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Harmonies of Nature
Give Spiritual Power
Easter Morning Is Time for
Realization of Divine
Power of Music.
By Alice Eversman.
AT NO time of the year is one so conscious of the music, of nature as on j
Easter morning. Then comes the realization, with renewed force, of ]
how, in the creation of the Universe, music ‘was given a prominent!
part. It Is as though the Creator, in planning the good things for
His creatures, knew that not only the eye. but the ear. should be pleased,
end so He incorporated lovely sounds into His world which would prove an
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humanity.
He gave us the varied songs of birds,
the wind in the trees, the melodies of
water in motion, the sound of the
battle of clouds and the gentle mur
mur of rain. These are His music,
which reflects the omnipotence and
the loving thought of the Redeemer,
who today accomplished His great
sacrifice for His loved ones.
In nature's music there are all the
elements of man-made music. It is
as if the Divinity provided a basis on
which the specially gifted ones of the
earth could forge their magnificent
musical structures. Since great music
can only be fashioned from noble
sentiments. He has given us examples
of purity in the songs of the birds,
tenderness and gentleness in the play
of the wind, power and loftiness in
the roll of the thunder, and nobility in
the ceaseless movement of water. At
the same time. He has indicated that
the rhythm of life's music takes in the
lyric, the poetical and the dramatic.
Yet these elements of music are
capable of infinite variation, as He
has allowed to be manifest in the
many changes that are brought into
play in these essentially simple
harmonies of nature.
J-JE HAS left to man the power of
emotional response to the basic
music of the world, and made of him
the bridge between the spiritual and
the material. To a very choice few
He has given a largeness of mental
scope and an intensity of feeling with
which to elaborate the essentials of
music. And these rhosen ones have
never overlooked or been unresponsive
to the harmony of nature, finding in
it a never-ending source of inspiration.
By means of nature's music they
have kept on the path ordained for
them, renewing their faith In their
destiny and the power to express it
by communion with it. Whenever
life has harried them, they have not
fought solace in material things, but
In a return to the beauties of nature.
Unfortunately, the number of those
especially "in tune with the infinite"
I' small, yet in each human heart is
planted an appreciation of nature's
music and a response of some degree
to man's greater development of it.
If was not intended that all should be
makers of music, for some have been
left inarticulate in this respect. But
they have been g.ven the power to use
its influence in their own progress,
toward the perfection w hich the Resur
rection signifies today. Nothing il
lustrates the beauty of the Creator
like the pure and sweet harmony with
which He has given voice to His work.
The music of nature is utterly sim
ple. There is no emotion or mentality
connected with it. It is unadulterated
beauty of the order which man' may
achieve only after long striving. Yet
man is endowed by divine right with
feeling and thought with which to
work out his destiny. The framework
of nature has been given to him to
elaborate upon with these superior
gifts which are his birthright. Given
a basis in the music of nature, it was
intended for him to embellish it with
the warmth of his sentiments and
the depth of his thought. The gr°at
composers who. we like to believe, are
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I immortal recognized this fact, yet
I others, in the pride of their mental
J power, would maintain that keenness
i of mental processes and vividness of
| imagination, are sufficient. Yet, like
j the biblical story of Martha and Mary,
! those who are guided by the strength
and warmth of their feeling have
| chosen the better part.
^fHAT is expected of those who
make music is also demanded of
those who listen to it. They must open
their hearts, meeting the emotional
expression of music with an equal
emotional response, clearing the way
for an influx of the essentials of na
ture's music, purity, sweetness and no
bility. When these basic elements of
music meet and mingle with the
great endowments of man, then does
the human being near the quality of
spirituality from which angels were
made.
Were one wanting in faith, one need !
j only stop to consider music to realize 1
that the order of life has something
more back of it than a scientific proc
ess by which the world is kept going
Whence comes the might to move the
hearts of people with the "concord of
sweet sounds." to create the match
less harmonies and the powerful
| speech of music? Whence comes the
answering response which the human
heart cannot deny, when the strains
of music, like a memory from some
loved and lost homeland, grip us and
will have their way with us, no mat
ter how resisting? How is it possible
that all cate can be shed from us
j through the loveliness of a bird's song
or peace descend upon us with the
murmur of rippling water or why
does the heart feci its strength when
one hears the deep-throated thunder
or the mighty boom ot the ocean in
its play? Surely this is proof of some
superior mind back of the biological
foundation of humanity.
