TRY' MCMGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 1955
PAe~ 1fl17U TUE MICHIGAN DAILY
CREATES IN 'SANCTUM':
Finney Leads Composer-Teacher Life
By DAVID KAPLAN
"I lead two lives without com-
binng them," Prof. Ross Lee Fin-
ney, composer and teacher said.
"I get into my studio at home
early in the morning and teach at
Burton Tower in the afternoon."
Prof. Finney's studio is in the
basement of his home on Geddes
Avenue. It is a bright room with
two French doors opening on a
"The studio is my sanctum sanc-
torium," Prof. Finney said. "When-
ever students visit me here, which
is a rare occurence, I try to im-
press upon them the need of build-
ing a creative spot for themselves.
After all, it's hard to compose in
Prof. Finney has composed more
than 50 pieces in the fields of
orchestral works, chamber music,
choral works, songs and piano
The 48-year-old professor-com-
poser was born in Wells, Minn. He
studied with Donald Ferguson at
the University of Minnesota and
received his Bachelor Degree from
Carleton College where he was
teaching cello and music history.
He has also studied in Paris, Vi-
enna, Italy and at Harvard Uni-
He has been teaching for 30
years, including 20 years at Smith:
College and is a member of thec
American Musicologist Society and
the Music Teachers' National As-
Comes to 'U'
Prof. Finney first came to the
University in 1948 as a visiting
professor in the music school. The
following year he became profes-
sor of composition and composerl
Prof. Finney's works have been
widely performed by such.groupsl
as the Gordon String Quartet, the
Stanley Quartet, the NBC Sym-
phony, the Minneapolis Sympho-
ny under Dimitri Mitropoulos and
the Boston Pops under his own
"My works are not as well knowni
as other American composers of
my age," Prof. Finney said; "part-
ly because my major interest is in
A great number of his works
have received local performances.
"These performances interest me
most," Prof. Finney said. "Local
performers know me and are au-
thorities on 'Finney'. They know
my idiom and all my inflections."
Prof. Finney is not interested in
newspaper criticism of his works
because he says the "distance be-
tween the verbalization of the
critic and my own view of the work
are such that the review does not
make much sense."
But, Prof. Finney added, "criti-
cism in The Daily interests me a
great deal. A composer must avoid
the pitfall of falling into an ivory-
tower isolation. He must be a part
of something and that is why I
am active to get my composition
students to write music reviews."
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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 3:00 P.M.
Pattengill Auditorium, 105 S. State
Tickets on Sale at Wahr's Book-I
stores, 206 Nickels Arcade, Anne
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1.00 (tax included).
To Buy 'U'
Sale of University Press Building
has been agreed to by the Univer-
sity and Jacobson's Stores.
According to Vice President Wil-
bur K. Pierpont, proceeds from the
Maynard Street building's sale will
be used to construct a printing
plant on North Campus.
After a new printing plant is
built, Jacobson's will take pos-
session of the Maynard Street
building for further development
of their present store and addition
of new departments.
Pierpont said plans for the new
North Campus printing plant
have not been completed yet.
Permanent office space for Uni-
versity Press will be located in a
small structure scheduled for con-
struction during summer.
The structure, containing two
floors and a basement, will be
built in the area immediately
north of Student Publications
Chief occupant will be Univer-
sity of Michigan Press, under the
direction of Fred W. Wieck. Ar-
chitect for the building is Douglas
D. Loree of Ann Arbor.
Local Figure Skating Club
To Give 14th Annual Show
The Ann Arbor Figure Skating
Club will present its 14th annual
winter carnival "Melodyhon Ice"
today and tomorrow at the Michi-
gan Ice Rink.
According to Uolevi Lahti, pres-
ident of the club, the executive
board feels good customer enter-
tainment must be provided, since
there is an admission fee. There-
for, the show will be elaborately
costumed and there will be a great
variation in music and choreog-
The carnival will be presented
in four parts: "Cosmic Collision,"
"C a c t u s Canyon," "Carribean
Cruise," and "Continental Carni-
Choreography for each part has
been done by a separate person.
That of "Cosmic Collision" by Dr.
