Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 59
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 59

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 16, 1961
Page 59
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W-8--INDEPfNDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM LONO 8E«CH 1». CALIF.. SUNDAY, JULY U, 1UI Major Minor Notes ERICH- LEINSDORF IS 'SELF-MADE' MAN By RACHEL MORTON : I, P-T Musk Crlllc Erich Leinsdorf, internationally-famed conductor, is a ;stern, austere man of 49; small of stature, with a receding hairline and cold black eyes that look right through one BS he talks. On the rare occasions when he smiles, the coldness vanishes. Perhaps this aloofness comes from the fact that Erich Leinsdorf is, in the most literal sense, a self-made man. Not that there is anything disparaging about being a "self-made" man, but it does tend to make .one wary. I had an interesting interview with him and his personal manager, Walter Surovay, the handsome Hungarian husband of Rise Stevens, at the Beverly-Hilton Hotel recently. Leinsdorf has just completed three guest appearances as conductor with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Hollywood Bowl. In fact, he conducted the opening performance of the season in a thrilling concert, with Inge Borkh, soprano, as soloist. We, in Los Angeles, are familiar with his splendid gifts as conductor. He has appeared for six seasons at the Bowl, in many performances with the orchestra during the winter season, and his appearances with the San Francisco Opera Company were memorable. He conducted, for the first time in Los Angeles, the opera "The Carmelites" by Poulenc. * * if BORN IN VIENNA, he was only 3 when his father died und, although his mother started him with piano lessons at 7, she could not afford to give him a musical education. So young Leinsdorf earned his own. At the State Academy of Vienna he studied composition, theory, piano and cello, and Italian on the side. When he was 23, having no money, he hitch-hiked 155 miles to Salzburg where the annual summer Music Festival was in progress. Bruno Walter was rehearsing but our bold "on- the-spot" opportunist, when the maestro turned to help an artist, placed himself at the piano and, from memory, carried on where the music had stopped. The maestro was impressed and made him a coach for the rest of the summer. * * * ' HE FURTHER entrenched himself with the great Tos- canini by being able to translate the German texts for the Italian singers. This "in" with the two great masters of the festival, together with his own exceptional talents, made him an assistant conductor for the next three seasons. Toscanini's recommendation was responsible for another of Leinsdor's big "breaks." When Artur Bodansky, conductor at the Metropolitan, became ill he was made an assistant; and when Bodansky died, he was given the directorship of the entire German opera repertoire, at the age of 27! For seven seasons he held this post, resigning It to become permanent conductor of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. But before he could assume his duties, ho was drafted into the United States Army! * * * AFTER A MEDICAL discharge, he became conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, where he remained for nine years. Then came an interlude as director of the New York City Opera Company, and in 1957 he rejoined the Metropolitan Opera as conductor and- music consultant. Next season he will conduct there two "Ring Cycles" by Wagner. Recently has come to Erich Leinsdorf another great opportunity; he has been appointed music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to succeed Charles Munch when he retires at the close of the 1961-62 season. Not only as a conductor of the great orchestras of the world has Leinsdorf made an enviable reputation, but his conducting of outstanding recordings, among them RCA's complete albums of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and Puccini's "Turandot," are considered among the best. He has ju*t finished recording in Rome "La Boheme" by Puccini, with our own Mary Costa as Musetta. Eyes West' Attracts Artists By ELISE EMERY Aril Figi EtJllor "Eyes West," a new kind of conference for artists, art directors, designers, illustrators, photographers, art teachers and students will tensive residence in Samoa, Tahiti and Hawaii. SAY CONFERENCE planners, "Creative personalities from many fields will examine and discuss the three components of the creative process: stimulus, organiza- be held Sept. 15 to 17 on tion and appraisal We hope mersly, art instructor at Po- Monterey Peninsula. (o dramatize . the creative mona College; and North Accenting to sponsors- principles common to all the arts- and thereby provide graphic artists with new in- the University of California Extension, Art Directors and Artists Club of San Francisco and Los Angeles Art Directors Club--the meeting "will be devoted to an exploration of the creative process from a variety of viewpoints." Taking part in lectures, performances, panel discussions and group meetings will be such notables as LUCILLE Brown Greene, Long Beach artist who teaches at Santa Monica City College; Fred Ham- Young, Malibu artist, juried the non-objective art exhibit currently on view at Los An- sights into their own prob- B eles Art Association Caller- t .,' " *"* · _ . _ r\t\i? vt T _ /-«: TM i lems. 