QN THOSE who interpret music is
laid the mantle of a priesthood
which must work by faith and with
out knowledge of the good they ac
complish. But greater than any other
is the profession which gives out the
great music of the world to those who
1 yearn for it, for they work with in
tangible material so delicately bal
anced that one false move may shat
i ter the marvelous thought incorpo
rated in it. The interpreter ranks with
the composer, for without him music
would remain a mute thing on paper,
its glorious voice locked in an inani
mate form and its message hidden
from all humanity. Therefore it be
hooves the one on whose shoulders
falls the burden of liberating the great
musical thoughts of God-given genius
to realize his responsibility and to
i prepare for it in humility of spirit and
concentration of all his powers.
And for those who receive the bless
ing of music it is their duty to gather
the heaven-sent strains into their
hearts, knowing that, although man
made. they are God-inspired, and sub
mit to their influence for spiritual
development toward the end for which
Christ sacrificed His life so many cen
turies ago today.
PRESENT CIBULSKI
IN MODERN MUSIC
^NDRE CIBULSKI. widely ac
claimed both here and abroad as
an interpreter of modem music, will
appear at the National Press Club
auditorium on Sunday, April 24, 8:30
pm, at a meeting marking 10 years
of the establishment of Biro-Bidjan,
the Jewish autonomous state in the
Soviet Union. Also on this program
Soviet Ambassador Alexander Trov
anovsky will make his first public ap
pearance in Washington.
Mr. Cibulski has appeared with the
New York Philharmonic and the
Philadelphia Orchestras and has been
highly praised for his artistic inter
pretations of international folk songs.
He will be accompanied by Frances
Dillon. String music will be furnished
bv a trio, consisting of Howard
Mitchell, cellist; Herbert Bangs,
violinist, and Sol Sax, pianist, all of
the National Symphony Orchestra.
Concert Schedule
Today.
Nt ional Symphony Orchestra,
Dr Hans Kindler. conductor;
Feri Roth, violinist; Sylvia Meyer,
harpist; United States Chamber
of Commerce. 4 p m.
Marine Band. Easter sunrise
service, Arlington Cemetery, 7
a.m.
Tomorrow.
Coolidge Quartet. Library of
Congress. 0 p.m.
Navy Band. Sail Loft. Navy
Yard. 2:30 p.m.
Army Band, Army Auditorium,
6 p.m.
Tuesday.
Marine Band, Marine Barracks,
S p.m
Soldiers' Home Band Orchestra.
5:30 p.m.
Wednesday.
Coolidge Quartet, Library of
Congress, 8:45 p.m.
Pro Musica String Quartet,
Washington Club, 8:45 p.m.
High School Choral Club of
Anderson, Ind., Ruth Hill, direc
tor; Washington Chapel, Six
teenth and Columbia road, 8 p.m.
Marine Band Symphony Or
chestra, Marine Barracks, 8 p.m.
Thursday.
Blanca Renard, piano recital,
Arlington Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Army Band, Army Auditorium,
3 :30 p.m.
Soldiers' Home Band Orchestra,
5:30 p.m.
Friday.
Coolidge Quartet. Library of
Congress, 8:45 p.m.
Friday Morning Music Club.
Louis Potter, pianist : Ruby Potter,
soprano; Barker Hall, 11:30 a.m!
Marine Band, Marine Barracks,
S p.m.
Saturday.
Army Band, Army Auditorium,
11:30 a.m.
Soldiers’ Home Band Orches
tra. B:30 p.m,
L
! STUDENT PRINCE'
TO BE GIVEN HERE
'Y'HE Columbia Light Opera's next
presentation. Sigmund Romberg's
"Student Prince." will be given early
in May. under the direction of Ethel
Manning.
Rehearsals for "The Student Prince” .
are well advanced, preparing for two
performances. Two principal casts i
have been selected and include the fol
lowing: Kathie, Elizabeth Neuman and
Donne O'Delle: Prince, David Manley; !
Dr Engle, Howard Moore; Lucas. Ken
neth Burgess and Ernest Bourne; Von
Asterberg, James Magill; Detlef, Wil
liam Brown and Domonic Bairado;
Gretchen, Edith HSffman Jones and
Bernadette Crouch; Lutz, Florenz
Hinz; Ruder. Charles Moran; Princes, I
Marion McGinley and Ruth Koberlv;
Tarnitz, W. S. Brower; Hubert, Chal- j
oner Barnes; Von Mark. J. Sanders; j
Duchess, Frances Jackson and Leila
Stanley: Countess. Elizabeth Tower;
Toni, Clifford Leonard: Amheim, j
Richard Quill, with a chorus of 60, the
entire group numbering 78.
