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Mail Tribune 100, April 30, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

April 30, 1921

MEDFORD MUSIC LOVERS THRILLED BY ORCHESTRA

By George Andrews

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra of 75 men, under the direction of Walter Henry Rothwell, appeared at the Page last night and delighted an audience of the representative music lovers of the valley. The Symphony orchestra is one of the musical organizations that has been universally supported throughout the United States. It has been something of a surprise to the European art centers, that a country, so young in musical development as America, should take it upon itself to foster the one form of music that is in the highest degree advanced — namely, the symphony. It is a fact that the United states has more symphony orchestras to her credit than any other nation. This being true, it would seem that we, as a nation, stand in a fair way to become educated in the rarer form of the musical art. Leaving off generalizing and remaking about the matter in question will say, that Los Angeles may well be proud of sending out such a splendid body of musicians under such a master hand as that of Walter Henry Rothwell, who easily ranks as one of our best directors.

Madam Rothwell won her way into the hearts of the audience with her rendition of the ever-loved “un bel di” from “Madam Butterfly.” She possesses a voice of unusual timbre and shows wide experience in professional singing.

At the close of the program the audience refused to move from their seats which fact brought a generous response of several encores, including “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Granger.

Messrs. Hunt and Antle are entitled to the thankful appreciation of Medford music lovers for bringing to our doors this rare treat.

SEELEY HALL TO BE IN CHARGE OF LAKE TRAFFIC

According to announcement just made by Vernon Vawter and Geo. T. Collins who are Medford members of the new Crater Lake Company which has taken over the hotel, transportation and other concessions of the Crater National park from Alfred L. Parkhurst, the hotel capacity will be doubled at Crater Lake this summer by the addition of 75 commodious furnished tents with wooden floors, wooden walls eight feet high, doors, and glass windows with screens. These tents have already been purchased and will be placed in use when the season opens July 1st, being erected on the grounds adjacent to the hotel. The hotel and tents will accommodate about 350 guests.

Messrs. Collins and Vawter also announce that Seeley Hall has been chosen to have charge of the transportation between Medford and Crater Lake, and will give all his time to this important duty during the season. It had been announced that an experienced national park man was to have charge of this concession, but the new company wanted a man in charge whom they personally knew was capable and reliable, hence the selection of Mr. Hall. Medford people know that no better selection could have been made.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com