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For the seventy-eighth consecutive season the University
Musical Society will provide the University community with
twenty-six major concerts.
In the Choral Union Series, ten attractions are scheduled;
and five in the Extra Concert Series. Handel's "Messiah" will be
prsented twice; and the Quartetto Italiano in three concerts in
the Chamber Music Festival. The annual May Festival will,
as usual consist of six concerts in May.
World-renowned orchestras from Europe and America, out-
standing choral groups and other ensembles, and many eminent
soloists, both vocal and Instrumental, will be heard, in a wide
variety of compositions - romantic, classic and contemporary.
The Board of Directors of the Muscial Society endeavors to
provide members of the University, both students and faculty,
music-lovers of the community, and other from far and wide,
with opportunities of hearing a wide range of compositions of
recognized cultural value, performed by artists and organizations
with established reputations. It is hoped that this season's of fer-
ings, both from the standpoint of performers and of programs,
will meet with the harty approval of music-lovers and laymen
alike. The Board of Directors is appreciative of the splendid co-
operation which has attended their efforts through the years,
and trusts that this seventy-eighth season will measure up to,
or even surpass in enjoyment and cultural value those which
have gone before,-thus exemplifying the legend of the founding
- CHARLE S A. SINK, President

Great Artists
Colorful Life Makes
ianist Living Legend
Artur Rubinstein is probably
one of the last of the world's great
pianists, who were superb show-
men as well.
His stage presence, his ability to
project his personality to his audi-
ence when he walks onto the stage,
has undoubtedly contributed to his
immense popularity.
His colorful life and many stage
experiences have helped to make
him a living legend.
Howard Taubman, New York
Times Music Critic, has said of
him, "Rubinstein belongs to the
grand line of pianists. In an era
oa'fviolenge ~andpneuoticime i
man. He is a citizen of the world.
but also his wide culture hi rl
ish for humanity, his capacity for
cert tour in the United States in
1906, Rubinstein's popularity in

Kurt Baum, Nelli
Boston Symphony, Munch Tio Play
In 78th Annual Choral Union Series
Kurt Baum and Herva Nelli will open the 1956-57 University
concert series Thursday, October 4 at Hill Auditorium.
Among the other world renown performers appearing in Ann
Arbor under the sponsorship of the University Musical Society will be
the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Herbert von Karajan con-
ducting, Artur Rubinstein and the Boston Pops Tour Orchestta.
Following the appearance of Baum, tenor soloist and Miss Nelli,
Metropolitan Opera star, the 78th Choral Union Series will feature
the Boston Symphony Orchestra Monday. October 15. The Boston
Orchestra under the baton of Charles. Munch will also appear in
Ann Arbor Wednesday. October 17 in the University-sponsored Extra
Concert Series, in different programs.
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic will
appear in Ann Arbor October 21, This appearance marks the sec-
ond visit of the world-famous or- -'

Robert Casadesus . , ,
Brtiish Pianist
To Perform1
'U' Concert
tuosi of the day, the eminent
French pianist Robert Casadesus
will be making his third appear-
ance in Ann Arbor this fall.
Praised by critics for his pure
tone, clarity of expression and fine
interpretations, the 57-year-old
musician graduated from the Paris
Conservatoire with all prizes.
His American debut in 1935 with
the New York Philharmonic-Sym-
phony Orchestra prompted Arturo
Toscanini, who was in the audi-
ence at the time, to invite Casa-
desus to play under him the fol-
lowing season. .
Today Casadesus is famed in
winte residence in Princeton, New
Jersey. During the spring and
summer he tours the continent
and teaches at the American Con-
servatory in Fontainbleau,.
For the first part of the year,
Casadesus performed in Paris,
then toured in Germany, Italy and
England. He played at the Stras-
bourg Festival, the Salzburg Fes-
tival and the Montreux Festival
in Switzerland.
* burgh Festival, he played withd th
Boston Symphony, the London
Philharmonic and the London
Termed by the Minneapolis
Star's John K. Sherman "a pianist
mellowed by long experience and
much playing, but not mellowed I
into sentiment or mannerism,"
Casadesus will present the fourth
concert in this year's Choral
Union series.
To Give U.S.
Third E ncore
Sparing eleven weeks from a
whirlwind tour of European con-
cert and opera houses, Elisabeth
Schwarzkopf will give American
audiences their third encore, ap-
* pearing at the University Extra
Concert Series, Wednesday, No-
vember 14-.
The German soprano, whose
voice is exceeded only by her
beauty and intelligence, left an in-
delible stamp on thi cunr i
"Rosenkavalier" and Donna El-
vira in "Don Giovanni" for her
American operatic debut with the
San Francisco Opera Company.,
This country first heard Miss
Schwarzkopf on October 25, 1953,
when she captivated both press
and public in a single dramatic
leider performance sIanging' in
The star of countless perform-
* ances at Covent Garden, Vienna,
La Scala, Lucerne, Salzburg, Ra-
vinia, and Stratford, the many-
splendored soprano will sing two
roles for the Ann Arbor audience
that accorded her fame abroad -
Fiordihgi (Cosi Fan Tutte) and
Alice (Falstaff).

