Eleanor McMain High School - Echoes Yearbook (New Orleans, LA)

 - Class of 1945

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musicians that New Orleans has pro- duced, there is one that should not be omitted in a discussion of New Orleans music. Louis Moreau Got- tschalk of Creole descent was born here in 1829. Taken to France whenf he was only thirteen, he studied in Paris with Berlioz, and soon made his debut, achieving immediate suc- cess for both his virtuosity and his compositions. The immortal Freder- ick Chopin once predicted that Got- tschalk would become the king of Orleans the musical center of the Southern -States, disappeared into flame, smoke, and ashes.. It was destroyed by a fire just a few months after the death of Adelma Patti the singer who was so closely associated by Orleanians with the old French Opera House. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a new type of music was created in New Orleans by Negro levee workers. This style, which be- came popular about 1915, was origin- ally named jazz. However, it might have been called the "slang" of musical expression, for like slang it . .- N, is 'PST'-:-T..r' . " -"F Carmen ' By Julia Hamrlck 4 EVERAL of our McMain girls had the privilege of attending the Opera Comique version of "Carmen"' in an easily understood English trans- lation. The Municipal Auditorium was packed that April 19, and the visiting troup of Columbia Concert artists was well applauded .and en- thusiastically received. The Bizet music was beautifully rendered by an orchestra of one-half local talent and Tiff 'ir- .-Lf:-,xg '55 QL?-7 , lj '- ai: 5 J .,. 'life ,gr 1 . iii :'- iffy A 7:5 l' :"1', .gg-'r 1-in f "fl "f . --J : A .,. '-Fl? fl if 'fi if ' 3 ' -ij fi can "iw f ,.:. i3TT',i?21'f1f Y ' H3177 -TTWZ' Fi' '-" iTfT'1filiQ'i!4 , f:":f'f , ,-." in " H4-,"' i 'J' , 135-'E-'J-,1':"fffZ 1- w. V Q 'll-:J'f's:f'-,i"'K"' 4' MHKQ5' 'ffl 5.3415 Y' . r A li N 2 T' -at-K NL? Q ,Su-.il . A ,, ,mu ,L un., , -.A N? f. .., ti 51 J AY is H .. 3?- A 6, wi, .sr H... 1 ' ' Q I 9 Q f ,S 5,14 f ' . 2 E-yi, F M1 Hp, Q Q SJW' -' 1 bl . , ' r 1 6 'KVM if . N- r .1 .qu . . -, . S fa . u , 1 4 .1 . pianists and be long remembered. His compositions, like those of Chop- in, are similar to the "local-color" works of literature, for as their sub- jects he took songs expressive of his period-the Louisiana Negro and old Creole melodies, and French-Cajun folk songs. There are a great many others who deserve mention--Ernest Guiraud, the opera-writer Whose first work was presented when he was only sixteen 5 and Emile Johns, a salon-music composer who won con- siderable recognition for his "Album Louisianaisn-but for the Amoment, Gottschalk, the best-known, is suf- ficient. Ten years before Gottschalk's death in 1869, a building was erect- ed five blocks from Canal Street, at Toulouse and Bourbon Streets, that was destined soon to become the center of the social- life of New Or- leans, and the most fashionable opera house in the land. The French Opera House Association, erected in 1859, brought to New Orleans many fa- mous European artists, who usually remained here the entire season. Adeline Patti, who toured Europe successfully several times and who was the favorite of everyone, was just one of the many famous' sing- ers presented-Mme. Urban, Mile, Hitchcock, and Mlle. Calvee. Mlle. Patti's brilliant debut, when she was only seventeen, was made at the French Opera House--not at Lon- don, where she won international fame a year' later, as it is so wrongly stated. Among the many outstand- ingkworks given their American pre- miers here were: Bizet's "L'Arlesien- ne," Massenet's "Herodiade" and "Werther", and' Saint-Saens "Sam- son et Delilah". After sixty years that held war, peace, prosperity and poverty for the South, the French Opera House, which had made New li-C-H-O-E-S ' Q. ' is constantly changing-first jazz, then rag-time, the blues, boogie- woogie, and swing, as it isnow called. Popular American artists like George Gershwin, composer, and Paul White- man, conductor, have done much to better jazz and its derivatives. Per- haps some day it will be classed as ffolkj music typical of the restless spirit during the First world war andthe depression which followed it. In any event, jazz will leave its trace on American music. , As a final word in this discussion of New Orleans music, it can be said that New Orleans is rebuilding