Moderns star in programs by composers 19/03/1950
Moderns Star In Programs By Composers NEW YORK, Mar. 18 (UP) Two evenings of fascinating con temporary music have been pre sented by the League of Com posers. The program of the first includ ed excerpts from two operas: the rarely heard, passionate Antigone by1 Arthur Honegger and the world premiere of Norman Dello Joio's Triumph of Joan. THE LATTER is written in the modern idiom whjch has been used with so much success by Benjamin Britten. The Honegger opera was sung in the original French text of Jean Cocteau. The libretto of the Joio opera is by Joseph Machlis. The first concert was brilliantly performed in the McMillan Theater of Columbia University by the Collegiate Collegiate Chorale and a number of distinguished soloists under the direction direction of William Jonson. THE SECOND evening featured chamber music. Bohuslav Mar-tinu's Mar-tinu's Mar-tinu's Madrigal and Five Stanzas for violin and piano was first performed performed by Helen Janov (violin) and Milton Kaye (piano). Three songs by Karol Rathaus were sung superbly by" Frances Paige. Other pieces on the program were a Fantasy for Viola and Piano by Gardner Read, a sonata for violin and piano by Ernest Toch and a de lightful Chess Serenade for Two Pianos with Stanley Lock and the composer Vittorio Rieti at the pianos. A comprehensive survey of the chamber music of Franz Schubert and Josef Haydn will be the cor nerstone of the 16 programs for the 15th season of the New Friends of Music in 1950-51. 1950-51. 1950-51. A GROUP of Haydn quartets still in manuscript, which have not been performed previously, will be of fered, along with the string quar tets Opus 76 of the same composer, the piano trios, the Felden Partita in B flat for eight woodwinds and a nonet for two oboes, two horns, two violins, viola, 'cello and bass. The chamber music, trios, quintettes, quintettes, octette and some of the rarely heard lieder of Franz Schubert Schubert will be offered. ALFRED WAIXENSTEEV, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Philharmonic Orchestra, has announced plans for a Mozart music festival- festival- in Los Angeles during the 1951-52 1951-52 1951-52 season. The festival will mark the first public performance in America of all the Mozart piano concerti and will feature Rudolf Serkin as soloist. soloist. Although Wallenstein presented the 26 Mozart piano concerti in a broadcast series over WOR in 1939, they have been performed previ- previ- 'ously in their entirety only by Bu-;soni Bu-;soni Bu-;soni in Germany and by Saint-;Saens Saint-;Saens Saint-;Saens in France.