Von Karajan To Lead
BerlinOrchetra a 'U
Making its first American tour, the Berlin Philharmonic Or-
chestra will give its second performance in Ann Arbor October 31 at
Hill Auditorium,
The 166-member orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan,
has won fame through its extensive tours over the continent as one
of the most respected in Europe.
Organized in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic has survived two
world wars and by performing- for the Occupation troops for several I
years after World War II, became a vitally important factor in
the cultural restoration of Germany beginig in 1945.
von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan, the orchestra's 45-year-old maestro, has
appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic since the death of -Wilheim
0 Furtwaengler in 1954. An Austrian

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR - The Vienna Boys Choir wlil appear
in Aim Arbor under the auspices of the University Musical So-
ciety. The world renown singers will return to the U. S. on their
thirteenth North American tour.
American Tour
Sol Hurok's famed Vienna Choir Boys, on tour in America for
the thirteenth time since their founding 458 years ago, will appear
in Hill Auditorium as the seventh concert in this year's Choral Union
Well-received for their performance in Ann Arbor last season,
the Boys also appeared on television's Omnibus and the Perry Como
The troupe of more than 20 boys is also featured in "Cinerama"
and has recorded extensively on several labels. Last New Year's
Eve the group made a surprise appearance in the Metropolitan
Opera's Gala Performance of "Fledermaus."
Imperial Decree
Founded by Imperial decree in 1458, Vienna's historic Konvikt
School which trains the Boys presented performances before the

Concert stage excerpts from
three Broadway opera successes
will be presented by the fourth
group in this year's Extra Con-
cert Series, the' dePaur Opera
Conducted by Leonad dePaur
te newly-ormed organization
wil present music from "Prgy
and Bess," "Carmen Jones" and
"Four Saints in Three Acts."
While this is the first time the
Opera Gala has performed in Ann
Arbor, its predecessor, the dePaur
Infantry Chorus, has been heard
here on several occasions, the last
beiny two years ago,
The new dePaur group combines
the talents of a chorus of 25
mixed voices and a 35-member
Also accompanying the group
are several soloists, including Inez
Matthews and Lawrence Winters.
As mezzo-soprano, Miss Matthews
has been leading lady of several
Broadway productions. Winters
performed at last year's May Fes-

by birth, von Karajan was se-
lected by the members of the or-
chestra, an old tradition with the
Prior to his appointment to the
Berlin Philharmonic, von Kara-
jan had been permanent musical
director of La Scala in Milan and
the London Philharmonic Orches-
To create joy by means of great
musical art throughout the con-
tinent is the orchestra's one aim.
Included in the Berlin Philhar-
monic Orchestra's repertoire for
its American tour is Beethoven's
"Symphony No. 5 in C minor,
Opus 67." "Hungarian March from
'Damnation of Faust,' Opus 10."
Handel's "Concerto grosso in B
minor, Opus 6, No. 12" and "Sym-
phony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64"
by Tschaikowsky.
Also to be pe r f orm ed are
Brahms' "Symphony No. 1 in C
minor and "Symphony No. 2 in D
major, Haydn's Symphony No. 2 in
D major. Mahler's "Songs of a
Wayfarer" and Mozart's "Sym-
phony No. 25 in D major.
Symphony No. 4 in D minor by
Schumann, "Till Eulenspiegel's
Merry Pranks" and Don Juan by
Richard Strauss and Wagner's
Overture to "Tannhauser" and
"Prelude and Love-Death from
"Tristan und Isolde" will also be

