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Violin Soloist
Erica Morim
To Perform
Extra Concert Series
To Feature Noted
Woman Artist Oct. 12
Veteran of many international
tours, Erica Morini, noted violinist
will perform in the Extra Concert
Series on Oct. 12.
The famed musician is replac-
ing Guiomar Novaes who was or-
iginally scheduled to perform
here on that date.
* * *
MISS MORINI, who made her
professional debut when she was
eight years old has many times
toured the nation appearing with
nearly every major symphony or-
chestra on the continent.,.
Playing her first orchestral
engagement under the nearly
legendary figure among conduc-
tors, Nikisch, the violinist came
to the United States when she
was in her early teens. She
made her debut in Carnegie Hall
and was an immediate success.
The young musician was term-
ed "peer of the greatest of her
male colleagues."
Returning to Europe, Miss Mo-
rini spent seven years giving per-
formances in Australia, in the
Orient and in Europe.
Since her return to the United
States she has toured the coun-
try more than 15 times. She is
currently thearegular soloist each
season with the New York Phil-
harmonic Symphony both in its
' winter series in Carnegie Hall and
in its summer series at the Lew-
isohn Stadium.
UNIVERSALLY recognzed as
the world's greatest living woman
violinist, Miss Mrini's career has
included more than 1,000 solo per-
formances with the world's fore-
most symphony orchestras.1
At present she divides he- time
betweep annual tours both of
North America and of Europe.
Included on the program of Oc-
tober 12 will be "Larghetto" by
Handel, "Praeludium and Alleg-
ro" by Pugnani-Kreisler, and
Bruch's "Concerto in G minor,
Op. 26."
Also on the program will be
Brahms' "Sonata in D minor, Op.
108," Godard's "Canzonetta," Wie-
niawski's "Valse Caprice," and
"Faust Waltz" by Sarasate.
Sde Paur Unit
To Present
FaR Concert
One of the first important mu-
sical attractions to develop from
World War II, the dePaur Infan-
try Chorus will make its second
appearance on campus at 8:30
p.m. Nov. 24.
Originating in 1942, a group of
men from the 372nd Infantry
banded together to become one of
the major Army entertainment
groups during the war.
* *

Anderson To Perform
In Extra Concert Series
Termed "the high priestess of song" by the New York Times,
singer Marian Anderson will be heard at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 in
Hill Auditorium. *
Born in Philadelphia, the fourth performer in the Choral Union
extra Concert Series early showed signs of extraordinary gifts, sing-
ing in the church choir and frequently filling in for an absent soprano
or bass.
* * r *
WITH THE AID of her teachers, Miss Anderson received schol-

arships for study until her debut
with the New York Philharmonic
Several years later, she toured
Europe on a Rosenwald Fellow-
ship. The contralto's trip
through the Scandinavian coun-
tries proved to be the wind
which whirled her into the mu-
sical spotlight.
Finnish composer Sibelius not-
ed that "the roof of my house is
too low for your voice.
Carrying an armload of white
lilacs in mid-winter, Moscow Art
Theater director Standislavsky
begged her to sing in his produc-
tion of "Carmen."
IN PARIS that summer, Impre-
serio S. Hurok heard Miss Ander-
son sing for the first time and the
contract for her return to Amer-
ica was signed the next day.
In December, 1935, the con-
tralto sang a concert at Town
Hall in New York. Critic Olin
Downes prophesied "The public
will look to her for a great
Probably the world's most hon-
ored artist, Miss Anderson added
four awards to her many trophies
during 1952. King Gustav Adolph
of Sweden presented her with the
coveted "Litteris et Artibus" med-
al, the Federation of Jewish Wom-
en's Organizations named her
"Woman of Achievement," Phila-
delphia's Newspaper Guild made
the contralto therecipient of
its "Page One Award," and Mo-
ravia College conferred on the
singer her fifth honorary degree.
The noted contralto has been
honored by governments, organi-
zations, universities and cities, in-
cluding Philadelphia, her home
city, whose $10,000 Bok Award was
used to establish a foundation that
has , already given assistance to
47 young artists.
* * *
RECENTLY she returned from
an extensive good-will tour of Ko-
rea and the Orient where she sang
for troops of the United Nations.
Frank Rupp, who will accom-
pany Miss Anderson at her re-
cital has played more than 575
concerts with the famous contral-

