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Thoma, Harry (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 37, Number II (Nov. 1935)

Badgers you should know,   pp. 44-47


Page 47


November, Nineteen thirty-five                                          
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     NelsonEdd1 , Helen Je1      son   Amon6               Professor Dvorak
conducts the band instruments
Nelson Eddy, Helen Jepson Among                        -the reed and brass
groups, and Professor Dalley
    Famous Artists on Union Pr"ogram                   leads the string
group-violin, cello, viola and bass.
                                                        Each student has
available a little lesson book con-
 OPERA, cinema, and radio, the three great modern     taining some fundamental
rules and illustrations, as
   purveyors of music, will all contribute their best  well as the music
they learn to play. Here is how
talent to the 16th Annual Concert Series presented    the radio music teachers
conduct the lessons so suc-
this year by the Wisconsin Men's Union.     From     cessfully.  A  group
of trained musicians gather
Hollywood and New York will come Helen Jepson,         around the microphone
with various instruments,
newest and loveliest soprano of America's oldest opera  for demonstration
purposes. Then in an adjoining
company, the New York Metropolitan, and brightest    studio, seated where
the instructors can watch them
star of the Paul Whiteman weekly broadcast. The        through a glass partition,
is a group of students just
Metropolitan will also be represented on the series by  learning how to play.
The instructor watches these
Nelson Eddy, baritone, star of the film version of    beginners, noting what
they do wrong in handling
Victor Herbert's "Naughty Marietta," and soon to     their instruments.
This group represents the whole
be seen in two more screen musical comedies, "Rose   radio class-and
in this way, the music teachers
Marie" and "Maytime," in the lat.-                       
               know how to give their instruc-
ter of which he will share honors         t-ions
with Grace Moore. Both Miss Jep-                                        
   The radio class is enthusiastic
son and Eddy are appearing in                                           
about this new method of instruc-
Madison, in person, for the first                                       
tion, as evidenced by their letters.
time.                                                                   
One woman wrote in saying "my
   Favoritne       previous series                                      
 dearest wish was to learn how to
presented               who will                                        
play a violin, but because of An
return this B yzar are Gregor Piati-        T     Nlo                   
operation my left arm was affected.
gorsky, cellist, and Nathan Mil-                                        
But now I find I am able to handle
stein, violinist.Russians both,                                         
a cello and am eagerly following
they are veterans of six successful                                     
your lessons each Saturday mor-
concert tours in this country, al-                                      
ning."
though Milstein, the eldest of the                                      
   These lessons are free, and stu-
two is just turned thirty. Piati-                                       
dents are given regular assignments
gorsky's concert will be his third in                                   
to practice on during the week.
Madison while Milstein appeared                                   tl    
They write in telling of their
here last season for the first time.                                    
progress, surprised that they are
  The Brazilian pianist, Guiomar                                        actually
able to read and play the
Novaes, will .make her Madison de-                                      
notes in the music.
but in the opening concert of the                           p           
   In the spring, the radio class
season on November 7th. So great                                        
members are to be invited to a Ra-
is the talent of this young woman                                       
dio Music Festival to take part in
that the Brazilian government sub-           Tenor Nelson Eddy          
a broadcast in which they play to-
sidized her education in Paris and         Will thrill concert-goers    gether
for the first time the songs
New York, and still looks upon                                          
they have learned throughout the
her as an unofficial ambassador-at-large to all the na  year  If all the
students come to take part in the
tions in which she appears.                            broadcast they will
compose one of the largest or-
  Tickets for the series are available now  at the   chestras ever assembled
together.
Union.                                                    In this way, the.
state-station is again serving in
                                                        taking the talents
and abilities of University leaders
                                                        to the other cities
and villages of the state. This is a
WHA      Initiates Unidlue Prow       ram              new phase of education
by radio and one whose
          of Music Instruction by Radio                success se   assured.
THE talents of two outstanding musicians of the
  University are being taken into towns all throughe    Prof. W. G. Bleyer
Dies Suddenly
the state in one of the most unique broadcast series
ever offered.
                                                       DR. WILLARD G. BLEYER,
'96. director of the
  Prof. Ray Dvorak, leader of the University Band,       School of Journalism,
died suddenly at his home
and Prof. Orien Dalley, leader of the University Or-  in Madison on October
3 1. Dr. Bley&r had been in
chestra, are conducting a radio orchestra over state-  ill health most of
last semester but had returned to
station WHA-giving beginners instruction in the        his duties at the
University this fall and taught his
playing of all types of musical instruments.           regular classes the
'day before his death. A cerebral
  Each Saturday morning, at 8:30 o'clock, the        hemorrhage during the
night caused his death. Dr.
radio class, scattered about in villages and cities, sit  Bleyer was the
founder of the University School of
before their loud-speakers and follow the directions  Journalism and was
considered one of the pioneers
of their radio music teachers. Some members are gath-  of the nation in the
training of future journalists. A
ered in groups--others alone-and the class ranges    more complete obituary
of Prof. Bleyer, known to
from a 6-year old embryo cornetist to a middle-aged  all his students as
"Daddy," will appear in the De-
woman confined to her home through illness.            cember issue of this
magazine.


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