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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 2, 1973)
COMES TO THE
by Mary Voboril
A cultural wasteland.
That's the way some people describe
Nebraska. But a look at what UNL
musical fine arts groups have to offer this
semester indicates the situation is not all
"Through the years UNL has done
very well in elevating the cultural arts,"
according to John Moran, director of the
Cultural Affairs Committee, established
"But in a sense, we've only just
begun. We're only now beginning to
attract well-known, quality performers on
the professional level' Moran said.
He said the St. Louis Symphony
Orchestra, scheduled to stay at UNL
April 27-19, in residence, will be the first
major symphony to perform on this
campus since 1043.
"In residence" means the symphony
will meet informally with students in
classrooms and living units giving short
lectures and providing students with an
opportunity for personal contact, Moran
The symphony will be on campus for
the annual Weekend With Music.
Designed to help celebrate the dedication
of Kimball Recital Hall three years ago.
Weekend With Music now is a regular
Moran said Kimball also will host the
Guthrie Theater, a nationally known
company that will perform a stage version
of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
The group is booked for March 14 and
Any UNL student wishing to attend
the Guthrie Theater performance will be
given a $1.50 fee reduction in ticket cost,
according to Moran.
"This discount should be a major step
forward in improving student attitudes
concerning culture," Moran said. "The
student will know someone at UNL
thinks cultural arts are important."
Another group pushing cultural
consciousness is the Lincoln Friends of
Chamber Music. Although it has no
official affiliation with UN' almost all its
members are in some way connected with
the University according to its president,
In conjunction with Sheldon Art
Gallery, Friends of Chamber Music brings
about five chamber music groups to
campus for one-night engagements.
"This year we attracted three name
performers," Potter said. Two of the
three groups will appear within the next
two months. The Julliard Quartet,
scheduled to perform Feb. 24, is
"perhaps the best-known and most
admired group of chamber players in the
world today," Potter said.
Potter said the Beaux Arts Trio,
booked for March 16, is not so
well-known as the Julliard Quartet but "is
equally admired by knowledgable
The chamber music friends, now
planning next year's agenda, also are
searching for a group to perform at a
special concert sometime in April.
A quartet scheduled to perform Dec. 1
was unable to meet its engagement
because one of its members became ill.
Thus far the organization has not
found a replacement group, but Potter
said when it starts contacting players for
next year's series it will ask if
arrangements could be made for a concert
yet this year.
Potter said the chamber music group is
non-profit and self-sustaining. It supports
itself through the sale of season tickets,
which cost $15 for five concerts.
Chamber concerts are held in the
Sheldon Auditorium, which has a seating
capacity of 300. Potter said that
occasionally a few individual tickets are
sold, but season tickets generally account
for sell-out crowds.
"And since chamber music is not a
mass appeal sort of thing, we can get the
world's best chamber music groups for a
relatively low cost," he added.
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