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The Musical Festival

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Throujíli the School of Musie it is now apparent that euough of musical taste has been devetoped in Ann Arbor to appreciate something beyond plantation melodies or even disconnected concert pieces. For last Friday evening tbe uthuiiasm of the 1,300 or more attendants upon the Musical Festival showed beyond a doubt that hencefortu classical music can hare a welcouie in our midst. On the stage, which had been made Tiuii'ii larger than usual, was seated the chorus of 180 voicca, together with the Amphlon Club, the soloists and pianists. As Mr. Cady had trained the Choral Union and Mr. Pease the Vpsilanti Musical Society, honors were divideil between them by the forraer conducting the chorus the flrstof St. Paul and the latter wleldingthebatoi; for the second portion. The oratorio consisted of altérnate choráis and recitntives. In the latter Mrs. Havilatid won applause by her clearness of voice and purity of tone, especlally ia the aria ' Jerusalem, thou that killest," etc. The arioso of Miss Joslyn was also very touchingly rendered, and the audience was not satisfied without au encoré. there was an attentiön gïven to' it ;" by"Vhe hearera which was in.n paiufui in icp inteusity. What a fortúnate thing that Gounod bec-aine a musician batead of a metaphysician as he intendedl The trio between Mi?. M. H. Tyler, Miss JobIvii, and Mr. Home, " Br-ak, break, break," was rendered In such a marnier as to merit tlie generous applause it received. And the followlng stlection, the Ladies' Chorus, by Misse Whedon, Mack, and the Amphion Club, received round aftenoiind of cheer?, as always the case when they appear. Indeed, f old Father Amphion himself could hear the singing of his fair protégé;, we are r.clined to believe that he would want to go ofl in gome sequestered nook with his lyre and practice up a little. - Asa consequent of the largatteml:ince some $300 were cleared, and as a whole therefore, the Festival was a thoruujfh suceess. It doos great credit to Ann Ar borand Ypsilanti, and encourages somethiuif which t h hoped ujay be made permanent by yearly Festival which may be to lover of good music in Michigan what the Cincinnati May Kesiivals are to the enlire West.


Ann Arbor Courier
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