New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, Feb. 19,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5A
Tonight’s concert is a must see!
Concerning the upcoming Mid-* Texas Symphony (MTS) Concert in “ New Braunfels’ Civic Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, let me say that, although I am a former MTS Board Member and, after making my decision, I obtained the approval of two appropriate current board personnel, no one requested that I write this.
The main thing I want to say about this concert is that having participated in the MTS Chorus rehearsals weekly since Jan. 3 and also having repeatedly listened to a recorded performance of the subject of those rehearsals (English composer John Rutter’s “Requiem”) have convinced me that being present at this particular concert is a MUST for ALL the people in Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties whom this Symphony seeks to serve.
DON’T MISS IT!!!!
This time, the musicians will be under the direction of Guest Conductor Franz Anton Krager, whose previous guest appearance with our Symphony proved to be very dynamic and much appreciated by audience and players alike. The program will include Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3” and Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony” as well as the Rutter work. But as I see it, Rutter’s “Requiem,” composed in 1976 and 1985 and First performed in Dallas in 1985, offers unique “peak experience” opportunities to an especially wide variety of listeners. Despite being based (like the Mozart “Requiem" presented by our symphony 4 years ago at a Seguin concert) on the standard old Latin “Mass for the Dead” form, the Rutter “Requiem” alternates between Latin and English texts (the program will translate the Latin verses) and projects mostly a stimng, assuring, and melodic message about the life of all human beings.
In what seems to be Rutter’s usual style, he skillfully and elegantly combines the best of the old with the best of die new while also providing sounds and phrases with great popular appeal.
The work begins with a depiction of chaos and ends in perpetual light, having alternated between very difficult but arresting passages and warmly melodic ones, and having included a very beautiful setung of the 23rd Psalm. The music has a mostly translucent sound that is expected to carry particularly well from the singers to the audience under the conditions of the Civic Center acoustics.
Moreover, the Rutter work is being prepared by Symphony Chorus Director Daniel Long, who has previously conducted it in Kerrville and with his San Antonio-based Texas Bach Choir. It is also Daniel who brought to the MTS Chorus and its Jackson Auditorium audience a set
ting of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” last Dec. ll, which is still being talked about by those who were there. I expect those who attend the Feb. 19 concert to leave hearing inside their heads the music echoes that have been occurring inside mine for the last few weeks. DON’T MISS IT!!!!
Yours very truly,
John R. Malcolm
Taxpayers need some answers
It was reported in January on a major newscast that over $7 million was spent on those wolves that were released in Yellowstone National Park. Why should taxpayers pay so much for destructive animals? Who received this money?
Also the U.S. Government is now allowing a MINIMUM of 20,000 Cubans to legally enter this country every year.
Question—Will this 20,000 (plus) go on welfare or will they immediately have good paying jobs and pay taxes (NOT receive “Earned Income)?
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Unbiased, by who’s definition?
Over the years according to my experience, the League of Women Voters publicly presents itself as an unbiased educational organization.
Its announced purpose is to study issues and candidates’ qualifications and then provide forums and/or publish voter guides to educate the public. I believe the organization has the tax status of an educational organization, rather than that of a political organization.
While I am not a member of the organization, I have attended several of their forums and consulted their voter guides in the past. I always had the distinct impression that their information was far from unbiased and repeatedly presented the liberal side of an issue or the liberal candidate in the more favorable light. However, trying to be fair myself, I excused this impression as being caused by my own decided bias toward the more conservative point of view.
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