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The Coming Festival

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Tu the Editor ol the Ann AmioK Coukikr : The editorial which appeared in your paper i short time since, hended " ís Hiere a monopoly "? contained the essence ol much truth abotit universlty orgaiilzations and the sludents who siipporl(?) theiu. The Lecture Association has lonjí aince lost much of its former popularity among the citizenp, and I think it would be policy for those most inttresled to look for reasons, and make ?ome attempt to remedy them if possible. One that iniglit be suggested for their consideration is the following: Lack of reciprocal support on the part of the students of all entertainments in wbieh the townspeople re largely concerned. It is only by co-operation on the part of the citizens and students that the large mnjority of the entertainments, called first-class, can becontinued here; andsolongas the stndents fail to support the Lecture Association as they shoukl, 'it can hardly be expected that they will assist in matters witli whicl they are uot directly concerned. It ca&not be advanced as a roason why they do not attend these entertainments which appeul to the finer Rensibilities, that they have less money at their disposal for such purposes than formerly, or the gallery at the opera house could not be lilled to overflowing two and more times a week the winter througlT Of course if an " Iolanthe,'' ór somc other highly costumed piece is put on the stage by the townspeople, with the liberal assistance of plenty of pietty guls, dressed in an appropriate, but " highly becoming" costil i ie, it is 110 trouble fur any management tof ree even the Lecture Association from dubt. But now here comes an organizalion with as worthy objects in view, in the line of culture, as any in the city, and as worthy cf support; I mean the Chora Union, a society composed of citizens, professors and students, and which doe not "trespass on the legitímate field o the Lecture Association," or any otliti organizution. On the 18th of tliis month, the Clioial Union of Ypsilanti will imite with the Choral Unon of Ann Albor, for a Musical Festival, to be given in University Hall, in which the firet part of the oratorio of "Saint Paul," by Mendlesohn, will be sung, with GounocVs " Sanctus," and the " Inflammatus " from "Stabat Mater." Thesoleparts will be taken ly people of marked ability, who have eiveu yeais to the cultivation of Iheir voices, andvho richly deserve the bestencouragement we can give tbem ; and the clioruses will be rendered by one hundred and sixty voices acco-r.panied with several instruments. Of course the expenses of this entortainment will be very hoavy, and its success or fallare will determine whether or not Michigan will, in the matter of chora] music, be among the flrst in the West to sustain such compositions. The Choral Union must reccive material encouragement from time to time, or it will soon cease to exist. A . ft tV un un tl i.rt t 1 i l tl. i ¦ '. ' T '. ._ As aguarantee tuut tliis will be an entertainment of high merit, reference need only be made to the foniier more than successful renderings of the oratorio of the "Creation," by the Choral Union. And now, let tlie citizens and students unite their forces,and give the the society their aid and presence, so that it may be able to go on in its work, and be able to establish an animal Festival, so inuch desired by all lovers of music In our fair city.


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