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Renowned Artists
Are To Perform In
Fall Concert Series

T O Open Concert Series

Don Cossacks

Will Open





Don Cossacks To Present
First Concert Of Series;
Swarthout Comes Next
Brazilian Pianist
WillPlay Here
Typically presenting the foremost
artists and organizations of the con-
cert world, the 64th annual Choral
Union Series will bring great musical
performances to Ann Arbor this win-
ter as it has always in the past.-
The 34-man Don Cossack Chorus
will open the series on Tuesday under
the direction of fiery Serge Jaroff.
This group, now touring the country
for the 12th time, is noted for the
fine' point of its musical discipline,
which makes the tonal quality of its
offerings additionally effective by
clean, split-second timing. The Cos-
sacks' programs vary from presenta-
tions of the deep lumbering rhythms
of the famous Russian river songs to
light, gay gypsy melodies and the
rousing songs of the Cossack troops.
"Gladys Swarthout has everything,
-voice, beauty, brains and industry."
Thus spoke a famous critic of the dis-
tinguished mezzo-soprano who will
appear Thursday, Oct. 29, in the sec-
ond of the Choral Union Concerts.
Miss Swarthout occupies a unique
position in the music world in that
she is equally at home on the stage
of the Metropolitan Opera Co., be-
fore the radio microphone, the movie
camera or on the concert stage. Her
popularity with audiences in each
field is significant comment upon
her capability.
Directed by the distinguished con-
ductor, Artur Rodzinski, the Cleve-
land Symphony Orchestra comes
back to Ann Arbor for its third con-
cert on Sunday, Nov. 8. The orches-
tra is in its 24th year of existence,
during all of which it has established
a reputation as one of the nation's
- foremost symphony orchestras. Dr.
Rodzinski, entering his ninth year
as conductor, has the group com-
pletely at his command at all times
and his leadership brings forth some
of the finest interpretations of scores
during the nation's concert season.
Noted as the greatest of American
violinists, Albert Spalding will pre-
sent the fourth concert of the series
Thursday, Nov. 19. Born and trained
in America, Spalding is famed abroad
as this country's foremost violinist.
As a radio personality he has served
along with Miss Swarthout, Nelson
Eddy and others to bring the excel-
lence of fine classical music to radio
Famed pianist Artur Schnabel, la-
beled the greatest living interpreter.
of Beethoven will be in Ann Arbor
Thursday, Dec. 3., to present the fifth
Choral Union concert. In Europe
Schnabel developed a great reputa-
tion from his concerts devoted exclu-
sively to the works of classical mas-
ters. He has been in America since
1933, when he appeared with the
Boston Symphony at the invitation
of Serge Koussevitzky. From this
performance his popularity in Aner-
ica grew rapidly, ushering in a period
known as the "Schnabel vogue."
Renewing a twelve year acquain-
tance with Ann Arbor audiences, the
Boston Symphony Orchestra under
the direction of Serge Koussevitzky
will present a program comprising
the works of both classical masters
and modern American composers
Wednesday, Dec. 9. The Boston :s
credited with having given Amer'an
music marked impetus through its
policy of presenting programs which
include the works of American com-
posers in addition to those of more
accepted composers. Among the larg-
est orchestras in the country, the
Boston Symphony Orchestra is also
one of the few really great organi-
zations now performing. This repu-
tation is held much because of the
individual fame of many of its mem-

bers, who are numbered among the
nation's foremost individual soloists.
The universal, unreserved state-
ment of all critics is that Josef Hof-
mann is the greatest of living pian-
ists. Appearing here Monday, Jan.
18, in the seventh concert of the
series, Hofmann is in his 54th year
on th concert stage and still witnhtt
equal. Representative of the opinion
with which he is regarded by critics,
is the statement of Lawrence Gilman,
late dean of New York music critics
at .the time of Hofmann's Jubilee
Concert: "Josef Hofmann is ... quiet,
reposeful, earnest, a serious music-

To Appear
In 1942-43

World Noted Brazilian P
IsBooked For Chor

Funeral Service (Traditional) .................. Arr. by C. Shvedoff
Let Christ be Resurrected ........................ D. Bortniansky
(Arr. by S. Jaroff)
Of Thy Mystical Supper ...............................A. Lvoff
(Arr. by S. -Jaroff)
O God, Save Thy People .......................... P. Tchesnokoff
Three Moments from the Don Cossacks' Life .......... C. Shvedoff
Song of an Apple
Cradle Song of an Old Don Cossack
Don Cossacks on the Attack
In Praise of Raspberries (New Russian Song) .... Arr. by C. Shvedoff
The Plain, the Steppe (Cossack Song) ................ L. Knipper
(Arr. by S. Jaroff)
Two Soldier Songs .... .................... .. .Arr. by C. Shvedoff
Lezginka ................................. Arr. by C. Shvedoff
Song of the Alesha Popovich, from the Opera,
"Dobrynia Nikitich".. ........................ A. Gretchaninoff
Cradle Song .. ......................................A. Liadoff
Song of the Stenka Razin .....................Arr. by I. Dobrovein
Three Cossack Songs ..................... , ...... Arr. by S. Jaroff
Albert Spalding, Famous Violin
To Appear On Concert Program

