DuMond Concert Company
DuMond Concert Company featuring Original Musical Play
DuMond Concert Company featuring Original Musical PlayStephen Foster
The feature musical play presented by this company is based upon the life of Stephen Foster, America's immortal composer
DuMond Concert Company
ONE are the days when my heart was young and gay,
sang Stephen Foster, great American composer, nearly eighty years ago; and since that time myriads of people the world over have thrilled to his lovely, plaintive melodies.
Gone are the days of which Stephen Foster sang—those picturesque days
befo' de war
when the spirit of the Old South was in flower. But the memory of such days is treasured as one of the most romantic pages in American history, and it is in this atmosphere of mellow charm that this original musical play,
In the costumes and setting of the ante bellum period, a vivid picture is given of young Stephen Foster, his mother and his home. Foster, who gave to his country such gems of melody as Old Black Joe, Suwanee River, My Old Kentucky Home and scores of other well-known ballads, is realistically portrayed. This is vitally interesting drama, artistically presented and notable for its historical accuracy. And running through the motif like a silver thread are famous Foster songs, exquisitely rendered.
Foster established a genre of melody definitely original and of haunting loveliness. He was primarily a bard of the people; for his simple, beautiful songs touched the popular heart. The strongest American influence felt in the great Dvorak's symphony, From the New World, is that of Stephen Foster; and musicians say that Dvorak's famous Humoresque is built upon the theme of Foster's Suwanee River.
Another part of the DuMond Concert Company's program is devoted to a varied presentation of vocal and instrumental selections. Some of the numbers given are the compositions of Joe DuMond, who heads the company.
Joe DuMond is a well-known concert artist. He has a splendid baritone voice and is the composer of many favorite songs. With him in the company are Irene DuMond, contralto and pianist, and Ferdinand Nelson, tenor.
The DuMonds are a distinctive group of artists presenting their extraordinary program with musicianship, charm and imagination.
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