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Wednesday evening is the date of the second concert in the Choral Union series. This conoert.will be tbe fiftieth in the complete series. In looking back over the reoord of tbe past few years one is astonished at the developments whioh have taken place The list of great works performed inclndés many of the most importaut in choral literatnre, and displays a wise oatholicity of spirit. The choice of Handel's "Messiah" for tbis spceial concert has everythiug to commend it. A performance of the "Messiah" is, or shonld be, a part of the Christtnas observauces. The performance bids fair to be most excellent one. The soloists are all of them worthy of the vvork, while the choras is full of euthusiasm and atnbition to make thia occasion a memorable one. Mrs. Bishop has won her greatest successes in this work, Mre. Cameron and Mr. Hamlin have sung it repeatedly and are to take part in some of the most important productious of tiie work in New York, Chicago, etc. Mr. Lamson gives the same broad readings to the bass solos in the "Messiah" which makes his Elijan unr.pproachable. The orchestia will contain picked mnsicians from Detroit and Chicago, headed by our own Mr. Zeitz as Concertmeister. The Frieze Memorial oigan will also te used. The Franz versión with additional accompanimeuts, will be followed. This concert, while ifc encpurages a retrospective glance at the record of the Choral Union, snggests the desirability of looking ahead at the future of the Musical Society. The Musical Society has assumed and is carrying at the present time a heavy burdfin of responsibility. With no capital other tnan the good will of tbe community and the reputation already won, it conducts the School of Mnsic, the Choral Union series and is straining every nerve to produce au auditoirum which shall have a ! large seating oapacity, and facilities, uot alone for coocerts, but for the produotion of Grand Opera by the great Metropolitan Opera Corupany as well as by any other organizatiou which is striotly flrst class. In other words the Musical Society hopes to make Ann Arbor the musical center, not alone of Michigan but of this whole section. It may be fttted that in spite of financial depression, subastantial progresa has been made in this direction and the prospects were never brighter for the securing of such an auditorium. But in order that there may be a satisfactory outcome of this schemo, it is essential that there be no falling off in the apparent necessity for such a building. It will be remembered thit last year no advertising was done outside aud no reduced railroad rates secured. Onbocount of the exoitement and various other complications the cumber of tickets sold up to the present time does not warrant the society in pursuing the policy of last year. Many are waiting for the Festival. In that case they will be obliged to pay as much &s for the eutire series or run the chance of not being able to secure tiokets. If it becomes necessary to adveritse the Festival throughont the state all tickets remaining unsqld after the evening of Jan. 8, thü date of the tbird concert, will be withdrawn from sale in Ann Arbor and held for the patrons from vaiious parts of the state. It is impossible for the Musical Society to secure patronage from people thronghout tbe state unless reserved seats can be guaranteed. On the other hand if it is sein that the sale will warrant the society in so doing, no effort will be made to secure attendanoe from outside.


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