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SING ‘RIGOLETTO’
AT WARDMAN PARK
J)OROTHY REMINGTON and Wil
liam Webster, who was a protege
of Enrico Caruso, will present a per
formance of Verdi's "Rigoletto'' at the
Wardman Park Theater May 10 at
8:30 p.m. The cast includes Floerine
Hurley, contralto, and Edwin Drink
ard. baritone, who made their debut
with the Chicago Opera at the Rialto
Theater March 12, and Mrs. Edmund
Coffey, coloratura soprano, who will
be heard in the role of Lucia in "Lucia
di Lammermoor” with the Chicago
company next season. Tickets are on
sale at T. Arthur Smith's Concert
Bureau.
Church Musicale.
MUSICALE, sponsored by the i
Delta Circle of the Church of St, j
Stephen and the Incarnation, will be ■
given Friday evening in the parish !
hall at 8:30.
Artists will include Stephen Grey,
tenor; Gladys Roberts, contralto;
Elizabeth Waters, soprano; George
Dixon Thompson, pianist; Elizabeth
Lambert Hebb, diseuse; Helen Robi
chaux, soprano; Kenton Terry, flutist;
Ruth Kobbe, contralto; Irving
Chandler, tenor; Nancy Stillwell Wil
liamson, contralto, and Adolpf Tor
ovsky, pianist. Accompanying the
singers will be Myrtle Alcorn, Helen
Eddy, Adolph Torovsky and Claudine
Ferguson. The program is under the
direction of Claudine Ferguson and
will be repeated on the evening of
May 3 in the Ephiphany Parish Hall
for the benefit of the Church Music
Society. At the latter date Edna
Wheelwright, soprano, will also be
heard, accompanied by Sterling
Wheelwright.
Piano and Voice.
'T'HE Friday Morning Music Club
will present a piano and voice re
cital by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Potter at
its regular meeting In B rker Hall on
Friday at 11:30 am
A
The Pro Musica Quartet,
Frederick Dvonch and Jeno
Sevely, violinists; Ralph Hersh,
violist, and William Brennand,
cellist, will be heard in con
cert on Wednesday evening at
the Washington Club.
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ROSE BAMPTON.
Noted Metropolitan Opera soprano, uho will sing the role of
Leonora in the performance of “II Trovatore" to be'given at Con
stitution Hall on Thursday. April 28.
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CARLETON SMITH,
Music commentator for the Salzburg Music Festival and music
critic for Esquire Magazine, is to be one of the guest speakers at
the authors' breakfast on Saturday at the VJillard Hotel during
the biennial convention of the League of American Pen Women.
Mr. Smith will speak on the Salzburg Festival.
Fine Artists
In Coming
Events
Concerts Arranged
For-Next Season
In Capital.
A CIRCULAR announcing the three
series of concerts to be given un
der her management at Constitution
Hall next season has been received
from the office of Dorothy Hodgkin
Dorsey, prominent Washington con
cert manager, who will present some
17 musical attractions for the season
cf 1938-39 As usual, Mrs Dorsey will
sponsor two Sunday afternoon con
cert series of six attractions each, all
at 4 p.m , and one Tuesday evening
series of five conceits, all at 8:30 pm. 1
Among the scheduled appearances
is a Sunday afternoon recital of Ben
iamino Gigli, ranking Italian tenor
at the Metropolitan Opera until the
financial debacle of 1929 and succeed
ing years forced a reorganization of
that great organization. Mr. Gigli
has nr>t b^en heard in Washington
since 1932, Another interesting Sun
day aficrnoon event should b" the
full-length recital of Josef and Ro=ina
Lhevinne, the distinguished duo
pianists, who were heard here last
season as soloists with the National
Symphony Orchestra. Their appear
ance here under Mrs. Dorsey's man
agement next season will mark their
first full-length recital in Constitution
Hall.
The circular also lists the reappear
ance on Mrs. Dorsey's concert sched
ule of Josef Hofmann. Bidu Sayao,
Brazilian soprano of the Metropoli
tan Opera, who appeared last January
in place of the indisposed Gina Cigna;
John Charles Thomas. Metropolitan
Opera baritone, and the joint recital .
of Richard Crooks and Kathryn
Meisle, tenor and contralto, respec
tively. of the same organization.