14 Soloists
To Appear
With Fasano
The Virtuosi di Roma, termed
by Arturo Toscanini "the greatest
instrumental ensemble of this
age" will perform as part of the
Choral Union series Nov. 2.
Composed of 14 Italian musi-
cians, each of whom is a virtuoso
in his own right, the group is
under the direction of Renato
* * *
INCLUDED in the chamber or-
chestra are six violins, two violas,
two cellos, a contrabass, a flute
and a piano brought together by
conductor-pianist-composer ,Fasi-
no into a group whose purpose it
is to play a repertoire notable for
its variety of approach and scope.
Featuring the music of the
little-known composer Vivaldi,
the group has as its core a col-
lection of Italian music which
embraces many generations and
extends up to the present one.
Brought together several years
ago in Italy, the group made its
first appearance on the New York
concert scene in the fall of 1950.
Following this -appearance, the
company made a transcontinental
tour in 1952. Its present Ann Ar-
bor engagement is a part 'Ofits
third tour of the United States.
* * *
MEMBERS of the group have
been integrated to form a unit
of exceptional smoothness and
scope. At the same time care has
been taken to insure that each
of the virtuosi, although his tal-
ent is for the most part subdued,
can step 'out to play a solo with
complete ease.
Fasino has performed in con-
certs all over Europe, and between
1944 and 1947 he was the director
of the National Academy of St. Ce-
celia in Rome and of the Aggusteo
Fasino, who organized the
group, was born in Naples and at
present is the youngest director
of one of the 12 national con-
servatories in Italy. He has per-

Sink Issues
Annual Note
To Audience
Seventy-five years ago a small
group of music enthusiasts from
the faculty and student bodies of
the University and others from
several of the local church choirs
joined in the organization of the
Choral Union and the incorpora-
tion of the University Musical
This year the Society is cele-
brating its diamond jubilee sea-
TWENTY-SIX major concerts
are included 'in the several series.
The most outstanding ensemble
groups as well as soloists, both
vocal and instrumental, are en-
gaged; and are heard in programs
which will involve a wide reper-
toire of music compositions. This
general program is a far cry from
the meager offerings of those early
Without a break, through
wars, depressions and recession,
the Board of Directors has car-
ried on. The Board now takes
modest pride in its past accom-
plishments; and in doing so, de-
sires to express sincere appre-
ciation to patrons far and wide,
to music lovers generally, and
to the press, for their sympa-
thetic and understanding co-
operation through the years.
It is hoped that programs of
this jubilee season will not only
measure up to, buts will surpass in
importance those preceding it. For
only thus can substantial progress
be made.
The Board of Directors is ever
mindful of the legend adopted by
the founders-"Ars Longa Vita
Charles S. Sink, President
Hay Festival
To Celebrate
61st Birthday
The University's sixty-first an-
nual May Festival to be presented
on April 29, 30, May 1, 2 will con-
sist of a series of six concerts.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
conducted by Eugene Ormandy,
the University Choral Union with
Thor Johnson as guest conduc-
tor and Lester McCoy, associate
conductor and the Festival Youth
Chorus under the direction of
Marguerite Hood are scheduled for
Concert soloists will be an-
nounced at a later date.

