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MUSIC SUPPLEMENT

MUSIC SUPPLEMENT

Latest Deadline in the State
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1952

Concert

Series

Includes

New

Attractions

Tucker To Begin
'U' Concert Season

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Tenor Often Called econd Caruso";
To Appear on Campus October 8
Richard Tucker, often billed as the "second Caruso," will open
another outstanding concert series at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oc-
tober 8 in Hill Auditorium.
The program will include two arias by ! andel, excerps from op-
eras by Pergolesi, Duranet, Mozart and Puccini. Following intermis-
sion, Tucker will singe compositions by Faure, Fourdrain, Chausson,
Bizet, Leoni, Niles and McArthur.
* * * *
ESTEEMED AS THE LEADING tenor of the Metropolitan Opera,
the famous singer gained his first real recognition with a Metropolitan
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Ing the leading role of Enzo in
"La Gioconda," he became the sen-
sation of the season.
Tucker's initial success was
merely a preface to the artistic
and popular triumphs he was
destined to score. On the stage
of the Metropolitan, in coast
to coast concert tours and on
European appearances, he has
won acclaim from critics and
audiences alike.
During the 1951-1952 Metropo-
litan season he appeared in "Rigo-
letto," "Cosi fan Tutte," "Car-
men," "Cavalleria Rusticana" and
"Oon Carlo." He also appeared in
"Elijah" with the Philharmonic
Society of New York.
Several years after his Met de-
but, Tucker toured Italy winning
the enthusiastic acclaim of the
critical audiences. So great was
his success that Arturo Toscanini
chose him in the spring of 1942 to
sing the role of Rhadames in the
now historic broadcasts of "Aida"
with the NBC Symphony.
* * *
THE 36 year old tenor was born
and educated in Brooklyn. Re-
cently he was awarded an "Oscar"
by Youth United, an organization
which honors leading Brooklyn ci-
tizens.
Father of three sons, Tucker
lives a quiet family life when not
on tour. Both his wife and sons
are fond of music and the family
arranges frequent quartets with
Mrs. Tucker handling the scores.
Sink Delivers
Messa ge To
Concertgoers
Following is the annual mes-
sage from Charles A. Sink, presi-
dent of the University Musical
Society:
GREETINGS:
Great orchestras, other ensem-
ble groups, and distinguished solo-
ists both vocal and instrumental,
will be heard in twenty-six major
musical programs during the Uni-
versity year.
Ten concerts are included in
the traditional Choral Union Ser-
ies; five in the Extra Cocert Ser-
ies, nrvded more especiat-v for
students; two performances of
Hanoel's "Messiah" at Ch'stmas-
time; three concerts by the Buda-
pest String Quartet in the Cham-
ber Music Festival in February;
and the annual May Festival of
six concerts in May.
In these combined series a
wide range of substantial mu-
sic will be performed by artists
and groups of recognized artis-
tic worth. Programs of diversity,
representative of many schools
of composition of practically all
periods, wil be included.
In building these programs,
careful attention is given, not
only to each concert, but to te
general continuity of programs
and works offered throughout the
year. At the same time, an effort
is made to avoid duplication of
numbers or repetition at too fre-
quent intervals.
A perusal of the composite
repertoire for an entire season
reveals many interesting facts.
The number and variety of com-
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Szell To Lead

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Cleveland in
Hill Concert
One of the busiest musical or-
ganizations in America, the Cleve-
land Orchestra will appear in Hill
Auditorium November 9.
Conducted by George Szell, the
orchestra is currently celebrating
its 35th anniversary season with
an annual tour and more than 150
local concerts.
STARTING OUT in the autumn
of 1918 with performances in
Gray's Armory in Cleveland, the
orchestra developed into an or-
ganization of 100 of the finest or-
chestral musicians in the country
and extended its season to 30
weeks. A further growth was in the
Children's concerts, the Sunday
afternoon "Twilight" concerts and
summer "Pops" concerts.
The Cleveland Orchestra's
unique series of educational con-
certs are emulated throughout
America. Some 60,000 children
attend these concerts annually
in Cleveland, and several thou-
sand more attend the children's
concerts that the orchestra
gives on tour in the afternoons
before the regular concerts.
The Cleveland Orchestra is one
of the few symphony orchestras to
own the hall in which it plays.
Severance Hall, the $3,000,000
home of the Cleveland Orchestra
is the gift of the noted philanthro-
pist, John Long Severance. Own-
ing its own hall enables an orches-
tra to be secure in planning its
activities far ahead and to arrange
its concert and rehearsal sched-
ules at its own convenience.

