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Mrs. deVaron watches a rehearsal of The Creation from the balcony at Symphony Hall Carnegie Hall. In both Boston and New York, the presentation drew praise from the critics. In March, the Chorus and Orchestra together taped a repeat performance of Gunther Schuller ' s S CRED CANTATA for WBZ-TV in Boston. The performance was aired as part of an hour- long color special entitled " In the Grand Manner-The New Music Comes to New England, " which focussed on the life and work of President Schuller. Next on the Chorus ' agenda came the annual Spring Tour. This year the Chorus concentrated on the Middle Atlantic States from Washington, D.C. and environs, through Jersey City, to St. John ' s University in Jamaica, New York. After a series of open rehearsals (for two high school choruses) and performances, the Tour concluded with a performance in New York City ' s Town Hall. Featured in all concerts were the Bach CANTATA NO. 21 ( " Ich hatte viel bekum- memis " ), music from the Soviet Union, and works of Joyce Mekeel, Peter Lewis, and Charles Ives. A Jordan Hall performance of the Bach CANTATA NO. 21, the Ives HARVEST HOME CHORALES, and Schoenberg ' s FRIEDE AUF ERDEN and DE PROFUNDIS brought 1967-68 to a close. This concert, given as the Spring Concert with instrumentalists from the Conservatory Orchestra, was in retrospect and prospect a fine conclusion to the Conservatory ' s first century, and a more than promising beginning for its second. 80
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Commencement Day Sunday, June 9, 1968 - Commencement Day for the Class of 1968. Moving the traditional Symphony Or- chestra Commencement Concert to Commencement Day proved a happy experiment. At 2:30 a large crowd gathered in Jordan Hall for an excellent con- cert: President Schuller conducted the first section of the program which began with the unscheduled Ives THE UNANSWERED QUESTION performed in tri- bute to Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was assas- sinated five days before. Schuller also conducted Faculty member Malcolm Peyton ' s " Two Sonnets from John Donne " with Jesse Coston as bass solo, and " Lilacs " from " Men and Mountains " by Carl Ruggles. Assistant Orchestra Conductor Haim Elisha con- ducted Torelli ' s SONATA A CINQUE NO. 1 for trum- pet, strings and basso continuo — Master ' s candidate Edward W. Hoffman performed the trumpet solo. He was the first of four soloists selected from the grad- uating students by a faculty committee as represent- ing the high standards of quality in performance es- poused by the Conservatory. Also under Mr. Elisha ' s baton, Susan Spacagna sang " Caro nome " from Verdi ' s RIGOLETTO and Robert Stallman performed Vivaldi ' s CONCERTO IN D MAJOR for flute and strings, op. 10, no. 3. Gunther Schuller conducted the last part of the program which included the first movement of Kaz- imierz Serocki ' s CONCERTO FOR TROMBONE AND ORCHESTRA, A. Douglas Wauchope, soloist, and " The Mystic Trumpeter, " ORCHESTRAL FANTASY, OP. 10 by F. S. Converse. Following the concert the Alumni held a reception in Brown Hall for the graduates, who then donned their caps and gowns for the Conservatory ' s ninety- eighth Commencement. Dr. Herbert Marcuse, philos- opher from the University of California at San Diego, gave a thought-provoking Commencement Address. Speaking as an " educated consumer " of music. Dr. Marcuse commented that today ' s music is the music of rebellion against traditional forms— it is " more vulgar, more technical, more material " and a part of an art that is moving youth in all parts of the globe today. In addition to presenting degrees to one hundred 82
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