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Figure HOWARD WADE KIMSEY SOLOIST BASSO CONDUCTOR OF SINGING FOREWORD MR. KIMSEY announces his eighth professional season, as his first concert work began in May nineteen-six. His voice was first brought out by the late Dean, Frederick Howard of the Drake University Conservatory of Music, Des Moines, Iowa. In September nineteen-eleven, after several years work with the Robley Quartet, the Szirkosky Entertainment Company, and as a prelude-recital chautauqua soloist, he re-entered the Drake Conservatory, studying under the present Dean, Holmes Cowper, who is generally recognized as the best authority on singing and voice culture in the Middle West. Mr. Kimsey was bass soloist at the University Church of Christ, the largest Protestant church in Iowa, during the entire time he studied under Holmes Cowper. He was a member of the Drake Glee Club, and Handel Choir, and was chosen as second bass in the Howard Hall Male Quartet, every year he attended Drake. His voice is a big melodious bass of great volume and power, yet smooth and musical, and his enunciation is unusually good. He is also an experienced chorister. MR. KIMSEY IS A GIFTED AND ACCOMPLISHED STORY TELLER PRESIDENT H. E. STOUT, Howard Payne College, Fayette, Mo., says: We remember with pleasure Mr. Kimsey's singing in Fayette, and could almost envy him his rich bass voice. COL. JOHN SOBIESKI, the Polish Prince, Los Angeles, Cal., says: It was my good Pleasure to be associated on the Lyceum circuit for more than three months with Howard W. Kimsey, and the press and the people everywhere speak of him without exception, in the highest terms. There can be no question about the splendid career that is before this young man; coupled with his great gift of voice, and his pleasing personality, and excellent life and character, his success is assured. A. Q. CARTER, Cashier, Bank of Dexter, Dexter, Mo, says: Mr. Kimsey's singing is still talked of by our people, everyone thinking his voice among the best ever heard here, equalling that of Chas. Edward Clarke, the Castle Square Opera singer, who was heard here last year. PRESIDENT HILL M. BELL, of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, says: I am well acquainted with Mr. Howard Wade Kimsey, Basso, and have heard him sing. I am sure that he has unusual talent, and is most successful in concert and other musical programs. I most heartily commend him to any one interested. DEAN HOLMES COWPER, of the Drake University Conservatory of Music, Des Moines, Iowa, says: Howard Wade Kimsey was a pupil of mine for nearly one and a half years. I found him a very conscientious student, and he is the possessor of an unusually good bass voice, which he uses with intelligence. Mr. Kimsey's voice was much appreciated in his work as bass soloist at the University Church of Christ. CHARLES S. MEDBURY, Pastor, University Church of Christ, says: Howard W. Kimsey is well known to us here in Des Moines through his associations both with the university life and our own congregation's activities. For quite a time he was one of our University Church quartet, and the leader of our music in the Sunday School. Mr. Kimsey has an excellent voice and I am glad to commend him. PRESS MOBERLY (Mo.) MONITOR—'10 SAENEGRFEST, JOHANNES GOETZE, CONDUCTOR: Howard Wade Kimsey, in his splendid rendition of 'The Outpost,' (Pinsuti), represented the English in the International program, and right well did he perform his task. The selection is a difficult one to execute, but Mr. Kimsey's rich bass was equal to the occasion. He sang with spirit and fine expression, registering both higher and lower tones with apparent ease. In response to an encore, he sang 'Little Boy Blue' with much pathos and tenderness of expression. EUGENE (Ore.) GUARD: In Mr. Kimsey's voice, we find the unusual combination of power and sweetness, careful training, and back of that, a very careful, painstaking interpretation of his songs. RICHMOND (Ind.) PALLADIUM. Howard Wade Kimsey, the young basso, who sang the offertory at