist now on the con-
cert stage, but also one of the foremost living musicians. A favorite
solo artist among leading orch estral conductors he has appeared
under the batons of Toscanini, Artur Nikisch, Fritz Busch, Pierre
Monteux, and others, in addition to ving hundreds of recitals
of his own.
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-Cleveland News

SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 9th

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