Richard Porter, "Cactus Canyon"
Film on Colombia
To Be Shown Here
"Colombia Cavalcade," a color
film depicting life in all parts of
Colombia, will be presented at 3
p.m. Sunday in the Ann Arbor
High School Auditorium.
by Joann Early, '58, "Carribean
Cruise" by Barbara Goldman and
"Continental Carnival" by Ann
The carnival will be presented
at 8:00 p.m. today, and at 3:00
To0 Give TaL
Wallace Carroll of the Winston-
Salem Journal and Sentinel will
talk on "Seven Deadly Virtues of
American Journalism" at 3 p.m.
Monday in Rackham Amphithea-
The lecture is sponsored by the
journalism department and is
open to the public.
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PROF. ROSS LEE FINNEY
. . . Creative Force
Come to Church
Prof. Finney feels that he has
"gained a great deal from his
young and talented composers. We
are not sufficiently proud of them.
Since all types of creativity thrive
at the University, why not artistic
One of his latest works, com-
missioned for the 50th anniver-
sary of New York's Julliard School
of Music, is music for Stephen
Spender's "The Express."
Next January, Prof. Finney will
be going to Europe on a Rockefel-
ler grant to study the "education
over and beyond craft study of Eu-
ropean composers." He will work in
Florence, Munich, Vienna, Paris
and London. This is his third sab-
batical leave, the others being be-
fore and after the Second World
Prof. Finney has just been noti-
fied that a major recording com-
pany is going to make a recording
of one of his piano quintets. It
will be the first record made of
the composer's works.
He was married to Gretchen
Ludke in 1930 and they have two
sons, Ross, Grad., and Henry, '58.
Ross is a teaching fellow in math-
ematics and Henry is in the Lit-
"My family are my best fans,"
Prof. Finney said. His wife is a
writer in the field of 17th century
English criticism." "I write in my
studio and she writes in hers.
Fondness For Music
The whole family has a fond-
ness for music and my wife and
I met while we were playing in a
string quartet at Carleton Col-
Prof. Finney feels 30 years is
"a long time to teach. There is al-
ways the problem that the crea-
tive force of the composer and the
analytical force of the professor
may conflict. The analytic process
may be stultifying."
"But I'm not worrying about
that," he added.
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FIRST METHODIST CHURCH
and WESLEY FOUNDATION
120 South State Street.
Merrill R. Abbey, Erland J. Wangdahl,
Eugene A. Ransom, Ministers
9:00 and 10:45 A.M.-Worship: "How to Live
in a Crisis" Dr. Abbey, preaching.
9:30 A.M.-Student Seminar, Topic: "Para-
doxes of the Christian Faith"
5:30 P.M.-Supper and Fellowship.
6:45 P.M.-Worship and Program. A panel
discussion by the following students: Somah
Helal, Bud Kaufman, and Sam Nichelson,
speaking on "Does Christ Challenge the
World's Great Religions?"
Welcome to Wesley Foundation Rooms, open
ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX
414 North Main
Rev. Father Eusebius A. Stephanou
9:30 A.M.-Matins Service
10:30 A.M.-Divine Liturgy
Alternate Thursdays, 7:30 P.M.-Orthodox Stu-
Lenten devotions Fridays 7:30 P.M.
Wednesday Communions 9:30 A.M.
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10:45 A.M.-Worship Service. Sermon by Rev.
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10:45-Morning Worship. Sermon: THE AL-
CHEMY OF SORROW
9:45 A.M.-Church School
CONGREGATIONAL-DISCIPLES STUDENT GUILD
6:00 P.M.-Cost supper at the Congregational
7:00 P.M.-Speaker: Paul Rahmeier, National
Student Work Associate: THE NATURE OF
MY ROLE AND POSITION AS A COLLEGE
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
1917 Washtenaw Avenuer
Edward H. Redman, MinisterA
Sunday, March 13th-
10:00 A.M.-Unitarian Adult Group-Mr. Chand-
ler Davis on: "My Case and the First Amend- ,
11:00 A.M.-Services: Rev. Edward H. Redman
on: "Questions That Matter Most!"
12:00 P.M.-Coffee Hour
5:00 P.M.-HighSchool Orientation Group
7:30 P.M. Unitarian Student Group. Discussion
on: "Student Government at Michigan."
