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Best Season Ahead

Brevard MusicCen ter Opens July 5th,: The first performance of Bre.vard Music Center's 38th season will be given, fittingly, by a pianist who lives in New York City, whose music has taken

her several times around the .....orld. but who chooses to spend her summers in our mountains. " Brevard is a joy," Sylvia Rabinoff said in a telephone interview this week.

" I find a whole atmosphere of music路making separate (rom the pettiness which sometimes grows lip around a group of

member of the pre路college division faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, Mrs. Rabinoff will rem3in here for two months as the Center's artist-in-residence. Her husband, &mno, the violin half of their internationally acclaimed duo, will join his wife onstage July 31st for a program of sonatas for violin and piano. Mrs. Rabinoff speaks of her teaching in New York:

Is it the view from her cabin window, is it the slower cad路 ence of our speaking, is it walk-

"Work at the Juiltiard is highly intense. A lot of competition. Brevard is more of a community. Everyone is there makin~ music and there is a great deal of cooperation.

ing on grass instead of concrete or waterfalls the hei~hl of her Manhattan apartment building, is it the response of North Carolina audiences? Simple "Southern hospitality?"

" The ratio of students to teachers is low enough that I am able to get a personal feeling for every student, even in theory class."

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Mrs. Rabinoff will say only. "There is a ' graciousness about Brevard." Friday evening, July 5th, Mrs. Rabinoff will perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra conducted by Henry Janiec, the Center's artistic director. A

Since an 18-year-old pianist named Sylvia Smith made her debut on a Paris sta~e "some years ago," lovers of the piano repertoire - particularly of Beethoven sonatas - have gathered in concert halls across the United States, in Canada, Asia, Africa, the Middle and Near East, and in the capitals

of Europe to witness the skills of the native New Yorker. Mrs. Rabinoff's first visit to the Center here was a brief one, an overnight stay and performance in 1966. She was not certain what awaited her "hen she accepted a faculty position here last summer. "I expected a lot seeing program and remembering stay her,e in 1966. But I did ~et to know the students first time I was here'!

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" I did not realize just how J!:ood their music would be. There is nothing average or amateur about the v,.'Ork of the students at Brevard. The student recitals are wonderful. I look forward to hearing the music myself. Does that sound strange? But it's true. Their music really is professional ." Beyond the 180 acres of the Center itself, the world traveller finds the town of Brevard "a wonderful community, very friendly." "Here (in New York ) you can't walk the streets at night. Thes:e of my students here at Juilliard who were with me last summer at Brevard can't wait

