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UMS Concert Program, January 25, 1978: Leontyne Price Soprano -- David Garvey

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Concert: Seventh
Complete Series: 4106
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University Musical Society
The University of Michigan
Leontyne Price
Soprano DAVID GARVEY, Pianist
Wednesday Evening, January 25, 1978, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sono unite a tormentarmi........
Recitative and aria: "Troppo mi spiace . . . Non mi dir" from Don Giovanni........
Breit iiber mein Haupt (Schack) Heimliche Aufforderung (Mackay) Wasserrose (Dahn) Morgen (Mackay) Ciicilie (Hart)
Sorrow in Springtime (Galina) The Soldier's Wife (Plescheyev) The Answer (Mey) Daisies (Sjewerjanin) Believe it not! (A. Tolstoi)
sung in Russian
A. Scarlatti Mozart
R. Strauss
. Rachmaninoff
Aria: "Pace, pace, mio Dio" from La Forza del Destino.....Verdi
The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Night Song.......
The Silver Swan
Such Beauty as Hurts to Behold
Lee Hoiby
Howard Swanson
dominick argento
. Ned Rorem
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord.........Spiritual
arr. Florence Price
Ride On, Jesus..............Spiritual
arr. R. Nathaniel Dett RCA, London, and Columbia Records
Seventh Concert
Ninetyninth Annual Choral Union Series
Complete Programs 4106
Sono unite a tormentarmi........Alessandro Scarlatti
Hard destiny and cruel love are united to torment me. With allurements, not with weapons, they make war on my heart.
Recitative and aria: "Troppo mi spiace . . . Non mi dir"
from Don Giovanni.......Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Ottavio, has assured his betrothed Donna Anna, that her father's death will be avenged. She is still sad and he accuses her of being cruel and of not loving him. In return, she expresses her lasting love in the aria "Xon mi dir."
"It is difficult for me to delay the happiness which our hearts have been yearning for so long; yet we must think of conventions! Dearest, respect the feelings of a deeply wounded heart! Still, my heart is ever true to you! Say not, oh my dearly beloved, that by delaying I have been cruel to you! Well you know that I love you, that I have devoted my life to you. Dear, cease your tender eagerness that I may not perish of grief. Oh, let me hope, that after the storm the sun will shine. Let me hope that the storm will be followed by clear sunshine."
Breit iiber mein Haupt..........Richard Strauss
Dearest, turn and gaze upon me, covered with they raven hair, thy dear eyes my heart enkindle with a flaming brightness, rare. Naught for me the gorgeous sun, nor the starlight's silvery dance; give me but thy tresses' night, and thinceyes' enriching glance.
Heimliche Aufforderung............Strauss
Up, raise the sparkling bowl to your lips, and drink at the feast, that your heart may be healed. And as you lift it up, give me a secret sign, then I shall smile and drink silently as you. And, silent as I, consider around us the crowd of drunken babblers--do not despise them too much; no, raise the glittering bowl filled with wine, and let them at their noisy meal be happy. But when you have had your fill and quenched your thirst, then leave your loud companions to their festive scene. And go out into the garden, to the rosebush, there I will be waiting for you, as I used to do ... and will sink upon your breast before you expect it, and drink your kisses as I often used to do, and will twine in your hair the splendor of the rose--O come, wondrous, longedfor night!
The waterlily is the enchantress whose love binds one forever, who brings all the dreams of romance.
And tomorrow the sun will shine again, and on the path that I shall follow it will reunite us, the blessed ones, amidst this sunbreathing world . . . And to the shore, broad and blue with waves, we shall go down quietly and slowly. Mute, we shall look into each other's eyes, and upon us will descend the great silence of happiness.
If you but knew what it is to dream of burning kisses, of wandering, of reposing with the loved one, of gazing into each other's eyes, and caressing and chatting; if you but knew it you would let your heart consent! If you but knew what it is to be afraid through the lonely nights, assailed by storms, when no one soothes with gentle words the strifeweary soul; if you but knew what it is to live surrounded by the worldcreating breath of divinity, to soar upwards, raised and carried to sublime heights; if you but knew this, you would live with me.
Sorrow in Springtime.........Sergei Rachmaninoff
How my heart aches! And yet I would live, now that spring with its fragrance is here! Nay! I have not the strength to seek death once for all in the sleepless blue night. Would that age could come swiftly to me, would that my brown locks were silvered with time! Were I deaf to the laugh
of the breeze, to the nightingale's passionate voice as he pours out his heart in a song, far away, where the lilac trees bloom! Would to Heaven that the silence and dusk were filled with such pain and despair.
The Soldier's Wife...........Rachmaninoff
For a life of pain I have given my love. He, the orphan boy is no longer mine, and my load is heavy and hard to bear. Cruel hands have broken our wedding tie, to the wars he went, and returns no more. As a soldier's wife I am left alone, in a foreign land to wait my end. Ah! my load is heavy and hard to bear. Ah! Ah!