Boston Pops
To Visit Hill
Next Spring
Famous Group
On Initial' Tour
Appearing in person for the
first time outside its native city,
the Boston POPS Orchestra will
be heard by Ann Arbor audiences
on March 23 in Hill Auditorium.
Originally founded in 1885, the
Boston POPS follows the regular
winter season of the Boston Sym-
phony Orchestra. When spring
comes, the orchestra's concert hall
is re-decorated, seats are remov-
ed and tables and chairs put in.
THEN FOR two months, Fied-
ler leads the orchestra six nights
a week in popular classics, march-
es and latest Broadway hit tunes,
while audiences eat and drink as
they listen to the music.
The name POPS some say
grew from the popping of cham-
pagne corks which interspersed
the music as Bostonians, seated
at tables, listened to these spring
concerts.
Fiedler himself is an example of
a man who combines serious mu-
sical talents with a spark for light
music and fun. An habitual fire
chaser, he is a member of the
Boston Fire and Police Depart-
ments and is honorary Fire Chief
in over 20 cities. His convertible,
which he drives with the top down
even in Boston winters, is equip-
ped with short wave and a siren.
Lay Plans for
May Festival
Six concerts in the sixtieth an-
nual May Festival series will be
presented this year in Hill Audi-
torium on May 1, 2 and 3.
ncluded on the concert programs
will be the Philadelphia Orches-
tra conducted by Eugene Orman-I
dy with Alexander Hilsberg as
guest conductor, and the Univer-
sity Choral Union with Thor John-
son as guest conductor and Lester
McCoy as associate .conductor.
The Festival Youth Chorus with
Marguerite Hood conducting will
also be heard. Soloists for the con-
certs will be announced later.
Ticket orders with remittances
will be accepted and filed in se-
que.ice beginning on December 1,
1952. Prices for season tickets are
$9 for Block B tickets, $8 for seats
in Block b and $11 for unclaimed
tickets in Block A.

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Gershwin,'Pops'
Orchestras Slated
Choral Union Also Offers Lengthy
List of Famed Soloists, Choruses
Two musical attractions new to Ann Arbor audiences will this
year share the Hill Auditorium concert stage with a top-level list of
orchestras, vocalists, pianists, violinists and choruses presented by
the Choral Union Series.
The Gershvin Concert Orchestra and the Boston "Pops" Tour
Orchestra will be brought to Ann Arbor for the first time in -the regu-
lar series and extra series' 74th season.
.* * * *
ON MARCH 2, the Gershwin Orchestra, a newly organized tour
group, will appear on the regular series. Conducted by young Lorin
Maazel, the program offers a comprehensive selection of Gershwin's
lively songs, musical comedy exerpts and orchestral and piano works.
Another new name on Choral Union programs is that of the
Boston "Pops" Tour Orchestra. With Arthur Fiedler conducting,
the orchestra which is familiar "

THE BUDAPEST STRING QUARTET
Budapest String Quartet
'To Apear in February

New Group
Plays Music
Oif Gershwin

The Budapest String Quartet which appears here in February'
has often been called by critics the finest exponent of the delicate and
exacting art of chamber music.
Members of the quartet, Joseph Roisman, first violin, Jac Goro-
detzsky, second violin, Mischa Schneider, violincello and Boris Kroyt,
viola are not Hungarian as most people take for granted. They are
Russians by birth, and are now all American citizens. None of them
comes from Budapest.
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HOWEVER, THE historic name of the group is justified because

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BRAZILIAN SOPRANO:
Choral Union Concert
To Feature Bidu Sayao

Polish Pianist
To Play Here
In 15th Tour
Artur Rubinstein, superlative
pianist and indefatigable traveler,
will appear in Hill Auditorium
March 12 in the course of his
fifteenth consecutive tour of the
United States.
Known for his love of touring
as well as for his illustrious pian-
ism, the "king of pianists" began
his current series of 60 American
performances after returning in
mid-December from a three-
month concert tour of Europe and
Israel.
UNDER A SCHEDULE compar-
able only to a political campaign-
er's, Rubinstein played 20 con-
certs in 20 days in Israel and per-
formed 25 times in five countries
in his Europe tour.
His extensive career - from
child prodigy to master pian-
ist - has taken him over some
two million miles to every coun-
try in the world except Tibet.
The Polish-born musician has
accumulated many critical ac-
claims during his half-century
piano career. One of the most flat-
tering was written by a New York
critic after a recent concert:
"About one pianist in 10,000 or
more reaches a state of perfec-
tion when critics can only sit back
and admire. Artur Rubinstein has
reached that sparsely populated
state."
But his reviewers have not al-
ways been overwhelmed with ad-
miration. The biggest hurdle of
his musical career came in Rubin-
stein's youth when he struggled
to shed the immaturity which had
accompanied his prodigious early
career. A Boston reviewer labelled
Rubinstein after one of his first
American concerts "half-baked;
not a prodigy, not an adult."
* *
THE PIANIST consequently took
a few years from what was earlier
and later incessant touring and
studied his way to musical ma-
turity.
Today as then, Rubinstein
keeps in close touch with the
world's musical great. The one-
time friend of Joachim. Pader-

