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THE art department of McMain
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co-operated with requests of the Red
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tion. Therefore it was not unusual
that, upon the request of the New
Orleans Chapter of the Red Cross,
the students eagerly began work on
a project' that would add color and
charm to the beautiful new recrea-
tion room at the Army Air Base on
Lake Pontchartrain. A
To the students, such a project is
not easily undertaken, and only with
careful planning and much study can
the many obstacles be elminated
and -the project prove successful. In
this instance many problems had to
be met and the students, with much
enthusiasm, prepared to overcome
The first of such problems was to
find an interesting as well as colorful
subject. When interviewed, Lieuten-
ant Conboy suggested that the story
, of New Orleans related on .eleven
murals, would be ideal for such a
room as the one to be decorated.
an Certainly the emotions of the many
4, - boys from hundreds of different
A """ i' ' cities could be stirred no more than
A ,ta 0 by a pictorial review of "-America's
H . a ' Y I Most Interesting City." Since the
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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
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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
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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-
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
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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-
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-and later entirely demolished, shines
again in -the first mural, "A Costume
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-
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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