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UMS Concert Program, January 12, 1979: Judith Blegen -- Martin Katz

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Season: Centennial
Concert: Thirtyninth
Complete Series: Debut and Encore
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Judith Blegen
Soprano MARTIN KATZ, Pianist
Friday Evening, January 12, 1979, at 8:30 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Who is Sylvia (Shakespeare)
Ave Maria (Sir Walter Scott)
Hark! Hark! The Lark! (Shakespeare)
Six Elizabethan Songs .... Spring (Thomas Nash) Sleep (Samuel Daniel) Winter (Shakespeare)
"Je suis Titania" from Mignon
Franz Schubert
Dirge (Shakespeare) Diaphenia (Ben Jonson) Hymn (Henry Constable)
.....Ambroise Thomas
"O quante volte" from Capuleti e i Montecchi
"The Beastly Airs ... Of large beasts and creeping things" (Ogden Nash)
The Hippopotamus The Termite
The Turtle The Cow
The Giraffe The Caterpillar The Interlude
Drei Lieder der Ophelia from Hamlet (Shakespeare) Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb von andern nun Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss
Der Stern (Achim von Arnim).......
Als mir dein Lied erklang (Clemens Brentano)
Vincenzo Bellini Richard Hynson
Richard Strauss
Strauss Strauss
Columbia and RCA Records.
Centennial Season -Thirty-ninth Concert
Debut and Encore Series
About the Artist
Judith Blegen'i name appears on the rosters of many of the world's greatest opera houses concert halls, and recital series. Within one year of her 1970 Metropolitan Opera debut she starred in three new Metropolitan productions, winning international praise for her portrayals of Marzelline in Fidelio, Sophie in Werther, and Melisande in Pelleas and Melisande, an interpretation which leading critics compared to the legendary performances of Bidu Sayao. She was also acclaimed at the Metropolitan for her roles as Susanna in The Maniage of Figaro and Sophie in Der Rosen-kavalier. At Carnegie Hall she won ovations for her singing of the difficult coloratura arias in Handel's Ezio and Judas Maccabaeus. Her European triumphs include performances at the Spoleto and Salzburg Festivals and at the Vienna State Opera, and European television performances of The Abduction from the Seraglio and Orjeo, conducted by Georg Solti.
In her 1974 New York recital debut with Martin Katz, Miss Blegen was hailed by the New York Times as "a candidate for greatness in the field," a prophecy since fulfilled in subsequent recitals there and throughout the United States. She also appears regularly with such leading orchestras as the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic, with whom she has recorded Haydn's "Harmoniemesse" with Leonard Bernstein.
This evening's concert marks Judith Blegcn's first performance in Ann Arbor; pianist Martjn Katz returns after making his local debut in 1976 with basso Justino Diaz.
Debut & Encore "Bonus" Concert Barbara Nissman, Pinnist
Thursday, February 1, at 8:30, in Rackham Auditorium
Schumann: Fantasy, Op. 17 Prokofiev: Sonata No. 1, Op. 1 Chopin: Fantasy, Op. 49 Liszt: Ricordanza; Rhapsodic Espagnole
Miss Nissman's career began on this campus, where she received her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, studying with Gyorgy Sandor. In 1971, she performed in the Musical Society's May Festival with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and since then has appeared numerous times with the Minnesota Orchestra and Stanislaw Skrowaczcwski, the Boston Pops and Arthur Fiedler, and re-engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Miss Nissman also performs regularly in Europe, on orchestral tours, in Germany, England, Holland, Bulgaria, and Rumania. Recently, she made her London orchestral debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, and this season will be performing with the London Philharmonic.
Subscribers to the four concerts of the "Debut & Encore" Series receive free tickets (upon request) to this recital, made possible through the generosity of the Power Foundation. Tickets are now available to all concertgoers at $4 general admission.
Ann Arbor May Festival, 1979
Wednesday-Saturday, April 25, 26, 27, 28, in Hill Auditorium
The Philadelphia Orchestra and University Choral Union
Eugene Ormandy and Riccardo Muti, Conductors Alicia de Larrocha, Pianist Victoria de los Angeles, Soprano
Alma Jean Smith, Soprano Zurab Sotkilava, Tenor
Alexandrina Milcheva, Mezzo Soprano Martti Talvela, Bass
Wednesday, April 25--Ormandy and de los Angeles: Hindemith: "Mathis der Maler"; Ravel:
"Sheherazade"; Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Mozart: "Voi che sapete" from Marriage of Figaro;
Rossini: "Una voce poco fa" from Barber of Seville; Wagner: "Dich teure Halle" from
Thursday, April 26--Muti: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. S. Friday, April 27--Muti and Larrocha, All-Beethoven: Symphony No. 6; Piano Concerto No. 3;
Overture to Lconore No. 3. Saturday, April 28--Ormandy, Choral Union, Soloists: Verdi: "Manzoni" Requiem.
Plus a special "Bonus" recital for series subscribers: Monday, April 23 at 8:30, Hill Auditorium
Alicia de Larrocha and Victoria de los Angeles
performing music of their native Spain.
Burton Memorial Tower, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 Phones: 665-3717, 764-2538

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