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'U' Symphony

To Give Premier


. s* S s

Election Lists
Announced by
Two Schools
Slates of candidates for the
spring elections have been an-
nounced by the pharmacy and
education schools.
The following candidates will
compete in the pharmacy school
elections to be held tomorrow and
Tuesday in the school office:
President, Raymond Stenseth, Au-
gust Altese and Joseph Samyn;
Vice-president, Martha Wilcox,
Henry Januszka and Henry Pryz-
bek; ┬žecretary-treasurer, James
Ghysels, Winnie Moon and Leona
The election of education school
officers will be held Tuesday and
Wednesday in the University Ele-
mentary School. The following
candidates are entered: President,
Barbara Riley, El Lakker and Don
Hurst; Vice-president, Paul Seyer,
Roy Wilson and Janyce Ayers;
Secretary, Joyce Dudkiri, Jan Gast
and Beth Smilay; Treasurer, Aud-
rey Murphey, June Carson and
Bob Hurley.
Mental Health
Series Ends
The question of whether fre-
quent changing of residence is the
cause or the effect of a type of
schizophrenia was discussed by H.
Warren Dunham of the Wayne
University sociology department
yesterday as the final speech in a
three-day conference on mental
health in community health prob-
"Whether schizophrenics (men-
tally disturbed persons) move
more frequently or whether fre-
quent movers become schizo-
phrenics is an open question,"
Dunham said.
"We have become a nation of
movers and high rates of mental
disturbances are found among per-
sons who move often," he said, in-
dicating the rapid decrease in the
number of persons who end their
lives in the community in which
they were born.
Dunham suggested an analysis
be made of social organizations,
cultural patterns, and source of
psychological stress in certain
Police Hold
'U' Graduate
DETROIT-(AP)-A former Uni-
versity student, convicted last
March of extortion, denied yester-
day that he is Detroit's "shovel
Held for investigation is William
F. Welke, '50, 26 years old, who
was arrested on a tip from a pri-
vate watchman.
Last year, Welke was found
guilty of extorting $3,500 from the
mother of a fellow dormitory resi-
dent. He was given a five to 20-
year jail term, but was at liberty
pending outcome of his appeal.
Mrs. Katherine Vasu of Detroit
had identified Welke as the youth
who demanded money after
threatening the life of her son,
Holiday Rites Held
By Nelson House

Anticipating the Jewish holiday

Three Big Works
To Be Performed

The University Symphony Or-
chestra has sparked their Spring
Concert program by plans to per-
form an American premier, a "ti-
tanic" symphony, and an opera
. overture. , # e
Highlighting the triple-header
will be the first American per-
formance of Prof. Ross Lee Fin-
ney's "Piano Concerto in E Ma-
jor." Prof. Finney is a resident
composer at the University.
Benning Dexter of the piano fa-
culty at the University music
school will be soloist on the Fin-
ney work.
MAHLER'S "First Symphony in

FORTISSIMO-Prof. Finney and Wayne Dunlap confer on Or-,
chestra's interpretation of Finney composition.
.* , * ..

Finney Work
To Get U.S.
Debut at Hill
"Written as fun, lively, good
natured" is the way Prof. Ross Lee
Finney of the University music
school describes his "Piano Con-
certo in E Major," which will have
its A~merican debut at the Univer-
sity Symphony Orchestra's Spring
Prof. Finney speaks of his work
as not being one of deep penetra-
tion, but rather as a brilliant con-
cert piece, composed for a pianist
who enjoyed playing with .sym-
* * *
Felix Witzingar the concerto was
begun in California that year and
completed in the summer of 1948
in Ann Arbor.
The piece has been given wide
notice in German music centers,
where critics always seem to
find some American character-
istics in it.
Prof. Finney says he didn't in-
tentionally do this, except in the
last movement where he used the
previously popular "Woodpecker
Song" as the basic for his rapid,
jig-like theme.
When asked if his work was
written in "Modern" style, Prof.
Finney said that he does not
place any of his words in a par-
ticular style or period. He be-
lieves that the composer must
write down his creation without
working for any particular style,
only hearing its beauty within
his ear.
However, Prof. Finney did admit
he is interested in consonance and
lyricism in composition. Perhaps
these characteristics can be taken
as auguring what the "Piano Con-
certo in E Major" may sound like
when heard at its initial Ann
Arbor performance.

D Major," nicknamed the "Titan"
because of its magnitude, and Rez-
niecks "Overture to Donna Di-
ana" will also be heard at the
concert. Performance time will be
8:30 p.m. April 2 in Hill Audi-
In order to play the Mahler
symphony the Orchestra has been
enlarged to 110 performers, neces-
sitated by the tremendous re-
sources demanded by the work.
Besides this, Wayne Dunlap-
conductor of the symphony-has
been doing extensive research
on the history of this composi-
tion, so that it can. be perform-
ed in the exact style Mahler had
Furthering his background or
the Mahler symphony, Dunlap re-
cently went to Detroit to have a
personal conference with conduc-
tor Bruno Walter, a disciple and
leading authority on Mahler, to
learn about interpretation of the
Dunlap said that "Bruno
Walter felt Mahler almost killed
himself by throwing all his emo-
tion into this symphony." He al-
so felt that Goethe's tragedy
'The"Sorrows of Werther" was
extremely influential, determin-
ing the style and form, in the
First Symphony.
None of the professional orches-
tras which have performed here
in concert have ever attemped
this work. Thus, Dunlap considers
the Mahler symphony quite a
challenge to the University Sym-
phony Orchestra.
*1 * *
performed, Finney's "Piano Con-
certo in E Major," was written as
a .commissioned piece for a Swiss
concert pianist, Felix Witzinger.
Witzinger traveled to America
to play through the first reading
of the work with the University
Symphony Orchestra, in order to
hear how his composition sound-
sounded with orchestra.
He took the work back with him
and gave the concerto its first
European performance on March
19, 1951, with the Baron Philhar-
monic Symphony of Baron, Swit-
zerland, underthe conductor Wal-
ter Kagi.
Also slated for the Spring con-
cert is the performance of the Ov-
erture to Reznieck's best loved
opera, "Donna Diana." Well
known as an opera composer, Rez-
nieck characterizes his composi-
tions by a gay satirical touch.
"Donna Diana" is considered his
greatest theatrical success.
by Marilyn Floridis
Don Campbell


PERFECTION-Soloist Dexter practices F4nney piano concerto


WRONG NOTE-Prof. Finney corrects a note in his original





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