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH '
Minister-Rev. Leonard A. Parr
Public Worship-10:45 A:M. Dr. Parr will preach
on, "I Believe in the Ultimate Decency of
Things" (R. L. Stevenson)
The choir will sing Recitative "Ye people rend
your hearts," and Aria "If with all your hearts"
with Alan Crofoot, soloist, and "He watching
over Israel" by Mendelssohn. Also Arensky's
"0 God, we pray."
Student Guild will have supper in Pilgrim Hall
at 6:00; Speaker, Mr. Paul Rahmeier "The
Nature of my Role and Position as a College
GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Corner State and Huron Streets
William C. Bennett, Pastor
10:00 A.M.-Sunday School
11:00 A.M.-"Sin Unto Death"
6:00 P.M.-Student Guild
7:30 P.M.-"Forecasts of Calvary"
Wed., 7:30 P.M-Prayer Meeting.
We extend a hearty welcome to you to come out
and fellowship with us in the Word of God.
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
530 West Stadium
(Formerly at Y.M.C.A.)
Sundays-10:15 A.M. - 11.00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Wednesdays-7:30 P.M. Bible Study, G. Wheeler
Hear "The Herald of Truth" WXYZ ABC Net-
work Sundays-1:00-1:30 P.M.
ST. ANDREWS CHURCH and the
EPISCOPAL STUDENT FOUNDATION
306 North Division St.
Sunday services at 8, 9, 11 A.M. and 8 P.M..
Annual visitation of The Right Reverend Archie
H. Crowley, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese
Bishop Crowley will celebrate at 9 A.M., confirm
and preach at 11 A.M.
"Faith of the Church" lecture at 4:30 P.M.
Supper Club at 5:45 P.M.
Evensong at 8 P.M. followed by coffee hour.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, Scientist
1833 Washtenaw Ave.
9:30 A.M.-Sunday School
11:00 A.M.-Sunday Morning Service
8:00 P.M.-Wednesday Testimonial Service
A free reading room is maintained at 339 South
Main Street where the Bible and all authorized
Christian Science literature may be read, bor-
rowed or purchased.
Reading Room hours are Monday, 11:00 A.M.
to 9 P.M.; Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 A.M. to
5 P.M.; and Sunday 2:30 to 4:30 P.M.
LUTHERAN STUDENT CHAPEL
(National Lutheran Council)
Hill Street and Forest Avenue
Dr. H. 0. Yoder, Pastor
9:00 and 11:00 A.M.-Worship Services
10:00 A.M.-Bible Study
6:00 P.M.-Supper-Program Following, Mr.
Arthur Saunders, Former Missionary to China,
Tuesday-7:15 P.M.-Study of Great Church
Wednesday-7:30 P.M.-Lenten Service
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN CHAPEL
AND STUDENT CENTER
1511 Washtenaw Avenue
(The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)
Alfred T. Scheips, Pastor
Sunday at 9:30 and at 10:45-Worship Services,
with sermon by the pastor, "The Mount of
Consecration." (Holy Communion in the 9:30
Sunday at 6:00-Gamma Delta, Lutheran Student
Club, Supper and program. At 6:45: "Plan-
ning the Wedding Ceremony," a discussion led
by the pastor.
Wednesday at 7:30 and at 9:15: Midweek Len-
ten Vesper Services. Sermon by the pastor,
(Sponsored by the Christian Reformed Churches
Washtenaw at Forest
Rev. Leonard Verduin, Director
Res. Ph. NO 5-4205; Office Ph. NO 8-7421
10:00 A.M.-Morning Service
7:00 P.M.-Evening Service
ST. MARY'S STUDENT CHAPEL
William and Thompson Sts.
8:00 - 9:30 - 11:00 - 12:00
Daily-7:00 - 8:00 - 9:00
Novena Devotions-Wednesday evenings- :30
FIRST BAPTIST, CHURCH
502 East Huron, Phone NO 8-7332
Rev. C. H. Loucks, Minister
Beth Ma hone, Student Advisor
Sunday, March 13-
9:45-Student class studies John
11:00-Sermon "Christian Dimensions"
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