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Balladists, Pianists[ Eileen Farrell Star A t Brevard F esti val

By HELEN KNOX SPAIN High in the rul'tl{ed grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains in the picturesque area of the Pisgah and Nantahala

National Forest, musicians come together each summer for making and listening to music.


Just outside or the friendly Httle lown of Brevard, N. C .. on the site of the Transylvania MUsic Camp , the Brevard Music Festival in August holds forth in the quaint rustic open-lIlr ~hed. Two ~eries ot concert., IIrc presenterl on consecutive





Tickets may be had singly at , ! $3 each at the gate. or hy ~peci~l i types ot membershIp rangmg m , prices from $12 to $50. I

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THE STORY of this music-makauspices ot the Brevard Music ing had its start some 16 years Festival Fo~mdatior.. ago with John Christian Pfohl. This summer the concerh will ' the 'dreamer. For the benefit ot 26 music-loving high school boys, 1 be given on Aug. 7, 10, 11, 12 and ht! held a summer session on the 'l Aug, 14, 17, 18, 19. 'I'he oUerings campus of Davidson Co!!!!ge in for the opening series includes Davidson, N. C. From thi~ humble , a ballad singer beginning, it has achieved a bea';l- i an authority on tiful campsite, the Transylvam1l folklore, c 0 nMusic Camp at Brevard. Its en- ; cert~ hy a drarollment iJ limited to 150, divided matic soprano equally hetween boys and girls and violinist and a staff of 60 instructors and ;l;nd " lecturer. counselors. Mr. Pfohl was once II , The closing ~ct winner o( the Hi,l!h School Schol- ' flf ~oncert~ will arship to the National Music Camp he ~iven hy a at Interlocken, Mich. comp05er and The Brevard Music Festival was . collector or Colk: inaugunted during the third sea- ' hallad~, a conson of Camp Transylvania on its , cert by a duopresent site. At the end of the piano tE'am And six-week camp season a group of climaxing with 011" Il~_ .. orcht!stra players of outstanoing , two performances of the oratorio, talent and experience move into ; "The Elijah" the camp cabins. They, together The Brev.ud Fe<lt\va\ Orch .. ~tra, with members of the Camp staff under the baton or Jltm('s C(lrl~­ and advanced pupils who have tian Pfohl, will he heard in tour merited the privilege of remainconcerb dunng the festival. ing for the Festival, make up the Susan Reed, the enchanting 70-piece Brevard Festival OrchesSouth CaroUIlII ballad singer, will tra. Nationally celebrated stars open the festivaL on Tuesday, 8:1~ each summer as the sop. m., Aug. 7. EIIl'en Farrell. appear loists. hailed as one of the exciling The Brevard Music Foundation, voices ot the century, will he the .. has grown out of the Music soloist with the Festival Orchestra Inc Association. It was orat 8:1~ p. m. on Aug. 10 and Ii. ~FestivBJ .nized by a group of forward_ Olin Downes, music critic of the looking citizens of the town for New York Time~, will discuss I th~ purpose of sponsoring lhi5 "Being Your Own Critic," at 41" series of annual concerts. Their p. m., Aug. 11, ,Jeanne MitchI'll, competent and consistent efforts brilliant North C.'I.rolina viohnist, under the leadership of the fir~t considered jn the fint rank among president of the Foundation, Mrs. the younger generation conc~rt 1 Henry N. Carrier, and the present I artists, will be the solOl~t WIth president, F. S. Best and the dithe Ferlh'al Orchestra at 4 p. m' l on Aug. 12 ..Tohn J. NUes, folklorist. will Rive a IE'cture-recltal red"r. Mr. Pfohl. have made pos_ at 8:15 p. m. Aug. 14. The re- sible the larger project. The F6nowned duo-pianists, Luboshulz IIval is now in its sixth ~eason. and Nemenoff, will appear with • • • the Festival Orchestra at 8:15 p. m. Aug. 17 and 18 "The Elijah" by Mendelssohn will be given by the Festival Orche~tra and Chorus at 2:30 p. m. and 8:15 p. m. Aug. 19. The soloist~ In the oratorio performance are Nn!'ma Heyde, : soprano, Gloria Gonano. contralto, ; James SchwI'lbacher, tenor and . A~drew Whitp, baritone.









