The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 17, 1952 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 17, 1952
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-•o •IX BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NKWfl OSGEOLA NEWS St. arr Madame Adria Bmnati Is Known To Osceolans as Dickey Bowen Do you remember your first mu- 6ic teacher and how scared you were wheti you sat down on the old piano stool th$t kept turning' every (inie you fidgeted? You were only six and learning ABC'3 and playing the piano all In the same year made you feel terribly important. My first teacher pn!d me a visit last week. Ordinarily , I wouldn't know a thing to talk about to a celebrity and especially one whom critics In America, Italy and Prance recognized as An artist ot rare attainments. We old timers In Osceola remember this great musician as Miss Louise Dicka.son who come to Oscebla lo tench piano and voice m the little one-room building erected on the campus 01' tho ooe and only school, having graduated from the Conservatory of Music in St. Louis at the age of 17. Even trial young, she had already begun the cultivation of her beautiful natural voice, planning some day to become a great singing star and to make? a professional career of slngJng with teaching. With thl-s In mind,, even though she was still in her teens, she_ had the wisdom to stiidy from the very beginning only with world renowned teachers of the true Italian methods of Bel Canto, the first being an exponent of . the principles of the great Garcia, another of Mnrchese of Paris and others. Those Jh Osceola were most fortunate in having the opportunity of studying under Miss Dlcka- eon, and If we had worked at it RS she Irted to teach Us, no doubt some out of the lot might have 'reached the top. But n.s .she often said, "It takes a' lot of Intestinal fortitude to stick with it beside being talented, which -\s 90 percent of becoming a musician." A young girl, and especially a pretty girl coming to n small town Is courted by every eligible young man In town and In the love affairs 6l Louise Dlckason, the best talker must have been Sam Bowen, A former sheriff of Mississippi County, because in mid-term of her second year in OsccbU they were married. When young pco pla fall in love, careers fire often times neglected nnd especlaU> when you are carried over the threshold of ah old farm house with raising chickens and churn- Ing milk facing you. Can't you Just sec A' young girl] whose destiny H was to become a grand opera singer In later years, keeping time with the milk dasher while she hummed nn aria frohi Faust or Mndan* Butterfly? As deep as her nmuillons were embedded, she couldn't get the Idea she had worked so hard on out of her pretty head, so after four years of nn interrupted career she went lo New York to study for opera and concert. She studied in New York for five years with Oscar Saengcr, famous international creator of - great arllsts and who was credited with giving Hie world more celebrated operatic nnd concert singers than any teacher of his time, anrt who was the originator of "master classes" In the musical world. Mrs. Bowen assisted him \n teaching his master class during her five years In New York. Leaving New York to launch her operatic career in Europe, she became known as Adrla Brunali. This title she stilt carried all over the world, except, of course, here in Osceoln and Memphis, where she spends her winters. In Memphis she Is known as Madam LouiFt Bowen .but we In Osceola. stilt like to remember her as picke Bowen. As Adria Brunali, she made opera tours throughout Italy anri France singing In their languages. She Is a linguist, sneaking five languages Lnulse Bowen from OsceoU to oper* fluently and singing In seven. From the beginning of her career. fine achieved an uninterrupted series of great successes in the theatres of the Important cities where she had appeared. I had Mrs. Bowen mall me some authentic pamphlets printed in Italy with comments from great operatic critics, these were found to be the most Interesting and to quote from two newspapers of Italy: "The voice ol La Brimnli Is fresh, brilliant, warm, vibrant nnd very notable, trotn the Rrt with which ih'c governs it." "LyrEc soprano appraised' superlatively abroad, she hafi tread the stages of Italy with succeffi and honors and has given veritable incarnations, finished and delicate, of her entire repertoire, embracing all of the important lyric roles, such as Madame Butterfly.' 'Mtml' In 'La Bohemc,' 'Marguerite' In 'Faust,' in.' 