>the quartet originally started out
with a full-fledged Hungarian
membership and toured the Uni-
ted States and Europe in the 1920's.
The present members of the
quartet, all of whom are at the
height of their careers, boast
rich and varied musical back-
grounds previous to joining the
quartet.
Their playing together has earn-
ed praise for matchless perfection
and they are in such demand that
since their American debut in
1930, their concert engagements
have. grown into an annual sche-
dule of oyer a hundred concerts,
twenty-four of which are held in
the Library of Congress.
Official headquarters of the
quartet are located in Washing-
ton, D.C. where the group makes
use of the Library of Congress'
millions of music books and manu-
scripts and rehearse daily on the
Stradivari instruments owned by
the library.
The Budapest four play with
the warmest understanding pf
their scores, the subtlest of team
work and an* almost incredible
matching of tone. Their playing
has always earned unanimous
praise for sheer matchless perfec-
tion.
The repertoire of the quartet
embraces all types and schools. In
addition to the classics which ev-
erywhere are taken for granted,
they include generous offerings of
contemporary American chamber
music.

Gershwin festivals have been a
popular entertainment medium for
fifteen years following the Ameri-
can composer's death, but a trav-
eling Gershwin Festival is some-
thing new to the nation and to
Ann Arbor concert-goers.
Appearing at Hill Auditorium
in the March 2 Choral Union pro-
gram, the Gershwin Concert Or-
chestra will present a festival of
lively Gershwin songs and influ-
ential symphonic works.
-* * * *
THE COMPREHENSIVE pro-
gram will be presented by an or-
chestra of 25 members led by
young conductor Lorin Maazel.
Most illustrious of the three solo-
ists is pianist Jesus Maria San-
roma, friend of Gershwin and
popularizer of his "Rhapsody in
Blue" and Concerto in F. Two vo-
calists, Carolyn Long and Theodor
Uppman, will offer several groups
of tuneful, witty Gershwin songs.
Standard program selections in-
clude: an overture of Gershwin
melodies; vocal groups made up of
favorites like "Somebody Loves
Me," "The Man I Love," "S'Won-.
derful," and "I Got Rhythm"; a
duet from "Porgy and Bess"; and
three orchestral works illustrating
Gershwin's use of the jazz idiom
in symphonic form-"Rhapsody in
Blue," the Piano Concerto in F,
and "An American in Paris."
EACH OF THE performing ar-
tists is distinguished for his in-
terest in Gershwin music and
ability to interpret the lively
Sanroma, of Catalan back-
ground, Puerto Rican birth and
New England upbringing, is a
staunch advocate of modern
music.
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to millions through recordings,
radio and television, will now
be heard in person for the first
time outside its home city.
Remaining concert series pro-
grams comprise an imposing list
of varied performers, most of
whom have already made Ann
Arbor debuts.
Opening the regular series on
October 8 will be Richard Tucker
leading tenor of the Metropolitan
Opera who is in constant demand
for concert, oratorio, records and
radio programs.
* * *
BRINGING beauty and great
artistry to the concert series will
be messo-soprano Rise Stevens
who will inaugurate the extra ser-
ies on Oct. 17. Acclaimed all over
the world as a star in opera, con-
cert, motion pictures, television
and recordings, she has made over
seventy major records and has
been heard by millions.
Yehudi Menuhin, whose ma-
gic violin will be heard in Ans.
Arbor on Oct. 22, startled the
musical world as a little boy
when he made his debut in Car-
negie Hall.
The second concert in the extra
series on Nov. 9 will feature the
Cleveland Orchestra, one of the
busiest in the United States.
George Szell, the famous conduc-
tor of the orchestra is the fourth
great leader who has helped raise
the symphony to a place among
the great symphonic institutions
of the world.
The Danish National Orches-
tra's first national tour, which will
come through Ann Arbor on Nov.
13 will be conducted by Erik Tux-
en, known in America because of
his guest appearances with the
Philadelphia, C l e v e l a n d and
Washington Orchestras.
FIRST PIANIST to appear in
Hill Auditorium this -season will
be Vladimir Horowitz who appears
on Nov. 19 as part of his twenty-
fifth concert tour of the United
States.
Claudio Arrau, distinguished
Chilean pianist, will be presented
in Ann Arbor for the second time
when he appears on the extra ser-
ies Nov. 25.