Peters To Open
Season October 7
Boston Symphony Scheduled Next
With Concert Two Weeks Later
During the diamond jubilee season of the Choral Union Series 10
regular concerts and five extra programs will be presented.
Coloratura soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Roberta Peters
will make her Ann Arbor debut at the first concert of the season Oct.
7. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch conducting,
will make its annual pilgrimage to the campus Oct. 22, and the
Virtuosi Di Roma, a group of 14 outstanding Italian instrumental
performers will give a chamber music program Nov. 2.
ON NOV. 24, Leonard de Paur will bring his Infantry Chorus to
Ann Arbor: After the holiday vacation period, Sir Ernest MacMillan
will conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 10.
Viennese pianist Paul Badura-Skoda will give a recital Feb.
17 and on Feb. 28, Metropolitan Opera Association bass Geore
London will be heard.
Distinguished Greek soprano of
the Metropolitan Opera Elena I .-

* *
Soprano Roberta Peters
To Make Campus Debut

A Cinderella prima donna of
three years ago, Roberta Peters,
coloratura soprano of the Metro-
politan Opera, will make her Ann
Arbor debut in the opening Choral
Union Series Concert Oct. 7.
Miss Peters, a diminutive, blue-
eyed soprano, first stepped into the
international limelight in Novem-
ber, 1950 when at the age of 20 she
scored a triumph in her Met debut,
pinch-hitting for an ailing prima'
donna on a few hours' notice.
SUBSEQUENT triumphs at the
opera in major roles, on television
and on the air, have securely estab-
lished her as one of the brightest
figures on the American musical
On her program will be Scar-
latti's "Qual Farfalletta aman-
te," Caccini's "Amarilli, mia
bella," Mozart's "Der Holle
Rache" from "The Magic Flute,"
Handel's "Sweet Bird" from "II
Pensieroso," and Rossini's "The
Alpine Shepherdess."
Miss Peters will also sing Viar-
dot's "Dites, Que Faute-il Faire?"
Bishop's "Lo! Here the Gentle
Lark," and Bravura Variations by
A. Adams.
After intermission the program
will continue with Schubert's "Der
Hirt auf dem Felsen," Debussy's
"Romance," Moret's "Nelumbo,"
Poulenc's "Air Vif," and Rachman-
inoff's "Songs of Grusia." The
soprano will also sing Scott's

Daily Reviews Concert in 1900

"Blackbird's Song," Watts' "Little
Shepherd's Song," and Stravin-
sky's "Quietly, Night," from "The
Rakes Progress.
The program will conclude with
Strauss' "Grossmachtige Prinzes-
sin from "Ariadne auf Naxos."
S* * *
IN HER three Metropolitan sea-
sons -she has won a place among
the company's front-rank singers
and has also scored in London's
Covent Garden, where Sir Thomas
Beecham starred her in the Fes-
tival of Britain performances of
"The Bohemian Girl."
Currently in her fourth sea-
son at the Metropolitan, the 23-
year-old coloratura, will be
starred as Rosina in the new
production of "The Barber of
Seville." It was in such roles as
Gilda in "Rigoletto," Laurette in
"Gianni Schicchi," the Queen
of the Night in "The Magic
Flute" and Sophie in "Der Ros-
enkavalier" that Miss Peters
soon established herself as one
of the nation's foremost so-
As a coloratura soprano Miss
Peters follows the singing tradi-
tion of such great coloraturas as
Jenny Lind, Patti, Tetrazzini, Mel-
ba, Galli-Curci, Lily Pons and
most recently Patrice Munsel.
* * *
BORN IN the Bronx the fairy-
tale soprano spent most of her
life preparing for a musical ca-
reer in opera.
Prior to her spectacular debut in
November 1950 the Peter's name
was still practically unknown to
the musical world for the very
good reason that she had sung only
in her teacher's studio.
Called in at the last minute to
replace the soprano scheduled to
sing Zerlina in "Don Giovanni"
Miss Peters was immediately hail-
ed as a great musical discovery.
Her concert in Hill Auditorium
on October 7 will inaugurate the
75th annual series of Choral Union
concerts and will be the first of
ten in the series.
Szell To Lead
Extra Series
Hill Concert
Slated for a Hill Auditorium
performance on Nov. 8 as a fea-
ture of the Extra Concert Series,
the Cleveland Symphony Orches-
tra is preparing now to launch
its 36th season.
Czech-born George Szell, be-
ginning his seventh year on the
Cleveland podium, is a major
drawing card to the symphony's
concerts. Termed by a New York
magazine review as "exciting,
thorough and unorthodox" Szell
is agreed to have fulfilled his
promise, upon assuming the con-
ductorship, that " a new leaf will