'Neddn' In Paglloccl,' »nd a long list of others. France, La Burnall has received ovations In her appearances at nil of the most importnnl cities where she has appeared: Nice. Marseilles, Lyons, Paris, and Borcleau. he has been defined as most llfihtful, both ns a singer and aa an actress." This t> Jiist one excerpt taken from the many Quotations from the most Important newspapers throughout. Italy, The renowned mnestro. Ferdanrto Tanara, director of Grand Opera In the great cttles In. Ttnlr, Ftnnce, Spain, England, and South America and teacher and coach of scores of the worlds greatest singers, expressed his admiration for Mrs. Bowcn's wnrk In Italy by sending to her many of his own artists for teaching. During her career In Italy and France, her fairie as a teacher spread abroad so that singers from many countries ot Europe came to her studios In Milan for Instructions. While in Milan. Mrs. Bowen lived in the Villa Glnrdana to be near her studio. Otordana. who was the owner ot the vllln, was R celebrated opera composer, and wrote "Andre Chenier." "Fedora" and "La Ccna dell Bcffc." English translation for the .alter is the supper of the clowns. Twenty seven languages were spoken in this Villa, where famous opera artists all tried to live at one time or another during their stay In Milan. Amonj thft pupil* Mrs. Bowen had while teaching in Milan was Norway* leading Voice teacher, fn Mrs. B6%-eri'£ cla*Ms the. taught public speaking. This was a special counse In developing resonance, dlC' tlon and breath control. Her pupils included lawyers, actors, and clergymen. "To become an opera singer,' added Mrs. Boveh, "Them a lot more to it than opening your mouth and see how lotid yon can holler and there Is more than one type of op' era, "Various names have been used in the different countries to define the special types of operatic composition. 'Grand opera' is opera In which every word Is Mini!, and In which the recitative parts are usually accompanied by the orchestra. "Op*™ cdniique U the French name /or opera in which the dialogue Is spoken Instead of sung. French light opera with considerable admixture of .comic element is called ..opera bouf'fe, Italian light opera Is called opera bouffa but in this form the dialogue Is sung, not spoken, In America, thr^e terms, with the exception of grand opera, are riot employed in ordinary- usage. "Light opera or comic opera is the na me applied to operas which comedy Is emphasized and which have some spoken dialogue Operetta is a common name for JLght opera. Another form of musical play common with American audiences Is the so-called musical coniedy, which features elaborate scenery and showy costumes, the plot element Usually being sketchy and farcical. "Although the Greek dramas were operatic m character, the opera as we know H today is of modern date arid of Italian origin, rhe first opef,n, 'Dafnc.' was pro duced In 1594, with words hy Ri- nuccini, a poet, arid music in part by Perl, one of the celebrated musicians of his time. The orchestra consisted or our instruments—a harpstcoid. a harp, a viollncello and lute; there was no attempt at airs, and the dialogue was rendered without regular melody or rhythrh, 'Dafne' was seml- priyately performed, but 'Euri- dlce,' by the same composers was produced In 1600 before a, public audience, find {he silccess was so great that it became the model for stage music, it marks'the real birth of opera." Mrs. Bowen added, "There are a lot of beautiful voices in America but Americans as a rule don't take opera as seriously ns they do in European countries. When children in Europe show any Ul- ent whatseover, every effort is made to send them to schools WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 1952 STARR GAZING It Just wouldn't have been chrisl- tent. mas Bt our house without the kids in Hie neighborhood having a candy pulling and our home boasted of having a real professional hook hanging on the back porch where we could pull to our hearts cori- nnd fine teachers and if Is Instilled in them almost from infancy lhat It takes work, work, work. "Young Americans have so many (Mugs for entertainment lhat as a rule, they aren't Interested in devoting thcin lives to the work It takes to become an opera singer." Mrs. Bowon is hooking passengers to go on a toiir through several European countries she Is so familiar with and, for I'd the like of June anybody ever entertained thought of making such latter parl to add, 1( trip, , now Is the Ideal time to plan to go along with her party. Having lived for so many years In Paris and throughout Italy, she Is more than qualified as a guide to those planning a trip abroad this summer. Following Ihe tour, she will return to Paris to re-establish her studio residence where talented American college girls can stay with no anxiety on the part of the parents. They will be personally chaperoned by Mrs. Bowen. Mrs. Bowen chaperoned wherever they go added that six months In Paris, culturally speaking, is equivalent to a four-year college course. They will have the opportunity of attending operas visit art museums, attend art lectures nnd visit all the historical places. Since Mrs, Bowen's return to America, due to tiie illness of her parents, bolh deceased how, she has been teaching at Carnegie Hall during the summer months returning to Memphis in the win ters due to the severe weather in the East. David Skopp, the well-known tenor and cantor In one of New York's great synagogues, recently flew to Memphis for the sole purpose of gelling seven lessons from Mrs. Bowen. For those in Osceola who remember when she lived here Arid have wondered what became of her, this story of her successful career will be a revelation and the name of Dickey Boweh will always be the familiar name of Madame Adria Brunatl. How we would