Artur Rubinstein ..*
Eminent musician

thiscounry cme rtherlate i
hs ca rymter e n
After he b ecea me famous
throughout Europe and South
America, Rubenstein again visited
the United States in 1937. His suc-
cess is now history.
Time Magazine said this win-
ter, "He is a great artist with the
broadest popular following of any
front-rank musician in the world."
His concerts in the world's capi-
tals are sold out hours after their
announcement. In Rome tickets
for his recitals are in such demand
that lines of people waited through
the night to buy tcikets. His rec-
ord sales total a million dollars a
year. *
Rubenstein has said, "It's a
lucky thing that people are will-
ing to pay to hear me play. If they
weren't I'd play anyhow."
One Midwestern critic said of
Rubenstein, "Rubenstein played...
that means that the instrument
spoke in tones of such sheer
beauty that all other concerts of
its kind faded into paleness by

Austrian Imperial Court until the 0
Empire came to an end in 1918.!
As a result, the Konvikt School
inaugurated public concerts in!
1926 to obtain support for its pro-
grams. Hurok has managed groups
from the School on United States
tours since 1932.
Out of the thousands of boys
who are brought to the institution
each year by hopeful parents, only
trained not only in music but in
100 are accepted to be housed and
all scholastic subjects.
This year the Choir Boys will
present a costume operetta on
their program.
Divided into three parts, the
concert will open with a group of
sacred songs written in the six-
teenth and seventeenth centuries.
Following intermission, the Boys
will change from their traditional
sailor suits to high-heeled shoes,
dresses and wigs for the operetta.
Well Received
The Vienna Choir Boys were
well received by critics all over the
U. S. on their last American tour.
One critic said, "It would be dif-
ficult to say which part of the
program was the most charming,
impressive or worthwhile. There
is a purity and impersonality
about the boys' voices especially
suited to the sacred music of the
Renaissance. provided it is sung
with the polish, clarity and per-
fection of detail which these boys

Ticket Sales
Season tickets for the 1955-56
Choral Union Series and the Extra
ConertSeries are available in
lumedamounts in all price
Tickets for single concert in
*Concert Series will be available to
the public beginning September
24. After this time both season
tickets and single tickets may be
It was pointed out by charles
A. Sink, president of the Univer-
sity Musical Society that a large
saving amounting almost to fifty
percent can be made by purchas-
ing season tickets.
Tickets may be purchased at
the University Musical Society of-
fices in Burton Tower. However
ticket sales on the night of the
concert will be handled at the Hill
Auditorium box office.
Season tickets for the Choral
Union include a price range from
$10.00 in the top Bacn to$70
cert Series season tickets range
from $5.00 in the top balcony to
$8.50 in Block A.
Single concert ticket prices for
both series range from $3.50 to

ganization to the United States.
Robert Ca s ade s us, eminent
French pianist will perform in the
chestra under the baton of Andre
vember 20 fooed by Aru u
benstein who will make his ninth
appearance here, January 14.
Boys Choir
Ia n an a ft r n o o n ce rt Sun -
Boys will be heard at Hill Audi-
torium. Solomon, the distin-
guished British pianist, will per-
form in the eighth concert of the
Choral Union Series January 20. I
The appearance of two of the
leading major orchestras in the
United States will close the series.
Thor Johnson conducting the
26 and the Cleveland Orchestra
directed by George Szell will per-
form Sunday, March 1.
Extra Series
The 11th annual Extra Concert
Series will open Thursday, Octo-
ber 11 with the appearance of
Mantovani and his New Music.
The second concert of the extra
phony on October 17, who are als
scheduled to perform in the Choral
Union Series.
Following the appearance of the
Boston Symphony will be Elisa-
beth Schwarzkopf, German con-
cert and opera singer who will
perform November 14.
The dePaur Opera Gala are next
featured in the Extra Series. The
organization under the direction
of Leonard dePaur, conductor will
appear Thursday, January 10.
* Boston Pops
The Boston Pops Tour Orches-
tra directed by Arthur Fiedler will
close the Extra Concert Series in
a Sunday afternoon concert,
1March 3.

