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1927 The VINTONS Father and Son Figure Figure Evenings in COLOR and TONE Evenings of Color and Tone IN their Evenings of Color and Tone, the Vintons, father and son, present full programs of pictures and music in unique and delightful combination,—music enough in each program to call it a concert, interpretive comment enough to call it a lecture. Sumner R. Vinton, the father, world-traveler, photographer, and lecturer, well known on the lecture platform for his 'interpretive travelogs,' makes the comments. S. Brainerd Vinton, the son, a rising young pianist and composer, best known for his interpretation of MacDowell, furnishes the music. The themes, as outlined on the opposite page, are handled with a sincerity that makes people think. The pictures have an artistic quality—in both composition and color—that gives delight to all. Each illustrated MacDowell number is an integral part of the program, making as definite a contribution to the treatment of the theme as do the interpretive comments of the senior Vinton. The method of illustration is unique. During the playing of each number, exquisitely colored pictures on the screen illustrate in line and color what the composition expresses through tone. The harmonious blending of the pictures with every mood of the music is as much due to the sympathetic coloring as to the pictures themselves. This is the work of Nellie B. Vinton who has accompanied her husband on many of his photographic tours. The result is a new demonstration of the descriptive power of music. THE VINTONS — FATHER AND SON One picture is worth 10,000 words A Few Press Comments For an hour and a half, or thereabouts, an audience which nearly filled the auditorium, saw slide after slide of the most commonplace things. Trees, mountains and clouds, babbling brooks and lakes, lights and shadows on the hillside, daisies and orchids, fields beneath dazzling sun and fields coated with snow. Pictures, in fact, of the things every person in the audience had seen since childhood. But it is to be doubted if any in the audience ever before had seen these bits of every day frequency in the same light as they were presented last night. Each of them was presented in all its beauty, a beauty seen by all but noted by few. One of the most striking of his collection of slides was one of a portion of a spider's web, covered with dew, under the microscope. It showed nature as a jeweler, stringing beautiful ropes of pearls. The distinguishing thing about the pictures was their marvellous and realistic coloring. No matter what the subject, a landscape, a scene in deep woods, a flower of any kind, all were so well brought out in the coloring that not a detail of the real subject was missed. The first series of pictures were general views of fields, streams and woods, all accompanied by explanatory remarks of the speaker who pointed out in them much beauty which might remain hidden from the untrained eye. At this juncture, S. Brainerd Vinton, the pianist, began MacDowell's To a Water Lily. As he played, there appeared on the screen pictures of the lilies as they must have appeared to the great American composer who transmuted his ENTERTAINING Music can make us see as well as feel feelings on looking at them to music which has since been hailed as some of the world's greatest. In an Old Garden was another MacDowell number to be translated from music to sight. Long a student of MacDowell, S. Brainerd Vinton's interpretation of that American composer's best known compositions was a revelation to those who had not before heard him. To a Wild Rose, played as a succession of slides, synchronized with the score, passed across the screen, was a notable example of tone and color combined into a harmonious whole. To an Old White Pine, By a Meadow Brook, A Deserted Farm, In Mid-ocean, A. D. 1620, and Joy of Autumn, known to all who know MacDowell, were also interpreted and visualized in the same appealing manner. Some Personal Commendations I wish you could hear the complimentary comments on your delightful entertainment. Your son is, indeed, a rarely sympathetic interpreter of MacDowell music. Parent Teacher's Association Committee. As a lecturer, Mr. Vinton is direct in speech, clever in descriptive power, with a poetic touch now and then which brings into play emotions in his audience which remain long after the lecture is concluded. Editorial comment. EDUCATIONAL Pictures and Music: the maximum appeal. We have had many others to speak to us, but the combination of the beautiful MacDowell music, exquisite interpretive pictures and your own inspiring and uplifting talk has never been equalled here. I wish you could hear the girls' enthusiastic comments. … We shall look forward with pleasure to your coming to us again. Private School Principal. I find the enthusiasm universal among those who saw THE BEAUTY OF THE COMMONPLACE. The subject matter of the lecture, the exquisitely colored slides in such glorious profusion, the artistic visualization of MacDowell music by perfectly synchronized pictures, all were well nigh perfect. I have rarely spent so delightful an hour or one so inspiring. A City Pastor. (Six weeks later the Vintons returned with AMERICA THE GLORIOUS: AN APPRECIATION, which by special request is to be repeated.) The pictures—of field, of cloud, of flower—photographs by Mr. S. R. Vinton, exquisitely colored by Mrs. Vinton, the descriptive lecture by Mr. Vinton, the music of MacDowell presented by their son, all united not only to give an impression beautiful in itself but also to stimulate in each hearer and beholder the memories of his own past experience: the colorings of autumnal woods, the glories of lake-mirrored sunsets, the fragrances of old-time gardens. Arthur H. Nason, Ph.D. Business Manager, The Andiron Club, and Professor of English in New York University. INSPIRING Eye-gate and ear-gate alone reach the soul. The Vintons, father and son, have presented one or both of their Evenings of Color and Tone before the following, and other organizations. CLUBS Andiron Club of New York Clergy Club of New York and Neighborhood CHURCHES Park Avenue Baptist, New York City (Rockefeller Bible Class). First Methodist Church, Bridgeport, Conn. SCHOOLS Vail-Deane School, Elizabeth, N. J. The Scudder School for Girls, New York Pingry School, Elizabeth, N. J. Peddie Institute, Hightstown, N. J. HOTELS Lake Mohonk Mountain House The Inn at Buck Hill Falls, Pa. Pocono Manor Chalfonte-Haddon Hall, Atlantic City Lake Placid Club ASSEMBLIES Chautauqua Institute Winona Lake, Ind. Lakeside, O. Among bookings made for the Vintons by the White Entertainment Bureau for the winter of 1927-1928, are many prominent Woman's Clubs, Y. M. C. A.'s, Social Clubs and well-known Lecture Courses. UPLIFTING Outline of Programs America the Glorious: An Appreciation America, glorious for vast territory, varied scenic wonders and inexhaustible natural resources. America, even more glorious in scientific achievement, world service and contribution to the progress of civilization. The treatment of this theme is intensely patriotic and reflects such appreciation of America as comes from residence and travel in the Orient. In this program, Sumner R. Vinton follows the method that has made his 'interpretive Oriental travelogs' popular with all types of audiences. The treatment is topical, impressionistic, interpretive, not geographical. Illustrated MacDowell numbers make an invaluable contribution. A note of true internationalism brings both inspiration and challenge. The Beauty of the Commonplace Nature, beautiful for its mountains, lakes, rivers and woods; beautiful for its flowers and grasses, its insect and bird life; beautiful in the perfection of its texture and composition as revealed by the microscope. The varied beauty of the everyday world in which we all live is disclosed in a wonderful Evening of Color and Tone. Such MacDowell numbers as To a Water Lily, To a Wild Rose, An Old Garden, In Deep Woods and Joy of Autumn, visualized by accurately colored nature pictures, delight everyone. HOME ADDRESS — ROSELLE, N. J. Color is tone made visible Tone is color made audible.
|Title||The Vintons - Father and Son: evenings in color and tone|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||
Vinton, Sumner R.
Vinton, S. Brainerd
|Corporate Name Subject||Vintons - Father and Son|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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