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VIENNA CHOIR BOYS IN CO
VIENNA CHOIR:
'Boys' Plan
The Vienna Choir Boys, return-
ing to the United States after a
year-long globe-circling tour, will
perform in Hill Auditorium on
Jan. 16.
Appearing in the seventh concert
of the Choral Union Series, the
Choir Boys is one of the oldest
musical organizations in the world,
dating back 456 years to 1498.
Emperor Maximilian 1 ordered
the organization of a boys' choir
to participate in the performance
of religious music in the Court
Chapel in Vienna. A dozen boys
were engaged and the choirmaster
was granted funds for their board-
ing and education.
Mustering Out
When the boys' voices changed,
they received "mustering-out pay"
plus their fare home. If they de-
cided upon a course of study, they
were sent to an ecclesiastical
state boarding school on a three-
year scholarship from the Emper-
or which covered tuition and living
expenses.
After the death of Maximilian,
other Hapsburgs subsidized the
Choir and its renown s p r e a d
through Europe. Josef Haydn and
Franz Schubert were Choir mem-
bers during their childhood.
With the fall of the Hapsburg'
monarchy at the end of the first
World War, the Choir was support-
ed by private funds and by the
income derived from its tours
which were started in 1926.
Varied Program
Their first tour of the United
States was in 1932 and for six
seasons they toured North Amer-
ica. The outbreak of the second
t World War curtailed their activi-
ties, when Father Josef Schnitt,
their rector, was imprisoned by the1
Nazies. With the end of hostilities,_
the Choir was reorganized and
they returned to the United States
in 1948.
Steber's Vow

