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-Daily-Dick Gaskill

... a day full df music

Singer Kerns Finds Music
T.akes Up Very Much Time


"My day is music from the time
I get up until the time I go to
bed," Robert Kerns, graduate in
the music school said.
The baritone has been on cam-
pus since the fall of 1951, and will
culminate his University career
with a degree recital at 8:30 p.m.
tomorrow in Auditorium A, An-
gell Hall.
There is no professional musical
background in his family, but
Kerns began his vocalizing by
singing along with records on the
victrola. He was about five years
old at the time.
A native of Utica, Mich., Kerns
attended grade school in' Utica
and high school at Cranbrook,
where he appeared in three Gil-
bert and Sullivan operas.
Attends Eastman
He was at the Eastman School
of Music in Rochester, N.Y,, dur-
ing his freshman year of college,
but confesses that he was not suit-
ed to the school.
He came to the University in
his sophomore year, and in the
summer of 1952 joined the opera
department under the chairman-
ship-of Prof. Josef Blatt.
That summer, Kerns sang the
role of Ford in "Merry Wives of
Windsor." His next operatic en-
deavor was Valentin in "Faust."
"Valentin was my first real
role," Kerns says. "The 'Merry
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Wives of Windsor' is a charming
comedy, but alongside grand opera
such as "Faust" the demands are
not as great, vocally or histrioni-
The role of Sharpless in "Ma-
dam Butterfly" was Kerns' tenure
in the spring of 1953. An attack of
appendicitis prevented his appear-
ing in a summer production of
"Tales of Hoffmann."
Studies with Althouse
At the end of the summer,
Kerns studied with Paul Althouse
in New York. "It was one of the
most important experiences in my
musical training," Kerns said, "be-
cause of his genuineness and ex-
cellence in the field of teaching."
Other University opera produc-
tions in which Kerns has appear-
ed include "Ariadne auf Naxos,"
"The Marriage of Figora" and
He has also appeared in r.um-
erous "Scenes from Operas," pre-
sented by the opera department,
singing roles from "Rigoletto,"
"Masked Ball," "La Traviata,"
"Pagliacci" and "Manon."
An opera major, Kerns is the
pupil of Chase Baromeo.
"I like opera very much," Kerns
says, "but I do prefer concert work
at this time." ie has sung with
the Toledo Symphony Orchestra,
in local church programs, in De-
troit and will sing at Cranbrook
in June.
Philosophy Givenf
Kerns' numerous performances
follow his philosophy that "if a
person aspires to performance, the
only thing to do IS perform, if
you're lucky enough to get the
His work with Prof. Blatt has
given Kerns "the realization of
what it is to work with music. If
you learn a role under Prof. Blatt,
you are aware of the many facets
of the role which are within your
capabilities to grasp."
"He inspires and guides," Kerns
continued, "and if the student will
let him, he can instill the highest
respect and regard for music. I
hope he has done that with me."
"Few understand the socializing
in my type of curriculum," Kerns
notes. "We find relaxation in cof-
fee breaks from rehearsals and in
anecdotes connected with the pro-
Turns to Music First
Having such an enormous occu-
pation with music, Kern admits to
a sparse knowledge of world af-
fairs. He does read the Saturday
Review, Life and The New Yorker,
but confesses that he usually turns
to the music articles first.
After he obtains his Master's
degree in June, Kerns is not quite
sure of the future. Service in the
Army is eminent, and a trip to
Europe is a possibility.
Although his future is still in-
definite, Kerns feels that "I may
work hard and long, but I can
never learn enough or all there is
to know about music."