Has'everything:... voice, beauty,
brains, and industry according- to
critics . .. is famed in opera, con-
cert, radio and sound films ... oc-
cupies a foremost place at the Met-
ropolitan Opera and has partici-
pated in practically all the impor-
tant American opera companies.

Possesses a voice heard "around
the world" . . . he serves but one
master-music . . . his career is
based on hard work and unshak-
able idealism ... born and brought
up in New England ... before he
started his singing career he served
as a newspaper reporter.

Abert Spalding will bring his vio-
lin and worldwide fame to Ann Ar-
bor on Thursday, Nov. 19, when he
appears as one of the highlights of
the Choral Union Concert series in
Hill Auditorium.
Since the age of 16, when he made
his debut in Paris, Spalding has been
traveling throughout the United
States and Europe, building up a
reputation as one of the world's
great violinists.
Although his musical education
and first concerts were financed by
his father, Spalding was not handed
his fame on a silver platter. He
barnstormed his way through Rus-
sia, played one-night stands any-
where that a fee was offered, and
paid back his father all the money
that he owed him. Since then he
has appeared with every leading
symphony orchestra in America and
every first-class orchestra in Europe.
Spalding's personality is almost
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Don Cossack Chorus, Serge Jaroff,
Thursday, Oct. 29
Gladys Swarthout, Mezzo-Soprano
Sunday, Nov. 8
Cleveland Symphony Orchestra,
Artur Rodzinski, Conductor
Thursday, Nov. 19
Albert Spalding ........ Violinist
Thursday, Dec. 3
Artur Schnabel .......... Pianist
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Serge Koussevitzky, Conductor
Monday, Jan. 18
Josef Hofmann.......... Pianist
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Jascha Heifetz......... Violinist
Friday, Mar. 5
Guiomar Novaes ........ Pianist
Wednesday, Mar. 17
Nelson Eddy ...........Baritone

as congenial to concert audiences as
his violin playing. He can talk flu-
ently on almost any subject and has
an excellent sense of humor. In fact,
he is a living refutation of prevail-
ing opinion that all concert musi-
cians are long-haired foreigners, in-
terested only in their music.
Unlike most skilled violinists,
Spalding does not take extreme
measures to protect his hands. He
carries no insurance and is not
afraid to risk them in such sports
as boxing and tennis. One year he
won the amateur tennis champion-
ship of Massachusetts and he is
considered quite a good boxer.
However, he is extremely careful
with his violins. He carries $50,000
worth of insurance on his famous
Guarnerius that has thrilled violin
lovers since it was made in 1755. He
also has an "Artot" violin which
was made by Antonio Stradivarius.
Comparing the care of old violins
to the care taken of rare old wines,
Spalding is very careful to see that
atmospheric and storage conditions
are just right for the best preserva-
tion of these valuable instruments.
In 1917, during the first World
War, Spalding gave up his career
and $35,000 worth of signed con-
cert contracts to enlist as a private
in the aviation service. He was as-
signed to active duty overseas and
was promoted to lieutenant. France
decorated him with the rosette of
the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor
and Italy recognized his ability as a
pilot by presenting him with the
Cross of the Crown of Italy.
He and Fiorello La Guardia are
rather proud of an exploit they en-
gineered during the war. They
forged certain papers, Spalding
made his way past the Spanish pa-
trol and brought back to his divi-
sions badly needed materials. "I
still have those papers," Spalding
says, "and as a forgery they aren't

