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The Coming Festival

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On Friday and Saturday of this week occurs the greatest musical treat in the history of Ann Arbor, or of the state. No person who has the price of admission, or can borrow it, should fail to see the musical event. It is the opportunity of a life time. Read what an Ann Arbor musical critic says in the Detroit Free Press about the coming festival: "Ann Arbor is on the threshold of a great musical event. The first May festival is fixed for the i8th and i9th instant, and the galaxy of vocal stars engaged, the presence of a pianist whose playing is marked by much individuality as well as great finish, the services of the Boston festival orchestra as accompanists, added to the fine singing of the choral unión, lend a significance to the occasion that cannot fail to be widely and generously appreciated. Verdi's requiem - his great masterpiece - will be given at this festival, and at the rehearsal at which I was present last evening it was surprising how admirably it has been prepared. This great work abounds in passages of the sublimest character, dramatic and inspiring to a remarkable degree, and the way in which Mr. A. A. Stanley has brought to the surface its transcendent beauties speaks volumes for his own painstaking efforts and the assidious manner in which the choral unión has directed itself to the study of this sublime creation. University hall will accommodate over 3,000 persons, and special railroad rates and the fact that Verdi's requiem will receive itsinitial per formance in this state at this festival conspire to créate an interest that cannot fail to bring a good many music-loving Detroiters to the University to drink in the sweet delights of a festival at once so attractive and varied in the good things offered its votaries. " Ann Aubor, May 12,1894


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