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Figure Special Return Whistling Concert by Margaret McKee Queen of Whistlers Assisting Artists: MISS CATHERINE LENNOX Accompanist and Pianist LEAH McKEE Reader California's Little Favorite Ventura County Chautauqua Assembly VENTURA, CALIF. Saturday Evening, August 12 1916 Program Piano— Polonaise in C sharp Minor Chopin MISS CATHERINE LENNOX READING — (a) So Was I Jos. Smiley (b) A Place for Boys J. A. Foley MISS LEAH MCKEE WHISTLING — Dream of Paradise Gray MARGARET MCKEE Queen of Whistlers Piano Accompaniste, Miss Lennox PIANO — La Gazelle Th. Kullak CATHERINE LENNOX WHISTLING — ( a ) Musetta's Valse Song (from The Bohemian ) Puccini Margaret's interpretation of this well-known selection has won her high praise from the severest musical critics. (b) Charm of Spring Robt. Clark MARGARET MCKEE Program Piano— Caprice—Alceste Bluck - Saint-Saens CATHARINE LENNOX READING — (a) When Pa's Sick Riley (b) The Canary at the Farm J. Whitcomb Riley MISS LEAH MCKEE WHISTLING — Sextette (from Lucia del Lammermoor ) G. Donizetti (a) A more impressive selection has never before been adapted to the beautiful and rare art of whistling. All the great depth of spirit and musical genius is shown in this composition. Every note and inflection, interpreting the motif of this immortal composer is faithfully shown. *( b ) The Mocking Bird (by request) Winner (With Bird Notes and Variations) (b) The great master composer in this piece portrays in a musical sense the springtime warblings and rapturous notes of this familiar songster of the Southland. Margaret's exquisite interpretation of the composer's ideals, combined with her artistic bird-note interpolation, makes this piece stand among the highest in her extensive repertoire of classical, operatic and popular solos. This is the selection that gained her the title of Queen of Whistlers from the world-renowned Sarah Bernhardt. MARGARET MCKEE The Artists. MARGARET McKEE, Queen of Whistlers, considered by the greatest musical artists of the day to be the finest whistling soloist in America, the same opinion being held by the biggest concert managers of the country. The world-famous Sarah Bernhardt, with whom she appeared in a program, after hearing her wonderful rendition of the Mocking Bird, pronounced her the Queen of Whistlers. Mme. Ellen Beach Yaw, the famous lyric soprano, declared her to be a veritable bird, when she observed her work in the same program with her. Ernest Gamble, noted basso, who heard her unique work at Chautauqua, N. Y., commented thus: I am amazed and delighted with Miss McKee's marvelous performance. It is more than whistling and a new word should be coined for her work, done with such finish and artistry. Frederick W. Root, Chicago, America's greatest musical editor and critic, after hearing a number of most difficult solos whistled by Margaret voluntarily gave a written testimonial thus: Margaret McKee's whistling is a remarkable combination of technical ability, musical talent and good taste. Her recent engagement at Panama-Pacific Interational[sicInternational] Exposition on December 4th, in Festival Hall. Closing Day program, won many laurels for her from the greatest critics and largest audiences on the Fair groudns[sicgrounds] (over 10,000 present). Chas. C. Moore, President, wrote of her as follows: Your beautiful whistling was enjoyed by the thousands who filled the hall on this momentous occasion, and will long be remembered by those fortunate enough to be present. United States Senator James D. Phelan also wrote: Your bird-like expression is as natural as art can make it. I would not call it whistling—rather songs without words. Over 500,000 people have heard her beautiful solos and their interest in the new, but old, art of whistling seems unabated. The last Sunday Afternoon Sacred Whistling Concert, given in the immense Trinity Auditorium, Los Angeles, recently, after seating over 32,00 people, turned away over 1000 who were unable to gain admission. Mr. Eric Collin, another great musical writer and critic, writes: What Paderewskl has done for the piano—what Kubelik has done for the violin—what Patti has done for the voice—that has Margaret McKee done for the human whistle. And as high as Paderewski has risen above the average pianist—and as high as Kubelik has risen above the average violinist—and as high as Patti has risen above the average singer—so high has Margaret McKee risen above the average whistler. Her art is on a par with the art of all great artists, and is above the art of some great artists. MISS CATHERINE LENNOX is a native daughter and a rising young star in the musical world. Her playing demonstrates that she has a clean technique, sure and swift, and an equally certain grasp of the composer's intent. Her work as accompanist for Miss McKee, also her solo performances, have won highest praise from all parts of the State. LEAH McKEE. Reader and Impersonator. California's Little Favorite, has pleased many thousands by her interpretations of the famous authors dealing with Juvenile subjects. She is the artist to whom the musicians look for the happy smiles and ginger on a program of entire musical numbers. A program to be a success must be well-balanced. Under Management of Wm. Edgar McKee Los Angeles, Cal.
|Title||Whistling concert: Margaret McKee|
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|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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