The attractions of Mrs. Dorsey'*
three 1938-39 concert, series are an
nounced in detail as follows:
First Sunday series—Josef and
Rosma Lhevinne. duo-pianists, Octo- ,
ber 23; Nino Martini, tenor. Metro
politan Opera. November 8; Don Cos
sack Russian Male Chorus (ninth an
nual concert i. December 11; Gladys
Swarthout. soprano, Metropolitan
Opera. January 8: Heifetz, violinist,
February 19, and Nelson Eddy, bari- :
tone. March 19.
Second Sunday series—Lawrence
Tibbett. baritone. Metropolitan Opera.
November 20; Beniamino Gigli, noted
Italian tenor, December 4; Yehudi
Menuhin, violinist. January 22; Lily
Pons, soprano. February 5: Bidu Sayao,
soprano. Metropolitan Opera, March
5, and Josef Hoffmann, pianist, April 2.
The exening series—Kirsten Flag- :
stad, soprano. Metropolitan Opera.
November 8: Fritz Kreisler, violinist,
November 22: Rachmaninoff, pianist
and composer, December 13; Richard
Crooks, tenor, and Kathryn Meisle.
contralto, both of the Metropolitan
Opera, in joint recital , January 17;
John Charles Thomas, baritone, Met
ropolitan Opera, February 21.
Series ticket reservations are already !
being' made at Mrs. Dorsey's Concert
Bureau at Droop's, 1300 G street, and j
are being filled in the order of their \
receipt, subject to the prior require
ments of season ticket holders of the
season just ended.
Slavic Party.
gLENA DE SAYN STRING EN
SEMBLE. consisting of her ad
vanced violin students and assisting
artiste will be heard at a party by
the Slax'ic-American Society of Music
and Fine Arts on Monday evening.
April 25. when the society will cele
brate Easter in accordance with the
old traditions.
Violin beginners who enroll on or
before May 1. will be eligible to take
part in her student retfital scheduled
early in June, Miss de Sayn an
nounces.
MYRTLE LINDBECK, \
Lioniratto, oj Jamestown, n,
Y.,who will sing compositions
bp Elizabeth Mevo Butterfield,
chairman of music of the Pen
Women’s Convention, assisted
bp Margaret Richardson, vio
linist, at the benefit concert
for St. Albarfs Binsted Branch
of the Woman’s Auxiliary on
Friday at the home of Mrs.
W. B. Freeman,
i
I
In Local Music Circles
ELEANOR AVANT, chairman of
music of the Newcomb Club,
announces that the annual
special musical program of the
club will be given Friday afternoon
at the home of Elisha Hanson on Old
Georgetown road. Mrs. Av8nt will
give a talk on the general theme of
the program, the universal and varied
interpretation of various phases of
nature in music. Ruth L. Morgan, so
prano. will be the soloist in two groups
of songs illustrating Mrs. Avant's pa
per. One group will be bird songs of
various nations, including "The Sky
lark." by GretchaninofT. and the "Bal
ia tells." from Pagliacci.
The Newcomb-Bethesda Community
Singers will present the final group,
including Strauss' "Greeting to
Spring." which has become a feature
of this spring program of the club
each year. Gertrude Smallwood Mock
bee will accompany Mrs. Morgan and
the singers and will also present two
groups of piano solos Illustrating the
theme of the program.
The James Reese Europe Post. No.
5. American Legion. Department of
the District of Columbia, will present
the concert, and radio artists, the
Dixie Harmonies, at the Metropolitan
Baptist Church. R street between
Twelfth and Thirteenth streets N W .
Wednesday evening at 8:15 o'clock
sharp
Legionaires and their friends are,
invited to attend. George W. Reed is
adjutant and Robert M. Williams
commander.
Blanca Renard. Chilean pianist, will
give a piano recital at the Arlington
Hall Scnool Thursday evening at 8:30
o'clock.
The next meeting and rehearsal of
the Rubinstein Club will be held
Tuesday evening at 7:45 at the Wil
lard Hotel. Business relative to the
annual election will be conducted at
this time.
At the musical to be given Friday
in St. Stephen's Parish Hall, Helen
Robichaux. accompanied by Myrtle
Alcorn, will sing two compositions by
Elizabeth Lambert Hebb. A musical
recitation "Roses and Other Posies"
and "An East Indian Lullaby" with
flute obligato.