Opera Star
To Appear
Kurt Baum, noted Metropolitan
Opera star, will perform Oct. 4 in
Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium.
Born in Czechoslovakia with a
German name, the singer is the
ranking tenor of the Metropolitan
Opera's Italian wing. This is most
unusual in the operatic world
where few Italian tenors would at-
t emp a Germian operatic role, or
When Biaum first came to the
United States In 1939, he was giv-
en the role of Radames in the Chi-
cago Opera's production of "Aida."
Last summer he flew to England
especially to star in a command
performance of "Aida" before Her
1Majesty, the Queen, as part of the
Coronation festivities.
Baum's debut at the Metropoli-
tan was in a German opera,
Strauss' "Rosenkavalier" but his
role was that of an Italian tenor,
although the language was Ger-
As proof of his versatility, Baum
has starred in the leasling roles
of the great German operas, "Lo-
hengrin" and "Meistersinger," as
well as in "Manon Lescaut," "An-
drea Chenier," "Carmen," and
"Samson and Delilah" in the
French Repertory.
Baum has also established a
good reputation in Europe and
Latin America. For severa sa-
Europe's most famous music cen-
ters: La Scala, Milan, Florence's
May Festival and leading opera
houses and summer festivals.

Can.Cans, Marches Feature



Traditional performances of(1
the "Messiah" are scheduled for o ge ze
Saturday, December 1 at 8:30 pim. o g S e
and Sunday, December 2 at 2.30 To Conduct
Quartetto Italiano, world ie-
nown musical organization. wil l Orchestra
be heard in three concerts Feb-
ruary 15, 16 and 17. The concerts The Cleveland Orchestra
will be featured at the 17th an- Inual Ann Arbor visitor for
nual Chamber Music Festival. iten years, maintains the t~
Also scheduled for the coming this year as it presents t
musical season is the 64th annual concert in this season's
May Festival to be held May 2-5. Union series.
Performing in the annual festival Conducted by the re
mandy, the University Choral phony orchestras of the w
Union and the Festival Youth! The Cleveland Orchest
chorus under the direction of Ifounded by the Russian-A
Geneva Nelson. conductor. Nikolai Sokolc
- later conducted by Artu
Thor Johnson "~Fllowing the Second
War, Szell took over thn
To Coductand raised the organiza
To Co ductquality of personnel and
Thor Johnson, former assistant mance.
professor at the University's~ The personnel was enla
ISchool of Music, will conduct the the full complement of 10
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra finest orchestral musician
on Tuesday, February 26 at Hill IUnited States, And the se
Auditorium. tended to a total of 30 wee
With musical training from the The Orchestra is noted
IUniverstiy of North Carolina and ildren's concerts, now be
1 ~ ..m _ e . epiit,- a timis anrm

All over the country, wherever
light music is enjoyed the Boston
Pops Orchestra is known for the
handling and production, in its
own inimitable way, of popular
and semi-classical musi. ous
and the medium of the phono-
grapb record the Pops has a na-
tion-wide reputation for rousing
marches, thunderous can-cans,
comic satires on popular songs
and its own renditions of theme
Imusic from cigarette commercials.
All of these variations and many
more make up an evening's enter-
I -Minmapnt wifh the Pnn - n


across the country, particularly on "The charm of these evenings,"
the phonograph record. Fiedler the critic continues, "is partly due
andtheBoson op wee oe o Ito food and tobacco and demo-
andtheBoson op wee oe o }cratic assembly, and partly, of
the earliest ff'usicai groups to sell course, to the music."
more than a million copies (a rec- iMuch of the credit for the suc-
ord often beaten these days) of jcess of the Pops during the past
a single recording. 25 yearo muto tAo it.slvr
"Jalousie"s and "Gaite Parisienne" hardcnutr rhrFelr
That recording was, of cour'se, The brilliant conductor came up
the immensely popular "Jalousie." through the ranks, so to speak, as
In past years, the Pops has also Ihe joined the Pops as a violinist
recorded top-selling albums, with I i 1915 - allowing him to cele-
Off enbach's "Gaite Parisienne" bae his 40th anniversary with
near the top of the list, and in de- jthe orchestra last year.
mand at all record stores. One of Fiedler's strongest pen-
On its fifth American tour, 1chants makes itself known on the
t~hp Pong will nnneai for a single cross-country tours of the orches-

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the last
,he last
ra was
ff. and
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tion in
perf or-
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O of the
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ason ex-
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