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Jerry Avoided Gags
NEW YORK.—Yount Jerry
Lewis covered himself with glory.
In his tasteful handling of the ,
Academy movie awards. His
manner toward Grace Kelly
topped the evening, Jerry avoid
ing any gag references to her
forthcoming marriage, Monte
Carlo or anything else that a
gag-writer might suggest. . . •
Footnote to history: Italian mag
azine Epoca confirms earlier re
ports that Mussolini dispatched
a Nazi officer, April 24, 1945,
to Churchill, to suggest a joint
stand against Russia. The Ger
man officer, Franz Spoegler, says
he tried to contact Churchill in
1946 and again in 1950. but
failed. Mussolini was assasi
nated April 28, 1945. The last
paragraph of Mussolini’s letter:
“Send me a trusted envoy be
cause I have highly interesting
documents considering the ne
cessity for a firm stand against
the danger from the East. A
great part of the future is in
your hands. May God be with
** * *
Last time I passed through
Shannon Airport, Brendan
O’Reagan, who operates it for the
Irish government, told me that
it had grossed )1 million last
year. “You know,” said Brendan,
in a fine brogue, “if Americans'
of Irish blood each bought $5 a
year of Irish goods, the SIOO mil
lion so gained would completely
alter the economy of Ireland.”
So I bought sweaters, a boy’s
suit and dresses for the grand
children, the whole deal coming
to $53, and suggested that Bren- 1
dan mail circulars over here, ex
hibiting Waterford glass, Irish
linens, Aran sweaters and the
like. Well, it arrived in the mail
this morning, O'Regan not being
a man to let the shamrocks grow
under his feet. Drop a note to
him, at Shannon Airport, Shan
non, Ireland, and the lepre
chauns will guard you, day and
** * *
Monaco port authorities
jammed with applications for
permission to anchor in Monaco
harbor for Grace Kelly nuptials.
. . . The Julius Boroses call the
little golfer Joy. ... Sir William
McKie, Westminster Abbey or
ganist, marrying Phyllis Birks.
He was music director for the
Coronation and the Queen’s wed
ding Harry (ASCAP) Ruby’s
wife, Eileen Percy, hospitalized,
heart attack. . . . Burl Ives exits!
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” April 1,
to make MGM’s “Power and the
Pride” with Robert Taylor. . . .
Hermoine Gingold at El Morocco
with Christopher Hewett of “My
Fair Lady.” ... A $400,000 ad
vance sale for Sammy Davis jr.-i
Jack Carter's “Mr. Wonderful.”
. . . Bill Miller, jr„ Herald-Trib., j
marrying Barbara Wenner. . . .
So far, "Blackboard Jungle” 1
feesh-picked no*ißon | ' *
V.' _ 1 special.’ “ poodle” baby doll shorty shorts
*l ness, the smooth freshness of cotton. "Poodle r
I h.<UI. fl.m.iir wwH«
9 %
racked up $5.5 million.
** * *
Bulganin and Khrushchev
planning to color-film their trip
to England as they did on their
Indian tour with Nehru. Krem
lin’s top aircraft designer. Andrei
Tupolev, and atomic scientist
Igor Kurchatov accompanying
them. . . . Byrjala, Bob Mont
gomery’s TV designer, and his
missus expect a May stork. . . .
A son for the Hernando Court
rights, of Beverly Hills Hotel.
... Ed Reilly (World-Telly) weds
Jo Doherty, April 28. . . . Capi
tol’s Alan Livingston signed
Nelson Riddle to 6-year pact (his
"Lisbon Antigua” sold a million)..
. . . Jack Brechtol, NBC exec, ■
weds Mary Baylis, May 5. . .
Vic Orsatti recuperating, serious :
nose hemorrhages. . . . “Bellevue i
Is My Home.” by Dr. Salvatore
Cutolo and Times staffers Arthur
and Barbara Gelb. off the Dou
bleday presses, May 7. She’s
Jascha Heifetz’s niece.
