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UMS Concert Program, October 4, 1979: International Presentations Of Music & Dance --

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Season: 101st
Concert: Eighth
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Joan Sutherland
Richard Bonynge
Thursday Evening, October 4, 1979, at 8:30 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Care Selve" from Atalanta
"With plaintive notes" from Samson
"Tornami a vagheggiar" from Alcina
La Gita in Gondola--Barcarola L'Invito--Bolero La Promessa--Canzonetta L'Orgia--Arietta
Recitative: "Sorta e la notte" and Aria: "Ernani, involami" from Ernani.....
La tua Stella............
Ah! non credea mirarti from La Sonnambula ....
Puisqu'elle a pris ma vie
Oh, si les fleurs avaient des yeux r.......
Pensee d'automne J
Recitative: "Ah! Tardai troppo" and
Aria: "0 luce di quest' anima" from Linda di Chatnounix
London Records
101st Season -Ninth Concert
101st Annual Choral Union Series
Bohemian Folk Ballet
of Prague
Choreographers VERA SVOBODOVA
zuzana pomezna Peter Tomasovic Lida Vrbica Vlastimil Carda
Featured Dancers
Peter Vokoun Helena Suranska Pavel Vokoun zuzana sykorova
Zdena Czivisova and Julius Skoda, Vocal Soloists
Thursday Evening, October 4, 1979, at 8:00
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Choreography: Libuse Hynkova Music: Jiri Linha
This is a typical Bohemian folk dance with the specific rhythm of J4, but the lyrics of the song and the steps of the dance are in a pattern of 2-2-2-3-3, giving the dance an interesting rhythmic quality. "Furiant," which means "defiant" expresses a trait of character of Czech young men, while the girls, in contrast, are gracious and lyrical. And why the jugs and barrel The Czechs are proud of their beer which they think is the finest in the world.
Dance from South Bohemia
Choreography: Libuse Hynkova Music: Arnost Kostal
Zuzana Pomezna and Petr Vokoun or Ivana Vosahi.ova and Peter Tomasovic
101st Season -Eighth Concert
Ninth Annual Choice Series
Recitative: "Ah! Tardai troppo" and
Aria: "0 luce di quest' anima" from Linda di Chamounix . Gaetano Donizetti
Linda di Chamounix, one of Donizetti's last operas, is the story of a girl who goes mad when she believes herself deserted by her lover, but who recovers her sanity when they are reunited. Linda, a peasant girl from Chamounix in the Alps, has fallen in love with a man she believes to be a penniless painter. In reality he is a Viscount. . . .
This aria was added to the opera when, soon after its premiere in Vienna in 1842, it was given in Paris with the famous soprano (who had already been Donizetti's first Lucia di Lammermoor), Fanny Tacchinardi-Persiani. It was inserted near the beginning, when Linda's love is young and her horizon still unclouded. In the recitative she regrets that she arrived at a tryst too late to meet her lover, but tenderly thanks him for leaving a bunch of flowers as a pledge of his affection. Then, innocently and happily, she builds her castles in the air; though they may both be poor now, one day Carlo will be a great painter and she is happy to think that their destinies will be linked in this life and the next.
About the Artists
Joan Sutherland was recently honored by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in the 1979 New Years Honors List, receiving the feminine equivalent of a knighthood, becoming Dame Commander of the British Empire. Richard Bonynge was honored during the Silver Jubilee Celebration, becoming a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The world's great opera houses require most of their time, but whenever possible they appear in recital. After last season's spectacular concert in Avery Fisher Hall by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti with Richard Bonynge conducting the orchestral accompaniments, the public clamor for more persuaded the Bonynges to appear again in Lincoln Center. This time Marilyn Home will be Dame Joan's singing partner and that concert, later this month, will again be televised live from the Lincoln Center stage. The Bonynges are presented in two other recitals during the season in North America--this evening in Ann Arbor and in Cincinnati.
Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge first met as music students in their native Australia; she as a voice student and he as the piano pupil of a one-time accompanist of Nellie Melba. They met again as students at London's Royal College of Music after Miss Sutherland had won the Mobil Quest and was named "Australia's Best Singer" and Mr. Bonynge had received a scholarship for study in London. Mr. Bonynge deferred his own solo pianistic ambitions to become Joan Sutherland's accompanist and coach, and it was under his tutelage that her real metier was discovered--she was neither a mezzo nor a Wagnerian soprano as she had thought--but a throwback to the Golden Age, a dramatic coloratura.