Emily Marsh Withers, lyric soprano,
recently gave two groups of songs be
fore the Susan Reviere Hetzel Chap
ter, D. A. R„ with Hester Smithey at
the piano. Mrs. Withers also gave
an informal program at the Epiph
any Church Home with Mrs. J. Qil
mer Komer, jr., accompanying her.
Anne Yago McGufley was. in New
York for the past week rehearsing for
the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to
ae given here April 18 through April
30, in which she will take the roles
for which she is so well known.
The Washington Alumnae Club of
Mu Phi Epsilon held its April meet
ing at the home of Helen Torrey.
Willie Kimbrough Bryant, formerly
3f Mu Chapter, Brenau College, was
a guest at the meeting. After the
regular business meeting Phyllis Fer
gus Hoyt of the Chicago Chapter en
tertained informally with some of her
own compositions.
Maria Nabholz was the special
soloist on Palm Sunday at the Brent
wood M. E. Church. Mrs. Nabholz is
a member of the Washington Opera
Guild.
Thelma Hardy was soloist for the
All States Glee Club in their recent
concert. Marie Morris acting as ac
companist.
A musicale was given on ' Friday
afternoon at the Cleveland Park Stu
dio by the senior group of pupils of
Etta Schmid Wells and Marjory Mor
rison-Smith. Those who took part
were: Elaine• Torbert, Dorothy Good
man, Lois Heckinger. Ruth Ann Har
ris, John Barker, Jane Wells, Betty
Eiseman. Ann Distler, Sylvia Wells.
The Juniors gave their program on
Saturday morning, Those playing
wan: Fred Palawan, Billy Wolf, Philip
L
Barash. Helen Bachman, Jean De
Prez. Jerry Schwartz, Carlyn Ring.
Marcia Wolf. Patricia Jerman. Bar
bara Bachman. Bettigene Jerman,
Dorothy Lee Councilman.
Wednesday there will be a special
meeting of both groups, featuring solo
and two piano numbers.
Beulah B. Chambers presented
two students, Arthur Krop. 17. and
Acker Young. 13. In two piano re
citals at her studio on Sunday after
noon.
Thelma Doyle of the Washington
Opera Guild was soloist last week
for the Colorado State Society; sang
in recital at Trinity Hall: and. with
Ida Wood and Mildred Moore, gave a
costume recital for the Masonic
Home, p.nd on Army Day. at Mount
Alto Hospital. Martha MacConnell
was the accompanist.
The Young Men s Jubilee Chorus
of the Friendship Baptist church will
render a special program featuring
gospel and spiritual songs at the Ver
mont Avenue Baptist Church on
Thursday, at 8 30 p m., under the
auspices of the Social Service Depart
ment of the Vermont Avenue Baptist
Church.
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Philadelphia
Orchestra’s
New Season
Five Programs Have
Been Arranged
*For Capital.
J^ENOUX SMITH. Washington man
ager of the Philadelphia Sym
phony Orchestra, announces that the
dates for the five programs to be given
in the National Capital by that or
ganization next season will be October
25. November 29, January 31, Febru
ary 28 and March 21.
Mr. Smith also announces the solo
ists to appear with the orchestra on
those programs. The great Norwegian |
soprano, Kirsten Flagstadt, supreme!
Isolde of the Metropolitan Opera
Co.'s singers, will be guest soloist on
the program January 31, 1939. Serge
Rachmaninoff, whose symphonic work,
"The Bells,” was played by the or
crestra two years ago. will be guest
soloist with the orchestra again.
Music from Richard Wagner's fa
mous "Nibelungen Ring" of four operas
will be given, with singers in solo and
choral work as well as the purely or
chestral parts of that amazing con
tinued story in operatic form. Georges
Enesco, brilliant Rumanian violinist,
composer and conductor, will be fea
tured artist on February 28, with Saul
Caston, trumpeter of the orchestra,
also a soloist on that program.
Eugene Ormandy will be conductor
for the major portion, at least, of these
programs. Leopold 8tokowski is listed
to conduct the final program, March
21, but this is tentative and subject to
cancellation.
Subscribers in Washington for the
series of Philadelphia Orchestra pro
grams are reminded that, if they de
sire the same seats next year, they
should renew their subscriptions by
May 15, 1938. Only season reserva
tions can be made at this time for both
new and old subscribers. Exact seat lo
cation will be given new subscribers
after May 15. All inquiries should be
addressed to the T. Arthur Smith Con
cert Bureau, 910 G street N.W.
