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The University Musical Society ha juist issned circuláis calliúg the atten tion to the Olioial Union concerts fo this seasou. lt is difflcult lor the resi dent of Ann Arbor to appreciate al that the Choral Union is doing for the community. The work of this organi zation has liad so steady and uninter rupted a growth, that it ís only b comparison with the work of similai societies In large cities that its magni tude may be estimated. When this comparison is made it is seen that Ann Arbor has a series of concerts such as can only be duplicated in the largest cities in the country, and in compara tively few even of these. In making up the series of concerts for this year some unusual difficulties were encountered. The changes in the plans of some'of the leading artists before the public has several times necessitated a complete ehange o plans on the part of the directors o the Choral Union. But the course as Snally announced gives no indicatioi of these difficulties, forming as it does a remarkably symetrical series. The Chicago Orchestra, which wil open the course on Nov. 18, has visitec Ann Arbor so many times that every one is familiar with its merits. Unde: the leadership of Theodore Thomas i has become one of the finest bands, not only in A.merica, but in the world. Mr. Thomas is known as an ideal program-maker, and the Aun Arbor program will surely be a noteworthy one The second concert will be especially interesting, in that it will introduce to a local audience one of the mos unique figures in the present-day music al world. Georg Henschel, composer conductor, singer, teacher, is one .o: the most ïemarkable musicians ot London, in which city he resides. la conjunction with Mis. Henschel, one of the most charming song singers in the world, he Mil give a song recita here on JDec. 10. Mr. Henschel plays his own aecompaniments, and his work at the piano is almost as ïemarkable as his singing. Mr. Alberto Jonas and the Detroit Philharmonie'Club vvill combine to give the third concert on Jan. 14. Mr Jonas isconstantly gaining recognition in new flelcls as one of the very ñnest pianists residing in America. Already ie has a number of important concert engagements for this season, among others one to play with the Boston Symphouy Orehestra. The Detroit Philíarmonic Club, long known as the chief exponent of chamber music in he West, has d uring the last two seasons taken a new lease of life, and is now doing better work tlian ever before. The fourth concert, the regular midwinter concert by the Chopal Union, vill occur on Feb. 4. In accordance with the custom oí giving a classical work during the winter, Mendelssohn's 'St. Paul" has been chosen for proluction at this concert. The Chicago festival Orchestra, a thorqughly good organization under the direction of i.dolph liosenbecker, has been engaged to accompany the chorus. Of he soloists, Lewis Campion, a fine English bass, has been enaaged for hat important part, and Misslíailey, o well-known and liked in Ann Arbor, vill sing the soprano parts. The other oloists are not yet engaged. The íirst half of the Choral Union eries will end on March 11, with a ong recital by Gardner S. Lamson. Mr. Lamson has received the highest jraise f rom Eastern critic's, who hae 'ouud special merit in the arrangement of his song recitals. Mr. Lamon will return from Europe, where he s at present, just intime for this reital, and after his several months' ■est from teaching, he may be expected o even surpass his former efforts. The artists for the concerts of the ilay Festival, which constitute the ast half of the series, have not jet )een engaged. It is still too early in he season to say definitely who will ppear, as so many of the great artists re in Europe at present. However it :an be stated that the University Musical Society will make every effort to have the flfth annual May Festival f ully up to the high standard of previous festivals, difflcult as it is to maintain that standard. The past record of the society must be its best claim to the contidence of it9 patrons for the future.


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