In 1954 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge were married, and under Bonynge's guidance Miss Sutherland rose to the zenith of the operatic firmament, scoring triumphs at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, at La Scala, Milan (where she received the affectionate title "La Stupenda"), at the Vienna State Opera, and other leading opera houses of Europe. She made her American debut in 1959 singing Handel's Alcina at the Dallas Opera and brilliant debuts the next year at the San Francisco Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her 1961 debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Lucia di Lammermoor was one of the most exciting in the company's annals.
As his wife's mentor, Richard Bonynge has become one of this century's most knowledgeable and respected authorities on Bel Canto opera. He made his official debut as a conductor in 1962 with Rome's Santa Cecilia Orchestra, followed by his American conducting debut later that year in the Hollywood Bowl. His Metropolitan debut came in 1966. He has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of the operatic world, presiding over performances in the great opera houses around the globe.
Miss Sutherland first sang in Ann Arbor with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1964 May Festival, followed by a recital in 1970, assisted by Mr. Bonynge.
Burton Memorial Tower, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 Phones: 665-3717, 764-2S38
Czech Polka Music: Zdenek Lukas
The polka is originally a Czech dance and still is the most popular dance in Bohemia.
The Orchestra
Wild Geese Music: Ji&i Linha
A Bohemian song expressing the sadness of a lovesick girl who envies the wild geese because they are flying in the direction where her beloved lives.
Zdena Czivisova, Soloist
What Good Is A Well Music: Jan Dumek
This Bohemian song poses the question "What's the good of a well with no water in it. What's the good of a girl who is no longer a maiden"
Zdena Czivisova, Soloist
Dance from Detva Choreography: Inka Vostrezova
Music: Jan Dumek
Detva is a very distinctive and interesting region in Central Slovakia. The music, dance and costumes have a specific character totally different from that of any region in Slovakia.
Jiri Drgac and Helena Suranska, Soloists
Vlashiko Choreography: Inka Vostrezova
Music: Jiri Linha
Gypsy dance from East Slovakia.
Lida Vrgicka and Pavel Vokoun or Ivana Michkova and Vlastimil Carda
Songs from Moravia Music: Jan Dumek
Southern Moravia is famous for lovely songs and national costumes. It is also a country of excellent wines.
"My loved one bade me to drink wine"
"Red Strawberries"
"If black eyes were to be had in shops"
Zdena Czivisova and Julius Skoda, Soloists
Poppy Dance Choreography: Mirka Hrabalova and
Inka Vostrezova Music: Arnost Kostal
This dance depicts the work in the fields in the cultivation of the poppy, the seed of which is used in pastries called "kolacky."
Rebels Dance Choreography: Libuse Hynkova
Music: Arnost Kostal
This dance dates back to the peasant rebellions of the 17th century. It is still danced in the mountain regions of Moravia and Slovakia.
I'm an Old Shepherd Music: Jan Dumek
A shepherd's song from Slovakia expresses the sadness of an old man who knows that he will not see the next spring.
Julius Skoda, Soloist
Shorovy Choreography: Cyril Zalesak and
Libuse Hynkova Music: Jiri Linha
Originating in the Horehronie region, this dance depicts the competition between boys and girls dancing on a wooden bridge where the stamping of their feet resounded with great effect.
Verbunk, Czapas, Czardas Choreography: Jan Novenko and
Music: Jiri Linha Three dances from East Slovakia. The Verbunk was originally a military recruiting dance.
Little Dove Choreography: Jirina Mlikovska
Music: Vladimir Jelinek North Bohemian courting dance.
Zuzana Sykorova and Pavel Vokoun or Helena Suranska and Vlastimil Carda
Three Slovakian Love Songs Music: Karol Bela and
Vladimir Klusak
"If I had birds' wings, I'd fly to my love"
"I have a red apple and I'll give it to the one I love"
"I love Jano better than Juro"
Zdena Czivisova, Soloist
South Bohemian Carnival Choreography: Jirina Mlikovska
Music: Oldrich Flossman
This dance depicts what is still a traditional event at Shrovetide in the villages and small towns.
Melodies from Kokava Music: Vladimir Klusak
South Slovakia
The folk band fiddlers of this region are renowned for the inventive way in which they treat the basic melodies of local popular tunes, competing against each other with trills and other ornamental techniques in their improvisations.
Miroslav Kral, Violin
Two Songs from Slovakia Music: Vladimir Klusak
"Who were those girls at the dance"
"Sweetheart do you remember the well where we kissed"
Julius Skoda, Soloist
Wallachian Games Choreography: Vladimir Vostrez
Shepherd boys' games from the Wallachian Mountains of Moravia.
