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tBand, Singing
e Choral Series
-classical," formed in 1741 as part of the regi-
Viennese ment of the same name. ;t was
Strausses formed on order of Empress Maria
es has re- Theresa who thought that each
regiment should have its own band
olders will to stimulate troops on parade or
I hear this in battle.
the bands After being stationed in Vienna,
the elder the band gradually obtained itsJ
schmeister Viennese touch, playing for armyI
dances and other social events. 1
n "Vienna The band has not been to the
concert of United States since 1893 when it
played at the Chicago World's Fair..
edy paSS- Add Dancing Grbup
roes. Beth Another part. of the troupe, the
European Singing Boys and Girls of the
eatured in Vienna Woods, have added a danc-
ing group. The dancing group spe-
clalize in native folk dances per-
formed in costume.
ann is the Another feature of "Vienna on
ster Band. Parade" will be -the Grinzing
following Sehrammel Ensemble. It was or-
had to be ganized during 'the day of Franz
ain Herr- Josef by the Schrammels as a
make the quartette specializing in Viennese
in organi- music. The other half of the en-
semble's names comes from the
Band was city in which the quartette settled.

Fritz Reiner
To Conduct

S mphony

CELEBRATED CHOIR-Vienna Boys Choir will feature a tostume
operetta in their Ann Arbor program during their tour of the
4United States. Their performance will also include a group of
16th and 17th century sacred songs, secular music and folk songs.
RenownedBoy sA choir
To Appear i-n A nn. Arbor

Hungarian-born Fritz Reiner
fell into orchestra conducting
strictly by accident.
An 18-year-old pinging coach at
the Budapest Opera, Reiner found
hixpself conducting a performance
of "Carmen" when the staff con-
ductor became ill.
Earns Post
His performance earned him al
post as first conductor at the
Landes theatre. Five years later
he became a regular conductor at
the Budapest Volksoper and Rein-
er was well on his way.
This March, almost fifty years
later, the conductor of the Chi-
cago Symphony Orchestra will
bring his organization to Ann Ar-
bor as part of the Choral Union
Series. Reiner and his orchestra
will appear here Sun., March 2.
Wins Acclaim
All this was far in the future
when Reiner volunteered to help
out in Budapest. Like Toscanini,
his inspired performances won
him acclaim and a subsequent
full-time job as conductor.
Within seven years of that first
performance, he was named musi-
cal director of the Dresden Opera.
His most recent honors came
when he was the only American
conductor invited to conduct the
opening performance in the new
Vienna State Opera House.
Plan Concerts
For Annual
May Festival

The world-famous Vienna Boys
Choir, appearing here in the Ex-
tra Concert Series on Sun., Jan.
12, is really three .choirs.
Vienna's Konvikt School, home
of the choirs, has three such
groups. Two are on tour through-
out the year, while-the third per-
forms services at St. Stephen's in
A rotation, system permits each
boy: to visit every country on the
choir's itinerary before his voice.
changes. Voice changing is the
prime difficulty of the choir. It
is one of the few musical. organi-
zations in the world which neces-
sarily has a complete turnover of.
personnel every six years.
Despite this the, Vienna Choir
Boys have kept singing since 1498,
with no decline in quality.
Undergoes Training
Each' boy entering the school
undergoes two -years of interisive
training before being permitted to
sing in one of the choirs. Only
one tenth of the applicants to the
five-century-old school are ad-
The school is more than a voice
training center. Every boy also re-
ceives intensive training in schol-

ar . . . Returns for "Messiah."
ists To Highlight,
mas 'Messiah'

astic subjepts. This training con-
tinues when on tour.
The boys have their own nurse
and teacher when they travel.
When possible, the nurse prepares
food for them in the kitchen of
whatever hotel they are lodging
in. Along with sight-seeing tours,
concerts and travel schedules, the
boys are required to have 12 hours
sleep nightly.
In Vienna, the boys stay-in the
Augarten Palace .n the winter.
and a resort in the Austrian Alps
in the summer.,
Organized in 1498
The troupe of more than 20
boys, aged eight to fourteen years,
are members of an organization
which dates, back to 1498, when
Emperor Maximilian I established
the choir by Imperial decree. The
group was subsidized by the
Hapsburgs until the first Word
Since the first World War, the
choir has been supported by pri-
vate funds, supplemented. by the'
income derived from concert tours.
'which began In 1926. They have
made 13 trips to North America,



