UMS Concert Program, Monday Evening, December 1, 1952: Seventy-fourth Annual Choral Union Concert Series -- Bidu Sayao
Complete Series: 3092
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
Charles A. Sink, President Thor Johnson, Guest Conductor
Lester McCoy, Associate Conductor
Fifth Concert 1952-1953 Complete Series 3092
Choral Union Concert Series
BIDU SAYAO, Soprano Milne Charnley at the piano
Monday Evening, December i, 1952, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Air de Venus from Thesce......... Lully
"Amor commanda," Arietta de Floridante..... Handel
"Deh vieni, non tardar" from Marriage 0) Figaro . . . Mozart
"Non so piu, cosa son" from Marriage oj Figaro . . . Mozart
L'Invitation au voyage..........Duparc
Quand je fus pris au pavilion.........Hahn
La Fontaine de Carouet.........Letorey
Air de Lia, from L'Enjant prodigue......Debussy
"Selva opaca" from William Tell.......Rossini
Repose..........Robert Fairfax Birch
The Bird............John Duke
Go 'Way from my Window (Appalachian folk song) . Arr. J. J. Niles
Till the Sandman Comes (Lullaby).....Menotta Salta
The Early Morning.........Graham Peel
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.......Villa-Lobos
Lundu da Marquesa de Santos.......Villa-Lobos
Triste..........Alberto E. Ginastera
Gato..........Alberto E. Ginastera
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Note.--The University Musical Society has presented Bidu Sayao on previous occasions as follows: May 6, 1944; May 4, 1946; and April 29, 1948.
The Steinway is the official piano of the University Musical Society. ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
Air de Venus from Thesee (1675) .... Jean Baptiste Lully
Why leave this peaceful place where pleasure has followed our steps Do you love no more Oh, return to me, for without love nothing is pleasing.
"Amor commanda," Arietta de Floridante (1721)
George Frederic Handel
Love reigns on earth and everyone becomes his slave--no one can go free.
"Deh, vieni, no tardar" (Susanna's aria), from
Marriage of Figaro .... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It is night in the castle garden. Figaro has come to the rendezvous, intending to spy on the supposed infidelity of his bride. He conceals himself, and Susanna, who suspects his presence, sings this wonderfully beautiful soliloquy addressed to her sup?posed lover, with the quaintly humorous idea of harrassing him:
"Here at length is the moment so impatiently long'd for, when I may call thee mine, love. Ah, why so long delay Speed thee hither."
"Non so piu, cosa son" (Cherubino's aria), from
Marriage oj Figaro .... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The young page, Cherubino, always impersonated by a soprano in the opera, sings this lovely air. Rarely has music more sensitively portrayed the emotions of youth in the first throes of love:
I don't know what I'm saying, what I'm doing;
First I'm glowing, then I'm freezing;
Every woman makes me flutter,
The mention of love or delight disturbs my heart.
I speak of love while dreaming
To the waters, to the shadows, to the mountain,
To the flowers, to the grass, to the fountain
To the echo, to the air, to the winds, which carry away the sound of my vain accents.
L'Invitation au voyage........Henry Duparc
Come, my beloved, let us dream of the sweetness of living, loving, and dying together in that country which resembles you in its beauty. The sunlight there has the same mystic charm as your eyes, shining through tears. There all is beauty, light, calm and joy.
"I, too, have crossed Les Ponts de Ce where it began," writes Louis Aragon, poet of the French Resistance. He recalls France's glory in days gone by, then her defeat in 1940. The climax of the song comes with the cry, "O my France, my for?saken one! I, too, have crossed Les Ponts de Ce." (Les Ponts de Ce on the Loire River has been the scene of battles since Roman times.)
Quand je fus pris au pavilion......Reynaldo Hahn
When I am taken to the Pavilion of my lady fair, I blush and burn with the ardor of my love. Were I a falcon or had I his wings, I should protect myself from her who torments me when I am taken to my lady fair.
