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Thing Of The Past

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Saturday afternoon's concert of the May Festival was chiefly an orchestral exhibition of a popular character, beginning with the overture, "Hansel & Gretel," by Huniperdinck, followed by "Ronde d'Amour," by Westerhout. Of course, there was an encoré, for in spite of the ultra classical atmosphere of our uuiversity town, there is real flesh aud blood below it all. Accordingly the orchestra answered with " A Petit Pas" - an orchestrated frolic by Sudissi. The second number introduced Miss Lohbiller, a teil, gracet'ul young lady with a clever-cnt, high soprano voice, which. slie uses skillfully. She sang "Villanelle, " by Dell' Acqua, giving the coloratnra effects easily and distinctively, quite deserving the doublé encoré she received, to which she iesponded with bows. The next numoer was for the orchestra: Th flrst, third and fourth movenients of Goldmark's Sympohny No. 1, iu E flat major, op. 26. It was well rendered and was equally well received. Then, as though to give the audience an abundauce for their money, Van Veactor Rogers, the harpist of the orchestra, played a Fautosie by some author whose name was not announced, ana in aDswer to a recall he played another fantasie. Mr. Rogers is a competent artist npon hls instrument, and bis peformaace was an agreeable diversion. The orcheatra's next number presented the (a) Valse and (b) Czardaos froin the "Ooppelía," by Delibes, afer which Miss Towle sang the aria: "Che faro," f rom Gluck's "Orphueus, " receiving a doublé recall. The concert ended with. the peformance by the orchestra of Steck's "Liebesgefluester" and "Last Day of Terror" overture by Litolff. It was a stirriug finale to a superior season ' of music that was provided through the presentation of Saeu's superb opera of "Samsou and Delilah," because it gave to the audieuce the Festival orchestra in its best fonu (haviug publicly played the work npward of 80 times it exhibited the best efforts of the Choral society and iutroduced George Hamlin as 'Samsou," Gwylirn Miles as the "High Priest," Myron W. Whitney, jr., as ''Abimelech" and Mtue. Josephioe Jacoby as "JDelilah. " Mr. Miles was very accurate and quite agreeable iu the siuging of his sougs, his voice being wholly adequate, while his dramatic appreciation was distinet and forceful. Mr. Whitney sang the small passages falling to his care very well indeed, and Mr. Hamlin carried the solos of lus part with superior vocal power and judgment. The triuraph of the gvening, howver, indeed the pronouncd feature of the entire festival, was the unqualified success of Min. Jacoby. Her magnicfient voice, her true vocal conception of the score, her personality and her instensely dramatic temperament, all combined to place her Delilah on a plañe above everything ; so inuch. so, indeed, that the audience - and it was an Ann Arbor audieuce, remember - did not hestitate to break in upon orchestral interludes and finales, to bestow its applause. The Univcrsity llhoral Union may very contently rest for the coming year npon their work Saturday evening. It was adequate in every respect. Too inuch credit cannot be given to Prof. Herman Zeitz the conductor. He has fully demonstrated his ability to conduct a large chorus and have the members do good work. The free flre and spirit of the chorus Saturday night was admirable. One wish was heard repeated from all sides, "Oh, for a hall seating 6,500 people.