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The polished public face of the '" <u ~ ,- • 'l; -~ '~~ ,~ rH • ~> ... ;:iMusic Center' is , .~Georgia Power Co.-sebolarshlp' to • symphony and ha~ ,put ID the Nor is Br~~.rd an:Wor ,smgno exhibited under the auditorium , ,"" r.'r come Jo Breva'rd: v He i. 'OD . found;ations of • good cla.slcal ,play. Last lam'mer's eoettrt lights three times-each weekend, Facu~t~ perf6rmers ·onc- the nei~her the,BMCO or,the!SO; he record ,collection. Band 'ound out tti.t tbAfftJ«~rs . but the Center's truer aspect can BMC Orchestra coach students in. plaYSj thl~d ch,!ir In tJ;ae ,cone.ert . • ,_ , '" A " • _.of the previous lummer'( ..(ad be seen all day every daY' in the, their varioos Instruments during band. ," '\. "Bemg here opened a world for had played R~msky.K~ak~'s intent features of some 300 young ,., th~ sectlonal ·rehe; ;:sal ·sesslons. . '. " '"" ..;1 j . ..' 1..' him' that h.e had not thought of ' jFlIgbt of t~ Bumblebee" fa fae 1 muscians; ' . )',.-c ...... h~ "Everybody here-I'd say '95 before," believes Barr. ~ mi~ute and five secJ.d. . ./ ~e ~The competition for 'chair , perceJ;lt-Js aJi-state material, '" ~ , band's pertuulonl.&4c. be",. Melanie Wilsden. Is 14 and an positions in the"three' groups is l.'ve been to the University of ~ "We don" build castles in the / holding a stopwatch on reh"r; oboe player, S~e comes from a 1 .stiff. Practice cabins fill at sunup Georgia brasS,. workshop and .alr for these kids, But ·a. sals. .!:-.1; muiical family-both of ... he~ 1 and,remain i!l use until a trumpet ' tJiere is jusftio co~parison. :r dip youngster le~ves here, we hope, ' " .. !<led t.hA th ~1 '" parents play the piano and sing; , . player has the Jast word with not expect it to be as hantas it with a real Intelligent concept or . They dec . ' ~r ey : .I} her sister is· a flutist-and has " taps" at JO p: m . ) Student is." .~ t; !' t, '·' what they are getting into In· gomgtoplar itmun ram'~li/ studied oboe for two years In her , musician"s, ostensibly "campers" ..:'!It ~. . ~., \ ,musk .. The ~ajorl.ty , an make a It becam,? the whole goal for ~ }~ hometown of Marietta, G!II" on summ~er vf:l:catioil, _average Such humility is the beglnnb;1g dedsion whether or not they ,wUl sumrp.er, Barr Jaugh.~. .. :~. _ Before that she , ha~ {studied , five hours of practic( a day. of ~~ al imp'r~vement, !Jarr go , into music or ~ome other " . h ' I h ,; ,-., '" piano. While in elementary . _ . , believe5.,u ~ career, We try to tell tbem their Ove~ t e yean av,~: ' school she read a band magazine "It is harder than 'I e"pe~ted.'.· I ';!:w ~~', • t' chances. : Get them to asir: the many of them play way over tJfl: _ whIch described summer music concedes Richard Hajek, 14,' an "We had a kid here a couple of questlon r- can I make a UyIng _ ~eads, way oy~r their 0'i.D x camps. " Her music teacher A~stralian citizen whose parents years ·a:gO:;:~ a real good little , with ~y talent. Music J. a pntty pectatiOQ. ,They ,Jalt-.ta ~ ~ laughed when MelanIe, then 11, now live.ln Atlanta, Gil: "i was trumpet player, very good., ~e Aense forest. ' s~mew.ay. ltisahm:ue:d~:ui~~ expressed her Intention to one surprised at how good t~e o~er came up ~ere and out of seven Tbey just go n t ~ ~ a ~ day come to Brevard. She began students are." ,.. trumpets m the. concert band•.h.e "They practice, perfonn, eat piece. , .. a schedule of practicing oboe for wds"number six. 1 saw him in his .and just relax with professional " , .:. " JI,~ to two' hours a day with Richard has studied violin for ' home town the following winter musicians for seven weeks, so "'Ibis one aftef1!OOD we another hour or so given over to four' years beginning on a,' jUnior t ana asked' 111m . what' he' had they get sOme idea what the life is giving a concert at Montreat piano 'practice. . High school instrumeni and : learned.at Brevard. <He' jush like. We,letthem know you don't ,~e whole group: went, cra;t: ~ l graduating into private lessons. grinned at me . .'1 found out. one have to be a great performer to lust w,e nt and sat .down. ._. This past spring, the band This summer". is his, fj'rst at thing: So~ebody ' else' can play be a good teacher." ",: " ~ey g~ that feeling, a condt ,~; direcior at Floyd JUnior High Brevard. He failed to make trumpet too' ' 15 just m .the way. They pla~,,::! School in Smyrna, Ga. (near eith~ of the two "'big" ~ or. ' - No one seems to object to the ." Flight of the 'Bumblebee" , 57 Marietta outside Atlanta) chestras. His reaction? "I am "It is impo~nt lor them to rigors of Brevarct.. seconds." , '.\0 .,''''~~ discovere~ that he had one' ap; practicing harder. I wan( to learn that no ma~ter how good , J~ plication to ' the Tran~ylvania '/ make the TSO." they are ch!lnces are there i.' Gene ,Smith pro~ably speaks . Ttte durati~ of the pieee u' ~r:~ Music Camp at Brevard. He always going to be som~e' for the ~ajOrity when.' he ~ys, "Rimslty-Konakov c~m.poeed gave it to Melanie: Her audition, ~~ute 40 , 8econ~.:... ~ Barr sIts tn on: 'audition,s , the better. Oh. there are ncepHons. "Being here has strengthened.lll¥· won for her not only admission to ' first two days of each summer We've had the prodigies. But plan!i to be.a musiciari." ,. the Center, but a scholarship . sessions, . then monitors _ the generally weesiabli5h for a .kid a " from the Georgia Power Cpm.proiress .f each 01 his students . new set · of personal,. ,standar.ds. _. And, th~' result of ~he prac~lce ' pany. '-' ~ . ': -• •1 "'} andpom~tltionares~ evkle~t. _, through the summer. ~" If th,e1 a~e... ~oJ..humble enough ,_ .• . Did the pretty oboe player with "Those comPetiUve audi tions to' where they ' can ' go olit 'and' ~ " I feel like I m getting better, the musical mother and tbe are like walking into a bUzz' Saw. prActice ' ana ' get .better, then ~peciailY a t sight reading," . Singing father take the Brevard This happens lot- a !tid , nothing.is"going~o happen. But Melanie -· announces ! brigt::lUy.\ Music Center by ~torm? .. 1J. 'come here the best on the clarinet when ~ tbey ~e "challenged like " An:~;the girl who sits next t"o .me;.') . . 'say; or trumpet, in his hometown that it is almost frightening how.... in , TSO says that I have Im-~ Last week she was placed in the ' . aila right :oU the bat there' are f{tr .f.hey: can ·go.;" ., ~ . proved.~' , ',., • 1 I . '. first chair of the Center's wind h~r a> doze~ ciarinet; players"or '.. . I ~nsemble conducted by Robert -J tr;Jmpet players, who can cut him ~ Ba" recall~'a young man "who · :""Jjistening ~ the oboe players ~ Barr. The group has two weeks on his best piece. I It's rough." near-Iy in 'tears approach~ 'hlm ( In.j,the ' BMC helps. Just being in which to prepare three major ' . .'~ fol lowing' hi8 (irst audition' at around all the musicialll here, a concerts. At her .first rehearsal .~ , .r. , Br.evard. The, boy announced bls lot .of them better tban me...Just in her new seat, Melanie was lost. ~ - Toni Mere~~ '16, ' of '1UJifkln, intentl~ . t~ go. ho~e. hea r ing 'everybOdY "l, ~r~ct,..:ce · Sh~ struggled through: sight · S.C. plays s.econd· chair, clarinet . - ," " '. encourages 'me to -'prac ce r~ading her part, then, in some, in the Concert Band. He .is ' at -uRe wa~ sca;:ed J to deatti ... ' .... ' mOre... · tt ~ -.1 dIS!reSS, sought aar.r after the revard for: hls· second sum.m er. 'Barr r~lIs. , " <,! A11 we play 6'a~k ,;;; ;~? .' '. '" .rehea~l. ) ". home·is ·fOOtball music he told .me " Scott-- Rolik. 17, who heard ; .... <The hardest' thU;g is getting ' he ne~er; heatd, people play, the about the Music Center fro!D a, "I've been used to playing us~ to· ail the other clarinet way .these· lti~s, here 'canplay.' " ~foimer Brevard student who, .iS Class B. or Cla!~ C hlg~5chool :tplayers=....Mw· goOd they are." .,~'. '\~'. . • ~ ' •. S~ott·s , trump~t ,teacher In music. Our band a(home is good \ . , . ' .... 9 Barr talked him 'Into staying. Dearborn, MichIgan, feels .af~ tiut nothing , lke""ilie"'wtnll . ...... Gene SmItb 18, a trumr:ter j'be ·lasC·cime. ih'e titllldl'tllrecter five w~ ','an , all around ira· /, semble. The music here is a lot ~~tf~41t-1he .....nCM<>Wft1f titii:;fOf.ih~tifdeli plofemen , '1t-ls a g~ CO!,1tras hirder thaD I expected. I never peorglR AU-stiie Orchestra~ last the boy was taklnl: private witlJ yoW' 1;e8chers "!.h~t: .. You dreamed I would be iJ'ear. He~alaw.rdec.aNatiobal lessons at home. He had pur- get a varlety'of v.iewwipt on how i~..Federatlon ~ of Music Clubs-' 'chased sea.on tlclt.t· to the to play your instnulient." , . , h "' .1 r-