New Group
To Present
Dance Fair
Local artists will combine their
talents tomorrow to present Dance
Fair, featuring the premiere of
"The Golden Deer" ballet, written
by Donald Harris, Grad.
The dance program will be pre-
sented b ya newly-formed profes-
sional ballet company in Ann Ar-
bor, sponsored by the Dramatic
Arts Center. The program will be
given tomorrow through Sunday
at the DAC.
Also included in the program
will be a pas de deux from "Cope-
lia," by Delibes and two dances
from India arranged by Madam
Sumalini Rajam, one of India's
foremost dancers. In addition,
dances to music by Scarlatti and
Handel and to several poems and
songs will be presented.
Choreography for the selection
from "Copelia" was recently ob-
tained by Sylvia Hamer from the
Sadlers Wells Ballet Company of
The dance company includes
Geraldine Miller, who has studied
under both Jose Limon and Mar-
tha Graham. Miss Miller has also
done the choreography for "The
Golden Deer."
Company Member
Dorris Taylor, formerly asso-
ciated with the San Francisco
Ballet, will dance the lead in .the
new ballet.
Other members of the company
include Barbara Mills and Lou
MeKush, a pupil of Mrs. Hamer.
Guest artists Robin Squier and
Marvin Carpenter have both stu-
died under Martha Graham.
The Ann Arbor Civic Orchestra,
under the direction of Orien Dal-
ley of the music school, will play
for the ballet.
Four Performances
Evening performances begin at
8 p.m. tpmorrow and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday. Two Sunday matinees
will take place at 2 and 4 p.m.
Tickets are available at the DAC
box office at the Masonic Temple.
Individual members of DAC will
be admitted free to one perform-
Prof. Shroc
To Give Tctlh
On Behavior
Piof. Robert R. Shrock of the
Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology will deliver a speech on
"Patterns of Behavior-A Special
Kind of Fossil" at 4:15 p.m. today
in the Natural Science Auditorium.
Prof. Shrock, chairman of the
geology and geophysics depart-
ment at MIT, considers patterns
of behavior fossils because "each
animal has its own set of beha-
vior patterns that are repeated
from generation to generation."
Scientists are not sure whether
these patterns are inherited or de-
Communication is an example
of a pattern of behavior. All ani-
mals, even those as simple as pro-
tozoans, are able to communicate
with one another, according to
Prof. Shrock.
By way of illustration, he points
to the ability of flocks of geese to
fly across the country in perfect
"V" formations. Without commu-
nication this would be impossible.
Prof. Shrock, a teacher himself,
considers the teacher's most im-
portant job to give sympathy and
encouragement to students. A
teacher must be able to recognize

signs that indicate possibilities
for a student's future career, he

One aftermath of the Salk
polio vaccine excitement had
Ann Arbor residents unhappy
Several persons quoted a Ca-
nadian .Broadcasting . System
television announcer as saying,
"A small town tucked away in
the hills of southeastern Mi-
chigan electrified the world to-
day. Hitherto unheard of, Ann
Arbor became the site . .-
Senior Lists
INow on Sale
S e n io r commencement an-
nouncements are now on sale from
1 to 5 p.m. at the Administration
Sale will continue through Sat-
urday and announcements may be
picked up in May.
Commencement announcement
booklets containing a list of '55
graduates, a list of class and ad-
ministration officers of all schools,
an invitation to commencement
and scenes of the campus may be
Engraved announcements, name

cards and brass

Rosemary Scott, practicing at-
torney, will address the Student
Bar Association at 7 p.m. in Rm.
120, Hutchins Hall, on "Execution,
Attachment and Garnishment."
The lecture is open to the pub-
* * *
Awards will be presented to out-
standing natural resources stu-
dents at the Natural Resources
Honor Convocation.
Lunch will be served in Rm.
2052 of the Natural Science Build-
ing. Afterwards Dean Samuel T.
Dana will address the group and
Prof. Robert Craig, Jr., will pre-
sent the awards.
Preliminaries for the Inter-fra-
ternity Council Sing will be held
at 7 p.m. in Auditorium B, Angell
Ten fraternities will be chosen
from among the 17 houses parti-
cipating to appear in the IFC Sing.
Judges for the preliminaries will
be Professor Phillip Duey, Geneva
Nelson, and Don Krummel of the
music 'school.
The program is open to the pub-
With Tom Bleha, '56, running
unopposed for president of next
year's Inter-House Council, the
IHC-will hold elections during
their meeting at 7:30 p.m. in West
Chuck Straayer, '57, yesterday*
announced his candidacy for po-
sition of administrative vice-presi-
dent. Don MacLennan, '58, an-
nounced his candidacy for the
post of recording secretary.

