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First Concert of the 17th Season


Sunday, November 6th, 1955
Central High School Auditorium
Vernon H. Stinebaugh, Conductor

  Zampa Overture Ferdinand Herold  
  Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  

I. Adagio Molto

  Intermission (5 minutes)  
  In a Persian Garden No. 20: "Ah, Moon of My Delight" Liza Lehmann  
  "For You Alone" Henry Geehl  
  An Irish Medley    
  Oklahoma Medley Rodgers & Hammerstein  
  Robert E. Cocherille, tenor
William Luhman, piano
  Intermission (5 minutes)  
  A Tribute to Romberg arr. Douglas MacLean  
  Robert E. Cocherille, baritone  
  The Moldau (Vltava) from Ma Vlast Bedřich Smetana  
  Roumanian Fantasy Carol Velska  
  Knightsbridge March from London Suite Eric Coates  

Program Notes by Verna Trestrail

  Zampa Overture Ferdinand Herold

Ferdinand Herold, a French Composer, did much to loosen the romantic music of his country from its former bounds, and his Zampa is an example of this freedom, with its good instrumental setting.

Zampa is a three-act opera comique, based on the life of the rogue and rascal pirate Zampa. The overture still lives, with the vigorous theme by full orchestra drawn from a wild bacchanalian chorus of pirates. A great kettle drum fanfare is answered by fortissimo chords from the wind instruments. The tempo becomes even more lively and after the crescendo is reached, a sprightly and delicate dance pattern evolves. A development of the gay triplets by the first violins brings the overture to a brilliant conclusion.

  Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The G Minor Symphony is of special interest because, of the sixteen written by Mozart between 1773 and 1788, it is the only one written in the minor key. Schubert said of it "In this you can hear angels sing!" It is clear, delicate, full of life and beauty from the first note to the last.

Born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1756, the boy soon came into prominence and found favor with the Emperor who called Mozart a tiny sorcerer. The boy's father kept him on tour for several years, sometimes accompanied by his sister. His earlier years were much more luxurious than those he was to know later, but even poverty could not grind down his intense love of life. His feelings even about small things were so passionate as to be almost painful. With swift and quiet sureness he produced masterwork after masterwork that has never been equaled.

Toward the end of his life a mysterious stranger appeared and commissioned Mozart to compose a requiem. The fee was most generous but the condition was that Mozart make no attempt to discover the source of the commission. Mozart, ill and exhausted, became obsessed with the mad idea that he was writing his own requiem, and when he finished his funeral song he released his faint grasp on life and died in 1788, only to be buried in a pauper's grave.

  A Tribute to Romberg arr. Douglas MacLean

At first in training as an engineer, Romberg took music as a side-line, but finally he left Vienna and bridge-building to come to America. Here he started in a modest way, but then found himself on the way "up," with his innumerable songs and operettas. The Student Prince, Maytime, and The Desert Song are but a few of his fantastically successful operettas -- seventy-one in all!

Born in Szeged, Hungary, schooled in Vienna, one feels the influence from these places carried into his romantic and romping music. He became an American citizen, and was the darling of Hollywood, and has composed scores and background music for motion pictures.

  The Moldau (Vltava) from Ma Vlast Bedřich Smetana

Born in Bohemia in 1824, Smetana did far more than compose unforgettable music; he laid the mighty foundation upon which the great structure of Bohemian music is built. He was the inspiration of such composers as Anton Dvorak.

At the age of four, Smetana played both violin and piano with great talent. But always his heart lay with the people of Bohemia; he loved to watch the colorful dances and gay peasant celebrations. The folk songs and sturdy barbaric rhythms of the Bohemian dances made a deep and lasting impression on him.

He died in Prague in 1884 after being totally deaf for ten years. Music poured forth from his pen in a melodic stream, and his genius could not be denied. It has been said of Smetana that he sang of his adored country with the passion of a lover. In listening to his music we, too, can know the true Bohemia.

The great tone poem Vltava, or The Moldau, describes the mighty river which always fascinated Smetana, and pictures most vividly the rippling of the river. First you will hear the gay and fanciful wedding dance enlarged upon in the Peasant Wedding. You will also notice the effective ripple of the river, hear the dangerous Rapids of Saint John which builds to a powerful fortissimo, followed by an extended decrescendo which ends the poem.

  Roumanian Fantasy Carol Velska  

The Fantasy is noticeable nationalistic in character with a basis in the old Roumanian folk melodies. The opening theme is a plaintive shepherd tune which leads to a choral chant of religious nature -- repeated broadly by full orchestra. The transition introduces another folk tune -- characterizing a dance. With pizzicato in the strings there is a resemblance to the gypsy orchestra with their balalaikas and cembalo. The Fantasy ends with the orchestra moving along, full tilt, to a brilliant climax in the finale.