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Barr, a member of the facility at ' .Converse 'College and a veteran or I~ryeati at the Music Center, has a fatherly manner on the podium ._ "Sweetie," he said to her. "You've just been moved into the I big league. Take that folder, get I behind a tree and practice. And • pray a 'lot," Barr chuckles alter the girl has I• gone. ~. ...... J "She is a good little oboist, • She's young and stili has a little :J tendency to panic. With the experience she's " getting, the exposure to all sorts of playing, she'll make out nne. In another ' year if she comes back here, she will be a mature performer.

" They are challenged so much here. A student will rpart and play more in a summer than he would in three <lr four years in high school. There is a real exposure to the faculty~ U's almost frightening how far some of these kids go in a summer ." It is the Brevard Music Center Orchestra which has provided the music for Brevard's opera productions and for the concert performance of Endre Balogh. Eugene List. John Alexander, Robert Shaw, Sylvia Rablnoff. Anna . Moffo and Jacques D'Amboise. Only about 45 students perform with the BMC Orchestra, half of which is ex! elusively professional musicians-Center faculty ' members. Another 30 students j~in ' those 45 to ~ake up the Transylvania Symphony Orche,s tra. Brevar4's other "weekend" orchestra.

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Unsung but no less active are Brevard's Transylvania Youth Orchestra (TY0 1, Wind 'Ensemble and Concert . Band. The TYO is directed and conducted by Mario Mancinelli, who holds separate rehearsals for the young string players in a group. In t~e "off season, " Mancinelli is a professor of violin and director of the orchestra at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill. The Concert Band and Wind En· semble are Barr's responsibility . Approximately 175 young musicians, from 40 states, make up the "~outh groups.;'

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ROBERT BARR. a faculty member 01 Co"ve' " ge and a 14-year vetera n of the Brevard Music

ler, gently guides music students through summer "camp" a t Brevard. The young musicians f ind the competition for choir positions to be stiffer thon they expec ted, but Barr says thot the ir development at the Center is "olmost frightening."