La Fontaine de Carouet........Omer Letorey
The fountain of Carouet murmurs in a verdant bower. He who drinks from it, can make a wish and forget his doubts.
Air de Lia, from L'Enjant prodigue .... Claude Debussy The mother of the Prodigal Son expresses her grief and longing for the absent one.
"Selva opaca," from William Tell .... Gioacchino Rossini
Mathilde, a Princess of the Austrian house, has seen Arnold, a Swiss patriot, whom she loves, in a crowd of hunters; and believes he will return to her. She sings this famous aria in which she discloses that she prefers love under the simple con?ditions Arnold can offer, to all the splendors of the court.
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.....Heitor Villa-Lobos
Originally written for soprano and violoncellos. Reduction for piano by Burle Mara.
Ah.....Lo, at midnight clouds are slowly passing, rosy and lustrous, o'er
the spacious heav'n with loveliness laden. From the boundless deep the moon arises wondrous, glorifying the evening like a beauteous maiden. Now she adorns herself in half unconscious duty, eager, anxious that we recognize her beauty, while sky and earth, yes, all nature with applause salute her. All the birds have ceased their sad and mournful complaining; now appears on the sea in a silver reflection, moonlight softly waking the soul and constraining hearts to cruel tears and bitter dejection. Lo, at midnight clouds are slowly rosy and lustrous o'er
the spacious heaven dreamily wondrous. Hm.......
Text by Ruth V. Correa English version by Harvey Office
Lundu da Marquesa de Santos.....Heitor Villa-Lobos
My beloved, the world is dark and sad, my soul is plunged into despair. O Titilia, this horrible punishment oppresses me because you have gone away, and I die little by little.
Tnste I.........Alberto E. Ginastera
Alberto Ginastera, a distinguished contemporary composer of Argentina, was born in Buenos Aires in 1916. Among the many prizes and distinctions of which he has been the recipient, was a scholarship given him by the Guggenheim Foundation to make an investigation of music in the United States. He has written works for orchestra, a piano concerto, chamber music, and many songs.
Triste: Ah! ah! under a green lemon tree where the water did not flow, I gave my heart to one who did not deserve it. Ah! Sad is the day without sun, sad is the moonless night, but it is sadder to love without hope.
Gato: My cat is very intelligent; she dances to a guitar of pine with chords of steel. I love the very young, and the fully grown. I love the girl who is dancing, but not as a sister because I have no sister.
Vienna Choir Boys . . . . . . . Friday, January 16
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra . . Thursday, February 12 Axtal Dorati, Conductor
Heifetz, Violinist (Extra Series) .... Tuesday, February 17
Gershwin Concert Orchestra.....Monday, March 2
Lorin Maazel, Conductor Soloists: Carolyn Long, Soprano ... . Theodor Uppman, Baritone
Artur Rubinstein, Pianist.....Thursday, March 12
Boston "Pops" Orchestra (Extra Series) . . Monday, March 23 Arthur Fiedler, Conductor Soloist: Hilde Somer, Pianist
Boston Symphony Orchestra . . . . . Tuesday, May 19 . Charles Munch, Conductor
First Concert: Saturday, December 6, 8:30 p.m.
Repeat Concert: Sunday, December 7, 2:30 p.m.
Nancy Carr, Soprano David Lloyd, Tenor
Eunice Alberts, Contralto James Pease, Bass
University Choral Union and Orchestra Mary McCall Stubbins, Organist
Lester McCoy, Conductor Tickets (either performance): 70 cents and SO cents
Chamber Music Festival
Rackham Auditorium Three concerts, February 20, 21, and 22, 1953.
BUDAPEST STRING QUARTET
Josef Roisman, Violin Boris Kroyt, Viola
Jac Gorodf.tzky, Violin Mischa Schneider, Violoncello
Season Tickets: $3.50 and $2.50 Single Concerts: $1.75 and $1.25
For tickets or for further information, please address: Charles A Sink, President. University Musical Society, Burton Memorial Tower.