Nikolaidi will perform March 12.^
Rounding out the Choral Union
Series schedule, Dame Myra Hess,
eminent British pianist will give a
recital, March 17,
*. * *
IN THE eighth annual Extra
Concert Series, five programs will
be presented. The series will be-
gin, Oct. 12 with Erica Morini,
Following Miss- Morini on
Nov. 8, George Szell will con-
duct a concert by the Cleveland;
Orchestra on Nov. 30, the Guard
Republican Band of Paris under
the direction of Francois-Julien
Brun, will be heard in one of its
few American concerts this year.
After the Christmas yacation,
Marian Anderson will perform Jan.
10 and on March 4, the Boston
Pops Tour Orchestra conducted by
Arthur Fiedler will bring the Extra
Concert Series to a close.
Two Christmas concerts will be
provided in accordance with long-
standing tradition. Handel's "Mes-
siah" will be given Dec. 5 and 6.
The University Musical Society
Choral Union and the Musical So-
ciety Orchestra with four disting-
uished soloists will be heard. Maud
Nosler of Chicago will sing the
soprano role; Carol Smith of New
York will be contralto; Walter
Fredericks of New York will sing
tenor; and Norman Scott of the
Metropolitan Opera will appear -as
bass. Mary McCall Stubbins will
play the organ and both perform-
ances will be conducted by Lester
Chamber Music Festival this year
includes two chamber music
groups; England's Griller Quartet
on Feb. 19 and 21 and the Regi-
nald Kell Players Feb. 20.
The 61st May Festival will be
presented April 29 and 30 and
May 1 and 2. Participating in the
annual concert series will be the
University Choral Union, Thor
Johnson conducting and Lester
McCoy, associate conductor; the
Philadelphia Orchestra conducted
by Eugene Ormandy; and the Fes-
tival Youth Chorus directed by
Marguerite Hood.
Negotiations are under way with
distinguished artists, both vocal
and instrumental.

lioston lroup
Will Be Led
By Munch
Charles Munch, director of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, is
the personification of the double
culture of the province of Alsace,
lying between France and Ger-
His father was a staunch Alsa-
tian; with a name derived from
the German, Monch, meaning
"Monk." His mother, was of pure
French blood-the daughter of a
protestant minister of Paris.
VIUNCH, who will direct the
Boston Symphony in the second
concert of the Choral Union Se-
ries, Thursday, Oct. 22, gives
prominent place in his programs
to the music of Berlioz, Debussy
or Ravel but has revealed his ver-
satility by showing almost equal
favor to works of the German
masters and including ' a repre-
sentation of music by American
His musical training began in
the classical tradition of Stras-
bourg and at Leipzig. Yet he has
studied violin with Kucien Ca-
pet in Paris and has presided
over the Lamoureux, Conser-
vatory and French National
Broadcasting Orchestras.
In 1949 he succeeded Serge
Koussevitzky as regular conduc-
tor of the Boston Symphony Or-
chestra and in May, 1952 he took
the Boston group on its first Eu-
ropean tour, opening in Paris and
including his native Strasbourg
in the concert schedule.
The program for their Octo-
ber concert will include' Handel's
Concerto in F Major, Symphony
No. 2 by Brahms, Ravel's "Le
Tombeau de Couperin," Concer-
to Grosso No. 2 by Bloch and ex-
erpts from Wagner's "Die Meister-
The orchestra visited Ann Ar-
bor last spring as part of the
slate of their first coast to coast

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Though the Michigan Daily was
not yet born when Beethoven's
Pathetique Sonata and the Chor-
al Union's rendition of Handel's
Lift U T H] d. .rOc r) Y Gt " M 11

variety, and was so short that all
wished for more of it."
Interestingly enough Kreisler's
program fifty-three years ago
would be right at home today in
Hill Auditorium. He played the
Bruch concerto, and selections by
-* * *