'A brochure giving full details may be obtained from the Department of Conferences, University Extension, University '· of California, Berkeley 4. ies, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd. Lorser Feitelson selected paintings by Bettina Brendel and Mrs. Greene for the gallery's window showcase. The exhibit will run through July. HANS BURKHARDT took top prize money, a $1,500 FONTELLA McKELVEY, Lewis Mumford, philosopher, local artist and secretary of purchase award for his oil critic and author; John Seal Beach Art League, has painting, in the just-closed a four-week exhibit of her oils, water colors, ceramics and mosaics at Magnolia Theatre. Houseman, producer arid director; Louis Kahn, architect, Howard Gossage, advertising executive; Stan Freberg, comedian; Gunther S c h u 11 e r, composer and critic; and Ludwig Bemel- Her work shows a sensitivity to intense color and perception of primitive tex- mans, author and illustrator, tures developed during ex- All City Outdoor Art Festival in Barnsdall Psrk. Last year he was first prize winner in water color. Other a w a r d winners were: Glen Dodenhoff, Suzanne BravenJer, oils; John Altoon, Keith Crown, Larry Rink, water color; Ted Saito, Bernard Zinimeran, sculpture; Rick Drobner, Jack Stuck and Dick Beasley, graphics. Larry Shep of Seal Beach was among 16 honorable mention winners; each received a $25 cash award. 4 * * * SEAL BEACH Artists Coop is sponsoring chartered bus trips to the Lagiina Festival of Art July 21 and 27 and Aug. 5. Reservations may be made with Viola Mendoza at Seal Beach Music Company. * * * * FORREST G. HOOPER has a one-man show, "Moods and Reflections," at the Apple House Gallery, Three Rivers; it will ' remain through Aug. 6. * * * * WESTS1DE Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles, is showing work by current graduates of Chouinard Art Institute, Otis Art Institute and the University of Southern California. GRACE IN BRONZE Dancing figure, among exhibits at County Museum, is from National Museum, Bangkok, dates back to 13th or 14th century. Counfy Museum Shows Treasures of Thailand i3«*j Superfluous Hair Scientifically and Permanently Removed Laura ScoH Fries, R. E.I [(Member of Electrologistf (Association of California.! |. HE 6-9841 j BEAUTY STUDIO j Consultation without charge \ BufjumS'l Santa Barbara Invites Artists Artists are invited to submit entries in a non-juried exhibit at Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Fiesta Aug. 9 to 13. All art forms are eligible and will be considered as being offered for sale. Each exhibitor will be allotted 10 feet of space and will be responsible for displaying his own work. Information may be obtained by writing to P.O. Box 818, Santa Barbara. $9.98 and $12.98 French Room Shoes By VIRGINIA "The Arts of Thailand" exhibit showing at Los Angeles County Museum in Exposition P a r k through Aug. 13, is a great opportunity for a family visit: imaginative p u p p e t s a n d marionettes for the children, lavish gem-encrusted gold jewelry for Mom, and lithsome dancing figurines for Dad. Assembled from m a n y public and private sources in the kingdom under the sponsorship of the Thai government, our government, educational institutions and generous individuals, the collection contains w o r k s from the 6th through the 19th centuries. Through all runs the figure of Buddha, a serene smile touching the celestial features. As the King of the Thai is, wisely, head of all religions, figures of Siva, Vishnu and Krishna show the many influences on the peninsular kingdom. * ·* * 4 FORMALIZATION as a way of life is reflected in the styli?.ation of figures, draperies- and posture, giving a quiet elegance to the small and large works, and ancient fragments. S t o n e and bronze, often lacquered and gilded, are the materials for sculpture. Many of the ceramics of earthenware or terra cotta with simple lines and subtle glazes would be at home in a contemporary e x h i b i t ! Others in animal forms are not dissimilar to pre-Columbian objects in their humorous, primitive portrayals. Objects of use exhibit the most intricate craftsmanship in metal, stone and wood. Fittings for a chariot, a carved door into which Tremendous savings for you on fashion footwear slill in rtock. Great variety, most sizes available, but do hurry! Group of dress shoes, now $6.88-$7.88 '·V Selection of casuals, now $2.99-$3.88 5040 Lakewood Blvd. Opposite the May Co. Lakewood Center H. LADDEY are pressed small pieces of opaque glass, and the many relief pedestals are full of story and anecdote told in human, animal, or mythological figures surrounded by lush vegetation. "Bo Tree" in