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Balanced Festival Program The announcement of t he 1951 artists who will appear here in the Brevard Mu&i.e Festival is good news for all boosters who have been desirous of obtaining a more varied program here and yet contin~ '(ling with the high caliber of musicians who appear. Each of the soloists represents an accomplishment in the chosen field of music, which this year will achieve a balance never before attained by the music classic. I Eileen Farrell, soprano, has been called "one of the two greatest dramatic sopranos of our time." The duo~pianists, Luboshutz and Nemenoff, are the most popular piano team today. The violinist, Mitchell, native of North Carolina, has climbed high in musical circles in a short period of time and critics already have acclaimed her for her virtuosity. Susan Reed and John Jacob Niles are two of the country's most popular and best known folk singers, and will present pro~ grams of ballads here for the first time. Here in Western North Carolina, "a ballad collector's paradise," is the logical place for folk music programs, and it is for this reason that The Times and other festival boosters have advocated the in~ !orporatiol1 of such programs into the leries. When The Times goals for 1951 were iated, No. 9 as printed read "Continued IUpport and cooperation with the Brevard Kusic Festival and expansion of its pro~ f'rams to include folk music." It has been the policy of the music fes~ ivaI directors to bring the "best" in mulic to audiences here, and we are pleased ;hat they have selected Miss Reed and Mr. Niles. Both of them have visited this section of Western North Carolina in their oonstant quest for authentic ballads, and ",.hat more likely locale than Transylvania for the singing of them? Since folk music is one of this country's .ost prized heritages, it has skyrocketed iR popularity in recent years with genuine lovers of music who desire to see it collected and preserved. Here in Western Carolina where the Anglo-Saxon ancestry kummed the tunes related to the simple pleasures and tragedies of life Miss Reed and Mr. Nil es will recr eate t h em for the festival aud iences. -W' e indeed pleased that one of The




Brevard Music Festiva I Drive Is Now Underway, President I Says Early Response Good' 1

"N~'o=t=m:::a 1-Ieyde, who is no strangcr J~ ere. having appeared last sum- IThouaanda Of Two-Color e d . in Verdi's Folders Mailed Out. Event i"!'~tIUi,'!" .." comOpene Augu s t 7 c:;:cc,'_-,c_list of A concerted membership drive for the sixth annual Brevard Muen- sic Festival is now underway. and .t cccording to Walter K. Straus, or president and membership chair.nd man, the response this year is bet- I past ter than ever.





C. M. Douglas and Jerry Je-

teachwho are now canvassing concert rome, ~usinesses and industries of the Easter county, report that the local Mis~ Heyde was soloist in Dubois' port of the music enterprise is "Se'/en Last Words" at Winston- ' more than gratifying. Salem under the direction of Mr. Thousands of the two-color fold路 Pfohl. She also appeared thil spring with the chamber. group at ers have been mailed out with eD路 Duke UniverSity, conducted by Al- closed membership applications, Mr. Straus said, and he has relen Bene. celved many of them In retutn with checks. He advises local person~ who have not done so to purchase their tickets immediately. , There are less than Ulree weeks before the opening concert on August 7th," Mr. Straus points out, -'snd we would like to have money in as early as possible." Patrons and sponsorships re',main the Game price this year at $25 and $50 and active tickets have increased slightly in price. Season actives are $10 p1us $2 tax for a seven路program series. It is I Ilointed out that this is less than $1.50 for each concert, with the owner having the privilege of attending rehearsals.



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Party Planned ISaturday By

. Cogginses Mr. and Mrs. 419 Beaucatcher

George COfI'lI'lns of Drive wI\! entertain with a cocktail party 8a.turday from 5 I.e! 7 p. m. In their home honoring Dr. Thor John~on. con· ducoor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The event also wlll trcmor Dr. Vit· I torto Gianlnn!. compo~er, and his' wife, of New York City, and Mrs. C. H. Detmer and son, Roger Detmer. or CincinnatI. Dr. Johnson, the Glanlnnls and . the Detmen will spend m05t ot tae VlCek at the Transylvania Musie Camp. where Dr. Johnson will con· I duct the Tnlnsylvanla Orchestra at their C(lncert Sunday. One of Dr. Olaninni's compollitions will be I played at that time. Dr. Johnson also will conduct a nwnber at the Pops Concert to be held here day, July 23.

BRF.VARD-Dr. Tho r Johnson. Iconductor of the Cincinnati Sym· ,pbony IIna trustee of the Brevard I Music Foundation, is a visitor tbls ! week at Transylvania Music Camp. He will conduct the cl'lmp Ofchestra In concert Sunday after-, noon. Appearing as soloist on the concert Sunday at 4 p. m. will be Da-! vld Smith. pianist. who has been heralded as "The American Horo""Itz." The Transylvania C h 0 r u s. dl· rected by Lester McCoy. will also appear on the Sunday concert. Other programs scbeduled for I the coming week include the regu· lar band concert Frlaay at 8:15 p. m. with Mrs. James Christian Pfohl as plano soloist. Pfohl wI!! give a special lecturp Saturday night on "What Is An Orchestra." planned to prepare audiences for better appreciation of future camp and festival concerts. His talk and a dtscussion period with questions will be followed by a square dance with music by the Ecusta String Band and "Speedy" Jones calling. At the Tuesday evening chamber music faculty program, Smith will aga.ln be soloist, playing the Bela Bartolr. Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra. In addition to Dr. Johnson. an· s other outstanding mUSician, V I t· _ torla G! ann 1, is visiting at the r camp with his wife this week. Ohm· r nl Is II. composer Rnd faculty memo _ ber at Julllard Schoo! of Music.




