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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (June 13, 1896)
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The most Important musical happen
ing: of the past week., filled as It has
been with the usual round of recitals
and concerts at commencement time,
was the performance or the oratorio
of "The Messiah," by Haendel.on Tues
day evening:, June 9, at the Lansing
theatre. This work was given under
the auspices of the University Music
Union of the university of Nebraska,
which body consists of the university
chorus and orchestra, with the Lincoln
Oratorio society and Philharmonic or
chestra. It is only just to say, how
ever, that the credit for so praise
worthy and generally successful an
undertaking Is due to Mrs. P. V. M.
Raymond, whose indefatigable efforts
both past and present, for the promo
tion of the best musical art deserve
the gratitude of every musician and
musical amateur in Lincoln. Without
her patient labor at countless rehear
sals in guiding uncertain sopranos and
altos and recalcitrant tenors and
basses through the mazes of the long
roulades of Haydn and Haendel no
performances of the works attempted
would be possible. It must not be for
gotten that these oratorios are works
primarily and chiefly for large choral
bodies and that no soloist or soloists
however good can equal the Import
ance of the chorus. Viewed from this
standpoint the performance of "The
Messiah" was a very creditable one
and showed in every detail the faith
ful and artistic labor of Mrs. Ray
mond. The chorus was not a very
large one, but was well balanced (even
the tenors, that usual weak spot In
choral bodies were distinctly audible).
They sang with energy and certainty
and even regard for the finer effects
The soloists on this occasion were
Miss Florence Worley, soprano; Miss
Eugenia Getner, contralto; Mr. H. J.
W. Seamark, tenor, and Mr. Homer
Moore, bass. Miss "Worley was suffer
ing from a cold and her voice was not
In its best condition, but she sang the
difficult music of her part tunefully
and musically. Miss Getner is a de
butante In this style of singing and
was too nervous to do herself or the
part justice. Her singing, however,
gave promise of better things in the
future. I am glad to record the fact
that Lincoln has -a singer who can, at
short notice and with Insufficient re
hearsal, sing a part as difficult as the
tenor part in this oratorio.
Naturally the Interest of the audi
ence was centered upon Mr. Homer
Moore of Omaha, the only stranger
among the soloists. Mr. Moore is a
bass baritone of resonance and dra
matic fervor and his first appearance
in Lincoln was a genuine success. The
solo, "Why Do the Nations," is very
difficult for the modern singer, with
his disregard for the bel canto and ten
dency to lyric declamation. It is all
the more creditable to Mr. Moore that
he sang so admirably and with such
perfect breathe control the long and
difficult roulades in this solo. The
other solos for bass were delivered
with the dignity and authority neces
sary to make them thoroughly suc
cessful Mrs. Will Owen Jones assisted
at the piano and Mr. August Hagenow
"played with the first violins in the
The fight between the fraternity and
"barbarian" elements has been of long
standing. Almost from the start the
contest has been between the fratern
ities and the open literary societies.
When the fraternities were first organ
ized their members were also members
of the literary societies, but soon they
came to be looked upon as Inner circles
within the larger. Those who were
within the secret circles were supposed
to think themselves better than the
rest. This led to the barb-frat war.
Both of the literary societies then or
ganized, by concerted action placed
amendments in their constitutions de
barring fraternity men from joining
them. Those who were already mem
bers left, and this division has existed
in the university ever since. There are
now three open literary societies. Each
one has a membership of about seventy-five.
There are a number of both
mens' and womens' fraternities with
a total membership about equal to that
of the literary societies. The mem
bership of the societies Is composed
largely of the students who came from
the farm and are working their way
through school. Their social enter
tainments are always inexpensive. On
the other hand, the fraternity mem
bers usually come from homes of
wealth. The sons and daughters of
prominent men are asked to join some
fraternity almost as soon as they en
ter the university. The fraternities
represent a considerable portion of the
institution. By far the larger per cent
of university parties and bails are
given under their auspices. But while
the fraternities, viewed from the
standpoint of the literary societies, are
aristocratic, yet they are really
marked by the same democratic spirit.
Even though their membership is lim
ited to a few, many of those who are
members of fraternities are doing work
to help pay expenses. A man is not
necessarily debarred from joining be
cause he lacks wealth or a family
name. They are coming to value a
student according to intrinsic value.
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