Birthday: The Orchestra is Twenty-five
On March 17 the Colby Community Symphony Orchestra celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with a commemorative concert under conductor Ermanno F. Comparetti. The occasion also marked Dr. Comparetti's quarter-century as professor of music and head of the music department at the college. With the orchestral works by Haydn, Sanders and Mascagni, and operatic arias – sung by soprano Luz Morales – by Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, the sixty-two member orchestra premiered its mentor's Italian folksong cycle: Corona di Canti Popolari. As has been true of the symphony's concerts, the audience was enthusiastic and the reviewers went off remarking on the remarkable growth in richness of tone and air of professionalism that characterizes this one-of-the-best such musical organizations in the country.
President Emeritus J. Seelye Bixler, who donated the two antique desks that grace Alfond Lounge in Eustis, provided this background on the James family and the articles of furniture themselves. The text is excerpted from a letter to assistant to the president Richard N. Dyer.
To Dispel the Mystique
Miss Frost's report begins with a description of the three groupings undertaken in the schools 'to find out how much exposure to the arts the students had.' In one, various grades and classes were asked to draw or write their impressions of modern dance prior to the program; Miss Frost spoke to a second group of classes first, then asked for responses; and the balance attended the presentations without preparation, 'cold', as it were.
Reflections by Alfred K. Chapman, Roberts Professor of English, on Professor Julian D. Taylor, whose term of sixty-three years as a teacher of Latin is the lengthiest in the college's annals. The text is that of remarks made by Chapman at the dedication of Taylor Hall – one of the buildings in the new dormitory complex.
Colby College, "Colby Alumnus Vol. 57, No. 3: Spring 1968" (1968). Colby Alumnus. 61.