Audience Practicin
B o t n yp hn ra t cz~ri s Ot oe Pa ti igBy DAVID KfAPLAN
Last year, the University Musi- Munch, 63-year-old conductor of the Boston Symphony German pianist, Walter Giese-
cal Society celebrated its Diamond Orchestra, s the personification of the double culture of Alsace, king will appear on March 22 in W arren Schedule Pm
Jubilee Season. Now, it enters uponIthe province lying between France and Germany. HillAuditorium in the last concet
the fourth quarter of a full century His father, of Alsatian descent, was an organist, string player of the Extra Concet Series
of activity. leader of the St. Guillame choir in the Strasbourg Cathedral and His phenomenal memory enablespt o 1 ear onts a i series
It hopes, not only to maintain the first violin teacher that Munch had. His mother, of pure French him to have over 2,000 pieces n presentation of 10 regular concerts and five extra series prog
the high standard of past presen- blood, was the daughter of a Parisian minister. tap, ready to perform at a Roberta Peters, coloratura soprano of the Metropolitan
tations, but also commensurate At the age of 21, Munch contemplated a medical career and ment's notice without any practice will open the season, as she did last year, on October 4. The S
with the times, to even forge went to Paris to study. But soon he was devoting all his time to his whatsoever. This would probably Corelli, a group of 14 renown instrumentalists, will follow w
ahead. No efforts will bespared violin, studying under Lucien Capet mean a setback in any pianists' chamber music concert on Oct. 14.
incontinungtyommu nt the ti- After serving in the first World War, he became concertmaster career, but Gieseking shuns all On Oct. 20, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducte
tinguished artists and organizs- of the Strasbourg Orchestra. From Strasbourg, he joined the Ge- practice and study. Charles Munch, will make it annual visit to the campus. The C
tions, to the end that students, wandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. He went back to Paris and was con- Elements such as this, combined land Orchestra, with George Szell conducting, will perform on N
faculty and music lovers in gen- nected with various small orchestras until 1937, when he was given with often acclaimed artistry,make followed by the Cuban pianist, Jorge Bolet on Nov. 15.
eral may have many opportunities the opportunity to become conductor of the Paris Conservatory Or- audiences that hear him clamor The last concert before the Thanksgiving recess will be give
for hearing the world's finest chestra. for more and more encores. It Leonard Warren, Metropolitan Opera baritone, on Nov. 21. Afte:
compositions presented by per- While conducting in Paris, he also s is not unusual for Gieseking's en- holiday vacation period, the Vienna Choir Boys will perform on
copoiton pesntdbype- hie onuciginPrsheao presided over the Lamoureux cores' to exceed in number the 116.
formers of firmly established rep- and the French National Broadcasting Orchestras, and founded the scheduled program selections, asi
utations.Paris Philharmonic hedd a etin Zino Francescatti, noted French violiist will give a cnce
This season, renowned orches- During the second World War- in.- Awtheyhdidina concert in New York March 7 and on March 15, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
he held his post as conductor of rd der Wilhelm Furtwangler, will be heard. Concluding the Choral U
gOro, uroe and Ameica bit he Paris Conservatory with com- I aItBe eore s Series will be the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducte
beousheqar tsin dtiontbohrlthPaiCosvtrywcm-Rt P a i tB let {He made his first apearance
groupsequartetsdandcsoloiststbthconSLDimitri Mitropolous, giving a concert on May 22.
vocal and instrumental. Programs p independence secre co before an audience in 1915, when Im_______.ging__ne na2.
of wide variety and brilliance will buting to the underground re- he gave a series of six concerts The ninth annual Extra Con-
be offered, and it is hoped that sistance. He holds the Legion of i t in Hanover, Germany, while a stu- cert Series will begin on Oct. 12
45711eson all who may be able to attend Honor badge.aYpearance in thisL dent at the local conservatory. His with a recital by Eleanor Stebete 'S ets
will not only prsfirtcupearaceynandsprogram: Beethoven's 32 piano soprano of the Metropolitan 0-
edcaioalybt ls tatt cyountry was as guest conductor of sonatas.er.Flwng is ebth
___ educationally, but also that they the Boston Symphony on Dec. 27, r r C n e21Tefts ol a ne i Concertgebouw Orchestra of Am R e turn 7i
may thoroughly enjoy the occa-thBsonymhn nDc2, The first World War ended his C'crgbu rcetao m
The concert, divided into three a l 1946. In 1949, he succeeded Serge piano instruction when he was sterdam will perform on Oct. 27 isi
Tecnetdiieinotresions as well. poussevitztruasiregular henduc
parts, will open with a group of The Board of Directors is grate- Koussevitzky as regular conduc- Jo Bo drafted into the German Army, conducted by Eduard Van Bein-
sacred songs written in the 16th ful to all who by their presence for of the Boston Orchestra, and a ig in the Chal n- While in the army, he served as uM,
and 17th centuries. After an in- and loyal support have made pos- it May tour of uope op i ion Series Concert on Nov. 15 has pianist, violinist and viola player. On Dec. 6, the Robert Shaw