its reputation as a music center. For ten years, the -New Orleans Sym- phony has been giving winter concerts to music lovers, and during this pe- riod it has been constantly improv- ing, both in musicianship and size. The Opera House Association has been giving many delightful per- formances of grand opera with guest singers of Metropolitan rank. The location of the Summer Pop Con- certs, which were given in Elk Place just off Canal Street, has been chang- ed to an even larger and better place -Beauregard Square. All three of these musical organizations have unit- ed under the Community Music Fund, which at present has reached only sixty per cent of its goal of S150,000. This winter season, New Orleanians are looking forward to a brilliant series of operas and con- certs with many famous artists. No longer will one recall ,the "good old days", speaking of the French Opera House, with sadness. The conversa- tion will be of the coming perform- ances, instead of the past ones, or perhaps it will be of a new star from New Orleans-indeed, the conserva- tion might be of a new opera written by an Orleanian. one-half visiting musicians, and the singers well-typed to their respective roles. The cast included Mona Pau- lee of the Metropolitan in the title role, Edward Kane as "Don Jose", Donald Dickson as, "Escamillo", and Frances Yeend as "Micaela". The distinguished Leopold Sachse was stage director. "Carmen" herself was lovely and talented, and gracious- ly answered many well-deserved cur- tain calls. Supporting artists, the orchestra, ballet, costumes, and scenery-all deserve a special word of praise. 'As one of the world's great masterpieces, "Carmen" is as modern in spirit and as vital in music today as it was the day it was writ- ten, and its charm has not suffered in the English translation. Orchestra Notes i Kathryn Kirst '46 MCMAIN'S orchestra under the di- rection of Professor Carl L. Kirst gave a concert on May 15 for the public. Such numbers as the well-known "Voice of Spring" by Strauss and a special string arrange- ment of Dvorak's "Humoresque" were included in the selections for that night. "Le'Fileuse", a delightful harp solo by Hasselman, was artistic- ally rendered by Rosemary Stockton. Viotti's Violin Concerto performed by Master Carl Kirst was an added attraction. Catherine Scblueter, the featured vocalist, sang the very pop- ular "It Had To Be You" and "You Belong To My Heart". A chorus of two hundred voices directed by Miss Weiss gave Victor Herbert's "Thine Alone" and Rob' Roy,Peery's "Amer- ica, My Wondrous Land". Both pro- grams were thoroughly enjoyed by all. , i . K Forty-three .4 Q - .1 i-L ..14l-- '-- -- .-".-C - 11.14 J. - .K "'. ' ' ' Il-V . ,- cf' ' fe: Q' I :vw 33715 - li 'jay 4 fr 1 I J .Y Lit? . X.--,, T. 693.4 arty? .. ff' 3:1 , LJ' 'iff' ' izlii' - ,. A CEE? 7 'Il .JH " '. 4 'Sr f 5.9- ,,,. . :' . "2-. -'. - in . . , --., ,Tm ,,! fi ." ' i.4',5Y.ff Y. .,r1....' 1-' ..1,,, . . .., A 5, V ...,. . ,'. NLM- ., v . I. , ,,,..q...7.,,4 . .U . n , .. 'L :ws ' ' Q53-if f Lf!""-'SVT i i' wi 4, X . - 1... 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-W 1- . ng 1 af R r -and later entirely demolished, shines again in -the first mural, "A Costume Ball." It is night, and in another part of the city, away from the shining lights and splendid fineries, a voo-doo priest is holding rituals for his faithful fol- lowers. The weird and rhythmic beat- ing of the drums fills the atmosphere with mysterious sounds. Such cere- monies have since ceased in the city of New Orleans, for in Congo Square, where once stood the voo-doo priest, now stands the Municipal Auditor- ium. Let us go back to that part of New Orleans in which lights shine and carriages with well dressed couples fill the narrow streets. To night the French Opera House is surrounded with fame, for the young Jenny Lind is about to make her debut. Thecritiques crowd with the many guests and in its shining glory the voice of Jenny Lind is heard again as the 'New Orleans Opera House takes its original form in "The Old French Opera House." Once again it's morning, and seated on the steps of Jackson Square, shadowed' by the famous spires of the St. Louis Cathedral, is a young colored boy with his wares to sell. The heat of the day is tiring and depressing, and Jackson Square, alive with blooming azaleas, provides an ideal resting place for the weary child. Great is the artistic