Gregor Talks.
TJBNRY GREGOR'S first talk at the
Phillips Memorial Gallery this
week will take place tomorrow at 3:30
o'clock, when his subject will be "Music
aqd the stage." On Tuesday evening
at 8:30 o’clock he will talk on “The
History of the Orchestra and Orches
tral Music."

Easter Concert Ends
Season for Symphony
Presented Through Coolidge
Provision at Chamber
Of Commerce.
BRINGING its 1937-8 season's activities to a close today with a cham
ber-orchestra concert, to be conducted by Dr Hans Kmdler. the
National Symphony Orchestra Association is preparing lor its annual
meeting.
Todays chamber orchestra concert, a special Easter Sunday program,
in which 38 members of the National Symphony Orchestra will participate, is
unuu^Ji me courteay 01 r,iiza
beth Sprague Coohdge. The program
will be held in the United States Cham
ber of Commerce Auditorium and will
begin at 4 p.m. The public is cordially
invited to attend the concert. There
will be no admission charge and no
tickets will be necessary
The program includes Bach's
“Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in O
Major.” Couperin’s “Louis XIV Suite."
arrang'd for modem orchestra by
Mabel Wood Hill, “Introduction and
Allegro" for harp and orchestra by
Maurice Ravel, "Triptyque'’ by Alex
andre Tansman and "Trittico Botti
celliano” by Ottorino Respighi. Fen
Roth, first violinist of the Roth Quar
tet, will be soloist in the Bach com
position. while Sylvia Meyer, harpist
of the National Symphony, will play
the solo part in the Ravel work.
The Tansman and Respighi com
positions were dedicated bv their re
spective composers to Mrs. Coolidge.
The Respighi work and that by Ravel
are being played today in m'mory of
these two outstanding modern com
posers, both of whom have died with
in the last year.
^OTICES of the meeting of the
association were mailed last week
to the 1.200 individuals w ho qualify for
membership in the organization be
cause of their contributions of $25 or
more to the sustaining fund of the
orchestra. The annual meeting will
be held at 5 o'clock Thursday after
noon in the United States Chamber
of Commerce Building, 1615 H street
N W.
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Pointing to the success of the re
cent sustaining fund campaign for
$103,000. the bulletin sent out re
cently declared:
"Association members have demon
strated a lively interest in the affairs
of the orchestra, so that the annual
meeting should not be merely a per
functory affair. After all. one of the
main things to be done by association
members at this meeting, where they
are entitled to vote, is to elect mem- j
bers of the board of directors for a
three-year period. Since the board is
responsible for the policies of the
association, these posts are of the
greatest importance and we hope to
get as wide a participation as pos
sible in the balloting."
J7XPIRING this year are the terms
of four board members, three of
whom have been on the board since
the National Symphony was organ
ized. They are Mrs. Tracy Dows.
George Hewitt Myers and Waite
Bruce Howe, who is secretary of the
board. Th.p fourth member is John
Rowland Hill. The terms of four
other members, appointed by the
board since the last annual meeting,
are also to be voted upon. They are
Harold A. Brooks. Alice J. Clapp.
Charles W Eliot. 2d. and Milton W.
King.- Included in the order of busi
ness will be the report of the year's
activities and other current affairs of
the association. Corcoran Thom is
president of the organization.
Reviews of Recordings
By ALICE EVERSMAX. |
It is not often that one has the op
portunity to compare the ideas of two
celebrated conductors in their inter
pretations of the same symphonic
work. Last month the Victor Co.
released a recording of Beethoven's
"Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21"
played by the Philadelphia Orchestra
with Eugene Ormandy conducting, and
this month's release of the Columbia
people contains the same symphony
recorded by the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra, directed by Felix Wein
gartner. Hearing one after the other
is an interesting experience, bewilder
ing in a way. since both have so many
points to be commended, yet in general
are essentially different. Which re
cording would be preferred must be a
matter of personal choice for each
without the other is entirely satisfying.
"the main point of divergence is the
character which permeates the inter
pretations. Eugene Ormandy has put
an intense vitality into the perform
ance. giving it a breadth and robust
ness which nears the grandiose, while
Weingartner approaches it from a
more academic viewpoint allowing
himself an especially fine and poetic
relaxation in certain passages. Some
how. in Mr. Ormandy's version one
catches the portrait of Beethoven, the
rugged, noble and superior composer,
while at times one senses a delicacy in
Weingartner's reading not fitting in,
to the same extent, with what we know
of Beethoven's character and manner
of thinking. Yet again, one idea may
please more than another according
to the mental picture which one may
have of the great genius of symphonic
music.