plates are alsoI

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Seminar in Organic Chemistry.
Thurs., April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Room
1300 Chemistry. Mr. Kenneth L. Bur-
gess will speak on "Asymmetric Induc-
Seminar in Analytical - Inorganic-
Physical Chemistry. Thurs., April 14 at
7:30 p.m. in Room 3005 Chemistry. Mr.
Goji Kodama will speak on "Dipole
Moments of Alkyl Phosphines."
Astronomical Colloquium. Thurs.,
April 14, 4:15 p.m., the Observatory.
Dr. Gilbert Plass of Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity will speak on "Radiation Prob-
lems in the Earth's Atmosphere."
402 Interdisciplinary Seminar on the
Application of Mathematics to Social
Science will meet on Thurs., April 14,
Rm. 3401 Mason Hall, from 4:00 to 5:30
p.m. J. Marschak (Cowles Commission,
University of Chicago) will speak on
"Suggested Experiments on Tastes and
Seminar in Applied Mathematics will
meet Thurs., April 14, at 4:00 in Rm.
247 West Engineering. Mr. Andrew L.
Maffett of WRRC will speak on Physi-
cal optics approximations for obtaining
radar cross-sections.
Political Science Round Table meet-
ing Thurs., April 14 at 7:45 p.m. in
Rackham Amphitheater. Prof. Eric Voe-
gelin, Department of Government, Lou-
isiana State University, will speak on,
"The Quest for Principles In Political
Science." Open to public.
Faculty, College of Engineering:
Meeting Tues., April 19, 4:15 p.m., Room
348 West Engineering Building. -
Doctoral Examination for Raymond
Bradley Roof, Jr., Mineralogy; thesis:
"The Crystal Structure of Ferric Acety-
lacetonate, an Application of Fourier
Series to Crystal Structure Analysis,"
Fri., April 15, 4065 Natural Science
Bldg., at 3:00 p.m. Chairman, L. S.
Doctroal Examination for Lawrence
Alfred Warzel, Chemical Engineering;
thesis: "Plate Efficiencies for Absorp-
tion and Desorption in a Bubble-Cap
Column," Fri., April 15, 3201 East Engi-
neering Bldg., at 3:00 p.m. Chairman,
G. B. Williams.
Biological Chemistry Seminar: "Some
Effects of Dietary Lipids," under the
direction of H. C. Eckstein; Room 319
West Medical Building, Sat., April 16
at 10:00 a.m.
Carillon Recital by Percival Price,
University Carillonneur, 7:15 p.m.
Thurs., April 14, the"first in a series of
eight weekly programs. The Bells of
London by William Byrd, Selections
from the Livre du Clavecin by Coupe-
din; Sonata for Forty-Seven Bells by
Percival Price, and Choral Theme from
"Finlandia," by Sibeius.
Student Recital. Robert Kerns, bari-
tone, at 8:30 p.m. Fri., April 15, in Au-
ditorium A, Angell Hall. Partial ful-
fillment of the requirements for the de-
gree of Master of Music. Compositions
by Handel, Schubert, Verdi, Fevrier,
Duparc, and Wolf. Open to the public.
Mr. Kerns is a pupil of Chase Baromeo.
Exhibitions, Museum of Art, Alumni
Memorial Hall. Bruguiere Photographs.
A Student Collects through May 1.
Hours: 9:00-5:00 p.m. weekdays. 2:00-
5:00 p.m. Sundays. The public is in-
Events Today
University Day host meetings Thurs.,
April 14, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. in Room


