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Big Spring Herald (Newspaper) - November 9, 1975, Big Spring, Texas Renowned pianist a mme Lili Kraus is noted of her stylistic knowledge during the piano master class throughout the world As a master pianist. Big Spring she will conduct saturday at the Howard College area pianists and students will be Able to take advantage auditorium people places things Section c big Spring Herald by Julie Simmons sunday november 9, 1975 Madame Lili Kraus to critique area pianists at Masterclass is when mrs Mary Skalicky attended a week Long Lili Kraus piano music class at Texas Christian University in the summer of 1971, she decided then to try to bring the master class series to big Spring mrs Skalicky was impressed with mme. Kraus personality and approach to pianistic problems and Felt piano students and professionals of the permian Basin area would Benefit from a local master class in 1973, members of the big Spring piano teachers forum and mrs. Skalicky began to explore the possibility of sponsoring mme. Kraus in a master class. After discovering that mme. Kraus was booked at least a year in Advance the forum members agreed to get on a waiting list for the Masterclass the forum members approached or. Charles Hays president of Howard College about the possibility of the College sponsoring such an event or Hays at eed that a master class w Ould be an asset to the College and the Community and therefore he affirmed the College sponsorship master class skewed the wait is almost Over for the forum students professional pianists and teachers in the area mme. Lili Kraus will conduct a piano master class saturday in the Howard College auditorium sessions will be held from 10a in to 12 p m and from 1-3 p m. Members of the big Spring piano teachers forum will assist the College during the master class the Midland piano teachers association will attend As a group bringing Many of their students. Area pianists will perform the master class format includes both Active and Shive participants who attend in order to receive _ me Krausz critique comments and suggestions Active participants each play one composition for mme. Kraus following each performance mme Kraus will give a Brief critique offering beneficial suggestions concerning musical interpretations stylistic trends and possible solutions to various technical problems adults wishing to perform As Active participants should mail the full Deposit of $50 to Howard College As soon As possible As performance time is limited College and High school students who wish to perform As Active participants should mail a Deposit of $25 to the College. If a Large number of Active participants Register a committee will be appointed to screen applicants Only Active fees will be refunded to those registrants not selected to perform. The outstanding Active performers will be featured in an evening concert at 8 p m saturday which will be open to the Public w without charge passive participants include All persons not desiring to perform for mme Kraus teachers interested professionals older students beyond College age. And students parents Are included in this category. Passive participants Are requested to mail the $20 fee to Howard College before the master class Date to assure adequate seat my a special Low fee of $5 has been set in order to encourage and inspire Young students from Grade school through College age to attend the master class All Bssie student participants Are urged to Register fore the class All participants both performers and audience observers Benefit from the great volume of musical knowledge and experience which mme. Kraus shares during these sessions mme Kraus has a charming gracious personality that immediately puts one at ease no one should hesitate to perform. Members of the Fine arts department wish to urge All teachers to encourage even younger students of artistic Promise to participate by playing a Brief composition of a master composer. For further information Contact mrs Mary Skalicky of the Howard College music department. 267-6311, Extension 46 Lili Kraus. A child Prodigy born in Budapest of a czech father who ran a Small cutlery shop and a hungarian Mother Lili Kraus began the study of the piano at the age of six and at eight was enrolled at the Royal Academy of music in the hungarian capital where her teachers included Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok at 17 she received the Academy a highest degree and went on to study under Edward Steur Manni and Artur Schnabel in the master class at the Vienna conservatory of music. At 20 she became a full fledged professor at the Vienna Academy during the 1930�?Ts the hungarian pianist was one of the most popular recitalist and symphony orchestra soloists of England and Continental Europe and toured annually to China Japan Australia. New zealand and South Africa. In addition to her Solo appearances and teaching she became a partner with violinist Szymon Goldberg in the famous Kraus Goldberg duo which took the music capitals of Europe by storm and produced a recording of the ten Beethoven violin piano sonatas rated As an All time classic. She Ana her husband the late or. Otto Mandl and their two children became naturalized British subjects during this period and made their Home in London imprisonment during the War in 1942, beginning a world tour in the dutch East indies mme Kraus was arrested by the japanese on trumped up charges and imprisoned for three harrowing years. During the first of these she was separated from husband children and piano and. While sharing a filthy 4�?T by 14�?T subterranean cell with 12 other women and subsisting on a total daily ration of two cups of Rice and a bitter Herb was made to use her famous hands to tote heavy buckets of water and scrub latrines and gutters with Strong soaps and chemicals eventually through the efforts of a japanese conductor with whom she had once played in Tokyo she was reunited with her family in a a a privileged Camp where they waited out the end of the War. Early Iii her imprisonment mme. Kraus had come to the conclusion that two choices were open to her either to be broken by this experience and allow herself to deteriorate with it or to make of it the treasure fund of her entire life Lili Kraus courageously chose the latter alternative w Ith no music Ana no instrument to play she discovered the music that was w within her and when she could not perform she