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BarT, a member of the faculty BREVARD - The polishtd public face ol the Brevard at Converse Coliele and a Music Center is exhibited under veteran of It years at tbe Music the auditorium lights three Center, bas a fatherly maDDer times each weekend, but the 00 tbe podium. "Sweetie," he said to ber. Center's truer aspect can be seen all day every day in the " you've just been moved into intent features of some 300 the big league. Take that folder, let ~hiI!I a ta:.ee....Dllp~. .. And pray a lot." ~-.~Melanie Wilsden is 14 and an Barr cbuckies after the girl oboe player. She comes from a ha5 gODe. musical family - both of her parents play the piano and sing "She is a good tittle oboist. and her sister is a flutist. She's young and stiU has a Melanie has studied oboe for Uttle tendency to panic. With .two years in her hometown of the ezperience she's getting, the -Marietta, Ga. Bef",!! that she exposure to all sorts of playing, had studied piano. While in she'll make out fine. In another Elementary School she read a year if she comes back bere, she band magazine which described will be a mature performer. summer music camps. Her "TIley are challenged so music teacher laughed when much here. A student will read Melanie, then 11, expressed her and play mCl"e in a swnmer intention to one day come to than he would in three or four Brevard. She began a schedule years in high school. There is a of practicing oboe fCl" Ph to two real exposure to the faculty . It's hours a day with another hour almost frightening how far CI" so given over to piano SOOle of these kids go in a practice. swnmer." Tbill past spring, the band director at Floyd JuDior "1gb School ill Smyrna, Ga. (nea r Marietta outside Atlanta), discovered that he bad one appUcatiOll to the Transylvania Music camp at Brevard. He gave It to Melanie. Her audiUOII W(ll for her nOC only admlslioo to tbe Center, but a scbolanhlp from the Otorgia Power Co. Did the pretty oboe player with the musical mother and the singing father take the Brevard Music Center by storm? lAst week she was pl.a.ced in the first chair of the Center's wiOO ensemble conducted by Robert Barr. The group has two weeks in which to prepare three majCl" concerts. At her first rehearsal in her new seat, Melanie was lOSt. She struggled through sight-reading her part, then, in some distress, sought Barr after the rehearsal. "I've been used to playing Class B CI" Class C high school music. Our band at hOOle is good but nothing like the wind ensemble. The music here is a lot harder than I expected. I never dreamed I would be playing Capprido Italia n (Tchaikovsky) right now. It has a lot li oboe. It's really hard."

" It is the Brevard Music Center Orcbestra wlUcb bal provided the music for Brevard's opera productloos and for, tbe concert per(Orlnuces of Eodrt Balogh, Eugene Ust, John A1exaDlier, Robert Sbaw, Sylvia Rabinoff, Anna Moffo and Jacques d'Ambois e. Only about f5 students perform with the BMC Orcbestra, baH of wblch is exclusively professional musicians - Center faculty members. Another 30 students join tbOle 45 to make up the Transylvania Symphony Orcbestra, Brevard's otber "weekend" orcbestra.

Unsung but no less active are Brevard's Transylvania Youth Orchestra (TYO), Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. The TVO is directed and conducted by Mario Mancinelli, who holds separate rehearsais for the yOlDlg string players in a group. In the " off season" Mancinelli is a professor of violin and director of the orchestra at Dlinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill. The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are

Barr 's responsibility. Approximately 175 young musicians, from 40 states, make up the "youth groups."


Gala Plans

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BREVARD _ Special wtek· presented by SyMa and 8enno books. She is an lnstructor The concert Band tnd Wind day concerts, including two Rabinoff, their program in- the pre-college division of the IDnsemble program will include chamber music programs eluding music by Beetbov"!n, Juilliard S00001 of Music. music by Alford, McBeth, Char·

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sylvania Concert Band and the Transylvania Wind Ensemble, are scheduled for the last three days of the month at the Breyard iMusic Center. The last concert in this summer's Connoisseur Series will be held Monday night, July 29, with a varied program inc Iud 1 Dg v~1 and Instrumentel music by Brevard Music Center faculty artists. The Concert IBand and Wind Ensemble. conducted by Robert Barr, will complete the mid· week series with a program July 30. On Wednesday nigflt Jul y 31 a sonata recital of sel~tions 10: , plano an d VI'01'In WI'n be

The Rabinoffs are among the feature two quintets for bras~ Dello Joio, 8arr and Respi.gbi. world's most popular husbaild instruments, a vocal duet, a Conductor Barr director of and wife violin.piano duos o.n piano solo and • piano-viola Bands at Brevard Music Center, the concert stage and their duet. A brass quintet composed is a member of the faculty and repertoire comprises virtually of La r r y Black, Timothy administrative stalf of the the entire piano-violin sonata Stewart, Warren Gre!, Gail SclDoI ci Music at Converse 1iterat~r~, plus works they have Wilson and Jamie Hafner will College.