3KLM of the Michigan Union. All Uni-
versity Day Hosts are required to at-
tend one of these meetings.
Fresh Weekend. Maize team floorshow
rehearsals. Thurs., April 13, Mass Meet-
ing, 7:00 p.m.; Sat., April 16, Group 7a
and 7b, 10:00 a.m.; Sun., April 17,
Groups 8 and 9, 3:00 p.m.; Group 1,
4:00 p.m.; Mon., April 18, Group 5, 7:00
p.m. and Groups 3 and 4, 8:00 p.m.
Christian Science Organization Testi-
monial Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Fire-
side Room, Lane Hall.
International Center Tea. Thurs., 4:30-
6:00 p.m., Rackham Building.
Sailing Club. Meeting Thurs. at 7:45
p.m. in 311 W. Eng.
Mid-Week Vespers sponsored by the
Westminster Student Fellowship in the
sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church
Thurs., April 14, 5:10-5:35 p.m.
WCBN -- East Quad sta ff meeting.
Thurs.April 14, 7:15 p.m. in the Hins-
dale Study hall. Attendance required.
Russian dance group. Organizational
meeting Thurs., Apr. 14 at Madelon
Pound House, at 7:00 p.m. All mem-
bers who wish to continue in the group
must attend. After the short organiza-
tional discussion we shall have the reg-
ular dance practice.
Meeting of all interested in working
toward eliminating discrimination in
housing in Ann Arbor. Thurs., Apr.
14, 4:30 p.m. Lane Hall.
La Petite Causette will meet Thurs.,
Apr. 14 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the left
room of the Michigan Union cafeteria.
Scrabble en francais.
Episcopal Student Foundation. Stu-
dent Breakfast at Canterbury House,
Thurs., April 14, after the 7:00 a.m. Holy
Arts Chorale will meet Thurs. at 7:00
p.m. in Aud. D Angell HIl.
Baha'i Student Group will sponsor a
discussion Thurs. at 8:30 p.m. at the
Women's League. All interested stu-
dents welcome.
Russian Coffee Hour meets from 3:30-
5:00 p.m. in Michigan Union cafeteria.
Hillel. .Yiskor .Memorial .Services
Thurs., 9:00 a.m. in the chapel.
Hillel. Thurs., 8:00 p.m. Hillen an-
nounces its United Jewish Appeal kick-
off rally at the Hillel building. Refresh-
ments. Motion picture starring Frederic
March, "None Shall Make Them
Afraid." Guest speaker, Ernest Spickler,
Midwest UJA director.
Frosh Weekend. Maize Team Decora-
tions meeting, Thurs., April 14, 7:00
p.m. in the Publicity Room of the
League. All members of the Skits and
Stunts Committee may pick up their
songs in the Publicity envelope today.
Everyone must be at the League, Mon.
at 5:00 p.m. to sing in the dorms.
Coming Events
Phi Beta Kappa. Initiation Banquet,
Thurs., April 21, Michigan Union, 6:30
p.m. Dr. Robert E. Spiller, prof. of
English, University of Pennsylvania,
will speak on, "Are Americans Civil-
ized?" Reservations should be made at
the office of the Secretary, Hazel M.
Looh, Observatory, by Mon., April 18.
Members of other Chapters invited.

"The Sound of a Stone," a 20 minute
movie depicting ingers of guilt by as-
sociation. SRA Saturday Lunch. 12:15
p.m. Lane Hall. Reservation by Fri.
Episcopal Student Foundation. Can-
terbury Coffee Clatch from 4:00-6:00
p.m., Fri., April 15, at Canterbury
House. Canterbury Campus Series.
Frank Copley will read and comment
upon selections from Dante's Divine
Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 15, at Can-
terbury House.
Westminster Student Fellowship will
be guest of Geneva Fellowship at a
square dance in the recreation hall of
the Presbyterian Church, Fri., April 15.
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Hillel :Fri.evening services 7:15 p.m.
Conducted by Tau Delta Phi fraterni-
,ty featuring a voice speaking cantata on
subject "Liberty" and a choir conduct-
ed by Gene Cohen.
Open house and mixer Fri., April 15,
from 8:30-12:00 p.m. at the Newman
Club. Dancing to records and refresh-
Sociedad Hispanica-Sigma Delta Pi.
The lecture scheduled for Fri., April 15,
in the Rackhjim Building, by Jose Man-
uel Blecua has been cancelled due to
illness. The speaker will appear here
some time in May.
Coffee (tea & punch) Hour in Lane
Hall Library Fri., April 15, 4:30-6:00
p.m. Nauvoo League is guild host.
Workcamp in Ypsilanti this weekend,
April 15-17. Make reservations at Lane
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