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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1952

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1952 PAGE THREE
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EXTRA SERIES SOLOIST:
Chilean Pianist Arrau
Noted for Big Repertoire

If Chilean pianist Claudio Ar-
rau who will appear on Tuesday,
Nov. 5 in the Extra Concert Series,
started playing everything he
knew by heart, the fortunate au-
dience would sit through a con-
cert lasting 76 evenings.
If they waited a little longer,
they tould listen to him perform
the 63 orchestral works in his re-
pertoire.
NOT THAT the renowned vir-
tuoso goes around giving 76 day
concerts-although in the more
than 500 concerts he has given in
the United States and the thous-
ands more performed while tour-
ing five continents, he has had
t occasion to run through his huge
repertoire many times.
Arrau is at present making
his twelfth transcontinental
tour of the U.S. and Canada,
which makes one every year
since his triumphant Carnegie
Hall debut in 1941.
' Since then he has played with
every major orchestra in the coun-
try and received rave reviews.
* *
HOWEVER, HIS reputation was
made before he ever stepped
through the gates at Bedloes Is-
land. After leaving for Germany,
where he was sent by the Chilean
government to study piano, he
gradually built up an unequalled
record.
'He brought German audiences
to their feet and toured Europe,
winning, in 1925, the Interna-
tional Concours of Pianists in
Switzerland.
The Russian government even
brought him all the way to Moscow
in 1934 and '35, paying for the
trip in jewels and furs.
A m o n g Arrau's greatest
achievements are a full month
of appearances in Eondon where,
he gave all Beethoven's 32 Son-
atas and the Diabelli Variations
in 16 broadcasts over BBC's
famed Third Program.
This was the first time the Beet-
hoven cycle has been played in
London by a major pianist since
the late, great Artur Schnabel per-
formed the feat in the early '30's.
* * *
IN AN accomplishment no Ger-
man pianist has ever reached, Ar-
ran played all of Bach's works for
the keyboard in a series of 12 re-
citals in a row in Berlin.
Arrau has achieved public ac-
claim in all of the continents he
has toured-Europe, North and
South America, Australia and New

Zealand. Last year he began mak-
ing some inroads on Asia when
he performed in Israel, where he
was so popular that tickets to his
concerts were rationed at the box-
office.
Although this was an unusual
incident, the man who was called
by the Manchester "Guardian"
the "greatest of the great pianists"
will probably continue thrilling
audiences all over the world with
his pianistic achievements.
* * *

Messiah Will
Be Included
In Concerts
December 6, 7
Set for Oratorio
One of the University's major
attractions of the pre-Christmas
season is the annual presentation
of Handel's Messiah which will be
given December 6 and 7 in Hill
Auditorium.
Nancy Carr, Eunice Alberts, Da-
vid Lloyd and James Pease are the
star soloists scheduled to appear
in the religious oratorio.
* * *
THE UNIVERSITY Choral Un-
ion, organist Mary McCall Stub-
bins and the Musical Society Or-
chestra under the direction of
Lester McCoy will also be featured
in the performance.
A familiar face to University
concert audiences is soprano
Nancy Carr who has appeared
locally in the Messiah for sev- -
eral years. She is best known for
her many performances on the
Chicago Theater of the Air. Miss
Carr is a graduate of the Ameri-
can Conservatory of Music in
Chicago.
Contralto Eunice Alberts was
chosen by Serge Koussevitsky to
make her debut as soloist with the
Boston Symphony in 1946 while a
student at the Berkshire Music
Center at Tanglewood. Since then
she has sung with such orchestras
as the Cincinnati Symphony, the
Buffalo Philharmonic, the Nation-
al Symphony of Washington, D.C.
and the San Antonio Symphony.
* * *
DAVID LLOYD, tenor, got his
start on a musical career shortly
after being discharged from the
navy when he won the annual
"Voice of Tomorrow" contest
sponsored by the Philadelphia In-
quirer. Versatile Lloyd has sung in
every musical field-concert, op-
era, oratorio and as soloist with
orchestra. He has been a member
of the New York City Opera since
1950 when he made his debut as
David in "Die Meistersinger."
A career in law was passed up
by bass baritone James Pease for
a career in music. On the same day
he won a scholarship at Philadel-
phia's Academy of Vocal Arts and
passed his exams for admittance
to the Indiana Bar. After two
years of study he made his profes-
sional debut with the Philadelphia
Opera Company. He has appeared
annually as a member of the New
York City, Chicago, Pittsburgh
and New Orleans Opera Compan-
ies.

Vladimir Horowitz, concert pi-
anist, who will appear at Hill Au-
ditorium on Nov. 19, believes that
the best audiences in the wori~d
are to be found in the colleges of
America.
In his twenty-two seasons of
coixertizing in the United States,
Morowitz has received the impres-
sion the college audiences are "the
most spoiled and unspoiled audi-
ences one could find."
* * *
HE BELIEVES they are "spoiled
in the sense that in most instances
they have at their disposal the
best in music, art and literature-
unspoiled in that they are willing
to try to understand and to ac-
cept any composition which is per-
formed for them."
Horwitz's phenomenal career
did not start with his being pro-
claimed a child prodigy. Born in
Russia in 1904, he began taking
piano 'lessons from his mother
at the age of six. It was she who
unveiled his talent and saw to it
.that he received the solid foun-
dation which Horowitz today
claims is "all important in good
musicianship,"
Graduating from the Kiev Con-
servatory with highest , honors,

mark the 25th anniversary of Hor-
owitz's debut in the United States.
His first American appearance was
in 1926 when he appeared as solo-
ist with the New York Philhar-
monic Symphony Orchestra play-
ing the Tchaikovsky B-flat minor
Concerto. Twenty years later, in
1948 he again played the same
concerto with the New York Phil-
harmonic, and will commemorate
his 25th anniversary by repeating
it next year with the Philharmonic
under Sir Thomas Beecham.
Besides his musicianship, Hor-
owitz is famous for his genius
in planning programs for his re-
citals. "A good program," says
he, "is one which brings emo-
tional, spiritual and intellectual
satisfactions to every member
of the audience."
Programs for his recitals are
devised on the same basis on
which a composer plans a sym-
phony - an introduction, main
body with a climax at just the pro-
per moment followed by an ef-
fective conclusion. He spends
many hours balancing and analyz-
Ing his music and arranging it in
a pattern designed to satisfy the
greatest number of audiences.