termission, some of the boys will sible the successful performances At the end of the war, he started Chorale will jerform. conducted
change from sailor suits to high- of 75 years, and also expresses Paris, and including his native given a specialcoe r n bygsssbe s i by R er After C smas Rbraeesoei
heeled shoes, dresses and wigs for the hope that they will continue Strasbourg in the tour schedule. ry family's property had been con-'vacation, Isaac Sternoutstand-.i
their costume operetta. The pro- to sympathetically c o o p e r a t e Munch, who will direct the a piano company. The piano, fai'se p yhaF en oen- aion , c Snt a ral Union Series on Oct4,
Sgram will conclude with secular through the years to come. Symphony in the thirda oncertcustom-built trailerfcad he French govern- ing American violinist will give a- a last-minute debut at the M
music and folk songs. To carry on without .a break the Choral Union Series on Oct. o all of his engagements. ment and he had to earn a living concert on w i nter na politan Opera House in the f
inhthe only fielehefknew.itionto panistsWalteroGieeDingss1950, thatput her in the Ci
Their ages range from eight to through years of depression, re- 20, gives Berlioz, Debussy and Ra- He has rn upea record as one Interprets Modern Music bringing the Extra Series con- 1e50, atgory.
15 and their number in Vienna is cession, panic and wars, through vel prominent places in his pro- of the most widely heard recital- Starting his concert tours when certs to a close with a recital on eNla category.
limited to 60. On tour, the Choir good mgrams. He gives equal considera- ss in is country and Canada ''modern" music was the vogue, March 22efoe, having performed in
presents a group of 20. been no easy task, The Board tion to the German masters and an as soloist with almost ev Gieseking won acclaim as an out- te
includes a representation of music major symphony orchestra in Messiah Concerts five hours' notice for an a
Off-Stage Habits realizes that this accomplishment by American composers. Nth America, averaging 70 re- standing interpreter of the new In accordance with long stand- prima donna as Zerlina in
AwayAmericatheoconcert.hao]ththeeriGaesakenagwon acclaimIasaanoout-essih ongts nd five houra s'ntie frliain "
Aa-rmtecnethltehas been due to the cordial sup- works. He might have become
boys are as playful as one would port of all interested in good mu- Concert Habits citals a season. During the 1950-51 the definitive exponent of modern ing tradition, the annual Christ- Giovanni."
expect them to be. They don't si in its broadest aspects. As a conductor, Munch prefers seao Bt ade his debut withmusic, but trough the years mas concerts of Handel's "Mes- Repeating last year's conce
like to take their afternoon naps. The Board expresses apprecia- not to consult the scores of stan- ghizeo e note syphnic - has preferred to integrate classical siah' will be given, this year on the opening one of the season
dadwok i herpetrygnite onty teDec. 4 and 5 concert i Hill Auditorium onC
They love ice-cream and have to tion particularly to students, fa- dard works in the iepertory while New York Philharmonic-SyPhon works with the modern works in will inaugurate the 76th an
be warned not to over-indulge in culty members and the University he is conducting. He can immerse Orchestra, the Philadelphia Or his programs. The 15th annual Chamber y
sweets. Backstage, they may be community as a whole, as well himself more completely in the It was in 1926 that Gieseking en by b
seen reading comic books. A shop- as to music lovers everywhere; music without constant reference aty Boston made his American debut, on the Budapest String Quartet on an wi e the first of 10 ir
Early areerseries.
ping tour will find the b o y s and is deeply grateful to the press to the printed page. He hurries to Born in a CaWashington's Birthday at New Feb. 18, 19 and 20.
BrinHavana, Cuba, Bolet has Wsigo' itdy a e e.1,1 n 0 Musical Training
jammed up around the electric of the University, the city of Ann the stage, eager to begin, because long been an American citizen York's Aeolian Hall and has since Concluding the musical year . 24-yeal T ratura
trains. And in the summer, home Arbor and the country generally, the music which he has been Following his graduation from th performe in almost every con-ill be the 62nd annual May Fes- The 24-year-old coloratura
in the Tyrol mountains, a swim or for their understanding coopera- studying is vivid in his mind. Aft- try in the world. tival, to be given on May 5. 6, prano was born in The Bronx,
beingTro overs simor8copes- Curtis Institute of Music in Phila- H nosahbyta i a-7 n .Priiaigi h e-and dstainted her musical tra:
a ball-game or a hike are their tion in publicizing its efforts. er a concert, the music being over, He enjoys a hobby that his mas- 7 and 8. Participating in the Fes_
favorite pasttimes. -Charles A. Sink, President he is ready to go home, with no deiphia, he toured Europe, appeai- sive, six-foot-three height would tival will be the University Choral at the age of 13. After she
On-stage, their faces are serene University Musical Society more handshaking than courtesy drid, Amsterdam and The Hagu . seem to belie. He collects butter- Union, Thor Johnson, guest con- graduated from high school,
and their voices pure and fresh. absolutely requires. Hi Aterdtmrned The Hague. flies and has become a recognized ductor and Lester McCoy associ- took lessons in languages, b
adterviepueadfeh ________________He then returned to the United and dramtc, swlsv