The Answer.............Rachmaninoff
They wondered a while: "Shall our vessel so light speed swift o'er the waters like a bird in its flight, to an island abode, safely hidden" "Row bravely!" came the answer unbidden. They questioned again: "In this valley of grief for sorrowing mortals no comfort, relief, no solace save hope of a Heaven" "Have patience!" the answer was given. They pondered the way women fair to enthrall, that helpless, to impulse of passion they fall, and freely their beauty surrender. "Love conquers!" came the answer so tender.
Behold, my friend, the daisies sweet and tender; wher'er I go they bloom profusely, dazzling in their splendor, so bright their glow. Their dainty petals are as silk, they glisten as radiant wings, and to their songs of summer joy I listen, white host that sings. Be kind, O earth, nurse them with dews and showers that they may grow . . . O daisies white, O starry maiden flowers, I love you so!
Believe it not!............Rachmaninoff
Believe it not when I by grief o'ertaken sometimes complain, do cease for thee to yearn! The lonely strand, by ebbing tide forsaken, will live to hail the waters' fond return. Within my soul I feel new joy upspringing, and lay my freedom in thy hands once more; so tardy waves their homeward message bringing from distant journey speed to greet the shore.
Aria: "Pace, pace, mio Dio" from La Forza del Destino . . Giuseppi Verdi
Leonora, torn between her love for her father and her love for Alvaro, who was the innocent cause of her father's death, implores Heaven to let her die.
Calm me, calm me, calm me, 0 Father!
Cruel misfortune my woeful heart still tries:
As on the first day, all these years my portion was only tears and sighs,
I lov'd him well!
Such wondrous grace and valor did Heav'n to him impart,
I love him yet, nor can I bear to banish his image from my heart.
O bitter fate! O bitter fate!
Still divides us on earth transgression sore!
Alvaro, I love thce!
And yon in heav'n 'tis written: I ne'er shall see thee more!
O Heaven, Heaven, now let me perish!
Peace my spirit will find alone in death;
Who is coming Who is't that dares prolane these holy precincts
Be he accursed, be he accursed!
Since Leontyne Price made her Metropolitan Opera debut to an unprecedented 42minutc ovation, she has sung in the great opera houses, with major symphony orchestras, and in recitals in all leading cities of the world. She has received America's highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom, is the recipient of fifteen Grammy Awards, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received honorary doctorates from Howard University, Dartmouth College, and Fordham University, and has had a library named for her in her home state of Mississippi. Of historical importance, she premiered the role of Cleopatra in Samuel Barber's Antony ami Cleopatra on opening night of the new Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center.
Tonight's concert is Miss Price's first recital in Ann Arbor--she has previously performed here with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the May Festivals of 1957, 1960, 1965, and 1971.
French String Trio & Michel Debost, Flutist . . . Friday, February 3 Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 5, No. 2; Mozart: Divertimento in Eflat, K. 563 (string trio); Deviennc: Trio in G minor, Op. 66, No. 2 (flute, violin, cello) ; Mozart Quartet in A major, K. 298
Eliot Feld Ballet.......Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
February 20, 21, 22
Carlos Montoya, Guitarist.......Thursday, February 23
Aleksander Slobodyanik, Pianist......Saturday, February 25
Thovil, Sri Lanka..........Wednesday, March 1
Baltimore Symphony OrchestraComissiona . . . Sunday, March 19 Dvorak: Scherzo Capriccioso; Khachaturian: Violin Concerto (Albert Markov, soloist); Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
Nikolais Dance Theatre.......Tuesday & Wednesday
March 21 & 22
KyungWha Chung, Violinist.......Thursday, March 23
Orpheus Chamber EnsembleFestival Chorus . . . Saturday, March 25 Okinawan Dancers..........Tuesday, March 28
Amadeus String Quartet.........Thursday, April 6
Mozart: Quartet in Bflat, K. 458 ("The Hunt"); Britten: Quartet No. 2; Dvorak: Quartet in F, Op. 96 ("American")
Bavarian Symphony OrchestraKubelik.....Saturday, April 8
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major
Eightyfifth Annual May Festival
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 27, 28, 29, 30
The Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy, Conductor The University Choral Union Robert Shaw, Guest Conductor
Anthony Gigliotti, Clarinetist William Stokking, Cellist John McCollum, Tenor
Thursday (8:30): Strauss: "Don Juan"; Debussy: "La Mer"; Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor.
Friday (8:30): Stravinsky: "Fireworks"; Hindemith: Clarinet Concerto; Lalo: Cello Concerto; Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor.
Saturday (8:30): Berlioz: Requiem Mass, Op. 5.
Sunday (3:00): Beethoven: "Egmont" Overture, Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92; Rach?maninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor.
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