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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 14, 1916


The second concert of the Medford Choral society is scheduled for November 28 at the Page theater. The finishing touches on the program are now being added at the rehearsals held each Tuesday evening.

The Medford Choral society started in a very modest way with only a few signers, in the home of George Andrews less than a year ago. Its first concert in the Page theater is remembered as something in the nature of a surprise and it more than made good. The chorus now numbers over 100 voices, representing the best vocal talent in the southern part of Oregon.

The musical library of the society is considered worth approximately $500, and includes complete orchestrations of Gounod's "Mass St. Cecelio" and Rossini's "Stabat Mater," as well as complete orchestrations of many chrouses from the best musical works of the grand masters. The orchestrations of "Stabat Mater" were presented to Ed and George Andrews many years ago by an eminent Italian Catholic priest, and have, by them, been presented to the society's library. These orchestrations alone represent a value not less than $250 and for their intrinsic worth as well as for their pleasnt associations, are appreciated by the society.

The concert to be given on the 28th will be the musical event of the pre-Christmas season and all lovers of the best in music should set that evening aside for enjoyment of this event. The program will consisted of Rossini's "Stabat Mater" and selections from Wagner's "Tannhauser" and "Lohengrin," and from Gounod's "Faust," with vocal and instrumental numbers of merit. A full orchestra will accompany the chorus and the event should be specially interesting as showing the advance made from the modest but highly successful concert of a few months ago. In this further effort of the Choral society is shown the society fidelity to its main object, that of the cultivation of the best in music with a vew to making the Rogue River valley as famous for musical development as is Portland for its roses and Pendleton for its round-up.