comnllSSlODed. R a bIn 0 f f, a native New Yorker, is the last in the line of Leopold Auer pupils UEt included sUCh artists as Heifetz, Elman and Zimbalist. He plays the 9rlceless " Lord Amherst" Stradivarius, one rl the tbree greatest violins in the world. Mrs. Rabinoff, a foremt)5t woman pianist Is also the composer of more than 150 'works and the author ol several -__

play compositions by Penzel a ~ Bach. Eric Hoo:-,"er a nd Darlene Reynard will play ViII a - Lob 0 s' "Bachiar.<l.s BTasileiras" and RUby Morgan w i 1t per for m Franck's "Prelude, (borale and Fugue." Wayne Baughman and Paul Svendsen will fonn a duet 10 sing selections by I....es and De Falla, while Donald Wright and W!1Iiam Noll will play a Hmdemith sonata. __ ---

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. Phyllis Diller presented · a' Nome, Alaska, andplayonacakc . style comedy routine of Diller 'whole ne w-, Imoge this ' pal:t orice." ,.' , i: -and supporting acts. In fact she ' weekeild at Brevard Music Cen· .. As to comedy, ' Somewhere en was flying back to rehearsals ler. A new talent. a new rac~. a roate it became her first love. '.'It. 'immediately arter her concert ' new personality sUIpri~ many . Is an extremely difficult medium. Saturdtly nigilt: .. " " 'We' asked her how, with her and dcllghtf'jI all thorewr.o heard A mUSician expects and rttelv~ ~r . . inet

her !,nd worlced'wilh . applause ~rter each nwn!x!r. A hectic schedule, sh~ fI"IlltI.1g:ed to her: . ' ,., " . r ~ comedion must get a laugh::tIter fmd time to practiCe. She admits ~ . In concert on Saturday nigh!, J 'e ach line" or he fall.g n,.t on his - she doe'sn't really. ... .not near ly ·she sbowed amailng ~r$atility: face." -, .' . """ ,. , ,;, enough. but tries to squeeze in a She : p layed, well, polrtlcularly . A3 for theatr!! : " Il ls now more ., little each da y. ' , BDch, good touch and mu:;ician. 'octivo In the hinterlands. Broad- . Thls. of course, lstheweakncss . ship. After finishing oRe ol her way Is an antique. It tw .b&!I'j: , of h~r cencerti:dng. 'But, In our ~tls.~ n umbcrll, she: llOIlC1.UlcOO \\ipe~ ~l .by dyspeptic cr:iti~, opinion.. Phyllis Diller Is an ~ was not ~y the great man , thugs and sotlring costs. La! extremely "smart . cookie." s( all, . but an 'extremely good . Vegas is now the entertail\[llCllt ~.;Havlng begun her 'career at 31. , :'rnock·Back" of her oY.n com- - ~terofthew'o rld .." , ;she has now with her face 11ft . Posing. A song of DilIer'9 was ,·A.nd with this, Miss DIller laUflo lengthened its span by a good ten also oil · the program. "My ched Into a brief resume of her -years.- glving her time to build a Prayi'! r: : ' whk,h ~ ,sung by .new act wh ie~ will open tri'Vegas seeon~ ~areer and a new image. s:opra.no Jane H1clcl•.an3dvanced within two wuu ... an hour and It'SI goOd one . ... student ! of Drevard Opera Workshop . lind · the Manhatbn School 01 MllSlc. ! .,. The DlIIctCll:pedltionS into!Xl.ig and comedy had a touch of Las Veg:u, 'but kept, not only the audience, but Conductor Henry JmJiec Dnd the orehestra memo bers In surches: Amnringly. they ncvermissed a note! ;- " : : Whim she wDspreseotcdahu,ge arm-bouquet of red 1US(!3' at e'UrtaJn.caU. - Miss Diller · immedl:ltcly g\1ve . this to MiSS

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:1:e~e~r~3~?e ~all~•."~ ~_?f .

At tho press 'contenmet In tl-.e' tnDtning•.held in nbl"e3kbctwccn' rehearsal sessions. Miss Diller ..as very ·down·to-earth. ·· No J tnake-cup except ' .lor the Ealse I eyelashes . which nre her tn:de-m:ork, hnlr. hiutging to her shoulders nnd cllreless co~ · straight \bac k. she went 5tmIght tothe point on,evt"rYissce. As fo her Eace lift: " f ne\'(!r.waS really ugly, you know. Th3.t was an image J deliberately created. The fa ce lift didn't ' change me except to erase the wrink1es, particular ly the rings in m.v n:!d!:. ,You enn .tell a iwe:man's' eg:! by cowltina the rings 'In her neck. Ilke you tell Ole ege <.tl a tIN. · }{a·M·ha!"· The Diller bugh is · always wIth her;, It is p:utoff'.<:r· i5Clf, not Just parto! her act . •As to Drevord ~ "The calibre of progrnm is amazing .,. utterly amaz.ing: fmoginc, . the ~ opera "Falstaff " l!lst night and. Anna MofCotoColiowm etomorrow." , As to her new career: "ThIs is really the " fulfillment of a

childhood dream, reached by a

t-np.~'roulld Robinhood's bam." )ic~ ligen! b:09~_~-'!.C! ~i~~~ ~r::; sultation ~ {or a.ppearances with symphony orchestras whenever ~ receives an ~vitation. She


