Rose Musical Festival, Gipsy Smith Auditorium, June 7-11, 1912


Concert program for the first annual Rose Musical Festival, performed by two choruses, one of 1000 boys and girls and the other of 250 men and women, Frederick Elmer Chapman, director and William Lowell Patton, pianist, along with a Festival Symphony Orchestra, Carl Denton and Harold Bayley, conductors, Mary Cheney, soprano, Ellison Van Hoose, tenor, Oscar Ehrgott, bass, soloists, and David Starr Jordan, orator. Performances were given June 7, 8, 9, and 11. On June 7, the Rose Festival Chorus (adult chorus), soloists, and the Festival Symphony Orchestra performed the oratorio "The Creation" by Joseph Haydn. On the afternoon of June 8, the Boys' and Girls' Chorus and Festival Symphony Orchestra along with soprano and bass soloists performed various choral, vocal solo and orchestral works by Beethoven, Marschner, Cadman, Edward Elgar and other composers. For the June 8 evening concert, the Rose Festival Chorus with soloists and the Festival Symphony Orchestra performed various orchestral, choral and vocal solo works by Meyerbeer, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Bizet, Handel and other composers. On Sunday afternoon, June 9, a Rose Festival service was held, with Albert Ehrgott, President of the Multnomah County Sunday School Association, presiding. The Festival Orchestra and a chorus (of 100 young men and women, according to an article in the June 10 Oregonian) performed choral and orchestral works by von Weber, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and other composers. Oregon governor Oswald West and Portland mayor Rushlight offered remarks, and orator David Starr Jordan gave an address. The audience joined the chorus for three numbers. The service included an invocation at the beginning, a scripture lesson, and a benediction at the end. The Musical Festival closed with an afternoon concert on June 11, performed by the Boys' and Girls' Chorus, soloists, and the Festival Symphony Orchestra. They performed various orchestral, choral and vocal solo works by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Stephen Foster and other composers. The concert program included printed music and lyrics of several pieces for audience participation.

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