Bach, Tartini, Paganini,
*i. * *


BUT THE SEASON'S highlight
then as now was the May Festival.
On May 18, 1900 the Iaily report-
ed that "University Hall was
* * *

IN-HI omn n rbr" p ze neaus, vxe La es,
IN- THEIR coming Ann Arbor inaugurated the first concert of
appearance, the male chorus' per- December 16, 1879, the Daily was
formance will include songs of giving the concerts regular cov-
World War II, Latin American erage as far back as 1900.
numbers, Negro spirituals, secular
and religious songs. During this period the Society
Before the war Leonard de- was guided by Prof. Henry S.
Paur was musical director of Frieze, President, and Calvin B.
the Negro Theatre in New York Cady, conductor. Frequent visitors
City. In this capacity, Capt. de- then were such forgotten perform-
Paur directed and arranged the ers as cellist Elsa Ruegger, and so-
entire musical scores for Orson prano, Sara Anderson, and such
Welles' production of "Macbeth," prominent orchestras as the Pitts-
"Haiti," and the Eugene O'Neill burgh Symphony, then conducted
cycle "Four Plays of the Sea." by composer Victor Herbert, and
Later he became musical direc- of course the Boston Symphony
for for the broadway production. Orchestra.
of "John Henry." * * *
During later war years the chor- ON DECEMBER 12, 1900, the
us was detached from the 372nd 'Daily's pages. recorded the first
Infantry so that it could act as a performance here of an unknown
morale unit to entertain other violinist, who had just created a
troops. Notable appearances of the sensation in musical circles.
Infantry group were designed to "The second number in the
stimulate the sale of war bonds Choral Union series was a con-
throughout the country. cert last night by Fritz Kreisler,
The present season will mark the Austrian violinist. This art-
the fifth civilian concert tour ist, though not generally well
made by the male chorus, which known, came with high praise


ablaze with glory, last evening
when Beethoven's overture, "Leo-
nore" ushered in the opening con-
cert of the May Festival. A large
audience filled the hall and many
tardy- concert goers were left
standing in the corridors as the
doors closed for the overture."
"Miss Sara Anderson, who has
already made many friends in
Ann Arbor, sang the only solos of
the evening. When we consider
that Miss Anderson is one of the
youngest singers in America, be-
ing only about twenty-two years
of age, we are made to realize the
future which is before her. Her
first song, "Il est Doux, Il est Bon,"
from Heriodiade, brought a great
storm of applause from the audi-
"Miss Anderson bowed, the ap-
plause increased. When at last
the charming singer was made to
feel that her gracious acknowl-
edgement of their favor was in-
sufficient to appease the desires
of the music loving audience, she
sang one of her German songs
which have won her such great
PROCEEDING to the present
day, newspaper clippings and con-
cert programmes, now turned yel-

Republican Band of Paris
To Present Martial Music

Traditional uniforms of red,
gold and black will contribute color
appropriate to the stirring martial
music scheduled for the Guard
Republican Band of Paris' per-
formance at 8:30 p.m. in Hill
Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 30,
under the auspices of the Extra
Concert Series.
Today seventy-two bandsmen
comprise the historical group,
which was proclaimed "Music de
la Garde Republicaine" by Napo-
leon III shortly after its 1848 or-
ganization. Since that time the
band has served as a regular at-
tachment to the French Army.
TERMED frequently .as one of
the world's most colorful and ex-
citing musical organizations, the

the Ministry of National Defense
of the French government.
Having already performed in
Canada and eastern United States,
the Guard Band will be heard in a
total of 100 American cities. This
autumn's tour is an extended rain-
check of the group's scheduled
American trip in 1940, when the
war prevented the band's appear-
ance at the New York World Fair.
Twice previously the Guard
Band has made American tours:
first in 1872 and second for the
St. Louis Exposition of 1902.
Although its selections cover
every variety of classical and
semi-classical music, the band is
most widely acclaimed for its brass
section and its moving renditions
of patriotic martial music. Climax-
ing the Ann Arbor program will be


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