'La Boheme' Shows Strong Points

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~' Speclal

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A Review JORN BRIDGES

l ibe Jewes, jealousies' sorrows, I was able to portray the tender· Iwith appropriate seductiveness in giving them every cbanee to aDd borse-play of the yOUDg ntSS of the dying heroine. IIUId ber short prayer in the 1ut get the words out. The over,aU

T, Tbe Cldze...11mtl artist-students (The Bohemians)

near-capacity

Perry Daniels, Steven Alnus act

was

a

quite

moving forward motion of the opera did

audience of the story. Mr. MeCrae's Williams. and Scott George as moment. One wondered the DOt suffer but for \hi. listener',

~b

e ere d tlle produc.ion of :JIIuccini'. ope.t'a. '1.. Boheme" ~ the resident opera workshop ij the Brevard Music Center ~riday night. The stage direc1:Ion was by John Richards .:Crae and lhe conductor Will :Henry Janiec. UDder thelr od ire c t ion the production \~erged as a well.integrated ~eee of musical theater with t1Jlany strong dramatic values and affectin& musical per·

stage business was natural and " MarceUo," "Colline." and reuoJI for cutting Musetta', rehe aebievedsome very eHeelive "Schaunard," the other spite of ber "Waltz" sung bestage pictures. particularlJ in Bohemians ltJat shafe the net. Ihind scene in the third act the Jalt. act. The chorus was a mad e fie shand blood The two bit parts of "Benoit," '3it static in the second act characters from their por' the landlord. in the first act ant street scene but the d:lildren trayals and not just stereotypes. "A1cindoro," Musetta', escort who bought Parpignol'a toys Daniels' singing In his final act in the second act were well were so generously applauded duet with McDonald was his done by AJven Browder and Jeff lhal the plea of the single best of the evtnln. and Wil· Holmes. The part wu too low urchin for a drum ... almost Iiams drew applause for bls for Browder but his parlalldo oalileraled. singing of the "Coat Song." apDroach enabled him to projeCt The sets were quile IUCcessful Jane Hicks as " Musetta" it anyway. in using only a few set pieces !displayed a light soprano with a Opera In any language but tile ~ormance.s_ wbich were particu1arly weil top approached carefully but original always slows down ,; As are all tbe operas painted and S!t the mood of with clarity. Her "Waltz" in the lempos. Mr. Janiec was perhaps produced at the Brevard Musie eacb act. 'l1le set was designed second act was sung and acted too kind to the singers mspots I Center, "La Boheme." w,s ray Thomas Hines and the giveD in English and tbe acting lighting was by Paul Sweeney. of the troup ~ade a st~ong case William McDonald returned to for . opera 10 Engl.lsh .. The Brevard'S' operatic stage in the verSion used (not crechted ID the teoor role of ·' Rodolfo." A p. r 0 g ram) was generan, ' favorite of several years, he slllg~le and a &ood percentage j was absent last season at ot It. could be understood' IBrevard but Asheville musicOecaSl.onally. lbe range of ~he I 0 v e r s beard bim at an vice or the accompaoYlIlI Albeville Sympbony eooeert 1a orchestral texture obsured the the spring. Surely one of the WilI"ds. most beautiful tenor voices il 'Ibe yoUDJ .case was ~. opera in America today, ~letel cony 101[ I,n recreatin McDonald lVas an Ideal "Rodol. f(l" in his projection of the character and • model of diction and true "bel canto:" IbeautJIul sinai",· Martha Sheil, as "Mimi", is I lirica-spinto. with a particularly warm middJe raDie. 'MJe upper voice (as is UIIlII witb a voice of this type) is a bit slow to warm-up but ..men it WIll fully let out in &be third .ct was telling in its effect. Her singin& was at its belt Ia the moving final act when It WII always heard above the orcbestra. ye I

taste MuseUa's "Waltz" was much too slow and the subsequent broadening of tempo at the Musetta·Marcello reunion was diminshed. Although the subtle amplification of the singers overcl)mes some of the acoustical properties of ttle large auditorium, there wer times wflen tbe orchestra still over·balanced the singers. The many bows accorded the singers, Janiec, and McCrae attested to the audience's r.omplete enjoyment of this vibrant production 01 an old favorite'.


-Brevard Center's Finale Features 'Requiem' Aug: 18 BREWARD - The grand fin a J. e to Bre'ard Music C e n t e r • s highly successful 38th season will feature the ope r 8 . "Bartered Bdde," works by 20th century com· posers performed by the Transylvania S y mph 0 n y Orchestra and Verdi's somber and m 0 v i n g " Requiem" presented by the chorus aDd

ordlestra. The "Requiem," which con-

cludes the season on Sunday. Aug. 18, is often called the

"Manzoni Requiem." It wu composed in 1813 in memory of the ItaUan poet Alessandro Manwni

and was Initially played on the first anniversary of his death.

