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UMS Concert Program, January 30, 1970: Joan Sutherland -- Richard Bonynge

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Concert: Seventh
Complete Series: 3677
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University Musical Society
The University of Michigan
Soprano RICHARD BONYNGE at the piano
Friday Evening, January 30, 1970, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Plaisir d'amour...........Jean Paul Martini
Martini wrote twelve operas, various pieces of religious music, and a Requiem for Louis XVI. But he is bestknown as the composer of this song, which was later arranged for voice and orchestra by Hector Berlioz.
Tre giorni son che Nina..........attr. Pergolesi
This piece is often attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (17101736), but there is not a shred of evidence to support this claim. In this song her lover complains that for three days he has been trying to arouse Nina from her bed but neither piffari (bagpipes), tympani nor cembali will avail.
Two arias from Giulio Cesare.........G. F. Handel
Giulio Cesare belongs to the period of Handel's life when many of his finest operas were written and performed, 17201725. The action of this opera begins with Caesar's arrival at Alexandria.
Non disperar
Cleopatra is in her room in her brother Ptolemy's palace, planning her conquest of the throne which he believes rightfully his. She tells Ptolemy that he should not despair, since the good fortune he will have in love will make up for his loss of the throne.
Venere bella
Cleopatra, waiting for Caesar in a lovenest, begs the goddess of love to help her in her schemes.
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When Daisies Pied.........Thomas Augustine Arne
On December 20, 1740, Shakespeare's As You Like It was produced, with Arne's settings of "Under the Greenwood Tree," "Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind" and "When Daisies Pied."
Tell Me, Lovely Shepherd (from Solomon)......William Boyce
Boyce played an enormous role in English musical life. All of his work shows a direct style ranging from buoyancy and gaiety to moments of simple beauty.
The Shepherd's Song.........Franz Joseph Haydn
This is the familiar "My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair," one of several English songs set to music by Haydn.
She Never Told Her Love (Shakespeare) .... Franz Joseph Haydn
She never told her love
But let concealment,
Like a worm in the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek;
She sat like patience
On a monument, smiling at grief.
"Light as Thistledown" (from Rosina)......William Shield
Rosina was one of the most successful of the pastoral ballad operas of a composer who enjoyed great popularity on the English stage for nearly fifty years.
Two songs from "Serate Musicali"......Gioacchino Rossini
"Serate Musicali" is a collection of Italian airs and duets written by Rossini in 1835 and are among his few significant productions after his retirement from the operatic scene following the composition of William Tell in 1828.
La Promessa
With words by Metastasio, this song has an airy grace and lightness that give life to a rather mannered compliment: Would I be unfaithful No, my love, not even in jest would I leave you, for you are my life and my joy.
Come, my love, I implore you! Your lover suffers terribly when far from you!
Adieux a la vie (Elegie sur une seule note) .... Gioacchino Rossini
From an "Album of French Songs," this is actually written entirely on one note for the vocal line, over a more complicated accompaniment: Greet?ings, final dawn! My beloved has departed, so I must die.
II Sospiro (from "Ispirazioni Viennezi").....Gaetano Donizetti
"Inspirations of Vienna" is a collection of five solo songs and two duets which became very popular in nineteenthcentury athome gatherings.
IV Heimkehr.............Frederick Delius
Abendstimmung............Frederick Delius
Solveig's Lied.............Edvard Grieg
Solveig, Peer Gynt's sweetheart, sings of her faithfulness to Peer who has wandered far from the northland. Peer, just returned from his long travels during which he has forgotten Solveig, listens with remorse under her window as she sings.
Ein Traum..............Edvard Grieg
Grieg wrote ISO songs, many patterned after the folksongs of his native Norway, yet all showing his own personal style. This is the last of a group of six songs "To German Words," published as Opus 48.
Scottish Folk Songs
Annie Laurie
On the hanks of Allan Water My love is like a red, red rose Ye banks and braes Bonnie Mary of Argyle
La Melodie de baisers..........Jules Massenet
This song compares the simultaneous blooming of the lilac and the prim?rose with the way in which lovers unite their dreams with a kiss.
