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Rev. Father P. J. MacCorry DRAMATIC ORATOR figure Rev. Fr. MacCorry Announcement T HE REV. FR. MacCORRY, the eminent missionary and lecturer of New York, needs no words of introduction to the American public. His work has been before our Catholic and non-Catholic population for many years and speaks trumpet-tongued for itself. His reputation is easily national, his surpassing eloquence having crowded to overflowing the largest church edifices and auditoriums across the country. The Story Beautiful is unquestionably the highest reach of both his artistic and oratorical ability, and has been produced at times on consecutive nights throughout an entire week in the same auditoriums to ever-increasing audiences—a fact, we think, somewhat unique on the lecture platform today—and which speaks more eloquently than any words of ours of the intrinsic merits of both the man and his work. Father MacCorry is a most gifted orator. His regular lectures, without illustrations, are great popular orations filled with vital truths. His splendid voice and dramatic delivery adds to their interest and power. His native wit sparkles throughout his lectures with delightful effect. His scholastic training, his wide travel and observation, and several years' experience before mixed audiences of all creeds and conditions, qualify him in an unusual degree for the Lyceum Platform, where he has been pre-eminently successful. Father MacCorry is one of the GREAT POPULAR LYCEUM ORATORS of the generation. Lecture Subjects The Kingship of Man Making for individuality and initiative—for light, for liberty and independence. The National Music of Ireland A lecture on the loves, the hopes and the destiny of the Island of Saints and Scholars. Intemperance, Our National Calamity An appeal and a warning. A Ramble in the Realms of Childhood (With or Without Illumination) A plea for the better care, training and education of the children of the Republic. The Story Beautiful (Illuminated) A little journey in the earthly foot prints of the meek and lowly Nazarene. Illuminated by one hundred fac-simile reproductions of the world greatest modern religious paintings. The Story Beautiful Rev. Fr. MacCorry An Art-Musical-Lecture Recital on the Life and Labors of the meek and lowly Nazarene A BIG STORY told in a big, broad way, illuminated by reproduction in fac-simile colors of the world's greatest modern paintings. The paintings illuminating this lecture—more than one hundred in number—are nearly all copyrighted and for the most part unknown in this country, and were colored expressly for The Story Beautiful by Mr. Joseph Hawkes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The pictures are copied in replica directly from the original canvas as they hang to-day in the great art galleries of America and Europe. They are unquestionably among the finest and most artistic specimens of coloring ever attempted on this side of the water. Accompanied by an elaborate classical setting of vocal and instrumental music. The ensemble—an earnest effort to assemble in a single evening the best things that art, music and literature have produced on the Life and Labors of our Saviour. A Sample Musical Setting HALLELUJAH CHORUS—(Messiah) Handel FEAR NOT, O ISRAEL—(Jeremiah VI) Quartet Max Spicker op. 50 PRAISE YE—(Attila) Vocal Trio G. Verdi NOEL—O HOLY NIGHT—Solo-Quartet (Sung at Scene of the Nativity) Adolphe Adam LES RAMEAUX—Solo-Quartet (Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem) Faure MARCHE FUNEBRE—Instrumental (The Carrying to the Tomb) Chopin REGINA COELI—Chorus (Scene of the Resurrection) Stearns RECESSIONAL—(Praise Ye the Father) Chorus (March Pontificale) Gounod The musical setting of The Story Beautiful is supplied by local talent. The program may be simplified or omitted entirely as occasion demands. Naturally, however, its rendition lends largely to the general effect. Press Comments and Personal Estimate NEW YORK SUN Altho the house is in utter darkness the speaker stands in a halo of soft light, his every gesture and facial expression being visible to the audience. It is quite unlike anything we have seen before upon the subject and brings the life and times of the Messiah up thro the dim azure of the ages until one thinks it must all have happened a few yesterdays ago. SAN FRANCISCO (Cal.) CALL The lecturer touched the fountain-heads of Art, Music and Literature with his magic wand, and they yielded up the grandest and most precious and the best. His word-painting vied in brilliancy and in some instances won the mastery over the exquisite coloring of the paintings projected on the massive screen. ANACONDA (Mont.) STANDARD His scathing denunciation of the injustice of the world at the scene of the woman taken in sin—the injustice which stones an erring woman but condones a more sinful man—was like a livid stream of lava, consuming and irresistible in its fiery force. SCRANTON (Pa.) REPUBLICAN The receipts of The Story Beautiful last night for the benefit of the Good Sisters were two thousand three hundred dollars. What greater words of commendation could be said for the intrinsic merits of the recital or Scranton's appreciation of Fr. MacCorry's surpassing work? CHICAGO RECORD-HERALD The speaker's complete mastery of that tremendous audience was marvelous. From the sobs of men and women that shook the entire auditorium at the description of Hoffman's Virgin in the Tomb to the thrill and ecstasy of the Resurrection, was but five minutes at most but the transformation was absolute, and smiles of triumph played across the audience thro tear-wet faces. THE STORY BEAUTIFUL Last summer Father MacCorry delivered The Story Beautiful (an Art-Musical Lecture Recital on the Life of Christ) for sixty-six consecutive nights under the management of The Redpath-Vawter Chautauqua System. Mr. Keith Vawter, the manager, says that nothing has been done along the same line on the Lyceum platform, or elsewhere, to approach its merit. This summer the same recital was rendered on the still larger circuit of the Western Redpath Chautauqua System, Mr. Chas. F. Horner, manager. Here is Mr. Horner's estimate: Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 12, 1911. Father P. J. MacCorry, in his illustrated lecture, The Story Beautiful, has, in my opinion, the most remarkable production of the kind that the lecture platform affords. The mechanical effects are perfect, the pictures artistic triumphs, the lecture itself a literary masterpiece, and the lecturer one of the most powerful and magnetic men on the platform. Father MacCorry brings to the Lyceum and Chautauqua the highest type of culture and a great dramatic ability. I believe that although the mechanical perfection and the wonderful pictures of The Story Beautiful are remarkable, indeed, yet without the assistance of these Father MacCorry is still one of the most masterful orators of the present age. CHAS. F. HORNER.
|Title||Rev. Father P.J. MacCorry: dramatic orator|
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|Personal Name Subject||MacCorry, P. J.|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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