** * *
Harry Truman receives LI.D
degree from Oxford, on his May ]
trip abroad. He and Woodrow
Wilson only U. S. Presidents ever '
to visit England, though Truman ;
only spent two hours and 25 i
minutes there, during his 1945 i
visit. . . . Academy Award win- ■
ner, “Marty.” which cost Hecht-
Lancaster $365,000. has grossed ,
$2 million. . . . The Major Rey- '
nolds of the aluminum clan ex- i
pect a June stork. . . . Art
Stanley, of dancing Dunhllls,
marrying Hazel Hays... . Medics !
ordered Orson Welles to shed 1
poundage. . . . Twins for Dore
Schary’s niece, the Theodore
Goetzes. . . . Anna Neagle’s god- :
son, David Gregory, honeymoon
ing with Antoinette Elvin. . . .
Tony Bennett a Copa smash. ... !
Ray Bolger into Empire Room,
April 2. ... A son for the Frank!;
Shakespeares Jr (CBS-TV exec.).
.. The Fred Pitteras (TV’s Dor-1
othy Hart) expect Sir Stork.
Continued From Page B-10
Everyone was telling Frances
she looked as young now as
when she was a leading lady in :
Mary Pickford and husband
Buddy Rogers are going to Eng
land in June for Buddy to make
a picture there. “And,” Mary
asked, “Will you come with me?
: I’ll be lonely while Buddy works."
. | I’d love to go, but . ..
Zsa Zsa Gabor, again escorted!
,jby Hal Hayes, was also at the
Chevalier party. This girl gets
. more beautiful as her hair getsj
i blonder. . . . Audrey Hepburn
’ and hubby Mel Ferrer were there,
and Audrey told me she is hav
jlng fun with her dancing for
"Funny Face,” “but my legs are
. tired because of soft muscles.”
j** * *
' Rosalind Russell thanked me
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for the compliments on “Picnic,”
and added that producer George
Abbott will soon be here, “And
we’ll have a party to go dancing
—you’re his favorite partner.”
I'm going to have a gay time.
Jeanne Crain is trying to de
cide between four pictures.
“We’re tearing apart our new
house in Beverly Hills,” said her
husband, Paul Brinkman, and
when I asked what style, he re
plied, “South American mod
ern. We’re putting in plenty
of glass.” It’s a huge place
with four master suites.
Dick Powell was there, but wife
June Allyson was working.
“We’re going to Europe in May
and I'll do nothing for three
wonderful months,” said Dick.
His director-producer deal at
20th-Fox doesn’t start until
** * *
Bob Hope, who was leaving
for his Palm Springs home that
night for four weeks of rest, re
ported that his picture with
Katharine Hepburn is now
titled, “The Iron Petticoat.” He
advised me never to go to Eng
land during January and Feb
ruary. “It's freezing.” He’s tell-1
ing me!
Someone said “Hi!” with a
French accent. (A good trick if;
you can do it.—Ed.). It was
Jacques Bergerac, with very
good news about his career:
“After ‘The Intruder,’ I may go
into ‘Star .Light, Star Bright,’ at
Universal. They go ahead in two
weeks and, if I can fit it in, I do
it.” Wife Ginger Rogers told me
she is dashing to Paris next
month “for a very exciting deal.
Jacques will join me later.”
Others at the star-studded
soiree included Elizabeth Taylor
and Mike Wilding, Joe Cotten,
Jane Wyman, Kirk Douglas,
Ronald Colman—who. in answer
to my question. “Will you make
any more movies?” replied: "I
hope so. I’ve left the door open.”
And the Gregory Pecks and on
and on, with practically every
star who was in town present
and having a great time. It was
the best party hereabouts for
many a year.
Outstanding Program
Given at Cathedral
Th* Choir of Washington Cathe
dral. Paul Callaway, conductor. Orch
estra ol members of the National
Symphony. Soloists: Richard 8.
Dlrksen. treble; Robert Blip wood,
alto; Atmand Harkless. tenor; David
Lloyd, tenor: Donn Philip Crane, bass;
Donald Oramm. bass. Washinaton
Cathedral. Prof ram: The Passion
According to Bt. John. Bach.
Whereas Paul Callaway usu
ally uses his Cathedral Choral!
Society for the large works for
chorus and orchestra that he
gives at the Cathedral, yester
day for the St. John’s Passion
of Bach he elected the much
smaller regular Cathedral Choir
of 50 men and boys. This choir,
together with soloists, organ
continuo realized by Richard
Dirksen and 16 members of the
National Symphony, represents
a body of musicians much closer
in size to the group for which
- the work was written than does
the usual chorus which sings
• Bach today. Even so, it is note
. worthy that Bach’s choir, which
I he considered satisfactory,
, though not ideal, was only one
• fourth the size of the Cathedral
The experiment was a success.