draw the candy, then throw it over the hook, pull, pull, pull until It seemed near break- .ng (hen throw It over the hook one more ilme, using real honest lo goodness country butter on our hands 16 keep the taffy from stick- Ing. Then we would make a long rope out o[ It, allow It to get cold marble slab — off of the old dresser, — then break It into eating size pieces. Then the first thing alter Christmas, a trip to the den- list. Remember? Chrlslmas has nevcf been the same since lemon stick candy went out of style. On the Social Side.., I never see one of those little birds with spun glass tails used for Christmas tree decoration thai It doesn't remind me of the "slick • " girls used to wear in their hair — exactly the same spun glass and how regal it made you look — at least lhat was my personal opinion of my self at that time. 1 guess I did kinder look like a Christmas tree — and growny. Life is always cheap; only dreams cost money. The world laughs at men of genius when they're alive and the minute they die the whole world worships them. Wouldn't it be ntre if they could come back to life long enough to read their tomb stones? It is usually the blunt person who can make the most cutting remarks. Napoleon seized France Dec 2 1851. making himself president for 10 years, the following year, he became ah emperor. In olden times, doctors were few and far between and a lot of remedies were, invented right in the homes. For instance, In the case of burns, Grannies applied either grated raw Irish potato or DAB Mreli Ehawnee District of Robert Crlt- lenden Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution mel at West Memphis Thursday /or » turkey dinner at the Wonder City Dining" Room. Mrs. Junlus R. Caie of Jonesboro, district president, and Mrs, H. A. Knorr of Pine Bluff, state regent, were honored guests, Ofh- er state officers were Mrs. A, O, Little of Blythevllle, treasurer, Mrs. Lily Peter ol Helena, historian, Mrs. Esther of Jonesboro, past regent, Mrs. Cecil Oliver of Proctor, stale chairman of conservation, and Mrs. Harry Weaver of Edmonsoh, Ark., chairman of arrangements. Decorations were by the Joncs- boro Garden Club. Those from Osceola attending were Mrs. John Edrington. and Mrs. Madeline Campbell. Celebrate Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. w. V. Alexander were given a surprise dinner party Tuesday night by Mrs. Alexarid er's mother, Mrs. Electra Perrih. The occasion was honoring their '20th wedding anniversary. Eight couples came lo help them celebrate. The banquet la- ble was overlaid in a show-white cover and centered with an an- tlquee tureen filled with pink carnations interspersed with miniature china bells. The table was set with the china the honoree's grandmother received oh her wedding day. Carrying oiit the pink arid white color scheme used for the wedding party twenty years ago as well nn a replica of' (he decorations. Extending from the chandelier was a kissing ring, entwined In mistletoe and tied with pink tulie bows, the guests' places at the fable were marked wtlh anniversary place cards and at each ladles' place was a corsage of pink carnations arid for the men, a bolilonnlefe of a liny china bell. The honojee was presented an- orchid -by her mother and Ihs Ruest.s presented Mr. and Mrs. Alexander a gift In china. Following .t,he fried chicken supper which was followed by fresh strawberry parfnlts and pink mints, the guests spent the eve-'lj ning playing canasta. Honored nn Birlhday Mrs. Margaret Segraves and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Wiseman entertained 21 guests for a turkey dinner Saturday night complimenting Mrs. Bruce Colbert on her birthday, at the home of Mrs. Segraves. Centering the dining fable was a snow-ball birthday cake covered in fresh coconut arid holding small burning candies. After (he dinner, the giiests were taken Inlo the game room where a life-size snow man greeted thf guests. Canasta provided the evening's entertainment. Mrs. Colbert, was again honored Tuesday when Mrs. W. V. Alexander and Mrs. Billy Frazier.had eight of Mrs. Colbert's friends in for a dessert .course followed by bridge and canasta. The hostess served ambrosia and fruit cake. Sre OSCEOLA NEWS nn Pane 11 a cold plus saturating the chest with camphorated oil and for ear ache, a few drops of warm sweet oil. The ever-present asafetida bag worn as a necklace, 'nils was sup- ubsed fo warii 0 :f all children's diseases. It probably worked because nobody came within ten feet of those wearing the Htile "stink See STARR GAZING on Page 11 Beautiful New Brick Home Located 50£ C. Harrfin. 2 bedrooms, on* ind mie hilf tile bath*, khotiv pine 4eh, large living room, dining room, Deluxe Geneva kitchen. Rfeezevrat. attached giraffe arid *tore room. Equipped with Frig id a ire Air Conditioner, central Lennox heating system. Steel storm Bashes; Lot 10$ t 185. Price }t4,500. .Tost completed thU R room house and bafh it 413 E. Rardln. Natural gaa hent, attic fan. beautiful Geneta Kitchen. Lafg* storage attic. Oarage and itor« room- Large landscaped • lot, Price $16,0««, Sec or Call JOHNNY MARR Phone 4111 Re». 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