Guioinar Novaes To Play
In Concert Series Here
After LongAbsenct
In place of the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, the University Musical
Society has engaged the distinguished
Brazilian pianist, Guiomar Novaes,
who will return after a long absence
to play again in Ann Arbor on Fri-
day, March 5, 1943.
Mie. Novaes, born in 1895 in the
state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has a long
acquaintance with concert audiences
in both Europe and the two Ameri-
cas. An infant prodigy, she was
the pupil of Professor Chiaffarelli,
and at the age of seven made her
first concert appearance which was
followed by a tour of her native
In Paris-where she was sent by
the Brazilian government, she so ef-
fectively displayed the refinement,
brilliance, and expressiveness which
characterize her playing that not
only was she admitted to the fam-
ous Conservatoire, but after studying
for two yearse with Isador Philipp,
she was awarded the Primier Prix
du Conservatoire. A sensational de-
but at the age of sixteen, was
crowned by a tremendously success-
ful whirlwind tour of Europe. In-
cluded in her itinerary were such
countries as England, France, Ger-
many, Italy and Switzerland.
Her American debut in New York
in 1915 was hailed by The New York
Times in these words: "Not every
generation hears a Guiomar Novaes."
Subsequent tours of Canada and
the United States firmly established
her growing reputation as a key-
board virtuoso.
An ardent patriot and advocate of
Pan-Americanism, Mme. Novaes
prefers to talk of her country and
its development rather than of her-
self. Brazil, she says, is a fast-
developing, unbelievably rich land,
and North Americans who speak of
it as a sleepy tropical land should
correct this impression.
Mme. Novaes is married to Oc-
Templeton To Give
Special Concert Here
Among several special musical
presentations supplementing the
sixty-fourth annual Choral Union
Series will be a special concert by
Alec Templeton, distinguished
blind British pianist on Thursday,
Feb. 25, in -Hill Auditorium.
Born without sight, Templeton
appeared here last year to the ac-
claim of a large Choral Union
audience. A native of Wales, he has
pursued a long career as an artist
and composer since the age of four.
After winning various British
prizes for musical excellence, and
touring the Continent, Templeton
was invited to visit the United
States, where he met with immed-
iate success in radio and concert
work. Having remained in this
country since his coming. Temple-
ton has become r United States

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after a consider
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performances oft
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March 17, at Hill
last of this year's
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ments of the tal
were two appear
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in those engagem
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carries on three c
wavering energy
amazes his co-w
motion picture,a
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one of many he w
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forward each yea
to sing before a. r
returning to then
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At sixteen Edd
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which soon led to
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received a role in
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It was when he
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into an opera sing
With that con
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. . Russian Choristers Sing
iantst Folk, Marching Songs;
dl Union Serge Jaroff To Direct
Audience Will Hear
although he is an
fession, is also an Thirty-Four Voices
;er of considerable
espect he bears a
e to the American Gloriously rolling up the curtain on
et, John Alden Car- the 64th annual Choral Union Con-
two children, her cert Series at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with
Maria, is already their thrilling Russian soldier songs,
nist, even though their magnificent Orthodox Church
ts are in painting, chants, and their strenuous, body-ex-
rly childhood, her erting folk dances, the famous thirty-
e the inspiration of four swash-buckling Don Cossacks
istinguished Brazil- will perform at Hill Auditorium after
Hector Villa-Lobos, some four thousand stage appear-
iily," a suite which ances all over the globe.
n includes in her The White Russian chorus of
hearty male voices ranging from a
Novaes returned to poignant tenor to a booming double
concert audiences bass was first realized and promoted
able absence. Her by Serge. Jaroff, a White Russian
htened by still more choirmaster who first heard the
interpretive pow- horsemen singing around a fire in a
war prison camp near Constantinople
her last New York in 1920. Jaroff, small, smiling genius
arch 7, 1942, were of organization and musical sensi-
of the season. Her tivity, started the roguish Russians
the works of Bach, on their way to world-wide esteem by
Albeniz, and Villa- effectively organizing them and win-
an intense individ- ning them an invitation to sit in the
,he is a poet of the choir of the historic St. Sofia Cath-
d The New York edral in the Bulgarian capital. Dur-
Said Henry Simon ing their stay in the Catholic temple,
s a first rank vir- thousands, of Europeans saw and
th as much charm heard them. World tours for the sing-
as she has tech- ing Cossacks from the Don River
were immediately following the ter-
mination of their career in the St.
Sofia Cathedral.
Continental Popularity
Their popularity with continental
audiences can probably be laid to the
terrific emotional appeal of the music
re that Emperor Napoleon scathingly
remarked was "the wierd, barbaric
tunes of those beastly Cossack regi-
ments which simply infuriated the
mne To Make starving Muscovites." Napoleon had
r Appearanceattributed the downfall of his cam-
Apaign in the East to the Cossacks
t Music Tour when he grieved that it had been
"their music which wiped out the
Ann Arbor for the very cream of our army."
areer Nelson Eddy, Particularly favorite with applaud-
t stage, radio, and ing concert-goers is well-worn but
stirring "Volga Boat Song" which,
ill sing Wednesday, though two centuries old, was popu-
Auditorium in the larized in this country by the Don
Choral Union con- Cossacks. The eerie, moanful "Ay
Oookh-n'yem" refrain will undoubt-
edly be heard on the Cossacks pro-
ly concert engage~ gram Tuesday evening.
I, athletic baritone The singers tall, mammoth, large-
ances in the May necked former stalwarts.of the Czar
and 1931. His work and their diminutive director, Serge
ents brought accur- Jaroff, were born and raised in the
future success for Steppes region of Imperial Russia
University musical and left their country in the early
'20's in rebuttal of the Communistic
in hard work, Eddy regime which was bloodily set up af-
areers with an un- ter the Czar's family had been lined
which sometimes up, facing a wall in the Czar's Palace
rkers in the radio, in Leningrad, and shot.
and concert fields. Strict rules are observed by the Don
appearance will be Cossack gang. Only one chorus man
ill make on his an- has been absent in the group's twen-
, to which he looks ty years history; none has skipped
r as an opportunity a performance except one, ill-fated
eal audience before Cossack who was striken on the night
mechanical appreci- of a performance with a severe hang-
ra andmicrophone. over. To make certain their tradi-
ence, Rhode Island, tions are not broken, a sliding scale
'utch ancestry, Nel- of penalties are exacted against them
sed in a musical at- by their manager, S. Hurok, extend-
t his first vocal ex- ing to a fine of twenty dollars for un-
oy soprano in the excused absence from an engage-
moving to Philadel-ment.
of fourteen, he left The Don Cossacks are free from
n a long series of submitting to customs inspection by
fed work as a tele- American officials during their trips
shipping clerk, and to and from the United States.
ry writer. Though the Cossacks have made
y was a full-fledged twelve tours to the United States,
an ad writer. Hav- their spoken English is still "quite