went Over and Over the masterpieces of her repertoire mentally finding in them new wonders that she had not even thought of before. She also credits these dark years with having enabled her to commit Many works to memory for the first time. Weighing less than too pounds on liberation her frail body covered w Ith open wounds and infections she was nevertheless obliged to go Back to work immediately to support her family which had been stripped of All Money and possessions within a year Ana a half she gave More than 120 concerts throughout Australia and new zealand often As Many As 3 within 24 hours in recognition of her a a unrelenting efforts in the Aid of countries in need As Well As for educational Lili Kraus was granted honorary new zealand citizenship at this time and still travels around the world on a new zealand passport pianist returns to stardom when she returned to Europe and made her first Post War recordings however mme Kraus confesses she was a a somewhat less than enchanted with them a while enforced labor had strengthened her hands her fingers had lost something of their sensitivity and while music poured Forth easily and freely from her full heart she was As she recalls it a rather like a Beautiful Garden gone to seed a faced with the necessity to re assess her playing she found the was Back to International stardom a Long. Hard Uphill climb like starting her career All Over from the beginning but by 1948 she had by patient hard work and dauntless spirit recouped the losses of the War years and restored her artistry to an even higher plane she was then ready for the second phase of an International career which has been an unbroken succession of worldwide triumphs Ever since. Travelling almost continuously in the past 20 years mme. Kraus has appeared with All the great orchestras and at All the great music festivals of Europe visiting North and South America and returning each year to Japan India and the Antipodes. She has appeared frequently on television has lectured at leading universities and has Given master classes for students and teachers in a number of leading cities among her most interesting experiences have been a Royal command performance at the wedding banquet of the Shah of Iran a convert in England s Canterbury Cathedral where she was the first artist Ever to play a recital of secular music the first concert Ever Given in the new City of Brasilia an appearance with the Salzburg chamber orchestra at the Royal moroccan Mozart festival performances of which were Given in historic palaces and courtyards throughout Morocco an orchestral concert at London s Royal festival Hall honouring the 90th birthday of Bertrand Russell and adjudication at the Van Cliburn International piano Competition in Texas during the summer of 1965 she spent several weeks in Lambarena visiting with the late or Albert Schweitzer shortly before his death and playing for him almost every night on the battered upright in the crude Little mess Hall of his Jungle Hospital Schweitzer s nurses credited her visit with having done much to revive the old doctors fading spirits and it was. In tact his favorite Lui Kraus recording of the Beethoven fourth piano concerto which was the last thing the aged humanitarian consciously heard before lapsing into his final coma when she is not on concert tour or stationed in fort Worth As artist in residence at Texas Christian University the pianist shares a Home in North Carolina with her daughter. Ruth and son in Law or. Fergus Pope an american physician Airport elementary school staff proclaims let s get children to enjoy Reading almost All educators agree that Reading is of prime importance. Quot a person who can read Well and understand his Reading can always educate himself if necessary a Samuel Clemens once claimed. In modern schools much emphasis is placed on remedial Reading for the child who missed the boat or the Bathtub As the Case May be. The importance of learning the fundamentals of Reading is being emphasized. Airport elementary is going after the problem from another direction. They Are trying All kinds of incentives to persuade children who have had Little desire to read More than absolutely necessary to like to read. It s kind of a school wide project. Different teachers use different incentives. One of the most unusual is one used in the room of mrs. Connie Carter s second Grade. She has an old Bathtub Over in the Corner under a hanging Fern. It is filled with colourful soft pillows. The child who has done particularly Well in some Field or made a special Effort is rewarded with a session in the Bathtub. They get to select a favorite Book Lay Back and read. It s amazing How much Competition second graders can get into Over who s going to be next in the Bathtub. In the Airport elementary Library a Library aide named mrs. Roxena Belew undertook a Bicentennial Reading project. The protect was on persuading students to read books that Are appropriate to our american heritage. Through Reading and reporting students Are challenged to have their names listed on charts bearing the names of Paul Revere Betsy Ross Francis Scott key Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Large colourful pictures of these famous americans Are featured on the charts that contain the students names. The different posters Are for the names of students who have read a different number of books. The largest number is the George Washington list and those students who work their Way to that list by the end of the school year will receive a special Bicentennial Reading certificate. Not Only Are the children learning to read they Are getting an extra Bonus of learning Early american history. Some teachers use colourful Book Marks to use As rewards for Reading. Other teachers do some Reading aloud to try to interest their students in children s books. But one Central theme shines through on All of the different projects. Quot let s try to get our children to like to the National Observance of children s Book week is nov. 17-23. But at Airport it s children s Book year. Quot let s read. Everybody s doing it Quot the children proclaim. Keal Leisure a Josette Mata has just been rewarded in mrs. Connie Carters second i. De room at Airport elementary with a Chance to la Back in a Bathtub filled with pillows and read i Book of her selection waiting for a turn Are Nancy Rios Chon Garcia and Sonia Sanchez

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