Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Founders Day Celebration Concert
Saturday Evening, February 24, 1979, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
"The Board of Regents of The University of Michigan herewith acknowledges and extends its high commendation to the University Musical Society and the University Choral Union on the occasion of their centennial anniversary. Throughout its history, the University Musical Society has been inextricably associated with the University. Its founding served to crystallize the mounting interest in music both in the Ann Arbor community and the University. The Society from its in?ception became the focal point not only for musical performance but also for instruction. It was indeed the progenitor of the School of Music, having provided courses in music instruction until 1940 when those educational activities were fully incorporated within the University.
"The Society's Choral Union Concert Series, begun in the early 1880s, and the May Festival, which followed in 1894, have achieved international recognition. To this day they provide incom?parable contributions to the cultural growth and enrichment of the entire community. In these later years the Society's programs have broadened to include equally distinguished presentations from other areas of the performing arts. Each production reflects a meticulous adherence to a high standard of excellence that has marked all of the efforts of the Musical Society.
"The Regents extend now their warm greetings and deep gratitude to the University Musical Society and Choral Union for its centurylong dedication to cultural advancement and service to the University and the community."
My congratulations to the University Musical Society, its officers, members, and patrons, upon completion of the first one hundred years, which are reputed to be the hardest but which on that very account are probably also the most glorious. This remarkable Society, founded by one of our most distinguished professors and, at times, actingpresident of the University, is the institution which has, for one hundred years, enabled the Ann Arbor community to enjoy the very best of music and the very best of musical instruction. For the first sixty years of our existence the activities of the Musical Society and the School of Music were governed by the Board of Directors of the Musical Society. Although the two organizations have operated as individual units of the University since 1940, they have continued to fulfill complementary roles.
You have my best wishes for continued success as the second one hundred years begins.
Allen P. Britton, Dean, School of Music
Centennial Season -Fiftysecond Concert
University Musical Society
Constitution adopted February 24, 1880 Motto: Ars longa vita brevis
Henry Simmons Frieze--18791881; 18831889 Alexander Winchell--18811883; 18891891 Francis W. Kelsey--18911927 Charles A. Sink--19271968 Gail V. Rector--1968
University Choral Union
Organized, October 1879
Calvin B. Cady--18791888 Albert A. Stanley--18881921 Earl V. Moore--19221939 Thor Johnson--19391942 Hardin Van Deursen--19421947 Lester McCoy--19471969 Donald Bryant--1969
Organized, October 1969, Donald Bryant, Conductor
FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Henry Simmons Frieze Charles K. Adams E. L. Walter Thomas P. Wilson
Alexander Winchell Wooster W. Beman Calvin B. Cady Paul R. de Pont
Benjamin L. D'Ooge William H. Dorrance Daniel E. Osborne Fred Austin Robinson
PRESENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gail W. Rector, President Harlan Hatcher, VicePresident Douglas D. Crary, Secretary Wilbur K. Pierpont, Treasurer
Richard S. Berger Allen P. Britton Robben W. Fleming Peter N. Heydon
Paul VV. McCracken Sarah Goddard Power Lois U. Stegeman E. Thurston Thieme
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY STAFF
Gail W. Rector, Administrator
Stephen Bates Sally Cushing Barbara Ferguson Michael Gowing
Jolene Hermalin Carol WarRelin June Williams
The Festival Chorus and University Choral Union
DONALD BRYANT, Conductor
Wystan Stevens, Narrator Mary McCaix Stubbins, Organist
Nancy Hodge, Pianist Christine Dakin, Dancer
is requested that the audience refrain from applause until the end of the first part of the program, in order to maintain the historical continuity.
Introduction--Gail W. Rector, President
Prelude and Fugue in G minor......Johann Sebastian Bach
Mary McCall Stubbins
Duet and Chorus from Messiah.....George Frederick Handel
How beautiful are the feet of him that bringeth glad tidings of salvation, that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth! Break forth into joy!
Soloists: Carolyn Leyh, Soprano; Sally Carpenter, Contralto
Alleluia! Amen, from Laus Deo.......Albert A. Stanley
The Hymn (Text: J. Fred Lawton).......Earl V. Moore
"I am dust of men" from Prairie (Text: Carl Sandburg) . Normand Lockwood
In Ecclesiis............Giovanni Gabrieli
Soloists: Jeannine Leslie, Soprano; Jan Brett Martin, Tenor
Tourist Scene from The Tower of Babel (Text: Travis Bryant) . Donald Bryant "Thirtytwo sights in seventeen days"
By the waters of Babylon.........Donald Bryant
Oneness with God (Text: Travis Bryant)......Donald Bryant
Through Fire and Fury (Text: Travis Bryant) .... Donald Bryant
Members of tonight's Children's Chorus have been selected from the choirs of the following Ann Arbor churches: St. Andrew's, Thomas Strode, Director; Zion Lutheran, Donald Williams, Director; First United Methodist, Rosalie Brandon, Director; and First Presbyterian, Donald Bryant, Director. Also participating from the First Presbyterian Church are members of the Handbell Choir, Marilyn Meeker, Director, and Marilyn van der Velde, Organist.