The average level of talent in
, the Cathedral Choir is much
. higher than in the Choral Soci
-1 ety, and the singing, unencum
bered by dead wood, was of a
. clarity, flexibility, and emotional
• subtlety never encountered in a
. choir of two or three hundred
amateurs. It is no news that the
. acoustics of the Cathedral are
. treacherous, and the more com
r plicated choruses in which the
. orchestra has an independent
. part, such as the opening move
t ment, lacked the vividness and
l clean delineation of parts that
were conspicuous elsewhere.
As in Bach’s day, there were
; no female singers whatever. The
; entire treble section took the
soprano arias, and Robert Ellin
i wood sang those for alto gen
r erally with skill and in true
! pitch, but unfortunately in a
. voice with not sufficient volume
.for the Cathedral. Armand
. Harkless did the best he could
with the incredibly difficult aria
"Erwage,” but when Bach has a:
voice imitate (not sing
; about) a rainbow and a water
; 5 fall, one must be superhuman to
.;do the music justice. Donald
' Gramm, bass, was an excellent
. | Jesus, with a large, dark-colored
’!voice, and Donn Crane handled:
■jthe other bass parts effectively.!
J The singer largely responsible!
' for the theatrical effect of a!
E Bach passion is the narrator, in!
• this case St. John, whose part,
was taken by David Lloyd. He!
1 tells the story throughout, as
r sisted by Jesus, Peter, Pilate, the!
, doormaid. and the crowd of Jews,:
, represented by the chorus. Mr.|
r Lloyd was in good voice and gave
: a highly dramatic and compell-
I ing portrayal of the evangelist.!
’ The role is one Mr. Lloyd has
i!perfected over many years: his
| ability to create anew the old
I I story every time he sings it must
5 1 be the despair of even good
r! preachers.
j The chorus and the conductor
were the true heroes of the per
formance. The brilliance of the
boys in particular, as in “Ich
folge dir,” where the melody goes
by step from low F sharp to high
G, was no less than stunning.
The entire work was kept mov
ing and was held together in its
three parts of chorus, soloists and
orchestra by Mr. Callaway with
a magic that has created for the
religious works of Bach almost as
large a Washington public as is
enjoyed by Tchaikovsky or Rach- i
The singing was in an English;
translation which was readily!
understandable in the recitatives;
always, in the arias occasionally,
in the choruses never.
Oberlin Choir Sings
At Best in Lisner
Oberlin College Choir, Robert Foun
tain. conductor. Lisner Auditorium.
Program: Exsultate Deo. A. Scarlatti;
Cruclflxus, Lotti; Surely He Hath
Borne Our Griefs. Graun; Purchte
dlch nteht, ich bln bei dir. Bach;
Missa Brevis in F. K. 192. Moxart;
All creatures now are merry minded.
Bexmett; Mon roeur se recommande
a vous, dt Lasso: Der Kuckuck auf
dem Zaune sass. Stephan!; Siehe, wie
feln und liebllch Ist es. G. Schumann;
David Mourneth for Absalom. Lock- i
wood: Beautiful Savior, arr. Chris- 1
tiansen; There’s No Hidin’ Place
Down There, arr. Wood; He Never j
Said A Mumblin’ Word. arr. Wood;
Esekiel Saw De Wheel, arr. Dawson.
The excellent Oberlin College
Choir, under the skilled direc
tion of Robert Fountain, last 1
night sang a fine program at
Lisner Auditorium.
At their best,, the young men
and women of this student choir;
manage to achieve a remarkably:
homogenous tone of which any
professional chorus could well 1
be proud.
This smoothly blended qual
ity, together with precise en
trances and releases, accurate
intonation, and rhythmic vi
tality, was strikingly evident in
the magnificent Lotti “Cruel-1
flxus” which was the climactic!
moment of the opening group.
Featured before the intermis-;
sion were an intricate Bach dou
ble motet and Mozart’s charm-!
ing and rarely heard "Miss
Brevis” in F, a product of the
composer’s 18th year. The Mass
is delightful in its melodious:
simplicity, if perhaps not quite
so profound as other Mozart
church works.
The chorus did some unusu
ally fine singing in the group of
j madrigals which opened the sec
ond half of the program, pro
jecting the Bennett piece with:
! particular grace and sensitivity. l
The only contemporary music
;offered was Normand Lockwood’s!
j “David Mourneth for Absalom,”
a profoundly impassioned work
which generated a high pitch of 1
excitement in both choir and
; audience.