Crepuscule.............Jules Massenet
A description of various flowers and other woodland inhabitants seeking rest at twilight.
Si mes vers avaient des ailes (Victor Hugo).....Reynaldo Hahn
My poems would fly, soft and delicate, toward your garden so beautiful, if my poems had wings like a bird. They would fly like sparks toward your smiling hearth if my poems had wings like a spirit. Near you, pure and faithful, they would hover night and day, if my poems had wings like love.
La Lettre ("O mon cher amant" from La Pcrkhole) . . Jacques Offenbach
La Perichole, a street singer of Lima, is approached by the Viceroy, in disguise, who wishes her to become his favorite. Believing this to be for the best, she writes a letter to her beloved Piquillo, a fellow street singer, saying that she loves him but must leave him. In order that the audience may know what she has written, she sings the text of her letter.
Eclat de rire (Laughing Song from Manon Lescaut) . . . Francois Auber
Auber wrote over forty operas, among them Fra Diavolo and La Muette. de Portici. He also set Prevost's novel Manon Lescaut to music, foreshad?owing Massenet and Puccini by a number of years. At the end of the first act, Manon sings this "Laughing Song," telling a story of unrequited love.
Records: London Steinway Piano
ROBERT VEYRONLACROIX, Keyboard . . Thursday, February 5
Program: Sonata in G major.............Leclair
Sonata in G minor, Op. 13, No. 6.........Vivaldi
Sonata in B minor............J. S. Bacii
VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY, Pianist......Monday, February 9
Program: Sonata No. 44 in G minor...........Haydn
Kreisleriana, Op. 16............Schumann
Nocturne in E, Op. 62, No. 2..........Chopin
Sonala in B minor, Op. 58, No. 3.........Chopin
All programs begin at 8:30 unless otherwise indicated. Sold out.
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor. Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") with EVELYN MANDAC, Soprano; BIRGIT FINNILA, Contralto; and THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30
THOR JOHNSON, Conductor. EVELYN MANDAC, Soprano and THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION in Stabat Mater (Poulenc) and "Prologue" (Alan Stout)--both for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra. ALICIA DE LARROCHA, Pianist, in Mozart Concerto, No. 19, in F major, K. 459.
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor. Tone Poem, "Don Juan" (Strauss), VAN CLIBURN, Pianist, in Concerto No. 1 in Bflat minor, Op. 23 (Tchaikovsky); "To the Victims of Hiroshima"--Threnody (Penderccki) ; and Suite No. 2 from "Daphnis and Chloe" (Ravel).
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2:30
THOR JOHNSON, Conductor. Bach "Magnificat" with BENITA VALENTE, Soprano; MARY BURGESS, Contralto; JOX HUMPHREY, Tenor; LESLIE GUINN, Baritone; and THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNIONSMALL CHORUS. Debussy's "La Damoiselle elue" with BENITA VALENTE. Soprano, and BIRGIT FINNILA, Contralto; and WOMEN'S CHORUS OF THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION. ITZHAK PERLMAN, Violinist, in Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (Prokofieff).
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 8:30
Kl.'GKXE ORMANDY, Conductor. Beethoven I'rounini: Symphony NTo. 1 in C major. Op. 21; Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, Soloists, and Orchestra, with RUDOLF SERKIN; BEXITA VALENTE; MARY BURGESS; JOX HUMPHREY; LESLIE GUINN; and THE UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNIONSMALL CHORUS. Concerto No. 5 in Eflat major ("Emperor") with RUDOLF SERKIN, Pianist.
Gail VV. Rector, President
Roscoe O. Bonistcel, VicePresident
Erich A. Walter, Secretary
E. Thurston Thicme, Treasurer
William L. Brittain Douglas D. Crary Robbcn W. Fleming Harlan Hatcher
Paul G. Kauper Wilbur K. Pierpont Daniel H. Schurz Stephen H. Spurr

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