Stadium Woos Popular Taste in 4 Concerts
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Stadium Woos Popular Taste in 4 Concerts

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Four popular symphonies feature the early Stadium programs this week under the direction of Jose Iturbi. Tonight an all-Beethoven program consisting of the Seventh and the Third Symphonies will be heard. Debussy and Brahms will be featured on Tuesday, the former with the Two Nocturnes and the Afternoon of a Faun, and the latter with the Symphony No. 1 in C minor.

A special Independence Day program has been planned for Wednesday, with Mr. Iturbi assuming the dual role of pianist and conductor in the Jean Wiener Franco-American Jazz Concerto. This, in addition to excerpts from Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat” and the Overture to Johann Strauss’ “Fledermaus,” will comprise the second part of the concert. The first half, introduced by Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” will be divided by two composers who will conduct their own works, Robert Russell Bennett, directing the first New York performance of his Concerto Grosso for Dance Band and Symphony Orchestra, and Deems Taylor in his first Stadium performance of his “Circus Day.”

On Thursday Mr. Iturbi will present a compatriot of his, the distinguished Spanish harpist, Nicanor Zabaleta, who will be heard as soloist in Debussy’s Danse Sacre et Danse Profane. Other features on the program will be Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and the Cesar Franck Symphony in D Minor.

Performances of “Lohengrin” under the direction of Alexander Smallens will conclude the week’s schedule on Friday and Saturday nights. The cast will include Frederick Jagel in the title role, Anne Roselle as Elsa, Chase Baromeo as King Henry, Carl Schiffeler as Telramund, Cyrena Van Gordon singing Ortrud, and Ralph Magelssen as the King’s Herald. In case of rain Mr. Smallens will conduct an orchestral concert in the Great Hall, and the opera will be postponed until the following evening.

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