The complete Mass in plain&<log, or Gregorian chant, begins with the lotroit-''Give them eternal rest, 0 Lord"-rollowed by the "Kyrie"-"Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy" which is the opening of the regular Catholic Mus. In composing hi' ''Requiem,'' or "Masa for the Dead," Verdi eliminated or combined several of the items usually found in the plain aona version and added the Comni'union "Lux aetema" aDd tbe Responsory "Libera me" which properly beloni in the Burial Service. The BM<;: Orchestra Is conducted by Henry Janiec and Ward Woodbury will

conduct the transylvania f r e y ). But, Marie flatly Chorus. refuses to marry him. V 0 c a I soloists' for the Retsal urges Marie's father "Requiem" are: sopranos to talk to Wenzel while he G ian n a IWlandi, Sharon talks to Hans and tries to lWuse, Martha Sheil, Debbie Induce bim to give up Marie. Smith, Martha Toney ; mezro.. The matchmaker finally oI· • 0 p ran 0 s Kathryn Fraser, fer! Hans 300 norins and at Jane Hicks. Beverly Smit(l, last Hans yields with the Elizabeth Wall; tenors Wi!· stipulation that ).larie only liam Momeweg, Richard Sim· marry a son of Micha. When mons, Patrick Woliver and Marie hears that she. bas been basses J. Wayne Baughman, exchanged for 300 florins :she Scott George and Steven is understandably ups e t, Alexus Williams. particularly since she has just "Barterd Bride," SaturdaY convinced the stuttering sim· rught's offering, is set in a pleton Wenzel that he would B 0 hem I a n peasant village be miserable if he married during the yearly church fair her. At this point a traveling and festival. The three act comic opera by Ozech com· group of athletes and circus poser Bedrich Smetana is performers comes to town and enlivened with Slavic folk Wenzel is attracted to dancer dances including the polka Esmeralda (Erika Wheeler). and ille Fur I a n t, the When Maria confronts Hans Bohemian national dance. The wit b his apparent faith.core retains the flavor of the lessness he teases her a bit traditional mid-European and then gets Kettel and ber to call ber parents and other melodies. Hans (Patrick Woliver) 'and witnesses. At last the truth Marie ('~aine Leatherberry) eQme5 out. Hans Is also a son are in love but her parents of Micha, a fact the father is want her to marry Wentel (Salvatore Rosselli). Ketsal more than ready to admit. ( D a v i d , Rae Smith) the The young people receive the mat r im 0 n i a 1 agent, blessinls of their pan!nts and negotiates the marriage oon- the curtain descends on a tracts with Krushina (steven scene of congratulations and Alexus Williams) and Kathin- rejoicing. Also in the cast are Michael ka (Nancy Diann Crame!;,), Marie's father and mother. Boone as Murt, Scott George They .ign an agreement that IL'I Springer and Mary Nan Marie 'Will marry Wenzel, a Wilson as Agnes. son of Micha (Patrick God· "Bartered Bride" is 1 directed by John Richards McCrae and conducted by Henry Janiec. The opera prodtdion .taff includes W. F. Noll, assistant conductor .nd Paul Svend.sen, coach. Ward Woodbury is chorus master. See n I c designer Thomas Hines has effectively created t}'JMeaI '-Europe.n peuent village square as well as the Interior of an Inn while lighting to enha~ the at· mosphere was created by Paul Sweeney assisted by Rusty McCoy. Also on tbe Workshop staff are: properties director Laura Alley ; costume-makeup direc· tor .,.Ivln BrOll'der; stage manager Robin Crandall and set builders Frank Bradley, David Murr, Billy Pratt and Deede Williams. 'Ibe final weekend of en· tertainment at BMC opens on Friday night, Aug. 16, with the T80 performing works by 20 t h Century composers. Under the baton of conductor Emil Raab tbey will play S I b e II u.' "Symphony II," Persichetti's . , Th e HoJlow Men , ., Piston's " Toccata" and the polka lind fugue from "Scbwandll" by weinberger. Rub, I 1& year veteran at tbe Center, is head of the Fe$llval Orchestra In addition to conducting TSO. He t. profe.uor of music at the University of Bowling Green and conductor of the Universit y Symphony Orcbestra. Prior to going to Bowling Green In 1S169 he was on the facuHties- of the University of Michigan School of Music and

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-'74 Season Was Best Ever At Brevard Music Center

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Brevard Music Center concluded its 38th season recently in

what management officials termed its biggest and most successful . "The 1974 audience was by far

our largest a nd most receptive," according to General Manager Robert G. Cole. "Season ticket subscriptions reached an a ll-time high a nd tota l attendance incr eased a pprOximately 20 per-

cent from a year ago. Six concerts surpassed the sell·out level and fiv e more were near sellouts. " " We a re gra teful for the public's continued support and interest in Brevard Music Center, and are promising to do our ut· most to make 1975 more ac· ceptable to our a udience," Cole said. Brevard's artistic director Henry Jani~ stated, " Musically, 1974 was the best season we've ever had. The ca liber of students is certainly the most advanced in the 10 years I've been here. And that goes for the 12· and l3-year· olds as well as the ~ advanc«:d division . They are more motivated-they seem to get right with it." Success measured in terms of enjoyment covered the entire gamut of programs offered. Admiration and curiosity brought standing room only crowds to see comedienne Phyllis Diller play the piano, a serious rendition of the first movement of Beethoven's "Pian Concerto," as well as do one of her famous comic routines. Beethoven 's ma gn ifi cen t "Ninth Symphony" was conducted by guest artist Robert Shaw had crowds overlowing the auditorium and spilling onto the

lawn. Famed pianist Eugene List performed to a capacity audience.