design of the St. Louis Cathedral and to those not fortunate to see it yet, it is a preview of the treat in "The St. Louis Cathedral. Voices shrill loudly as flaming colors speckle the cobble stone streets of the Old French Market. The Old French Market! The name itself brings romance to those who knew it. Here, farmers from all the surround- ing land congregate to sell their wares. Colored women traverse in and out among the various pavillions 1? with their baskets perched high on their heads. Although some of the atmosphere was lost in the demolish- ing of this center of trade, it is par- tially recaptured in the present re- production and in "The Old French Market" it comes to life again. Returning from the market one passes the Old Absinthe House. Ex- cept for the noise from the street all is quiet in the Absinthe House. Ab- sinthe today is a thing of the past, for it is sold no more, yet in New Orleans still stands the original Ab- sinthe House, and the the mural "The Old Absinthe House" one can see it again as it stood in the height of its glory. Beyond the city proper, in the swamps and bayous, hidden from the watchful eye of the law, is New Or- leans' first black market. Under the canopy of silken moss, Jean Lafitte and his pirates sell the jewels and fineries they had previously confis- cated. The normally law-abiding house wives shamelessly purchase all that their small funds allow. In their small boats the pirates are ever ready to flee from the law at the slightest warning. Such a scene is pictured in "T-he Lafittes' Black Market." Along one side of Jackson Square is a quaint passageway leading from the St. Louis Cathedral to Royal St. There are no worries in Pirate's Alley for the fear of the pirates is over. It was here that Lafitte hid when pursued, and concealed from the law, among the shadows of the alley, he was saved many times from capture. "Pirate's Alley". pictures this hide- out of Jean Lafitte as it remains yet in historic New Orleans. A scene that marks history is the race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez. New Orleans is alive with crowded docks and loud shouts as the two boats begin their hostoric race up the river to St. Louis. Many people, young and old, cheer the . ,- or c, boats at their start. The race is on! This event, only in the past of New Orleans, is seen in the mural "The Race Between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez." It has been years since New Or- leans has enjoyed the festive occur- ence of Carnival. To the people of New Orleans, it is a traditiong to the people of other parts of the country it is a fantastic dream that becomes a reality in the "Crescent City." "A Carnival Ball" is a reproduction of a carnival procession in the Municipal Auditorium. The climax of the Carnival Season is Mardi Gras, and the climax of the Mardi Gras is the Comus Parade. The festivities of the day end with one joyous congregation to see the final Parade of Mardi Gras. As the king passes on his elaborate float, the spectators shout and cheer, the sleepy children extend open hands hoping .to get their last souvenir of Mardi Gras. Such a scene is the "Comus Parade", the final mural that the art students produced. - After the murals were completed, they were exhibited in Room 326 for a few weeks. Then they were sent to Godchaux, where they were displayed in the Canal Street windows. After a week there, they were sent to the New Orleans Public Library, and from there to the Bomber Base, where they will remain. For the art students it was a great pleasure to make the murals, and if they were able to bring a little pleas- ure to the soldiers of the Air Force by so doing, their purpose is indeed accomplished. They are grateful to the Red Cross for permitting them to undertake the project and feel honored that they were asked. In their way they have tried to bring a little cheerfulness to the recreation room at the base, as well as to the hearts of the soldiers there. Dorothy Samuelson '45. NEWMORLEANS Traditionally, New Orleans is the "City Tihat Care Forgot," the "American Paris" to the World. ' Today New Orleans is a progressive American city, the "Air Hub of the Americas." E-CJH-O-E-S Forty-five 1455.511-':'. his 1 ,2i.3.'?s'.hi.-fs. ... 1 e'.'f.-.- 'I .. 513-ir1.gs3f'a:1, x . . ,. . pi., .sg .. - . ., ,i . .. . -Ana. .. 4... .zffae-1

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