aper man, he regrets hard to understand." However, each
ad a more spectacu- is extremely serious about improving
iefit of the boys who their technique in speaking English.
good story. They jokingly warn all conversers,
he began to amuse "a half-hour with us and you also
g in accompaniment will speak bad language."
records, a practice
lessons and triumph M essiah'Chorale
>ntest for which he
a Philadelphia Op-
. PilaelpiaWill Be Presented
roduction of "Aida".B P
joined this company
e and conductorship Directed this year by Professor
aallens that Nelson Hardin Van Deursen, the Choral Un-
greatest forward ion's annual, tradition-surrounded
e work of Alexander presentation of Handel's "Messiah"
s, "that moulded me will be held on Dec. 13 in Hill Audi-
ger." torium.
mpany Eddy sang The oratorio will feature the Choral
s and met Edouard Union and guest soloists whose names
w his voice teacher. are as vet undisclosed. accomnanied

His career is unique in American
history ... he has shattered the old
idea that ranking musicians must
be long haired foreigners . . . of
American birth and training,, his
achievements have been recognized
throughout the musical world.

Cleveland Symphony Will MakeFifth
Ann Arbor Appearance November 8



Coming to Ann Arbor for the fifth
time, the Cleveland Symphony Or-
chestra is one of the main attractions
in the fall series of Choral Union con-
certs. Under the direction of Artur
Rodzinski, the orchestra will appear
here Sunday, Nov. 8.
In the eight years that Rodzinski
has been conductor, the orchestra
has become one of the foremost musi-
cal organizations in America, taking
extensive tours every year and receiv-
ing unreserved praise wherever it ap-
Rodzinski has been a vital factor in
the success of the organization. He
seems to be able to get the most out
of the 82 skilled virtuosos he has at
his command. His knowledge of mu-

the U. S. to accept a position with
the Philadelphia .Orchestra as as-
sistant conductor. He appeared as
guest conductor of the symphony or-
chestras in New York, Detroit, Ro-
chester and Los Angeles and, in 1929,
accepted an invitation to become the
regular leader of Los Angeles Phil-
harmonic. In 1933 he obtained his
present position and has held it ever
since, raising Cleveland's orchestra to
the heights of musical achievement.
While on leave of absence in 1937,
Rodzinski conducted the New York
Philharmonic-Symphony for the fin-
al eight weeks of its season. Later
that year he selected and rehearsed
the members of the new NBC Sym-
phony Orchestra for the first series

berg, violinist and concertmaster. An
infant prodigy, he has maintained his
reputation and developed his skill
until now he is a vital factor in the
orchestra's success. He has soloed in
most of the capitals of Europe and he
is famed, as one newspaper critic put
it, "for his playing which both satis-
fies the mind and kindles the spirit."
First cellist in the Cleveland Sym-
phony is Leonard Rose, a young play-
er who established something of a
record when he played his first solo
at the age of 21. Robert McGinnis,
first clarinetist, has played with Sto-
kowski's All-American Youth orches-
tra and has soloed with the Philadel-
phia and Curtis Symphony orches-
tras. Percussion artist and an expert


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