Off-stage, those same seraphic , "Symphony History States to win the N a u m b u r g authority in the field. The Giese- ate conductor; the Philadelphia a aics, as e as v
faces and voice can become as T iketsi The Boston Symphony Orches- Award, which carries with it the king collection, which was started Orchestra, conducted by Eugene In Jan. 1950, an audition b
wild and noisy as any American (tra came into being through the privilege of a New York debut at by his father; ranks as one of the Ormandy; and the Festival Youth the various musicale depart
efforts o e .Hgisn finest extant. But as much of, aChrsudrte iecon f of the Metropolitan Opera
youngster's in a ball-game. Single tickets for the Chor- of Henry L. Higginson, a Town Hall. b l fancu as h m b Chorus under the direction ofo heMedin ove
al Union Series and the Extra young Bostonian, destined to be a When Cuba entered the second yMarguerite Hood. tract. She was scheduled to
Concert Series are now on s banker but in love with the world when Giseking is playing the piano, Soloists and programs for the hrdet in an ut
Sofmucin the offices of the University I bk uin ar, Bndet een the he is devoted seriously and com- May Festival will be announced in stitut f n ang singer
Sn theBoficesof of Umusic.tyCuban army and was eventually tuedfra aingsgr
Musical Society From modest beginnings in 1881 trained and commissioned an in- pletely to his music.
Chorcalin Seriineds prstheorchsra m ed i its o fantry officem. However, the Cuban the spring, months earlier. Herperform
N i t-e s nCoalUinSre rce h rhsr ovdit t w anr fie.HwveteCbn - was praised by the critics pr
' are as follows: Main floor-Or- puiHrim the ngovernment took advantage of his! fr Ly Ma t 7 and she was hailed as one
chestras, $3.50. Other concerts, honyHalin1command of the English language Shat oralebrightest stars of the Ame
In ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ t crh sr l1~a~$.S.Ohrcnetp on ucHall, avinee1900.e
$3.00. First Balcony - Orches- Its conductors have been chosen and his knowledge of the United This season's Chamber Mu- musical scene
tras, $3.00. Other concerts, from the ranks of Europe's well States by sending him to Washing- sic Festival will be given by SC-C~lles J u Festival of Britain
George Szell. conductor of the I$2.50. Top Balcony - front - known musicians. Charles Munch ton as a Military Attache of its the Budapest String Quartet on In JulyMs Peters was ch
Cleveland Orchestra appearing IOrchestras, $2.50. Other con- follows in the footsteps of Kous- Embassy Feb. 18, 19 and 20. y to sing the leading role in
here in a Choral Union Series con- certs, $2.00. Top Balcony-rear vitsky, Monteux, Muck and Enlists in Army The quartet is made up of e {Bohemian Girl" at the Festiva
cert on Nov. 7, is now in his ninth -Orchestras, $2.00. Other con- Paui. When political changes in Cuba Joseph Roisman and Jac Gor- Britain. Her f
season with the Orchestra. certs, $1.50. In all, the various series in and rendered Bolet's commission void odetzkye violins, Boris Kroyt Rah. te b rormance was
Since his appointment in 1946, Prices for the Extra Concert out of Boston, together with Pops in 1944, he enlisted in the United viola and Mischa Schneiderhis Chorale
Szell has increased the personnel series are as follows: Main and Esplanade concerts and the States Army. Subsequently, Bolet violoncello. The Quartet will be will appear on Dec. 6 in Hill Audi- ee ovent
from 82 to 100, extended the reg- Floor - Concertgebouw, $3.50. Berkshire Festival in the summer, was commissioned and sent to assisted in their final concert torium in the third concert of the Since then she has added
ular winter season from 28 to 30 Other concerts, $3.00. First add up to a 46-week season. The Japan in the Army of Occupation. by Robert Courte, violinist. Extra Concert Series. merous roles to her repert
weeks, and lengthened its sub- Balcony-Concertgebouw, $3.00. tours, too, have been extended. Since his release from military Tickets for the Festival go on Shaw's performances have sent In addition to the operatic st
scriptions season. Other concerts, $2.50. Top Bal- Teitr w th - service and his return to the con- sale on Oct. 15 in the offices critics scurrying to the thesaurus ards such as "Lucia de Lam
He is of Czechbackground, cony, front - Concertgebouw, sippi was in 1915, when the or- cert stage, Bolet has toured Mex- of the UniversityMusica So- for new synonyms fhave " m " "Rigoletto, R e
bithan Venes $.5. thr oners,$200 (chestra played at the San Fran- io Latin America Central Amer- - fr w nder ' "oe
Hungarian bitAnmVense$.0rthrcners-200 ciety in Burton Tower. Pie o. i choristers hv repeated- Juliet," "The Barber of Sevi
training. He .gave his first piano Top Balcony, rear-Concertge- cisco Exposition. Since then, they ica and the West Indies, as well will be $3.50 and $2.50 for sea- ly won the praise of musicians "Don Giovanni" and "Die Fh
recital at the age of 11 in Vienna bouw, $2.00. Other concerts have travelled widely, and in 1952 as the United States and Canada son tickets and $1.75 and $1.50 for the accuracy of their ensemble, maus," she has also learned
and at 16 was leading the Vienna $1.50. gave concerts in France, Belgium, He has also added the Josef Hof- for the individual concerts. the delicacy and expressiveness of coloratura roles in such ra
Symphony Orchestra in summer I __ Holland, England and Germany Mann Award to his honors.rptatins nd heir erformed oers as "Prit

