Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 4, 1975 · Page 20
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The Idaho Free Press.Tuesday, February^ 1975--A-V. DONAI.I) TIICI.EAX. In. relaxes during a brief break in a rehearsal at Jewell Auditorium. He has held his position as music .director and conductor ot the Spokane Symphony for 1:1 years, a relatively long lime for conductors. The recognition the orchestra is receiving regionally and nationally is due in considerable measure to the t a l e n t , energetic leadership iini) cnllNisiasiii iihich Ttmliwi brings to his position, lie finds ddintf children's concerts, for example, fun unil challenging. "If yon don't reach 'em in Hie first two minutes, or less, it becomes a real endurance contest." In Calilnc-ll. he had i h v students laughing, attentive, and in the p a l m s u[ the musicians' hands. \V.-\[.TEK CERVEXY. conductor of the College of I d a h o - C o m m u n i t y O r c h e s t r a , prepared its members for joining the Spokane Crmcerl Orchestra in Tcbaikovskv's Over- lure-Fanlasy to "Romeo and .hdicl." Cerveny plays with the musicians during one of the rehearsals last weekend prim to Suiidiiv's concert. Concerto winners perform CAU1WKU. - A freshman and a senior were winners of the student auditions w i l l i tlu Spokane Coni-crl Orchestra ill Hie College of Irlahn in January. As winners, the two performed with Ihc orchestra in a Sunday evening concert. Mike Alilbon), 18, a freshman ami a Meridian High School graduate, sang a (enor song cycle liy Vaughn-Williams, "On Weiilock Edge," based on poems b; K.A. llousmau. Ahlborn is a sludejil of Eslyii Goss. Adriannc Wheeler Fisher, 21, a senior and a Kuna High School graduate, played the first movement of the piano "Concerto No. 2 in K Ma!" by Heelhnven. She is a sUicionl of Fern Nolle Davidson. Students auditioning in Hie concerto competitions were voted upon by all members of the visiting orchestra. Text and photos by Rosalyn 0. Barry HKFOUE THE Spokane Concert Orchestra arrived on the C of I campus, musical preparations had been directed here by C of I faculty members. Dr. James Gabbard. choir direclor, rehearsed the choir and soloists for joining the orchestra in Mo/aii's Coronation Mass. Then, under the dircclinn of Conductor Donald Thulcan, above, four rehearsals of all the groups were held prior lo a "Gala Concert" -in Jewell. Auditorium. Standing at cenler left during a rehearsal is- Estyii (Joss, tenor, and at right. Virginia Gabbard, soprano, who were soloists in Ihe Mozart number along with Sharon '. llnblpr. contralto, and Richard DaUell. baritone. Spokane orchestra visits C of I C'ALMVKLL - Days of Hie heavy-handed maestro who rules t y r a n n i c a l l y over the orchestra, are mostly over, and find no favor with the energetic, y o u t h f u l conductor of. the Spokane Concert Orchestra. Donald Tlmlean, recognizing that in a few instances, the personality of a conductor can lie overhearing, and recognizing ihal "making music is hard work," believes thai the end process of making that music "should be joyous." While visiting (lie College n[ Idaho campus in J a n u a r y , Thulcan made several observations about the future of .symphony orchestras, large and ·.mail, in this country. Most musicians; in many orchestras are very well educated so [hat devastating outbursts from a conductor have no place in tin 1 end product of a performance. "II is enough lo he fearful nf one's own standards." Thulcan said. "It's better for the conductor lo support those .standards, lo develop a camaraderie, lo help, because one person's success in the orchestra is everybody's success. "If you are in the profession, you have to know wlial your strengths and weaktiesses arc and not gel loo sensitive about Hie weaknesses. Personally you have to know Ihese things because there is no hiding from self whril a person does well, or what he can'l do well." Showing belief in his s t a t e m e n t s , Thiilean spoke warmly of (lie Spokane orchestra members who have other jobs by which (hey earn Iheir livings, in addition lo playing in the symphony. Thulean's is the only full lime, paid position. .Many of the musicians teach in colleges in the Spokane area, some as far away as Pullman, and arrange their schedules so they can travel to rehearsals and take several days at a lime (such as the five day visit hcrci to go on concert tours. "I'm continually amazed, but gratified, thai they keep doing it." he said. lit' contrasted this with orchestras in major metropolitan areas, e.vpcricnciiij" frequent f i n a n c i a l upheavals, where members belong by contract. An example of contract problems is if Ihc contract stipulates nil members, "hut how many orchestral works need thai many?" 'Ihen,too. w i t h this usually university graduate musician in DIP orchestra finrtijig he has not a tircal deal los;y about how [he music will he played. Hie only common ground for meeting management is over money. "This conlribules lo unrest." Thulean commented, and pointed out that with Iheir dedication and [ r a i n i n g musicians have much more to conlribule In an orchestra's success than just playing Ihe instrument. In some major orchestras, management is beginning to place musicians on important nmmtillees. a move which Tliulean called bealihy. Problems of inflation may not lie as injurious lo an orchestra's life as one might suspect. "When people don'l have money and can't think about things lo buy. they Ihink alxral the quality of life." Ihe conductor observed. " I n t e r e s t i n g l y enough, al- lendance iol orclieslra .concerts' doesn't come down as it does for other slriclly en- lertainmcnl performances." lie p o i n t e d out I h a l the greatest single period for the arts in this country was during Ihe Depression of the'30s. "A Iol nl our n\vn music came into iis own during that period." Tliulean added thai he couldn't' say how inflation will affecl Ihe Spokane Symphony; "the next six months will lel'l; we're operating now on last e,-ir's ticket sales " Those sales were good; resulting in 5.200 subscribers lo two d i f f e r e n t series. Also providing support are a sustaining fund drive which in the last two years nelled $75,000', a large auction parly called Wampum which annually has been raising about $100,000'a year for. Ihc arts, Ihe women's association projects, funds from 1 the National Endowment of thi Arts land with the George Frederick Jewell Foundation' supported Ihe orchestra's visit lo the C of 11; and a stale funded cultural enrichment program! including funding for about 50 school concerts each year. i Commending the leadership of Nancy Hanks "ta remarkable w o m a n " ] , direclor of th^ National Endowment for the Arls. Tliulean said the sym-: phom's future in this country probably will involve mofj government support, "and should, if it doesn't represent an; interference w i t h i n d i v i d u a l expression " MAKTIN 7.YSKOWSKI. Spokane orchestra percussionist, is shown during a rehearsal of Mozart's Coronation .Mass. In the background is a portion of the C of I Concert Choir which joined Ihf orchestra In a performance if the mass. Zyskowski and n l h e r orchestra mcmbfrs conducted free workshops for area musicians during their five-day residence at lh« college. TMKSl'OKANKConcerl Orchestra, which forms Ihe nucleus of the larger Spokane Symphony, consists of 32 professional musicians. I'nrl of their purpose in belonging lo the or- chestra is sharing their expertise with students, as in rehearsals such as the one ahove with the C nf I orcheslra members, or in workshops and private lessons.

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