Complete Series: 3710
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University Musical Society
The University of Michigan
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY
DR. HERMAN GEIGERTOREL, General Director
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD
by JACQUES OFFENBACH
New English adaptation by Robert Fulford and James Knight
Production staged by Herman GeigerTorel
Music Director and Conductor: John Fenwick
Choreographer: Robert Ainsley
Assistant Conductor: Errol Gay
Assistant Stage Director: Don McManus
Concertmastcr: Richard Seaborn Sets, props and costumes designed by Elsie Sawchuk
Friday Evening, January 8, 1971, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sixth Concert NinetySecond Annual Choral Union Series Complete Programs 3710
Eurydice..........Sheila Piercey, Dodi Protero
Jupiter...........Peter Milne, Don McManus
Public Opinion............Elizabeth Mawson
Eurydice, wife of Orpheus, a prominent violinist and teacher, is tired of his love for music and a certain music student. She consoles herself in the arms of a shepherd, Aristeus, who is Pluto, God of the Underworld, in disguise. He reveals himself to her and suggests that they elope to the funfilled Underworld. She agrees, "dies" and off they run. When Orpheus finds out, he is delighted, and hurries to tell Chloe, his sweet?heart, the good news. But Public Opinion intervenes saying that his reputation and career will be ruined if he doesn't try to bring her back. He reluctantly complies and the two of them leave to begin the search.
All is peaceful on Olympus, home of the gods, until Diana arrives, upset about a thwarted loveaffair. The gods learn that her distress was caused by their sometimepuritan father, Jupiter, and revolt, demanding that Pluto replace him. Mercury an?nounces the approach of two mortals and all is immediately peaceful again. Public Opinion and Orpheus enter and accuse Pluto of abducting Eurydice. Jupiter is shocked at such scandalous behaviour and orders the gods to go to Hades to investigate.
Eurydice is bored. She hardly ever sees Pluto. Her guardian, Bacchus, tries to cheer her up and she shows grateful affection to the eternally tipsy God of Wine.
Jupiter has arrived, Pluto tries to stall the investigation by hiding Eurydice. Looking through a keyhole, Jupiter discovers her in her boudoir and transforms him?self into a fly to get in.
After a rather unusual conversation, the fly changes back into Jupiter. Eurydice is so flattered by his advances that she promises to elope with him during Pluto's party for the visiting Olympians.
Pluto's party is in full swing. Just as Jupiter and Eurydice prepare to leave, Orpheus' fiddle is heard; he and Public Opinion have followed the gods to the Underworld to renew his claim on Eurydice and to appeal to Jupiter's sense of justice.
Jupiter must save face, so he gives her back to Orpheus on condition that he does not turn his head to look at her as they leave Hades, lest he lose her forever. In desperation they all agree. They are almost out of sight when Jupiter hurls a bolt of lightning at Orpheus who whirls around and looks at his wife. She must remain behind. Jupiter and Pluto are now in open rivalry, but Eurydice has made a surprise decision; she will give herself to Bacchus and become his devoted and faithful Bacchante! All the gods agree and the party resumes with drinking, singing and dancing.
Assistant Stage Manager:
Costumes executed by:
David Grainger Norman Dyson Elias Zarou Pat Spalding Gerard Boyd David Brooke David Nelson Malabar Limited
University Musical Society Benefit Concert
Attur Rubinstein, Pianist
Friday, January 22, at 8:30 P.M., in Hill Auditorium
This special concert will be Mr. Rubinstein's fifteenth performance in Ann Arbor since 1938; however, it marks a "first" of its kind in Hill Auditorium. With a generous response from the contributions which accompany each ticket purchased, the gap between costs and revenues for this year's concert operations may be covered. Every concert enthusiast may participate in this public endeavor to insure the future concert life of Ann Arbor as presented by the University Musical Society.
Block A Admission $10.00
(main floor) Contribution 40.00
This includes a special afterconcert dinner party at The Michigan League.
Block B Admission $ 8.00
(main floor Contribution 17.00
and center front
first balcony) $25.00
This includes a preconcert cocktailbuffet in host home.
Admission $5.00 Contribution 3.50
Admission $4.00 Contribution 3.00
($6.00, $5.00, $3.00)--sold out.
The admission price and the amount of contribution for the Benefit is shown separately. The amount of your contribution will be credited toward a membership in our established Gift Program, with attendant privileges, in categories of Sustaining Member ($25), Patron ($100) ; Sponsor ($500), Guarantor ($1000).
INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS197 1
ELAINE SHAFFER, Flutist; and
HEPHZIBAH MENUHIN, Pianist.....Tuesday, January 19
BEVERLY SILLS, Soprano........Saturday, January 30
FESTIVAL WINDS.........Tuesday, February 2
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER . . Friday, February 12 Lecturedemonstration Thursday, February 11. Tickets: $1.00.
ISAAC STERN, Violinist.......2:30, Sunday, February 21
GUARNERI STRING QUARTET.....Thursday, February 25
MENUHIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.....Wednesday, March 10
Yehudi Menuhin, Conductor and soloist
MUNICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA......Friday, March 12
Hans Stadlmair, Conductor
MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH, Cellist......Monday, March IS
SIBERIAN DANCERS AND SINGERS OF OMSK . . Saturday, March 27
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA IN ALL CONCERTS
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 8:30 P.M.
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor; LEONTYNE PRICE, Soprano--"Dove sono" from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart); "Ritorna Vincitor" from Aida (Verdi) ; Four Last Songs (Strauss); "Pace, pace" from La Forza del Deslino (Verdi). Two Portraits (Bartok) ; Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Schubert); "Till Eulenspiegel" (Strauss).
FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 8:30 P.M.
THOR JOHNSON, Conductor. "Sea Symphony" (Vaughan Williams) with THE UNIVER?SITY CHORAL UNION, MARALIN NISKA, Soprano; and DONALD BELL, Bass. BARBARA NISSMAN, Pianist, in Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Rachmaninoff).
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 8:30 P.M.
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor. AH orchestral program: Sinfonietta (Janacek) ; "La Mer" (Debussy); and Symphony No. 5 in Bflat major (Prokofieff).
SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2:30 P.M.
THOR JOHNSON, Conductor. "Great" Mass in FMinor (Bruckner), with THE UNIVER?SITY CHORAL UNION; MARALIN NISKA, Soprano; ELEANOR FELVER, Contralto; JOHN STEWART, Tenor; and DONALD BELL, Bass. CHRISTOPHER PARKENING, Guitarist.
SUNDAY, MAY 2, 8:30 P.M.
EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor. ANDRE WATTS, Pianist, in Concerto No. 2 in Bflat (Brahms). Toccata, Adagio and Fugue (Bach); "Enigma" Variations (Elgar).
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