UMS Concert Program, October 4, 1954: Seventy-sixth Annual Choral Union Concert Series -- Roberta Peters
Complete Series: 3137
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
Charles A. Sink, President Thor Johnson, Guest Conductor
Lester McCoy, Associate Conductor
First Concert 1954--19S5 Complete Series 3137
Choral Union Concert Series
S. Hurok presents
ROBERTA PETERS, Coloratura Soprano
Samuel Pratt, Flutist Assisted by Warner Bass, Pianist
Monday Evening, October 4, 1954, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen.......J. S. Bach
Not All My Torments........Henry Purcell
Shepherd Thy Demeanor Vary......Thomas Brown
Sausle liebe Meurte
IcKrebe Richard Strauss
Mad Scene from Hamlet.........A. Thomas
Fetes galantes........... Debussy
En sourdine Fantoches Clair de lune
L'Heure exquise........... R. Hahn
La Cigale............ Chausson
When I Was Seventeen.........Folksong
Silent Noon.........Vaughan Williams
Sure, On This Shining Night........Barber
Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor.....Donizetti
The Sleinway is the official piano of the University Musical Society. ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS
Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen.........Bach
Praise ye God throughout creation !
Earth and Heaven, far and near, his omnipotence revere!
Thank Him that in time of need
Ever He is standing by us!
I behold you, sweet scented grasses, flowers, your praise I sing.
Many colored, you seem painted by the fairy hand, the hand of Spring.
However I find not what I seek with such longing, that consolation--
Ah, never can I be happy till I have found Irene.
Once, ah, once, I felt your blessing
And my pain didst lessen!
Sausle liebe Meurte........Richard Strauss
Rustle and love--how still the moon is. The herdsmen of the stars are clearing up the heavenly forest. Sleep my child, until I am with you again. I will awaken you and I will be blest. Rustle and love ....
Tomorrow the sun will shine again. Together, wrapped in the heavy silence of our happiness, we will go hand in hand toward that distant shore.
Ich schwebe..........Richard Strauss
Like angels through the ether winging, I seem to float twixt earth and sky, for in my ears the sound is ringing, of my beloved's soft goodbye.
At the fire sat the child Amor. With his little wing he fanned the flame, and laughed, naughty child.
Mad Scene, from Hamlet.........Thomas
This opera is built around the tragic story of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Near a lake, Ophelia, deserted by Hamlet, has lost her reason. In this--the Mad Scene--she toys with a garland of flowers. She imitates the lark and sings a wild melody that is broken by laughter and weeping. At the end she hurls herself into the lake and floats down to her death with the flowers.
En sourdine--Serene in the twilight which the high branches make, let us imbue our love in the deep silence. And when the solemn evening falls, the nightingale, voice of our despair, will sing.
Fantoches--Scaramouche and Pu'cinella gesticulate in the moonlight. The good doctor Bolonais walks among his shrubs ... his daughter steals slyly through the sha?dows to meet her bold lover . . . the nightingale sings.
Clair de lune--Your soul is like a beauteous landscape where charming masquer-adcrs dance to their lutes' measure. Their songs fade into the calm moonlight, causing birds to dream and fountains to sob in ecstasy.
0 fair dreams, linger with the tender calm, the infinite peace that droops from the moonbeams in this perfect hour of ecstasy.
Oh ! grasshopper born with beautiful days,
On the preen leaves since dawn posed,
Content to drink a little dew
And as a king you sing the whole day through.
Innocent of all, placid and without artifice
Gay toiler of the sheltered oak,
You listen from afar announcing the summer.
Apollo honors you as well as the muses
And Zeus has given you immortality.
1 salute you, wise child of the old earth Having neither blood or bones
You live like the Gods.
Mad Scene, from Lucia di Lammermoor.....Donizetti
Round us, the guests assembled, waiting, I see them. The priest is ready!
"With this ring I wed thee." Oh day of rapture, oh rapture!
At last I'm thine, love, at last thou'rt mine, love,
Heaven smiles upon us,
And love's delights have won us,
Ah ! we're no more divided, no, no more divided,
Tis heaven to be with thee,
My own forever,
By heaven to me thou wert guided,
And smiling before us brightly dawns the future, without a cloud.
COMING EVENTS FOR OCTOBER
ELEANOR STEBER, leading soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Associ?ation, will open the Extra Concert Series, Sunday evening, October 10, at 8:30. She will be assisted by James Quillian, pianist.
THE SOCIETA CORELLT, a group of fourteen outstanding Italian in?strumentalists (similar to the Virtuosi di Roma) will perform Friday evening, October 15, at 8:30.
THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Charles Munch, Conductor, will appear on Wednesday evening, October 20, at 8:30.
THE CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA OF AMSTERDAM, Eduard Van Beinum, Conductor, in its first tour to America, will be heard on Wednesday evening, October 27, at 8:30.
A limited number of tickets are available for most of the concerts, at the offices of the University Musical Society, in Burton Memorial Tower.
Extra Concert Series
Eleanor Steber, Soprano......Sunday, October 10
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam . Wednesday, October 27 Eduard Van Beinum, Conductor
Robert Shaw Chorale.....Monday, December 6
Isaac Stern, Violinist......Thursday, February 10
Walter Gieseking, Pianist.....Tuesday, March 22
Orchestras: $3.50--$3.00--$2.50--$2.00--51.50 Other Concerts: $3.00--$2.SO--$2.00--$1.50
Choral Union Concert Series
The Societa Corelli.......Friday, October 15
Boston Symphony Orchestra .... Wednesday, October 20
Charles Munch, Conductor The Cleveland Orchestra.....Sunday, November 7
George Szell, Conductor
Jorge Bolet, Pianist......Monday, November 15
Leonard Warren, Baritone.....Sunday, November 21
Vienna Choir Boys.......Sunday, January 16
Zino Francescatti, Violinist.....Monday, March 7
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra .... Tuesday, March 15
Wtt.hft.M Furtwancler, Conductor New York Philharmonic Orchestra . . . Sunday, May 22
Dimitri Mitfopoulos, Conductor
Orchestras: $3.50--$3.00--$2.50--$2.00--SI.50 Other Concerts: $3.00--$2.50--$2.00--$1.50
First Concert: Saturday, December 4, 8:30 p.m.
Repeat Concert: Sunday, December 5, 2:30 p.m.
Lucine Amara, Soprano Charles Curtis, Tenor
Lillian Chookasian, Contralto Donald Gramm, Bass
University Choral Union and Orchestra
Mary McCall Stubbins, Organist
Lester McCoy, Conductor
Tickets (either performance): 75 cents and 50 cents On sale beginning October 15
Chamber Music Festival
Budapest String Quartet .... February 18, 19, 20, 1955
Season Tickets: $3.50 and $2.50; Single Concerts: $1.75 and $1.25 On sale beginning October 15
For tickets or for further information, please address: Charles A. Sink, President, University Musical Society, Burton Memorial Tower.