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The next meeting of the Illinois Music Teachers’ Association will be held June 16th to 18th.

 

Harold Bauer’s tour includes South America. From there he comes to the United States next October.

 

A German exchange announces that Richard Strauss has nearly finished two new symphonic poems.

 

The London County Council has voted the sum of $60,000 for music in the public parks during the coming summer.

 

Harold Bauer, who was so successful in his tour of the United States last season, is to give a series of recitals here next season.

 

A mahogany log suitable for sawing into veneering for piano cases was recently sold for over $10,000. It contained about 50,000 feet.

 

Walter Damrosch has been invited to conduct symphony concerts in Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and Warsaw during the spring of 1904.

 

Mr. Clarence Eddy’s concert tour is to be lengthened to include the Pacific Coast States. The veteran organist has transferred his residence to Paris.

 

Emil Paur was engaged to conduct a series of Wagner operas at Madrid: “Tannhaüser,” “Lohengrin,” and “Die Meistersinger,’ but later decided not to accept.

 

A Weimar, Germany, merchant left $500,000 to the local Wagner Museum. As the collection is now nearly complete the problem is what to do with this large sum.

 

An institution of the name Schola Cantorum Lucia Marenzio has been founded at Brescia in Italy, for the special study and performance of the works of Palestrina and his school.

 

The Cologne Singakademie recently gave an historical concert in which choruses by Palestrina, Lasso, Senfl, Hasler, Morley, Calvisius, and solos with accompaniment of lutes were given.

 

The eightieth anniversary of the establishment of Chickering & Sons, piano-manufacturing business was celebrated April 14th, in Boston. Edward Everett Hale was the orator of the occasion.

 

A Chicago exchange says that the next series of concerts by the Symphony Orchestra will be played in the Auditorium. The trustees of the Association have guaranteed the deficit for another year.

 

Mr. Walter Damrosch, whose term as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra has expired, has refused to allow his name to be considered for the directorship of the orchestra next season.

 

The Paris Schola Cantorum gave a brilliant Bach Festival at Bordeaux. The success of the concert enabled the organization to establish a branch society which will concern itself with the cultivation of the classics.

 

Frau Ingeborg von Bronsart recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of her entry into professional activity in 1853, when she gave her first concert and also appeared as a composer. She was a pupil of Henselt.

 

Mr. Charles N. Allen, a well-known violinist and teacher of Boston, died April 7th, in his sixty-sixth year. He was born in England, but came to the United States when a young man, and contributed much to musical work in Boston.

 

The deficit of the Pittsburgh Orchestra the past season was $28,509.51. The guarantors have renewed

 

their obligations for another year, and the orchestra will be under Victor Herbert’s direction. The experiment of high-priced soloists did not bring increased returns as was expected.

 

A Handel Festival is to be held in London in June. In 1784 “The Messiah” was given in Westminster Abbey, with a chorus of two hundred and fifty voices, then esteemed a very large body of singers. At the great festivals now held in the Crystal Palace, the combined chorus and orchestra numbered four thousand.

 

An Italian composer, Gallignani, director of the conservatory at Milan, has written a large choral work with the Latin title, “Quare” or “Wherefore.” The titles of the sections of the work are “Humanity,” “The Stoics,” “The Epicureans,” “Skeptics and Atheists,” “Mystic Chorus,” “Song of the Sun,” and “Invocation to Supreme Love.”

 

Omaha, Neb., had a music festival, May 7th to 15th. A chorus of one hundred and fifty voices assisted. The Chicago Festival Orchestra, under Adolph Rosenbecker, gave some of the concerts, and the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra, New York City, under the direction of J. S. Duss, with Madame Nordica and Edouard de Reszke as soloists gave the last.

 

According to statistics published by the Monde Musical, of Paris, there were 187 performances at the Opéra in 1902, the receipts of which were over $600,000. “Siegfried” drew a house of nearly $4000, “Tannhäuser,” a very little less, with “Lohengrin” and “Die Walküre,” about $3500 each. A remarkable fact is that Wagner’s operas drew larger houses in Paris than Gounod’s “Faust.”

 

Louis Diemer, the noted French pianist, has given money for a prize to be competed for triennially by students of the Paris Conservatoire who have gained a first prize for piano during the past ten years. The prize is $800. The test pieces are either Beethoven, Sonata, Op. 57, or Schumann, “Etudes Symphoniques,” first day; second day, four selected from “Ballade,” Op. 49, Chopin, a Mazurka by Chopin, a Prelude by Chopin, “La Clochette,” Paganini-Liszt, or “Etude in Waltz Form,” Saint-Saëns. These pieces are to be played from memory.

 

A number of music lovers of Baltimore are making an effort to establish a permanent Symphony Orchestra. The Peabody Conservatory of Music is interested and will place its concert hall at the disposal of the organization and co-operate in the management. The present effort is to raise a fund to guarantee the success of the concerts for five years, by which time it is hoped there will be sufficient patronage to make the concerts self-supporting. Ten concerts are planned for, six to include symphonies, the other four to be popular in character.

 

 

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