Daily Independent Journal from San Rafael, California on January 13, 1969 · Page 19
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20 jlnftryritftrnt-jlnnnial. Monday, January 13, 1969 MUSIC REVIEW Sonoma State's 'Cinderella' Is Ambitious Workshop Production A visually sparkling and musically and dramatically commendable production o f Rossini’s ‘‘La Cenerentola” j (Cinderella) is currently the Sonoma State College Opera Workshop's tribute to Rossini in1 the centennial year of his death. The Saturday afternoon performance — mostly for children — was our first experience with this workshop, but not with productions staged by the extraordinarily gifted Peggy Donovan-Jeffry, who established the first Marin Opera Workshop at the College of Marin. Hence it was not a surprise to see evidence of her further progress in this production, which was an ambitious venture since this opera requires singers who can sing faster and more accurately than those in the better known Rossini opera ‘‘The Barber of Seville.’’ The production could hardly have been better from the | standpoint of her musical direction and staging. Whatever flaws there were could be attributed to the inevitable limitations of amateur and student performers. However, in accordance with her naturally dynamic personality and in an effort to achieve the rapid fire pace of this opera, she accompanied at the piano — with assistant director-coach Steve Cosgrove at a second piano — at such a furious tempo that the singers were hard put to keep up and make understandable the English wrords in Gilbert and Sullivan-like patter singing. This they did with varying1 degrees of success individually and in ensemble — a notably successful one being at the end of Act 2, Scene 1. Marianne Rios as Cinderella.} more of a light soprano than the coloratura contralto the role was i written for. sang with a great deal of technical virtuosity, especially in her final aria “Born to Sorrow,” but she had a very pronounced vibrato. Her, acting was convincing. Tenor Walter Granger made a handsome, poised and musically! impressive Prince Ramiro, though he was somewhat phelgmatic in action. Most nearly of profession level—his only problem was intonation occasionally — in total realization of the stepfather Don Magnifico was Allan Querin. who had a rich, powerful bass and a real gift for comedy in the broad opera buffa style. We were pleased to note that, as the stepsister, C1 o r i n d a soprano Anna Secrist — the only cast member we had heard before — has made remarkable progress and developed a definite flair for this style of comedy and skill in this florid style of singing. Also successful in these respects was soprano Elaine Calloway as the other stepsister Thisbe. Bass Frederick G. Yadja sang and acted well both in his first Art Association To Name Director An executive director for the planned art center of the Sausalito Arts Association will be selected after Feb. 14, according to Bettyjo N orton, secretary. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 7 through Post Office Box 308. Sausalito. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE comic disguise as the beggar and in his true role as the dignified court philosopher. Edward Mooney's baritone was pleasing as the prince’s Valet Dandini, but he needs to work on ease and naturalness of movement. Brilliant costuming — providing by a professional costume house — was as good as one might see at the San Francisco Opera, and sets designed by Dik Rose were simple and effective. Workshop members made a small chorus that sang satisfactorily and looked beautiful as courtiers and ladies of the court. A final matinee will be given Saturday at 2 p.m. Take the children — they will love it Winifred Baker And Team Triumph In Difficult Work By MAYBELLE SPECKMANN Judy Garland Recalls Days As Child Star LONDON (UPI)—Back in the days when she was singing about rainbows, Judy Garland says she and fellow child star Mickey Rooney were overworked and underfed at Metro Gold- vvyn Mayer. “Mickey and I were prisoners at Metro,” Miss Garland said in an interview published yesterday in the London Sunday Express. “We were overworked and underfed,” she said. “I remember they used to starve me whenever they thought I w a s putting on too much weight. Not that the food in the canteen at Metro was worth eating. mind you.” Still, she said. “We all did well out of Metro and Metro did well out of us.” Miss Garland, 46, performing at London's elegant cabaret Teen-Age Girl Accused Of Dope Novato police arrested an 18- year-old San Rafael girl yesterday after they reportedly found marijuana in her car, which she had lent to a Mill Valley youth. Police said they stopped a car driven by Anthony Joseph Centanni, 21. of 315 McGee Street, Mill Valley, at 9 a.m. for having no brake light, and when Centanni opened the glove compartment to find the registration slip, they saw what appeared to be marijuana in the compartment. Centanni and his passenger. Ted David Remak of 9 Pleasant Lane, San Rafael, said they had borrowed the car from Peggy Lou Downing, 18, of 50 Merrydale Road, San Rafael. Police then went to her home and ar­ rested her. She was later released on her own recognizance, to appear in Marin Municipal Court at 2 p.m. Monday. New Notary Public SACRAMENTO (CNS)-Secre- tary of State Frank M. Jordan yesterday announced issuance of a notary public commission to Walter L. Neuwiler, 50 Maple Hill Drive, San Rafael. Yoga