the First Methodist church Sunday morning, and another selection in the evening, has an unusually good voice, and pleased his listeners. KEOKUK (Ia.) GATE CITY: After the banquet, Mr. Kimsey was introduced and favored the club with a solo. He sang 'Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep,' and his beautiful interpretation of this old favorite held his auditors enraptured until its close. He responded again and again to encores, and the only regret of those present was that because of lack of time he could only sing a few numbers. Mr. Kimsey is endowed with a marvelous voice, which has been well trained, and it is a rare treat to hear him. AURORA (Mo.) ARGUS: Encore after encore showed the appreciation of the audience. Mr. Kimsey can easily hold an audience for a full evening as a soloist alone. His 'Mountain King' is wonderful. BOULDER (Colo.) HERALD: Howard Wade Kimsey's voice thrilled the vast audience. DES MOINES (Iowa) REGISTER AND LEADER (4-9'12): Mr. Kimsey, the bass soloist, at the University Church of Christ, will spend the summer in concert work. For several seasons he has toured the country with marked success. He is now taking special work in the Drake University Conservatory of Music. CENTERVILLE (Ia.) IOWEGIAN: Mr. Kimsey delighted all with his wonderfully rich bass. TELLURIDE (Colo.) JOURNAL: Howard Wade Kimsey sang a beautiful bass solo, 'Sleep, My Babykin.' KIRKSVILLE (Mo.) EXPRESS: Mr. Kimsey had full control of his voice. His big, rich, well trained voice had no difficulty in filling the large auditorium. That he was popular with his hearers was shown by their continual encores. PETALUMA (Cal.) ARGUS: Mr. Howard Wade Kimsey sang 'Sleep, My Babykin,' and his voice is especially attractive. It is a beautiful, flexible and deep bass, that shows excellent training. PONCA CITY (Okla.) COURIER: Mr. Kimsep sang himself into the hearts of all present, and the chorus responded nobly. He is recognized as one of the best bass soloists in the West, and as a conductor of singing he presents many original methods. Ambitious singers will enjoy working with him and will profit through his able guidance and direction. BRADSHAW (Neb.) REPUBLICAN: Wickersham's lecture was preceded by two solos. Howard Wade Kimsey sang, 'The Mountain King, which so pleased the audience that it brought forth a hearty encore. The second solo, 'Little Boy Blue,' was even more pleasing, and his rich, deep voice and clear enunciation won him an enviable place in the hearts of all the music lovers. CHICO (Cal.) ENTERPRISE: Mr. Kimsey, the basso, sang Phillip's 'Mountain King' with great power. HUMESTON (Ia.) NEW ERA: Mr. Kimsey, the bass, was superb; rich, deep, true and musical in every note. BEVIER (Mo.) APPEAL: Howard Wade Kimsey's recital was well patronized, and was an undoubted success. He sang fourteen songs, well adapted to his voice, giving a pleasing variety of style. His voice is a bass of large range, under perfect control, and he renders his songs with an expression that shows his thorough knowledge of his art. OROVILLE (Cal.) REGISTER: Mr. Kimsey has a truly remarkable volume and depth of voice. PADUCAH (Ky.) NEWS-DEMOCRAT: Mr. Kimsey's voice is of rare quality, its deepest note possessing a brilliancy that is beyond criticism. His technic is unusually good, and he is a true 'Basso.' EUGENE (Ore.) REGISTER: Mr. Kimsey did such excellent work in the Robley Quartet that he was greeted with applause when his solo, 'The Mountain King,' was announced, for his excellent interpretation had been anticipated. He responded to the encore with Neidlinger's 'On The Shore,' giving a beautiful example of 'basso profundo.' PADUCAH, (Ky.) EVENING SUN —In the numerous press and personal notices received by Mr. Kimsey, the adjectives rich and deep probably occur more times than in the recommendations of any bassa before the American public today. FORT WAYNE (Ind.) SENTINEL: Mr. Kimsey's voice is a bass of remarkable richness and his solos delighted the audience. MOBERLY (Mo.) DEMOCRAT—'10 SAENGERFEST, JOHANNES GOETZE, CONDUCTOR: Howard Wade Kimsey, the young basso, who is winning so much renown, was at his best, and friends and strangers alike were delighted with his two solos. Having formerly resided here, Moberly people take great pride in Mr. Kimsey's progress and are glad to number him among the city's talented entertainers. QUENEMO (Kan.) NEWS: Mr. Kimsey is the best bass singer ever heard in Quenemo. He has a rich, full voice and a range from 'low C to E above middle C.' MAQUOKETA (Ia.) EXCELSIOR: Friday's Chautauqua program was especially interesting. Howard Wade Kimsey delighted all with his marvelous voice. He has few peers as a bass soloist. CLARINDA (Ia.) HERALD: Mr. Kimsey is a fine singer, and rendered a beautiful solo. ROBERT ARTHUR ELWOOD, Past Chaplain-in-Chief Spanish-American War Veterans, the Board-Walk Preacher of Atlantic City, in an address (after a solo by Mr. Kimsey) before the Keokuk, Iowa, High School, said—Old Chief Keokuk and his braves used to roam over the hills where this city now stands. If Kimsey had happened along in those days, and the Indians had captured him, and had commanded him to sing, while they sat around the fire in a circle; when he finished, the Chief's comment would have been, 'Ugh, Heap little big noise!' NEOSHO (Mo.) DEMOCRAT: Mr. Kimsey's singing is considered by many as the best ever heard in Neosho. BURLINGTON (Ia.) HAWKEYE: Mr. Kimsey is a vocal artist that wears his laurels with manly grace. MACON (Mo.) REPUBLICAN: Mr. Kimsey, in Thursday evening's recital, fully sustained his well deserved reputation, and his excellent selections were made still better by the full, rich tones of his voice. OKMULGEE (Okla.) HERALD: Mr. Kimsey's solos were exceptionally fine. HIAWATHA (Kan.) WORLD-HERALD: Mr. Kimsey is a singer of unusual ability. His voice is of the deep bass quality, very powerful, and well trained. Hiawatha has not had the privilege in many a day of hearing his equal. He is thoroughly in love with his music, and undoubtedly has a great future. MARSHALL (Mo.) DEMOCRAT-NEWS: Mr. Kimsey has a fine voice and knows how to use it. HOLTON (Kan.) RECORDER: He sang himself into the hearts and good graces of all. His voice is a splendid bass. LOVELAND (Colo.) REPORTER: Loveland enjoyed a rare musical treat in Howard Wade Kimsey's recital. Mr. Kimsey is the possessor of one of the finest bass voices in this country, and is a thorough musician, and showed a perfect vocal control only gained by long and careful study. He was able to give all the power and volume needed in such selections as 'The Light-House Bell' and 'On the Shore,' with apparent ease, and then to charm the audience by the soft, sweet tones of 'Little Boy Blue' and 'Necklace of Love,' showing what variations of effect can be produced by a splendid voice, well trained and controlled. FORT WAYNE (Ind.) JOURNAL-GAZETTE: His voice is of extraordinary richness and compass. LIBERAL (Mo.) ENTERPRISE: Mr. Kimsey is by far the finest bass ever heard in Liberal, and his rendition of 'Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep,' in fact all his songs are grand, and he sings with feeling and expression. CORDER (Mo.) JOURNAL: He has the lowest bass ever heard in Corder. ALLERTON (Ia.) NEWS: One of the best bass soloists ever heard in Allerton. TRENTON (Mo.) REPUBLICAN: Mr. Kimsey possesses a voice rich and deep and handles it like a true artist. TRINIDAD (Colo.) PRESS: A voice of depth and power. FAYETTE (Mo.) DEMOCRAT-LEADER: Howard Wade Kimsey delighted the audience. He has a remarkably rich and deep bass voice. DEXTER (Mo.) MESSENGER: The strong feature of the Szirkosky program was the singing of Howard Wade Kimsey. His low voice and the sweet tone quality of it are wonderful. One of his encores, 'On the Shore' (Neidlinger), received especial praise. Mr. Kimsey's Permanent Address is Lathrop, Missouri.
|Title||Howard Wade Kimsey: soloist, basso, conductor of singing|
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|Personal Name Subject||Kimsey, Howard Wade|
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