U of L Music festival highly successful 21/05/1950
U. of L. Music Crowds Large And Appreciative By WILLIAM MOOTZ The University of 'Louisville School of Music's Fourth Annual Festival of Contemporary Music which began at Gardencourt Friday night has been the most festive and successful of the presentation's presentation's history. The crowds have been larger, the standard of performance higher, the atmosphere atmosphere more charged with excitement excitement and real interest over the music presented, and certainly certainly the audiences have been marvelously appreciative of most of the music performed. In the first three years of the festival's, history, it always attracted a good deal of attention", but this year to a much greater extent than before, the laymen and amateurs as well as the professionals professionals and scholars of the city have recognized the festival as one of the major attractions of the season. If the School of Music ever had any doubts of its success, success, or wondered if the tremendous tremendous effort involved was justified by the response received, such doubts must now be dispelled. Festival concerts were given Friday night, yesterday afternoon and evening, and the final concert will be presented this afternoon at 4. The third program last night marked the first time a solo re-, re-, re-, cital has been included in the festivals. Benjamin Owen, from the piano faculty of the School of Music, played a concert consisting consisting of piano sonatas by Norman Norman Dello Joio, Burrill Phillips, and Samuel Barber. In his many appearances before before Louisville audiences, Owen has proven more than once that he is wonderfully responsive to contemporary keyboard literature. literature. Last night was an evening that confirmed and enhanced his reputation. The structural and rhythmical complexities of these works always found clear-cut clear-cut clear-cut statements as he played them, and each of the sonatas was brought to life with understanding, vitality, vitality, and a depth of communicative power that constantly held the attention of the listener. Both the Dello Joio and Phillips Phillips sonatas are notable contributions contributions to piano literature, but last night were practically engulfed engulfed by the power of the concluding concluding work on the program, the Sonata, Opus 26, by Samuel Barber. Since the piece is dated 1949, thex inescapable conclusion is that it's a brooding, terrifying product of an artist sensitive to the chaotic state of present-day present-day present-day history. It is a harrowing piece of music that never releases its Festival Highly Successful grip on the audience. Certainly not a pleasant piece, it nevertheless nevertheless is a work of sweeping turbulence turbulence and disturbing significance. Owen's performance mounted with the music to an overwhelming overwhelming climax, and the 'audience brought him back many times in . appreciation of his accomplishment. accomplishment. Sixteen composers, some of them attending the concerts, are represented on the festival programs. programs. Besides those already mentioned, these include Peter Mennin, Arnold Schoenberg, Walter Walter Piston, William Presser, Bo-huslav Bo-huslav Bo-huslav Martinu, Paul Hindesmith, Tom Scott, George Perle, Paul Nordoff, Vittorio Giannini, Zoltan Kodaly, Anis Fuleihan, and Igor Stravinsky. For the first time this year, a special program of compositions by student composers composers was given Friday afternoon, afternoon, and works by students from Louisiana State University, Michigan Michigan State University, College of Music iof Cincinnati, and the U. of L. School of Music were heard. Most of the performers on the festival programs are either faculty members or students at the university. However. Dale Dykins, pianist, and John Harnish, cellist, came from Cincinnati to present Barber's Sonata for Vio- Vio- j lincello and Piano, Opus 6, and Joan Benson, from the Indiana University School of Music, will play Fuleihan's Epithalamium for Piano and String Orchestra during this afternoon's program. Others who have been participating participating in the programs include Martha Graham Hill, George Perle, Alberta Zurfluh, Pearl LEARN TO PLAY A PIANO ACCORDION Try It Before You Buy FREE HOME TRIAL For Six Veeksi Free Band Training-Private Training-Private Training-Private Lessons Available Available In Our Own Studio by Mr. Perry Pryor (Mationally Knotcn Virtuoso) 621 South Fourth Sutherland Ideler, Mary Jane Campbell, Virginia Kershner, Fletcher Smith, Doris Davis Owen, Martha Ferguson, Patricia S. Reddon, and Mrs. Lee Moore. Organizations taking part are-the are-the are-the Crescent Hill Woman's Club Chorus, Claude Almand, director, the Louisville String Quartet, a brass choir from the School of Music under the direction of E. Dudley Howe, the University of Louisville Madrigal Singer and the U. of L. School of Music Chorus, Claude Almand, director, and the University of Louisville Orchestra, E. Dudley Howe, conductor. conductor. An exhibition of sculpture and painting by Louisville artists is being shown at Gardencourt in conjunction with the festival. The concluding concert this afternoon will present music by Giannini, Kodaly, Fuleihan, and Stravinsky. . BUILT OF I.oratrJ at Poplar Level Road Mas built of Celoerele by C.elorrete's adaptability to lightweight building block maintenance. It is fire-safe, fire-safe, st'lf-insulaling against heat, sound, You're invited to drive out The front is a retail dairy pasteurizing and bottling plant. 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