Shirlee Emmons Liked
At Gallery Recital
Bbirlee Emmons, soprano; Patricia
' lenni. at thf piano. At the National
: Gallery of Art. Program: Four songs
by Alessandro Scarlatti: Non disperate.
no: Son tutto riuolo: O. dolcissimo
speranza: Uccidetelo; Frublingslled,
Bei der Wiese, and Andres Maienliid
Debussy; Declaracao. Vou-me Km bora.
Guar men. Fire Eplsrammas trentoe*
a aentlmentaea. VUla-Labos: Paa
aarlnho esta cantando. Dona Janaina.
Mignone: David Weeps for Abealom.
Diamond: Laerima Christ!. Nordofz:
Alleluia, Rorem.
Last night. Richard Bales,
musical mentor of the National
Gallery of Art, gave me an eve
ning of the most intense musical
enjoyment by programming
Shirlee Emmons, soprano.
This girl can sing. She has a
fine voice, of great dynamic
range and variety of color. She
builds a good program and sings
intelligently. Her manner in
singing is direct, pleasant, and
completely devoid of the mum
mery which gives me the fan tods
at many of the vocal recitals I
She is American, and has been
(trained here and in Italy. She
picked up the excellent group of
I contemporary Brazilian songs on
a tour of Brazil, where she had:
the good fortune and the good
sense to study the songs with;
their composers.
In her bow to the bei canto
tradition she did not offer the
usual salad plate of assorted
songs sung in the manner of
Voccai vocalizes. She sang four
songs by the greatest master of
18th century Italian opera,!
showing four completely dif
ferent facets of his genius. Two:
were airs from his cantatas.
Her German group offered
three songs by Mendelssohn.
Surprising in their variety and!
jdepth of feeling.
As a final group, Miss Em
mons sang the agonized Absalom
song by David Diamond, a fine
song by Paul Nordhoff, and the
rather unconvincing Alleluia by
New Rorem.
No small part of the effective
ness of the program was the
work of Patricia lenni, one of
the best accompanists I have:
heard. Her tone is beautiful, her
I technique fluent, and her In
stinct for ensemble without flaw.
Lenten Vesper Program
Held at College Park
J University of Maryland Lenten Ves-
I per Program. Memorial Chapel. Col
; lege Park. Fague Springrtann, direc-
I tor University of Maryland Chapel
I Choir. Hamline Methodist Church
: Choir, Bethany Baptist Church Choir,
i John Nevin Andrews School Choir;
; Irving Chandler, tenor: Edwin Miller,
i baritone: Nina Goeller, alto: Phyllis
l Cox. soprano, James Wilson, baritone;
Charlton Meyer, harpsichord. Pro
gram: Passion according to St. Mat
thew. Bach.
The custom among choirs of
singing a masterwork of the lit
erature as an annual "tradition”
can be justified and even com
mended. When these perform
ances are undertaken without
adequate forces and with naivete
about otheir often titanic diffi
culties, the results can be ap
Among the large choral works
sung countless times every year
throughout the land, J. S. Bach’s
St. Matthew Passion is perhaps
one of the most demanding,
especially of the conductor. His
task, aside from teaching notes
to an orchestra and choruses, is
quickly welding these forces, plus
five soloists, into an expert unit
that can relate a musical story
of dramatic and moving effect.
Without this welding the long
work can become a series of dis
jointed. floundering episodes.
There were several groups in
volved in a drastically cut ver-
i slon at College Park yesterday.'
The First Choir, made up Uni-|
versity students, carried its bur-:
den with most assurance. There
was hardly finesse In their sing
ing, but a good percentage of;
the notes were there. This could!
hardly be said of the Second!
Choir which, when it could be
heard, sounded as though it were
singing notes of an entirely un
related work.
Os tHe soloists Edwin Miller, as
Christ, sang creditably; Irving
Chandler’s rather tense voice, as
: the Evangelist, suffered from
progressive fatigue; Nina Goeller,:
Phyllis Cox, and James Wilson
were adequate in less demanding
roles. The small accompanying
instrumental ensemble strove
valiantly to keep its equilibrium
under a beat that was by turns!
casual and erratically animated,!
and above all communicated no:
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