The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 10, 1975 · Page 4
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Recordings and stuff... PAGE 4, THE COURIER, MAY 10, 1975 ARTIST'S CIRCLE Verdi's 'Requiem' was never like this By EARL CALLOWAY Critics on the East Coast heralded the performance of The Chicago Symphony's presentation of Verdi's "Requiem" as one of the best in many seasons. Under the direction of Sir. Georg Solti, musical director of the Chicago Smyphony ani Symphony Chorus with soloists soprano Leontyne Price, mezzo - soprano Yvonne Minton, tenor Luciano Pavarotti and bass Gwynee Howell, the performance on Wednesday, April 30 became an historic artistic event in the grand tradition of music that happpens at Carnegie Hall. In Chicago before the orchestra left for its Eastern Spring tour, the "Requiem" at Orchestra Hall eclipsed any other artistic performance heard in the last ten years. The audience who witnessed this overwhelming performance sprang to its feet and enthusiastically applauded the Symphony and soloists for more than twenty minutes. Never before have we heard such beautiful singing from such a group as large as the Symphony Chorus under the direction of Margaret Hillis. The singers surpassed themselves providing clearcut articulation, power and brilliance. The chorus was impeccable, the dynamic shading was judicious and their singing was filled with exuberance. Ms. Price most assuredly, the greatest artistic presence in the operatic and concert stage of the world, sang with complete involvement and understanding, she was unshakable in her security. The projected vocal colors that may not have always been beautiful were feats of striking brilliance. There were times when her limpid tones with artful phrasing soared above the Symphony Chorus and Orchestra penetrating with intensity throughout the hall. And when decending into her deep lower register she produced a richly textured velvet quality. Ms. Minton was remarkable for her instrumental purity and excitement. There was also a thrilling dramatic quality about her melodic pulsation. Bass soloist Gwynne Howell, demonstrated technical skills that enabled him to perform with an accented musical quality projecting a particular kind of magic. For a bass he had a rich flexible voice with plenty of opulence. Tenor Pararotti, a truly beautiful individual with a gorgeous voice and dramatic was not as effective as he could have been in singing the Verdi "Requiem". Sir Solti in the prelude to the Requiem" and Kyrie used a soft simmering tone with a fervid intensity that created an atmosphere of mystery and fear. Within the context of Verdi's score the composer addresses himself to death, mercy and judgement with prolific orchestral tone painting. The stroke of that terrible hour of judgement was powerful and effective in the percussions. There was evidenced a mastery of musical imagination and the orchestra was exceptional. It was compreshensive music with wonderful romantic impetuosity that communicated to the hearer the great sensitive excitement of the "Requiem". It was music that possessed an heavently opulence and was transferred by Sir Solti and the Chicago Symphony in a solidarity of human terms. This week ceremonies citing the Chicago Defender as an historic site in journalism were held in the Court Yard of the Newspaper office in Chicago. William Small, senior vice president, news, CBS, and president of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, the international organization that selected the Defender for this honor will officiate during the ceremony. Present on this occasion were more than 100 Midwest and national leaders in journalism, politics, business and other professions including Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, George Dunne, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and Congressman Ralph Metcalfe. In an early edition of the Chicago Defender dated April 8, 1905 the headline story paid a tribute to Mr. D.H. Weir, president of the Choral Study Club. In that same issue recognition to the talented pupils of James Johnson were given, naming James Johnson and Ms. St. Clair White as stars. Samuel D. Howard, who had performed a recital was named a worthy young artist. From this early edition of the Chicago Defender, one is made aware of the interest that Robert S. Abbott gave to the culture of African - Americans. This personal involvement and support continued throughout his life by attending and emphasizing artistic activity and development. ikirtyvj M Makeba returns to U.S. NEW YORK Bette Midler looks on after presenting Stevie Wonder with Grammy for Best Album of the Year at the 17th annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presentations. Wonder, winner of five Grammys last year, won a total of four awards this year. (UP1) Bette Midler stars in Revue Aaron Russo in association with Ron Delsener sponsored Bette Midler's "Clams on the Half Shell Revue" at the Minskoff Theater, Monday, through Saturday, May 10th. