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First Concert of the 15th Season


Sunday, November 8th, 1953
Central High School Auditorium
Vernon H. Stinebaugh, Conductor

  Overture to The Shepherd King, K. 208 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(arr. Aubrey Winters)
  Symphony in F Major Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
(arr. Adolf Schmid)
  "Per Pieta" from Il Floridaro Allesandro Stradella  
  Die Mainacht Johannes Brahms  
  Zueignung Richard Strauss  
  "Ritorna Vincitor" from Aida Giuseppe Verdi  
  Sea Moods Mildred Lund Tyson  
  Some Day Rudolf Friml  
  Vienna, My City of Dreams Rudolf Sieczyuske  
  Trudie Tache, soprano
Max Janowski, piano
  Tales from the Vienna Woods Johann Strauss II  
  Festal March in C Charles Wakefield Cadman  

Program Notes by Ethel Anderson

  Overture to Il re Pastore, K. 208 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was born in Austria in 1756 into a musical family. He showed his talent early and by the age of six was a composer and an accomplished virtuoso. His compositions are numerous and of every type. Today he is considered one of the world's greatest composers. His early death in 1791 at the age of 35 was a tragedy in music history.

The opera Il re Pastore ("The Shepherd King") was written by request of the Austrian government in the honor of Archduke Maximilian on his visit to Salzburg in 1775. The story was written by Metastasio. Alexander, King of Macedonia, conquers Sidon, executes the usurper, and places the rightful heir, Aminta who is living as a shepherd, on the throne. Alexander plans a marriage for Aminta who refuses the girl and the crown for his love, a shepherdess. Alexander, moved by this devotion, allows Aminta to marry the shepherdess and reign in Sidon.

The Overture is in the sonata form. The melody is rich, the rhythms graceful, with delightful expression characteristic of both Mozart and shepherd life.

  Symphony in F Major Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1739. Although he was well-known in his time, he was soon overshadowed by his contemporaries and friends, Haydn and Mozart. He composed more than one hundred works, most of which are unknown to audiences today and were even less known to the public before 1900. During the last two generations Dittersdorf's work has been more widely recognized for the real beauty and simplicity it contains.

Since composers of the eighteenth century had only incomplete orchestras at their disposal, Dittersdorf and others of that period wrote only for Strings, two Oboes, and two Horns. Adolf Schmid has arranged this symphony for the modern orchestra. This composition is not considered profound music, but it possesses along with its simplicity a brilliant orchestral effect characteristic of Dittersdorf.

  Tales from the Vienna Woods Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss is considered the most brilliant of a very musical family. He was born in Vienna, Austria, October 25, 1825. At the age of six he began composing. He also studied violin. Before he was 18 he organized and conducted an orchestra which captivated the Vienna public with the grace and beauty of the waltzes and polkas he composed. His father, Johann Strauss, Sr., was first to thrill Vienna with delightful waltzes, but the waltzes that are enjoyed today are from the pen of his son.

One of the most famous of his nearly five hundred dance compositions which earned for him the title of "Waltz King" is Tales from the Vienna Woods.

  Festal March in C Charles Wakefield Cadman

 Charles Wakefield Cadman was an American composer born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1881. He showed an early interest in music. At the age of 19 he composed a comic opera which was produced in Pittsburgh. It was in Pittsburgh that he studied music. His special interest was composition through he was music critic on the Pittsburgh "Despatch" and an organist in various churches for a time. As a composer he was little known until his songs "At Dawning" and "The Land of the Sky-blue Water" became popular. Cadman is noted, however, for his transcriptions of native American music. He began specializing in Indian music in 1909 when he spent a summer with the Omaha Indians.


Manchester Symphony Orchestra Personnel

Rosemary Manifold, Concertmistress
Patty Sheets +
Jean Hamman +
Dorothy Baer
Anita Bollinger
Ronald Walton
Virginia Coats
Louis Durflinger
Ellsworth Moyer
Margery Morrison +
Dorothy Rautenkranz
Martha Bird
Kathryn Bird
Shirley Weiss +
Geraldine Harris
Eileen Bolinger +
Rosemary Bolinger
Margaret Gable
Darlene Gall
Gail Dunbar
Jean Trestrail

Lloyd Hoff *
Ethel Anderson +
Margie Culkosky +
Verna Trestrail
Cora Shultz
Carole Shultz

Priscilla Kester *+
Helen Wales +
Betty Shultz
Albert Trestrail
Theresa Clingenpeel +
Linda Warner

Phyllis Heeter *+
Clyde Holsinger
Waneta Showalter
Corlyle Drake

Marjorie Thompson *+
Doris Mock +
Dorene Eltzroth +
Wanda Bollinger +
Shirley Detrick *+
Alice Alexander

Worth George *+
Pauline Hoskins
Myra Mow

Charlotte Shellhaas *+
Barbara Reahard +

Jean Ryan
Joe Ogden +
Wilma Million +

Donald Huffman *+
Robert Smith
Jean Noffsinger +
John Brown, Jr.

Tom Mow *+
Donna Dawald +
Jan Melvin

Gerald Miller *
George Steele +
Joel Haney

Russell Sandsbury

Cynthia Findley

Sally Johnson
Sandra Westafer

Phyllis Kurtti +

* Denotes principal
+ Denotes MC student
Trudie TacheMiss Tache, our dramatic soprano soloist, makes her home in Chicago. Last August she was declared winner of the Chicagoland Music Festival sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. Already in her youthful career she has appeared in concert, oratorio, and on radio and television. She has sung the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Grant Park Opera Guild under Silva Insana, and has appeared with the Rockford Symphony under Arthur Zack. Miss Tache has performed on the "Theatre of the Air" under Henry Weber; in television she has been seen on the WGN Mutual and on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" show. We consider it an honor to have this musical personality appear on our Civic Symphony concert program.
The Second Concert of the Fifteenth Season will be Sunday, February 21, 1954. Winners of the local Kiwanis Talent Contest will be featured on this program and it will be particularly designed for young people.