of the


University Musical Society's
6th Annual May Festival will be
p1tesented in Hill Auditorium May
1, 2, 3 and 4.
Six concerts have been planned
for this annual spring fesval.
The world renowned Philadel-
phia Orchestra under the baton of
Eugene 'Ormandy again will be
among 'the performers in this
series. This orchestra has ap-
peared in Ann Arbor in past years
during the Festival season.
Other performers will be the
University Choral Union with
Thor Johnson, guest conductor
and Lester McCoy, conductor and
Festival Youth Chorus under the
direction of Marguerite Uood. So-
loists are to be announced at a
later date.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Sunday, March


irano Adele Addison an
ralto Eunice Alberts, aloe
the University Choral Ur
and the Musical Society, O
tra, will return to the stag
ill Auditorium for repeat pei
ances. 'Appearing with the:
be tenor Harold Haugh an
Paul Matthen.
ss Addison, a member of, ti
York City Opera Compan
been soloist with the Bosto
phony Orchestra for seve
ins. She has also appeare
the Clicago Symphony O
ra and 'the New England Or
Nompany. Her performancei
'Messiah" here last year wo
al acclaim.
Debuts With Symphony
as Alberts also has been
t with the Boston Symphon
estra many times; she mad
musical debut with that o
ation in 1946 and was se
I 'by Serge Koussevitsky- t
ar at his farewell concert i
She has sung with the Ne
Philharmonic Orchestr
the Philadelphia Orchestrf
ig others.
th artists were brought u
Aston and both studied i
city before beginning the
ssional careers there. Mis
'ts is primarily noted a
rt singer. However, she als
had operatic experience, ap
ng in the Broadway produc

tion of "The Rape of Lucretia"
in 1949, with the New York City
Center Opera.
Of Miss Addison has appeared:
e_ chiefly in New York and Boston.'
In addition, she toured France
ad with the Ceceilla Choral Society,.
ng singing before 9,000 people in the
n- Cathedral of Notre Dame. She
r-' has recorded with the Robert
ge Shaw Chorale.
r- Recognized Aa Greatest
m The work which they will be
id performing in December has been
recognized since its first perform-
he Ance as the greatest of all oratori-
y, os. Tradition says that Handel,
n when composing it, worked 'vir-'
n tually ceaselessly for 24 days, un-
ed til the work was completed.
r- The story is that Handel was in
p- the depths of despair when he re-
in ceived. the libretto for the oratorio
in from Charles Jennens, a poet for
whom Handel had 'no admiration.
Ordinarily not a pious man, Han-
del felt inspired by. the libretto,




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Saturday, December 7 at 8:30 P.M., and Sunday, December 8 at 2:30


Performed In Ireland
After Handel completed' the
work, London would have no part
of its performance. The great
composer went to Ireland; where,
on April 14, 1742, the work was
first performed.
The story of the first London
performance is well known : how
King George II, overcome with
feeling; rose to his feet at the -be
ginning of .the "Hallelujah Cho-
rus" and the crowd stood with the'
King, commencing the tradition
of standing during the. perform-
ance of the oratorio. This tradi-
tion will again be upheld at 111l

The "University Cho-ral Union
LESTER McCOY, Conductor


Tickets on Sale
at Burton Tower Now!



$17.00-Block A. A few remaining unclaimed
in the three center sections on both MainI
and in First Balcony, ftorit to rear.
$14.00-Block B.. Two side sections on bothl
Floor and in First Balcony, front to rear.
$12.00-Block C. Top.Balcony, first 8 rows.
$10.00-Block D. Top Balcony, rear 13 rows.




$8.50-Block A. Three center sections on both Main
Floor and in First Balcony, front to rear.
$7.00"-Block B.. Two -side sections on both Main
Floor and in First Balcony, front to rear.
$6.00-Block C. Top Balcony, first 8 rows.
$5.00-Block D. Top Balconv, rear 13 rows.

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