VLADIMIR HOROWITZ
... piano virtuoso
* It
Horowitz made his formal debut in
1920 in Kharkov, Russia where the
success of his concert marked the
beginning; of his spectacular car-
eer.
His first recitals in Europe out-
side of Russia made him a cele-
brity uvernight, with concert en-
gagements pouring in from all
sides.
* * *
THE COMING year, 1953 will

Horowitz Praises College Audiences

BOY SONGSTERS:
Vienna Choir To Sing
Here in Tenth U.S. Tour

CLAUDIO ARRAU
... Chilean pianist

The famous Vienna Choir Boys
will appear in a concert at Hill
Auditorium on Friday, January
16, in the course of their tenth
American tour.
The group of more than twenty
youngsters, aged seven to twelve,
from Vienna's historic Konvikt
School, founded by Imperial decree
Accoutstically
Perfect Hall
Seats 4500
Hill Auditorium, University con-
cert and lecture hall, while being
architecturally beautiful, is also
acoustically perfect.
Scientifically designed by De-
troit architect, Albert Kahn, the
auditorium is built on the prin-
ciple of the headlights of a loco-
motive. From the paraboloid
shape, direct and indirect sound
waves reach the ears of the hearer
simultaneously, making a perfect
sound.
* *
COMPLETED IN the spring of.
1913, the auditorium is named for
Arthur Hill, a member of the
Board of Regents who was inter-'
ested in concerts and gave the
funds for the new hall which seats
4500 persons..
Previous to the building of
Hill Auditorium, concerts were
held at University Hall which
stood where the new Angell
Hall now stands, It was very
unsatisfactory because of the
narrow aisles and meager facil-
ities.
At the time of its construction,
Hill Auditorium was the first
large auditorium in the country
and considered to be one of the
best, since it was copied many
times. Artists loved to appear at
Hill and noted pianist, Paderew-
ski, called it "the finest auditor-
ium in the world."
450pesn *
THE FIRST event to take place
ip the newly completed auditor-
eum was the 1913 May Festival.
The house was filled to capacity.
people to enjoy concerts. Each De-
cember, two performances of the
"Messiah" are necessary to ac-
commodate everyone.
Two years ago, Hill Auditorium
was remodeled. It was decorated
completely, new comfortable seats
were put in and carpets were laid
to lessen noise.

452 years ago, recently arrived in
the United States after concertiz-
ing in Europe. High point of their
activities was their appearance at
the International Bach Festival in
Vienna.
* * *
THE SCHOOL has three choirs
on tour. This is the third unit to
appear here since the war. The
rotation system allows each boy
in the school an opportunity to
visit each country on the choir's
itinerary at least once.
The concert, divided into
three parts, will open with a
group of sacred songs written in
the sixteenth and seventeenth
centuries. After a brief inter-
mission, some of the boys will
change from sailor suits to high-
heeled shoes, dresses and wigs
for costume operetta. The pro-
gram will conclude with secular
music and folk songs.
The troups of more than 20
boys, seven to twelve years old, was
originally established by Maximil-
ian I in 1498. Subsidized by the
Hapsburgs until the first World
War, the group has included such
names as Schubert and Haydn.
THE BOYS are housed and re-
ceive not only training -in music
but in all scholastic subjects.
Headquarters of the choir is a
former Imperial palace.
In 1926, the choir initiated tours
which took it throughout Europe.
It , was brought to the United
States in 1932 by Impresario S.
Hurok and they have visited here
annually until 1938.
The old adage, "boys will be
boys" applies to these angel-
voiced youngsters as much as to
any average American boy.
However, to someone watching
them on the stage, they appear
always to epitomize the courte-
sies of a past culture.
Under the supervision of their
Rector, choral master and nurse,
the Vienna Choir Boys make use
of their United States tour to
learn new customs and comple-
ment their German and Latin vo-
cabularies with many American
phrases.
* * *
AFTER THE SMALL RATION
of milk they had been accustomed
to, the unlimited varieties of ice
cream to which -the boys were in-
troduced here made them indulge
their stomachs more than was
good for voice or digestion. Com-
pared to Austrian milk, American
ice cream was too rich for them
to digest easily.

New Orchestra
Honors Music
Of Gershwin
(Continued from Page 1)
Young soprano Carolyn Long
turned down professional offers
during the war to sing Gershwin
songs to thte armed forces at
camps, hospitals and naval train-
ing stations. She has a record of
many concert performances and
noteworthy opera appearances be-
hind her.
Recent soloist in Benjamin
Britten's new opera "Billy Budd,"
baritone Theodor Uppman is en-
thusiastic about his latest innova-
tion in appearing with the Gersh-
win Concert Orchestra.
Conductor Lorin Maazel has
been praised by both Leopold Sto-
kowski and Serge Koussevitzky for
his gifted performances. He too
is an ardLnt Gershwin enthusiast
and enjoys Rresenting the compos.
er's music in many facets-songs,
symphonic works, and opera ex-
erpts.

THE WORLD FAMOUS TROUPE OF VIENNA CHOIR BOYS

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