  Knightsbridge March from London Suite Eric Coates
(b. 1886)

Eric Coates is recognized as an accomplished violist, as well as a composer. He was born in England in 1886 and served the Queen's Hall Orchestra as principal viola. He was also noted for work in such quartets as the Hambourg String Quartet, but he left the production of music for the profitable composing of music. Though somewhat conservative in style and conventional in melody, he has proved to be a popular composer, having written for light orchestra, several cycles, and for the piano.


Manchester Symphony Orchestra Personnel

  Violin I
Sue Weaver, Concertmistress +
Carol Stout +
Rosemary Manifold
Anita Bollinger +
Robert Whiteneck
Dorothy Baer
Trudy Janney
Louis Durflinger
Gaston Bailhe

Violin II
Marilyn Whitmore *+
Dorothy Rautenkranz
Clara Buchanan +
Gayle Hineline +
Geraldine Harris
Beverly Shull
Darlene Gall
Margaret Gable
John Watson +
Harold Daveler +
Jean Trestrail
Judith Gottmann

Don Godlevski *+
Lloyd M. Hoff
Ronald Walton
Verna Trestrail
Elaine Shilts
Cora Shultz

Vera Rink *
Priscilla Kester
Janet Arnold +
Shirley Ash
Guy Rumsey +
Ardon Denlinger +

Clyde Holsinger *
David McCormick
Waneta Showalter
Larry McCormic +
Raymond Stokes +

Irvin Hoff *
Nancy Hoff +
Janice Briner +
Alice Royer +
Dorene Eltzroth +
Shirley Detrick *+
Mary Jane Merkle
Elaine Wear +

Jerry Royer *+
John Whitwer
Rosemary Bolinger

Hugo Fox *
Gloria Samuelson +

Maxine Stands +

Joan Whitacre *+
Phil Shellhaas +
Albert Trestrail
Clair Kuszmaul +
Bernard Butt +

Paul Miller *+
Jan Melvin +
Ralph Bushong +

Gerald Miller *
Bobb Keaffaber +
Joel Haney (Bass)

David Eberly

Louella Rasor

Sally Johnson
Kenneth Bush +
John Sprinkle +

Piano (Harp)
Marlene Brenneman +

* Denotes principal
+ Denotes MC student
Robert CocherilleMr. Cocherille, who now makes his home in Ft. Wayne, is a veteran of many appearances on both the concert and dramatic stage, radio and television. During the past summer season he was featured in Oklahoma and Finian's Rainbow, two of the outstanding musicals produced by the Festival Music Theatre in Ft. Wayne. A versatile dramatic actor, Cocherille starred in the role of David Slater in The Moon Is Blue at the close of the Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre's 1954-55 season -- a role which brought him one of the coveted Anthony Awards as best male actor of the year. He was a personal friend of the late Sigmund Romberg and has appeared in many of the famous composer's best known musical hits, including The Desert Song, The New Moon, The Student Prince, My Maryland, and many others. Following graduation from Ohio State University, Bob Cocherille spent two seasons with the Chicago Civic Opera Company. Later engagements have taken his brilliant baritone voice to Carnegie Hall, New York, the famous Greek Theatre, Hollywood, and appearances with light opera companies in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Columbus.

Mr. William Luhman, director of Ft. Wayne's famous Capehart Choraleers, has at an early age distinguished himself in the world of music. He studied piano for 12 years and upon entering Purdue University was selected as accompanist for all the Purdue musical organizations and was named assistant to Director Albert P. Stewart, a position he held until 1948 when he resigned to complete his formal education. In the summer of 1950 he was piano soloist and assistant conductor of the Purdue Glee Club during its concert tour of Europe. He performed at eleven colleges and universities in England, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. North Manchester residents may recall the Luhman appeared here with the Purdue Glee Club on no less than six occasions.
The Manchester College String Symphony is pleased to announce a special treat is in store for music lovers of this area. Mr. Mishel Piastro, conductor of the Longines Symphonette and concertmaster under Toscanini and teh NBC symphony for 11 years, has been invited by Professor Stinebaugh to be on campus as gueat conductor and soloist for the 10th Annual String Festival. This occasion on Saturday, March 17, 1956, will bring hundreds of people to hear and see this great artist.

The Symphony Society wishes to express appreciation for the new record set in Symphony Sponsorships this 17th Season.

The second concert of the season will be on Sunday afternoon, February 19, and plans are underway for a very interesting program designed primarily for the young people in this and neighboring communities. The final concert is scheduled for May 6, 1956.