Classes Set At Unitarian Church Two yoga classes are scheduled to begin this week at the Marin Fellowship of Unitarians, 240 Channing Way. San Rafael. One class will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will run eight consecutive Saturdays. The second class will start at 8 p.m. Sunday and continue for six Sundays. SAN FRANCISCO — Very, pitch, quarter tones, tone likely the major triumph of her clusters and even aleatory conducting career for Marin’s passages where singing and Winifred Baker was last night’s orchestral playing was almost Talk of the Town, said she real- West Coast premiere at the San I random. . ly is a “nice person” despite Francisco Opera House of “The: Heard in the chrous were ber much publicized emotional Passion and Death of Our Lord 1 sighs, hissing, chatter, glissando i scrapes. But she admitted she Jesus Oirist According to St. moans, shrieks and just spoken I bas had her “problems, temp- words in everything from a eraments and tantrums.” mere whisper to deafening Now, she says, “I feel that cacophony. Percussion in a at least I have found the love variety of forms was very pro- I have been searching for all minent. my life” in New York disco- For once, however, all these theque manager Mickey Deans, dissonant techniques seemed not 35, whom she plans to marry used just for the sake of novelty shortly. It will be her fifth mar- or shock to serve a true purpose riage. in expressing and heightening the dramatic and emotional impact of the meaning. Narrator Jones, with a powerful deep voice, and the soloists intensified the tragic mood. Tippey had an exceptionally beautiful baritone of wide range, and Miss Curatilo, because of her lovely tonal quality and skill in expressing emotional nuances, was very successful in singing that which was the very essence of lamen- Gwen Curatilo, baritone James j |alion. Stobie was not quite as Tippey, bass Douglas Stobie and impressive as the others. Eugene Jones, narrator. Some of the usual criteria ap- The great significance of this plied to choruses, such as i - ear old son were asleep, passion, sung in Latin but balance and accuracy, were not Wider, 50, revealed t h e employing contemporary idioms, always applicable, but the diamonds hiding place after the seems to be that it is not just a singers showed the results of ex- robbers threatened to kidnap his modern treatment of the passion pert training, and the children son- of Christ but a translation into were remarkable in their ability , The men, each armed with a sound of the passion of mankind to handle their part in this in- small pistol, earlier had forced today in view of the terrors in telleetually complex work. young Simon to give them the Luke.” Polish composer Kyrzysztof Penderecki w a s present. The performance of this masterpiece by one of the world’s leading contemporary composers was sponsored by the San Francisco Art Commission in honor of Dr. Hans Lesehke, director of the San Francisco Municipal Chorus for 40 years until he retired in 1964. Presenting the awe-inspiring work was a chorus of more than 200 voices composed o f members of the Winifred Baker Chorale and Children’s Chorus and the San Francisco Civic Chorale, an orchestra of some 73 players mostly from the San Francisco Symphony, and three soloists and a narrator. These were Marin soprano A Masked Trio Takes $42,500 In Jewels, Cash DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - Three young men in ski masks terrorized a North Dallas family early yesterday and robbed them of $40,000 in diamonds and about $2,500 in other loot. Mrs. Max Wider was watching television as the robbers broke into her home. Her husband and the recent pass, such as the con- it was indeed a prodigious centration camp atrocities and undertaking and a real test of present potential horrors of the Winifred Baker’s versatile musi- post-Hiroshima era. Except for rare passages, notably in the arias of the soloists and occasionally in the orchestra, the music was not what is usually considered beautiful. Written in the 12-tone idiom, it employed many avant- garde techniques, such as sliding Pair Goes Down With Their Jet combination to a sate from which they took cain and stamp collections valued about $2.500. cianship. The famiiy was bound with A large audience gave the j drapery cords and gagged with performance and composer an neckties before the intruders left ovation. the house. Mrs. Wider worked her way free and called police. Printing Plant Open To Public SACRAMENTO (AP) - One j of the nation’s largest printing plants has invited its owners — the people of California — to open house during International Printing Week this week. Public tours of the state print- [ plant in Sacramento will be Wed-1 ENDS TUESi WOODWARD JOANNE rachel, rachel 7:00 AND 10:55 TECHNICOLOR' TOKYO (AP)—A U.S. Air Force spokesman said Capt. Jon P. Wadsworth, 27, of Costa Mesa, elected to stay with his crashing F4C Phentom jet fight- con(|ucted tomorrow er yesterday and not aban- n a^ anc* Thursday, don it over a populated area and The plant is a $17 million-a- died as a result. His crewman, j year operation; covering 101 Maj. Burton F. Fontenot. 34. of I acres including the warehouse; ; Villa Platte. La., also was killed I has a work force of more than I CONTINUOUS SUN. FROM 1:30 JROBERTSHAW ODSTEVLqt ~ TtasvwE8rr -mMARY URE nmwGXjoi «►«ri, JEFFREY HUNTER.TV HARDN. WERON MOORE. 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