Minneapolis
Symphony
To Perfornm
The Minneapolis Symphony Or-
chestra, conducted by Antal Dor-
ati, which will appear at Hill Au-
ditorium on Feb. 12, has the dis-
tinction of being the only major
orchestra in America to have its
home on the campus of a great
university.
Northrop Auditorium, on the
University of Minnesota campus,
is dedicated to the memory of
Cyrus W. Northrup, second presi-
dent of the University and is the
location for performances given
to the largest concert audiences in
America.
THE PRESENCE of the orches-
tra on the campus has given the
university numerous cultural ad-
vantages. Among these is the spe-

Bidu Sayao, petite Brazilian
soprano star of three continents,
will present the fifth in the series
of Choral Union concerts Dec. 1
in Hill Auditorium.
The vivacious red-haired singer
will appear in Ann Arbor in the
course of a concert tour which will
take her from coast to coast twice
in two round trips, through 30
of the 48 states.
ONE OF THE greatest concert
attractions in the country, Mme.
Sayao has been acclaimed in most
of the great opera houses in the
Americas and Europe, from La
Scala in Milan to Rio's Teatre
Colon and the Metropolitan Opera
House. In addition she has achiev-
ed success on the recital stage, as
soloist with orchestra, and on
radio and television.
She is also known for her
recordings, and has recorded
albums of her most famous
operatic arias, plus some exotic
Brazilian folk songs which she
has popularized in the United
States.
The diminutive star was born
into one of the oldest families in
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sey's Blessed Damozel with the
New York Philharmonic Sym-
phony. An engagement at the
Metropolitan followed the next
year.
She now spends most of her
time in the United States; she
has bought a house on the coast
of Maine where she spends sum-
mers relaxing with her hobbies

RETURNS TO HILL:
Stevens To Open Extra Concerts

Rise Stevens, world famous mez-
zo soprano, will return to Ann Ar-
bor this fall to open the Extra
Concert Series at Hill Auditorium
on October 17.
Miss Stevens, who sang during
the annual May Festival this
spring, is recognized as the out-
standing Carmen in the world to-
day. Aside froni the fame gain-
ed from this role she has achieved
success off the stage in movies, on
radio and television and on
records.
HER SUCCESS story is one of
hard work and gradual progress.
After studying at the Julliard
School of Music on scholarship
for a year she trie dout with the
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* * *

MISS STEVENS success with
the Met is mirrored in the fact
that she is the biggest Met at-
traction today. She holds the hon-
or of having sung the greatest
number of starring roles at the
Met in one season in the entire
Metropolitan. Opera history.
"Der Rosenkavalier" was her
first big success with the Met.
Later roles as Hansel in "Hansel
and Gretel" and Cherubino in
"The Marriage of Figaro" built
her up as a good actress easily
masqueraded as a boy credible
to the general audience.
Miss Stevens finally broke the
type created about her by singing
the lead in "Carmen." Her success

cialOpera season featuring the
Metropolitan Opera Company of
New York which the orchestra
and the university join in bringing
to the campus.
Besides appearances on the
campus, the Minneapolis Sym-
phony is noted as one of the
most widely traveled orchestras
in America, and actually plays
to more patrons on tour each
year than it does at home.
In an ordinary season the or-
chestra on tour gives about 70
concerts in more than 50 towns
and cities for the enjoyment of
more than 150,000 patrons in the
United States, Canada and Cuba.
This record is a far cry from the
orchestras original tour in 1906
which included only a couple of
towns close to Minneapolis.
* * *
OUTSTANDING le a d e r s h.i p
throughout its existence is credit-
ed with raising the Minneapolis
Symphony to the distinguished po-
sition it holds today. Antal Dor-
ati, who became conductor during
the 1949-1950 season, is the fifth
in the line of noted conductors
who have served the orchestra.
He has devoted his entire life
to music. Now slightly past 42,
Dorati has been a conductor for
more than 25 years, and has
conducted the greatest of the
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