Ceresnicky and Tancuj, Tancuj Music: Vladimir Klusak
and Jan Dumek These are two of the best known folk songs of Czechoslovakia.
Zdena Czivisova and Julius Skoda, Soloists
Variations on a Folk Song Music: J. Piroska
Pavel Farkas, Cymbalon
Wedding Dance from Velka Kubra
A traditional dance to promote fertility has been inherited from generations going back to pagan times.
The Bohemian State Folk Ballet of Prague was formed in 1948 to preserve and present to the world the folkloric culture of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia, the three principal areas of today's Czechoslovakia. It has been acclaimed countless times in its native country, throughout Europe, much of North Africa, and most of the Asian countries, and is performing this fall for American audiences, coast-to-coast, for the first time. To date, the company has presented over 15,000 performances attended by more than eight million people. Between 100 and 300 numbers are kept alive in the repertoire, and the artists have at their disposal over 1,500 costumes from the different folklore regions of Czechoslovakia. In collaboration with Czech television and foreign television, they have made three feature-length films, as well as 72 shorter ones. After three decades of conveying this spirited and colorful folk heritage to the world, the Bohemian Folk Ballet is, today, one of the most highly respected ensembles in the folk idiom.
1979-1980 International Presentations
Choral Union Series
Prague Chamber Orchestra..........Sun. Oct. 7
Detroit Symphony OrchestraAntal Dorati.....Fri. Oct. 12
(replacing Moscow State Symphony) James Gal way, Flutist..........Thurs. Oct. 25
with Marisa Robles, Harpist; Milton Thomas, Violist
Dresden Staatskafelle..........Sun. Nov. 11
Alfred Brendel, Pianist..........Tues. Jan. 22
Leontyne Price, Soprano..........Sat. Feb. 9
Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin, Violinist & Pianist . . . Wed. Mar. 19
Baltimore Symphony OrchestraComissiona.....Wed. Apr. 2
Sherrill Milnes, Baritone.........Mon. Apr. 14
Special ConcertsMessiah
The Moscow Pops........... Wed. Oct. 17
The Nekrasov Russian Folk Orchestra; with Bolshoi Opera stars
and dancers of the Kiev Ballet
Chinese Acrobats and Magicians........Sat. Nov. 3
The Fred Waring Show..........Fri. Nov. 16
Handel's "Messiah"...........Fri., Sat., Sun.,
Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2
Jean-Pierre Rampal, Flutist; Alexander Lagoya, Guitarist . Mon. Feb. 18 Founders Day Concert..........Sun. Feb. 24
The Festival Chorus; Donald Bryant, Conductor; Handel's Israel in Egypt
Choice Series
Waverly Consort............Mon. Oct. 22
Paul Gaulin Mime Company.........Tues. Oct. 23
Solomons CompanyDance.........Wed. Oct. 24
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Taiwan.......Sun. Nov. 4
Martha Graham Dance Company......Mon.-Wed. Nov. 5-7
"Nutcracker," Pittsburgh Ballet.....Thurs.-Sun. Dec. 13-16
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens........Sun. Jan. 20
Glinka Chorus of Leningrad.........Tues. Jan. 29
Eliot Feld Ballet..........Fri.-Sun. Feb. 1-3
Cuban National Folk Ensemble........Tues. Feb. 26
Krasnayarsk Dance Company, Siberia.......Fri. Feb. 29
Kingdom of Bhutan, Music & Dance.......Sat. Mar. 15
Jury's Irish Cabaret of Dublin........Tues. Mar. 18
Series of any 4 or 8 concerts still available.
Chamber Arts Series
Michael Lorimer, Guitarist......... Mon. Oct. 15
Boston Camerata............ Sun. Oct. 28
Syntagma Musicum........... Tues. Nov. 20
Concord String Quartet.......... Sun. Jan. 27
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble.........Fri. Feb. 8
Zurich Chamber Orchestra......... Fri. Feb. 15
Quartetto Italiano........... Thurs. Apr. 17
Debut & Encore Series
Youri Egorov, Pianist........... Thurs. Oct. 18
Nina Beilina, Violinist........... Tues. Dec. 4
Aldo Ciccolini, Pianist.......... Thurs. Feb. 21
Elly Ameling, Soprano.......... Wed. Mar. 12
Series of 4 still available at $22, $17, and $12.
Single concert tickets may be purchased for all of the above attractions; series still available where noted. A free brochure with complete information is available upon request.
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