From those first opening chords
which shocked the public of Beet
hoven's day inexpressibly, the differ
ence of treatment is evident. Through
out the first movement there is more
color and elasticity in Weingartner's
idea with well defined shadings and
large swelling tones while Ormandy
achieves an expansion and broadness
of sweep which the detailed effects of
the other cannot reach. The main
theme under Ormandy’s directing
pulses with vitality while the charm
ing lightness which Weingartner com
mands is at once employed with
beautiful effect.
But from the second movement the
essential difference of viewpoint be
comes more marked. The result Is
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shown most in the tempi and the In
terpretive understanding of each of
the succeeding sections, the Andante
Cantabile, the Menuetto and the con
cluding Adagio and Allegro. Mr. Or
mandy holds back the tempi slightly,
thereby never losing the impressive
nobility which is visible even in these
lighter subjects. The reading of Wein
gartner. on the contrary, takes a gay
rhythm and requires a light touch
from his men that makes for a spir
ited and carefree performance. The
climaxes are more impressive under
the Philadelphian's treatment while
the Viennese orchestra gives them the
same lively character which pervades
the entire presentation of these move
ments.
One senses the poetry of the middle
section of the symphony more through
Ormandy's reading as Weingartner
tends toward a less imaginative expo
sition preferring to stress the liveliness
and the good nature which can be
found in these movements if one is so
inclined. The two orchestras differ
also in technical treatment, the sonor
ity and warmth of the Philadelphia or
ganization being superior to that of the
Vienna Philharmonic. Such minor de
tails as sforzandi acid pianissimi to
gether with emphasized accents are
more prominent in the American than
the foreign orchestra.
But on the whole, liking one or the
other better would remain a question
of personal taste, whether the ear
more accustomed to the regulation or
chestral playing which Mr. Wein
gartner represents or to the dominition
of a definite original idea which is Mr.
Ormandy's. The latter gives the
symphony with all the repeats while
those of the first and the first part of
the second movement are omitted by
Mr. Weingartner.
Madrigal Song.
'J’HE Madrigal Singers will be pre
sented by the District of Columbia
Chapter of the American Guild of Or
ganists on Wednesday at the regional
convention of the American Guild of
Organists, to be held in Peabody Con
servatory. Baltimore, April 19 and 20.
The personnel of the group includes
Elizabeth Waters. Winifred Thomas
Clark, Elsie Rogers Graham, Gladys
Roberts, Le Vere Smith, Mary Lerch
Brice. George Roth, John L. Palmer.
Charles T.. Hiller and George F.
Madgeburger. Mrs. John Milton Syl
vester Is director.
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Opera Star
Making Her
Debut Here
Rosa Tentoni Called
Greatest in Role
Of Mme. Butterfly.
y^HEN the New York Grand Opera
Co. presents 'Puccini’s opera.
“Madame Butterfly,” at Constitution
Hall April 27, Rosa Tentoni, Metro
politan Opera soprano, who is gener
ally acclaimed as the greatest living
Mme. Butterfly, will make her Wash
ington debut. Another signal honor
has been added to Rosa Tentom's al
ready imposing record of achieve
ment In the announcement of her
selection for the soprano solo part in
r production of Beethoven's “Ninth
Symphony,” under the direction of
Dr. Walter Damrosch, to be given at
the New' York World's Fair music
festival May 1.
The “Madame Butterfly” cast,
headed bv Rosa Tentoni, will include
the following Metropolitan Opera art
ists: Pinkerton, Armand Tokatyan;
Sharpless. Joseph Royer: Suzuki,
Georgia Standing; Goro. Carlo Lcdo
vlcl; Bonzo. Nino Ruisi, and Yama
dori, Abrasha Robof.sky. The chorus
and orchestra are recruited entirely
from regular members of the Metro
politan Opera Association, thereby
assuring Washington audiences of the
highest type of performances.
On the following night. April 28,
the New York Grand Opfra Co. will
present Verdi's “II Trovatore,” with
Rose Bampton. Metropolitan Opera
soprano, taking the lead role of
Leonora. Manrico will be sung by
Sidney Ravner: Count di Luna, Carlo
Morelli: Azucena. Jean Peebles; Fer
nando, Nino Ruisi: Inez Maria San
tacara. and Ruiz. Carlo Lodovici.