Excerpts from Carmina Burana.........Carl Orff
Veris leta facies
Stetit puella--Jeannine Leslie, Soprano
In trutina--Carolyn Leyh, Soprano
Christine Dakin, guest artist, Martha Graham Dance Company Elizabeth Weil Bergmann, Choreographer, UM Dance Department
Soloist: Jan Brett Martin I.........Franz Schubert
Chor der Engel J
The Peaceable Kingdom.........Randall Thompson
Gloria all' Egitto from A'ida.........Giuseppe Verdi
Soloists: Jeannine Leslie, Sally Carpenter, Jan Brett Martin, David Aderente, James Craig
Postlude--Gail W. Rector
John Eick, Stephen Hix, Kenneth Olson, Trumpets
Roxanne Bates, Nancy Vogt, Trombones
Lisa Bradley, Oboe; Charles Beard, Lief Bjaland, Clarinets
Carol Carpenter, Karen Wilkins, Flutes
Special Features of the Centennial Season
"Birds in Springtime"--a tapestry created and woven at the VVissa Wassef studio in Harrania, Egypt, given to the University Musical Society in honor of its anniversary, by Dr. Michael Papo in April 1978.
A commissioned composition jor carillon--composed by Gary White and premiered on June 19, 1978, on the Charles Baird Carillon, Burton Memorial Tower.
"The Past Is Prologue"--Metropolitan Opera Stars on Film, all of whom have sung in Ann Arbor, narrated by Francis Robinson, October 7, 1978.
Opening oj the 100th Annual Choral Union Series--a Celebration Luncheon in the Michigan League Ballroom preceded a recital on October 8, 1978, by Vladimir Horowitz, who, significantly, played his first concert in Ann Arbor just fifty years earlier; an Encore membership roster saluted special contributors, the Centurions and 100'ers.
Anniversary "bonus" concerts--complimentary tickets to subscribers of all concert series were provided throughout the year.
Commemorative Album--a tworecord, limited edition of works performed by the University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy and Yehudi Menuhin, from the Benefit Concerts of 1976 and 1977.
"Messiah" Recording--to be made available from the 100th year of the University Choral Union--the performance of December 1978.
A commissioned choral work by Gian Carlo Menotti--to be premiered next season by the University Choral Union.
Founders Day Concert--The Festival Chorus in a choral chronicle of the Musical Society history, narrated by VVystan Stevens, Ann Arbor's city historian; and a "Gallery of 100," enlarged, autographed photos of famous artists who have performed in Ann Arbor, uniquely exhibited in the Hill Auditorium lobby.
Egyptian Tour--one hundred people journey to Egypt in March 1979, fiftyfive singers of the Festival Chorus for concerts in Cairo and Alexandria, joined by fortyfive members of Encore.
Anniversary year closing concert--Saturday, April 28, at the May Festival the Choral Union sings Verdi's "Manzoni" Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting.
To be published, an "Epilogue"--a history of the University Musical Society to include a com?pilation of all artists and organizations presented since 1879, and a listing of the repertoire performed.
With the above "Epilogue," the Musical Society will share the hundreds of letters of congratula?tions received this season from artists who have performed in Ann Arbor during this century; also the message from President Carter, dated October 5, 1978, and the Resolutions and congratulatory messages from the Regents of the University, the School of Music, the Mayor of Ann Arbor, and the State of Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, commemorating the 100th Anniversary "in grateful appreciation of the Musical Society's immeasurable contributions to the world of music."
19781979 -INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS -100TH YEAR
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Soprano.........July 5
Emanuel Ax, Pianist............July 11
Gyorgy Sandor, PianistHENRYK. Szeryng, Violinist . . . July 24, 26, 28
Maureen Forrester, Contralto..........August 7
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.....September 29, 30, October 1
Metropolitan Opera Stars on Film........October 7
Vladimir Horowitz, Pianist..........October 8
Emil Gilels, Pianist............October 12
Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society......October 14
Bugaku, Japan.............October 15
Eugene Fodor, Violinist...........October 17
Julian Bream and John Williams, Guitarists.....October 21
Martha Graham Dance Company......October 23, 24, 25
Belgrade Chamber OrchestraLynn Harrell.....October 26
Viennese Gala.............October 27
Murray Perahia, Pianist...........October 30
Dimitri, ClownMime............November 1
Nathan Milstein, Violinist..........November 5
Karyo Yamahiko, Japan..........November 6
II Divertimento.............November 7
Fred Waring Show............November 9
English Chamber OrchestraVladimir Ashkenazy . . . November 10
Barbara Strzelecka, Harpsichordist.......November 14
New Irish Chamber OrchestraPrieur, Galway .... November 21
Handel's Messiah...........December 1, 2, 3
Isaac Stern, Violinist...........December 7
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.....December 14, 15, 16, 17
Judith Blegen, Soprano...........January 12
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro..........January 14
"Pirin," Bulgarian Folk Ensemble........January 16
Philidor Trio.............January 21
Paul Taylor Dance Company........January 26 & 27
Barbara Nissman, Pianist..........February 1
Moscow PhilharmonicDmitri Kitaenko......February 3
Paul BaduraSkoda, Pianist..........February 9
Les Menestrels.............February 11
Andres Segovia, Guitarist..........February 17
Aspects of Peking Opera..........February 20
Founders Day Concert..........February 24
Magda Saleh, Dancer Walter Terry, Critic .... February 26 & 27
NDR Symphony of HamburgZdenek Macal.....February 28
Los Angeles Ballet..........March 12, 13, 14
Guarneri String Quartet..........March 21
Festival of Russian Dance..........March 24
Detroit Symphony OrchestraDorati, von Alpenheim . . . March 25
Fifth Annual Benefit Concert.........March 30
Netherlands Wind Ensemble..........April 1
Yakshagana, South India...........April 9
Marilyn Horne, Soprano...........April 12
Cleveland OrchestraLorin Maazel........April 17
Alicia de Larrocha, 'am'sZViCTORiA de los Angeles, Soprano . . April 23 86th Annual May FestivalThe Philadf.phia Orchestra . . April 2528
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