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Mondays through Thursdays at 8 p.m. "Rather than tour the country's huge arenas such as Madison Square Garden for astronomical fees, which she has been offered, Bette has chosen this milieu to best present her art for her fans. For this show we have surrounded Bette with the ultimate creative and production values. To my knowledge, no artist has ever gone to these lengths or this expense for a limited - run engagement," reports Aaron Russo. The Revue, at a pre - production cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will feature Miss M in song, comedy, repartee and dance. Joining Bette Midler on stage will be legendary jazz giant Lionel Hampton, in his Broadway debut, and a supporting cast. The show will be directed by Joe Layton and designed by Tony Walton. Published Bv M W I'll ISBL RliH COL Rll K I'l.BI ISHIMi COMPANY '15 I . Carson Street Phone (412) 4M - X.MO httshuruh. Pa . 1 52 1 Second ( lass Postage Paid At Pittsburgh. Pa. 'and at additional nullum ollices John II. Mii;st;irk'. President Publisher Jiimr I). I.t - ui (iencr.il Manat'er SLBSCRIPIION RAILS In Continental United States. Hawaii. Alaska. Puerto Rico, and Virn Islands: Six months, ';4.50; one ear S8.00: two vcars SI 2.00; In Canada: Su months. S.V50; one vear. S 10.00. to wars. SI4 IK). I oreipn - Su months Sh.25; one ear SI 1 .00: two sears Sift (H) I he Pittsburgh Courier does not guarantee the use of return ot unsolicited Manu - scripls, and photographs Seagranft 7 Crown. Ws Americans whiskey. mm k mr k mrm AMERICAN WHISKEY N ' mr j , A BLEND I V t fitf " 3 1 TfiSBy 3 . ,"iisitJi.ii I I Ksv - TSV After a two year ab - sence, MIRIAM MAKEBA, the Empress of African Song, is returning to the United States this fall for her first nationwide concert tour. The producers: BONNIE BIALER, DENNIS ARMSTEAD & JIM BAYLOR plan to hit twenty - one cities from coast to coast, showcasing MIRIAM MAKEBA against a montage of American and African music. This production, entitled "PROMISE OF A FUTURE", will mark the first major undertaking of YELLOW GORILLA PRODUCTIONS, LTD., New York. Ray Charles recently flew from New York for London, England, where he will begin a 17 - city European concert tour. He will play seven countries during the four weeks. The Crossover artist has completed a new album, titled "Renaissance", which will be available immediately. He has appeared in such cities as London - Festival Hall, Edmonton, England - Picketts Lock Center, Paris - Salle Playel; Lille, France - Colisee Rubaix; Liege, Belgium - Forum; An - twerp - Kon Elizabeth - zaal; Charleroi, Belgium - Palais Des Beaux Arts; Brussels - Palais Des Beaux Arts; Karlsruhe, Germany - Schwarzwaldhalle; Fran kfurt - Jahrhunderhalle; Grand Synthe, France - Palais Du Littoral; Lausanne - Bhaul Hall; Geneva - Victoria Hall; LeHavre - Maison Culture; Hamburg - Congress - Centrum; Berlin - Philharmonic; Madrid - Palace of Real. Charles will begin a major concert tour of the United States on May 14 starting with an appearance in Houston, Texas. The Raeletts, five singers who serve as a back - up group for Ray Charles in concert and on records and who also record for Charles' Crossover Records label in their own right, has changed personel. The new Raeletts is now comprised of Dorothy Durr, Bernice Hullaby, Madelyn Quebec, Linda Sims, and Estella Yarbrough After a seven day trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a Federal jury on April 4, 1975, returned a verdict in favor of the Isley Brothers and their wholly - owned recording and publishing companies, T - Neck Records and Triple Three Music, as well as Buddah Records, in the Isley Brothers law sujt against Motown oveV the ownership of "Its Your Thing;" "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out;" and "Don't Givfe It Away." j The Isley Brother?; brought the actiok against Motown in 196 seeking to enjoin; ij. from claiming owner ship to those song; Motown claimed th the Isley Brother recorded the tunefc while they were stifl under contract to theni and as a resultt Motown owned all th rights. Motown als$ sought to recover frorO Buddah all of theij: profits from thfe distribution of the songs. , The jury specifically found that the three songs were first recorded after the Isley Brothers were released from their Motowh contract. SEAGRAM DISTILLERS CO.. N T C. AMERICAN WHISKET - A BLEND. 80 PROOF. "SEVEN - UP" AND "7 UP" ARE REGIS1ERE0 TRADEMARKS IDENTIFYING THE PROOUCT OF THE SEVEN - UP COMPANY. mm BjKKRf WbW i press regular sticker prices on six Limited Edition IV ferairy IMiiniarclhis '250 OFF $2500FF $2500FF Limited Edition Monarchswith: 200CIDSix BSW steel - belted radials 3 - speed manual transmission Front disc brakes Solid - state ignition New low price; 2 - Dcor, $3514 4 - Door, $3572. Limited Edition Monarchswith: 250CIDSix Automatic transmission Power steering AM radio WSW steel - belted radials New low price: 2 - Door, $4017 4 - Door, $4075. Base sticker price. Excluding taxes, title, delivery and dealer prep. 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