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To Playmates
Comes True
Eleanor St eber, Metropolitanj
Opera soprano opening the Extra
,Concert Series on Oct. 10, made
a vow to her childhood playmates
in Wheeling, W. Va., when she
said, "I'm going to be an opera
singer," and she has kept her
promise.
Her early training took place
at the New England Conserva-
tory and in New York. As winner
of the Metropolitan Auditions of
the Air in 1940, she was presented
p with a contract and made her
debut as Sophie in Strauss' "Der
Rosenkavalier" on Dec. 7. She has
since sung 18 additional roles there
in operas such as: "Carmen,"
"Faust," "The Tales of Hoffman,"
"Falstaff," "La Traviata," "Die
Meistersinger," "Manon," "L a
Boheme," "Madame Butterfly"
and "Tosca."

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ductor was indisposed.
Conducts in Germany
After leaving Vienna, Szell con-
ducted the Berlin Philharmonic,
the orchestra of the Strasbourg
Municipal Theatre, the Municipal
Theatre in Dusseldorf and from

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1924 to 1929 he was chief conductor
of the Berlin State Opera and of
the Symphony Orchestra of the
Berlin Broadcasting Company.
The thirties found Szell conduc-
ting orchestras in Prague, Glas-
gow, The Hague and the Austral-
ian Broadcasting Company, as
well as the St. Louis Symphony
Orchestra.
Finding himself "marooned" in
this country at the outbreak of
the second World War, he decided
to remain in this country.

'MANTLE OF PAGANINI'
Francescatti To Perforn in Choral Union Recital
Zino Francescatti, who has been hailed as "worthy of the mantle
of Paganini," will give a violin recital on March 7 as the eighth con-
cert in the Choral Union Series.
The glory of Paganmni comes to Francescatti by direct heredity.
His father, a naturalized Frenchman, had studied violin with Sivori,
who in turn had been the only direct pupil of Paganini.
>. Francescatti began playing the violin at the age of 3, made his
'.first public appearance at the age of 5, and his debut with the or-
chestra in his home town of Marseilles, playing the Beethoven Con-
certo, at the age of ten.

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wide range of dynamic levels, "Fra Diavolo," "La Somnabula,"
from the ihost subdued pianissimo "Dinorah" and "Hamlet." Most
to tonal splendor. recently, she has also appeared as
A rehearsal under Shaw is gruel- Sophie in "Der Rosenkavalier,"
ing as well as exciting. The re- Laurette in"GianniSchicchi."
hearsal begins with 15 or 20 min- Life is not all work and no play
utes of limbering-up exercises. i for Roberts Peters. In winter she
Shaw leads his singers in calls-s.
thenics, back-bends, stretching and goes ice-skating and in summer,
yawning, all designed to relax swimming and sailing at Cape
tight throats and tone up singers' Cod. She always continues her
breathing apparatus. A conscien- study of operatic scores, songs and
tious period of vocalizing follows. her favorite subjects, philosophy
Seating Arrangement and poetry.
Sh AT c tint t~1snr M n iz

unorthodox. At one point, he may M a Festival
have singers all around him. Or,
he may arrange them in smaller 1rTT 1 U--1 0 _

During the first World War, Francescatti attended school on groups, each with their own con- , 11 eries
week days and played his violin for wounded soldiers in the hospitals ductor.
of Marseilles on Sundays. While in the midst of his legal studies, his His first ambition was to follow The six concerts of the 62nd
father died, and the family needed money. Accordingly, the young in his father's- footsteps and be- annual May Festival will take
Francescatti abandoned the study of law and went to Paris to make come a minister. Instead, he came place May 5, 6, 7, and 8 in Hill
a musical career for himself. to New York in 1938 from Pomona, Auditorium.
Calif. and started working with a TePialihaOcetamk

She has sung in every Mozart New York Debut
' opera and "Cosi Fan Tutte" played He made his New York debut
a major part in her "two-a-day" at on March 1, 1941 as guest con-
th AA'f w an ha sn- xrnl 1 lia rinfr o- a WTT- Cm nhn - ~ r

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