though it wasn't necessarily his favorite opera. "Th is was the best production of 'La Boheme'

I've ever seen," he said , and Another of the season's best

because

of

that,

he

had

_ _ _~s elJf.t's..w.as the..s.p.a..r.kling Lerne,,~-----~·'t horbUghlye njoyed iL " and Loewe mus ica l co rn e d, "Bri gadoon." Both the dress "'Daughter of the Regiment, " rehearsal and the F riday night described as a "real tour de force pedormance pl ayed to full for soprano Gianna Rolandi" was hOllses. also chosen a s a favorite as was "Falstaff"where Perry Daniels But the true success of the appeared as the plump and performing season is reflected in rascally old knight, "Bartered remarks of concert goers who Bride" was selected because of had their own "highlights of the its colorful mid.European atseason" judged strictly on a mosphere and rhythmic ethic personal basis. tunes. The folk opera " Down in the Valley," which opened the John Alexa nder. tho season, was like because it, too, Metropolitan Opera artist whose was typica l of a specific region, rich tenor voice filled the the very mountains surrounding auditorium on a lovely Sunday the Music Center. afte rnoon , dr ew a standing ova tion and had opera students Pianist and faculty artist-in· commenting that they literally residence Sylvia Rabinoff was held their breaths in places also a first choke audiences because the music stirred them because as one person comso deeply. Another Met star. mented, " there is something beautiful soprano Anna Moffo. about her style, the emotion she also drew raves from en · feels when she plays can be felt thusiastic fan s, by the a udience." The Con-

or

The Concerto _Co.ncert,l playe~. entirely by BMC students, was a highpoint in the season for ma ny regular concert goers. As a longstand ing ticket holde r expressed,-" It was a thrilling experience to see such yo ung people perform so magnificently . The whole concert had a glow sparkle to it. " Devotees of the ballet had a special treat when Jacques d'Amboise and partner 1\o1errlll Ashley performed on the BMC stage. This was the fi rst time solo dancers had performed at Brevard and the pair held the a udience spell-bound. Quoting another season ticket holder, "La Boheme" was his choice as a favorite show even

nosseur Concert played by the duo piano team of Yarbrough and Cowan with guest pianist Ward WoodbW'y, was also selected "because it was beautiful music performed in a true chamber setting, the intima te atmosphere was jus t r ight. " Mid·week concerts by the Transylvania Youth Orchestra, the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble were chosen "because they are what Brevard is all about, the students performing. And the music is good." Vocal music and pops concerts were well received and one ot the s ingers commented that the " Reguiem " which closed the season was her favorite as " it is the most beautiful piece of music we've sung thjs_~.Qtl ."


We Thank You, Brevard Music Center Brevard Music Center's Ilenlal general liIan8lJer, Bobby Cole, bas lallied up figures wblcb' sbOw !bat attenilance ibis year was up '20 per cent over' 1973, wllb a total of 40,000 payiJiIJ customers,

.

Next year, we predict, will be ven better, for Ibe aale of advance pBOn ticketS Is runnlnlJ'40 percent ~ea:d of Ibe comparable date last 'fear. " Mr. Cole refuses to divulge next i"lwDmer's plans at ibIS early date, !JIut iays Ibe center Is negotl8t18t1ng

/'with lome "Super Stars"" for the 1m season.

Great,

Bobby ,

just

great .

EverythinJ's . in your favor. Cer-

jl8lnly Ibe great stars know Ibey will

enhance, not tarnish, their lI"'pulations by appearInIJ bere. 'J'bey'D be de1iibted to come.

11 And Brevard will welcome Ibem. Because of Ibe greats wbo have ~dy

apjJeared bare Brevard'S

Dame is known in Italy, England,

Germany, RUssia, and other places of Ibe world where IiOOd music Is

appreciated. We have in hand, for instance,

some opera programs in which noled singen, in tbeir resUmes, MV'; proudly listed Brevard' appearances along wllb sucb famous operatic institutioDs as Milan, Metropolitan, NeW York Opera Company, san Francisco Opera

Company, and

others.

Tbat's pretty good company for Brevard's nam'e lei be bandied about iO .

And it points up Ibe fact Ibat Ibe value of 'Brevard Music Center extendS far beyond its contribution as a regional cliltural center and its considerable addition of dollars hereabouts. We're beblnd you, Bobby, and AttIstic DirectOr Henry 'Janie., anil !be wbofe staff. May you reacb neW plateau of suc.__ eacb year! '


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