undercut stone relief is a masterful play of undulating light and shadow. * * « v SURREALISM t o u c h e s many works with half-bird, half-human figures. Among these, "Pra Malai Visiting Hell," a sculpture in the round, both frightening and amusing, could be the inspiration for works of our century. Manuscripts on h e a v y folded paper in line drawing and feathery calligraphy give insight into a graceful ordered world. There is a small admission fee, and you m i g h t want to purchase the amply-illustrated and organized catalogue to make your visit to "The Arts of Thailand" a lasting one. Tenor Signed Fred G u s t a f s o n , Long Beach tenor, has been signed by the White Oaks Summer Theatre in Carmel Valley for a three-week engagement in "Wonderful Town." He will sing the male lead in the role of Bob Baker. Since coming to Long Beach three years ago, Gustafson has had supporting roles in several Civic Light Opera productions. On Stage-- COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE, 5021 E. Anaheim SI.. "Ihe Time of the Cyckco," 7:5 a.m. Thursday; 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday MAGNOLIA THEATRE, '2«0 Ma»- nolia Ave., "Marrlace-Go-Round," 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. CIVIC LIGHT OPERA, MunlclBjl Auditorium, "Krsmel," f.M torloM. 'Madwoman' LBSC Summer Workshop Play "The Madwoman of Chaillot" by Jean Giraudoux opens a three-day run Thursday at Long Reach State College Little Theater. The play blends comedy and philosophy in an allegorical fantasy. G r e e d y promoters, personifying evil, attempt to destroy the grandeur of Paris for personal gain, but are thwarted by Countess Aurelia, who achieves her purpose in the guise of "The Madwoman." Joyce Elaine Pierce, in the title role, is supported by J o a n n e Regan, Bernice Pekatz, Diane Weber and Joan Siler. Donald Dickerson has the male lead, the Ragpicker. Male supporting roles are taken by Dante Merlino, George Williams, Kenneth L. Eastman and Jess May. Other male and female actors complete the large cast. . Email size specialists · small size specialists · small CURTAIN time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the college. This LBSC Summer Theater Workshop production is under guest direction of Harald Dyrenforth, on leave from C h a p m a n College where he heads the theater department. Currently completing doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, Jie has had 25 years of professional acting and directing experience in television, Broadway shows, and summer stock. In addition to directing, Dyrenforth is teaching a summer graduate seminar in theater at the college. Mrs. Rosemary Stevens is in charge of costumes for the play; Dr. John Green, technical director and designer, completes the production staff. Mendez Film at Burnett "The Trumpet," musical film starring Rafael Mendez with a repertoire of original compositions, will be shown at Burnett Branch Library, 560 E. Hill St., Tuesday at dusk. The public is invited. Other films on the "Pops Concert" p r o g r a m are "South America," "Spanish C o m m u n i t y Life" and "Guadalajara." Recorded music before the films and during intermission will feature "Marimbas Mexicana" and the romantic guitar of Vincent Gomez. CONSPIRATORS Diane Weber, Joyce Elaine Pierce and Bernice Pekatz -- the madwomen of Chaillot---plot in scone from play which opens Thursday' at Long Beach State College. Miss Pierce lias Ihe lead role as the Countess. L I Berlioz 'First 1 on Bowl Bill During the third week of Symphonies under the Stars in Hollywood Bowl, an atl- Tschaikowsy program and the Bowl's first presentation' of Hector Berlioz* dramatic symphony, "Romeo and Juliet," will be featured. Tuesday, Roger Wagner, founder and director of the chorus bearing his name, will conduct Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchesfra in the Berlioz work. Joining him will be soloists Katherine Hilgenberg, mezzo soprano; Richard Robinson, tenor; and Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; and the Chorale. Andre Kostelanetz will conduct the orchestra in the all-Tschaikowsky program Thursday. Daniel Pollack, brilliant young American piano virtuoso, will be heard in the Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor. "Pops" highlights of the week will be: "Family Night," Friday at 7:30, and "Holiday in France" Saturday. Community, Elects Board * Long Beach Community Players have re-elected Guy S. Balser as chairman of the board of trustees which includes Art Macey, Val Deaser, Mrs. Walter Case, H. 0. Fox, Kathy Davis, Harry J. Moore, Frank P. Goss, Gene Knoerr, Sybil Reed and Fred Capouch. John Paap, new president, will be assisted in official duties by Lihby Krause, executive vice president; Charlotte Shuman, June Doherty and Marvin Cloyd, vice presidents; Virginia Lehman, secretary; and Fox, treasurer. HUNTINGTON SCHOOL FOR BOYS ond GIRLS KINDERGARTEN UPPER and LOWE!! i) THRU THIRD GRADE Florence K. L«ws, Director HUE. 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