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MUSIC F ROM TOM One of the great din:)ensions or Thomas Wolfe's artistry was music. He wrote no songs and he played none. yet In tone and rhythm and Inspiration his prose often rolled and flowed like a melody. Certain passages In his books are 5ymphonles ot words, tuned and joined In masterly orchestration. It Is no surprise that three eminent composers have :found music in Tom's prose, It is only natural that one of them, the gifted Don Gillls, should have found with the m.uslc a deep and meaningful patriotism which he has woven lnto ~he suite, Tlwmas Wolle, American, .... Ith Ii distinctive spoken narration. Thomas Wolle, American will be performed for the first time in Aahevllle at tomorrow evening's pop.

concert at Grove Park Inn by the Transylvania Faculty.Orchestra, In this event, three things are joined. First of course Is Asheville and Its famous son. Next Is an orchestra of increasing renown which has become a fixture of the mountain region. Third Is the inspiration ot Dr. Thor Jotm.son, conductor of the Clnclnnatl Symphony, who com~ mlssloned the writing of Thomas Wolfe, American, and who Js a. North Carolln1an, The pops concerta, a project or the Asheville Jaycees, thus take on a dimension themselves--a dimension which draws thi3 able mU81c~ ian ship ever closer to the region \'::~~~~ I~ finds appreciation and encQuragement.

'600 Persons Hear Niles At Festival

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Brevard-Some 600 persons heaxd pianists, appear with the Brevard John Jacob Niles sing ballads and Festival Symphony Orchestra under carols from his cOllection of folk direction of James Christian Pfohl. songs Tuesday night as fI. feature of the Brevard Mu~ic Festival. Acclaimed throughout the country as a leading folklorist, Niles accompanied himself witl1 three dulcimers of different keys. A Jlumber of his selections were his own compoSitions. " Barbary Allen," "The Hangman," "You Got to Cross tha t Lonesome Valley," "J Wonder as I Wander," and "Go 'Way From My Window" were among selectlOrnl On Niles' program. The next festival programs will be Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p. m., when Luboshutz and Nemenoff, duo-


THE FIRST POPS CONCERT OF THE SEASON was presented last night in Grove Park Inn by the T ransylvania Music Camp faculty orchestra. A large audience gave enthusiastic evidence of its appreciation for James Christian Pfohl', leadership of the orchestra and of the t"lent of soloist Andrew White. PEohl, in the centcr of the oicture, is directing the attention of the audience to the

orchestra. composed for the most part of members of sym. phony orchestras throughout the country, during an interlude in the program. White, a baritone. sang operlltic and popular airs and the orchestra presented a well_balanced and crisply executed program of numbers by Smetana.

Mozart, Benjamin Britten. Stix-Ormandy and Bruden.

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Famous "Elijah" Trtlimax 1951 Brevard MY ~ Festival

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Four Solois ts Have Lead Roles In Orator io. Backgroun d Is Given




When the sixth annual Brevard ;\fusic Festiva l ends on Sunday , August 19th, it will be on a high, dear note (if beauty echoing across the mounta ins probabl y the most dramati c oratorio ever written, "The Elijah" by Mendelssohn-Barthaldy. I "The Elijah," which climaxes I


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expecte d to come from all ovcr the South. The first concert wilt be at 2:30 and the second at 8:15 P. m. Four soloists will sing the lead ~'oles of this lamed work, accompanied by the full festival symphony orchest ra, and a chorus of over 100 voices. The chorus will be made up of student s and instructor s of the camp, singers of Brevard , Ashevil le and other communitie s. Few musicia ns have ever been so many-sided in the manifes tation of his genius as was thc Elijah's composer, Mendelssohn. His work' is called a succession of beauties , and since its first perform ance in Birming ham, England , in 1846, the enthusi asm for it has remaine d the same.


";;~to,,~f Elijah, is now vocal inat the

camp, and been acd,im,d _ highly audi;;';;;m~; ;~ hishere ap11 at Asheville Pops certs. Mr. White membe r mu sic ment of he School of Fine Arts at Drake University in Iowa. His concert and radio reputati on has become well ~stablished after a career, indudmg three years as soloist with F'red Waring, appeara nce with the Detroit Sympho ny, the title role in Mozart's "Don Giovann i" at the Hunter College playhou se in New York, and other notable achievemerits. He was selected as one of the ten outstan ding young musicia ns in the country in 1941 by the Brookly n Academ y of Music. Other soloists in "The Elijah" will be Norma Heyde, soprano ; James Schwab aciler, tenor; and Gloria Gonano,


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1951 News Clipsaocr  
1951 News Clipsaocr  

• Festival Fo~mdatior.. This summer the concerh will ' be given on Aug. 7, 10, 11, 12 and Aug, 14, 17, 18, 19. 'I'he oUerings for the openin...