Armand Tokatyan is noted for his
dramatic power of interpretation as
veil as for his artistry in singing.
Born in Bulgaria, as a boy he went
to Alexandria. Egypt, where he first
sang In public in the cafes of this
cosmopolitan city, where he absorbed
the music and languages of its poly
glot inhabitants. Going to Paris to
learn a business, instead he was soon
singing in the boulevard cafes, then
in light opera. Eventually grand opera
claimed him and Gatti-Casazza of the
Metropolitan Opera Co. heard him in
Milan and immediately engaged the
young singer for leading roles.
Sidney Ravner has the distinction
of being the first American to sing in
Carmen” in the historic Opera
Comique in Paris. Born in New
Orleans, he received his principal
operatic training in Italy, making his
debut* in Rome in 1927 in “La
Boheme.'' He followed this success
with engagements all over Italy, at
the State Opera House in Berlin and
as soloist with the Berlin Symphony
Orchestra.
Rayner made his debut at the
Metropolitan in the spring season of
1936 in “Carmen." In the winter sea
son he repeated his favorable impres
sion, first m "Cavalleria," again in
“Carmen," in “Manon." the revival of
"The Tales of Hoffmann,” “Aida" and
other operas of the repertoire.
PRO ML SICA GROUP
IN STRING CONCERT
'J'HE Pro Musica String Quartet will
give a concert on Wednesday at
8 45 p.m at the Washington Club,
1010 Seventeenth street N.W. The
program comprises the Mozart "Quar
tet in D Major (Kochel 575)," the
American quarter, of Dvorak in P
major and the Kreisler work in thi3
form in A minor. Tickets are avail
able at the A. A A. office and at the
door. Members of the quartet, are;
Frederick Dvonch and Jeno Sevely,
violinists. Ralph Hersh, viola, and Wil
liam Brennand. cello.
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Singer*, Guests.
'J'HE High School Choral Club of An
derson. Ind.. will be guest artists at
the regular organ recital Wednesday
at 8 pm. at the Washington Chape’.,
Sixteenth street and Columbia road.
Directed by Ruth M. Hill, the 74 young
singers will be heard the same day by
the D. A. R. convention, but their
program will be repeated for the pub
lic, without admission charge or offer
ing received, at the chapel.
This choir achieved national promi
nence in their appearance before a
music conductors' conference in New
York City two years ago and sang last
year at a convention in Minneapolis.
They have been heard over leading
radio stations and are well known
through the Middle West.
I
Program Given.
The first half of last, evening's
program of the German Literary' So
ciety was devoted to music. Ruth
De Jarnette, dramatic soprano, sang
"Ave Maria," by Max Bruch, and
a group of three songs by Hugo Kaun,
and two movements from Mendel
sohn’s "E Minor Quartet" were per
formed by Mary Izant Couch, piano;
Muriel Abbott Marshall, violin, and
Naomi Barnes Hewitt, cello.
Early Phono. Records, 1887-1912
Am desirous of buyint or exchanrinx roral
classical records of the above period.
Domestic or fnreitn recordints.
_EDWINS TE FF E. 1001 15th St. N.W. *
Warren F. Johnson. Organist
Church of the Pilgrims
On the Parkway at
22nd and P Sts. N.W.
Sunday Evening
7:30 O’clock
“Crucifixion” and “Resurrection"
from Smyphonic-Passion_Dupre’
Armando Jannuzzi
Grand Opera Dramatic Tenor
Voice Specialist
Italian Method
s School of be! canto
Adams 3687-J
1519 Oak St. N.W. (Cor. 16lh) •
WALTER T. HOLT
Mandolin, banjo, guitar. Hawaiian gui
tar and ukulele. Pupils trained for
home, orchestra, stage and radio play
ing.
Ensemble Practice with Nordica Clubs
1801 Col. Rd. N.W. Col. 0946
PUBLIC OMAN RECITALS
I 0 Sunday. Public Service 7 P.M.
|ilgil®asiiin9l0tt flUjaprl 4
lllllcf the Church of Je.iu* Chriet of
IIBIS Latter-Day Saints
mil 16th St. b Columbia Rd. N.W.
MH MON.. WED., rni__ P.M.
D. STERLING WHEELWRIGHT,
Director
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