Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 16, 1974 · Page 85
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 85

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 16, 1974
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Sunday Gazette-Mail § H O TIME Pull Out This Section .. .Refer to it all wedt Charleston. West Virginia, June 16-June 22,1974 Abe, Anse share billing this week By Martha Smith This is the week that is for two major productions. First, on Thursday, there's dedication of the ' "Lincoln-Walks at Midnight" statue on the Capitol grounds. The ceremony is to be with full pomp and circumstance including a musical program by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. That tall fellow over at Channel 3, Bob Brunner, tells me much money was received from various special funds of the American Federation of Musicians Union. He assures me that Ned Guthrie, president of the local chapter, was responsible for the entire business of promoting_ funds. I didn't confirm that with Guthrie but, inasmuch as he has long been renowned for promoting funds, I'm relatively certain Brunner is correct. I am happy to report, incidentally, that Brunner -- the man who once told a state arts group meeting that sex and violence were the keys to getting television coverage -- seems to have softened his line of thinking. Unless the dedication ceremony is streaked or somebody smacks a politician in the mouth, there probably won't .be any sex or violence Thursday. Lincoln was, of course, President during one of the nation's most violent, bloody wars. Maybe that counts. I am informed by reliable sources that Supreme Court Justice Richard Neely intends to wear a stovepipe hat a la Lincoln to prove two things. First, he'll look as tall as anyone else and second, he can say the hat is filled with all the great thoughts that public figures of distinction carry about all .'day. I will advise Justice Neely to avoid Brunner lest he give away the height ploy. Can't you see His Honor addressing his comments to Brunner's belt buckle? · All kidding aside, one selection scheduled for performance sounds especially interesting. That's Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." I'm looking forward to hearing the symphony, under the direction of Charles Schiff, interpret this work. The dedication ceremony is the first biggie this week. » THE OTHER is the opening in Beckley of the summer outdoor dramas at Grandview State Park. Ewell Cornett, composer of "Hatfields and McCoys," has returned to manage the company this year and do a bit of housecleaning. He and Billy Edd Wheeler, author of the story, also got together for some rewriting and abridging of a few long scenes. Each year the dramas have a different flavor and touch. Hdw's-this for "differ- "·· _ent?_;The gal playine Rose Ann McCoy is a German actress. I plan to give Hera favorable review. Some of the old-timers in the dramas will, of course, return. Herb Smith of Charleston' will lend his superb bass voice for the seventh or eighth year. And that fine actor John Benjamin (also . ··. director of Theatre West Virginia) will return to the cast. As in previous years, "Hatfields and McCoys" and "Honey in the Rock" will alternate performance nights. History is the thing in West'Virginia arts this week. If you don't lean toward music or drama, there's the Gund Western art exhibit at Sunrise. ." Perhaps the energy crisis won't hit the performing arts this summer after all: Gabrielle-Jankavs portrays Rose Ann Moflov. "The Bear." a member of the roek group Tanned Heal.performs in Nordie costume on "Wide World Special." 11:30 p.m.. - TV Primal Man. shown here on a Siberian tiger hunl in "Struggle for Survival." 8:30 p.m.. Fridav..!une21 on ABC- TV.

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