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  • Abendpost -- December 03, 1934
    Johann Strauss Iii the Guest of Honor at Austrian Charitable Affair

    An old proverb says, "Let a man be noble, helpful, and good". This was actually put into practice yesterday evening at the charitable festival of the Austrians in Schubert House, as Consul General Michael F. Girten remarked in his brief but highly applauded talk toward the end of the official program. The representative of the Austrian Republic, who was accompanied by his staff, sincerely thanked all who had contributed to the success of the festival, whether by taking part in the program, by financial support, or in any way whatever, and then, after announcing that the opera singer, Marie Seritza, was out of town and was unfortunately unable to be present, he introduced the guest of honor, Johann Strauss III, the well-known conductor and composer, who has been in Chicago for a few days.

    Dr. Strauss, who was accompanied by his gracious wife, briefly replied to 2the Consul General's words, and expressed his pleasure at being able to take part in an affair so pleasant as this, which recalled memories of the old homeland. "Today I really began to enjoy my stay in Chicago," he declared.

    At the beginning of the evening Dr. Jack Kobalter, the chairman of the festival, greeted the guests, who filled the great hall, and later even the rooms upstairs, to capacity, and gave expression to the hope that they would spend a few pleasant hours in pleasant company. And the experience of all the visitors was in complete fulfillment of this hope.

    A number of distinguished Chicago artists graciously offered their services for the rich program of entertainment which took place in the great hall. Their performances last night were of the highest quality. To begin with the ladies, especially deserving of mention are Miss Annemarie Certs and Miss Edna Werner, for their singing; and Mrs. Fritzi Rehbach, who again showed 3that she is an artist on the piano. Angelo Lippich, Joseph Lenz, and Franz Schoenfeld, who also served as anncuncer, were in good voice and contributed to the success of the evening with their songs, some of which were Viennese. Directer Otto Randsburger and Mr. Harry Koenigsmann graciously volunteered to act as accompanists, so that success was assured.

    The Steirer Damenchor (Styrian Women's Chorus), under Director N. A. Rehberg, volunteered to take part in this worthy cause. As usual, their selections met with well-deserved praise, and not least the last selection, a group of three songs sung by a mixed chorus. The same can be said of the offerings of the Tyrole Gemischte Chor (Tyrolean Mixed Chorus) under Tony Godetz, the Chicago Zither Club under the direction of Joseph Waldherr, the Schubert House Orchestra under the direction of Emil Friedrich, and the three children, Hedwig and Lillian Rossman and Joseph Laffnitzegger, who gave a Styrian dance for which Ignatz Laffnitzegger played the accompaniment. When it comes to doing something for charity the Schuhplattler-Verein Gamsgebirg (Clog dance Society 4of the Tyrolean Alps) never fails to he on hand, nor did it this time. Naturally, its dapces won great applause.

    Yesterday's affair was successful not only socially, but financially as well. Thanks to the fact that all the performers donated their services, and that the proprietor of Schubert House provided the hall free of charge, and that many others made donations of various sorts, the expenses were relatively small and a considerable amount of money was secured for the relief of poor and needy countrymen this winter.....

    [Translator's note: the article concludes with the names of committee members in charge of the entertainment.]

    An old proverb says, "Let a man be noble, helpful, and good". This was actually put into practice yesterday evening at the charitable festival of the Austrians in Schubert House, ...

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  • Abendpost -- December 07, 1934
    First Bad Boys' Ball a Success

    The first Bad Boys' radio ball, arranged by the German announcer of station W C F L, Karl Berg, and W G E S announcer Walter Lampel, which recently took place at the Germania Club, was a success in every way. The great dance orchestra opened the ball at 8:30 P. M. There were a number of artistic presentations during the evening; these had the full approval of the guests. These special features were begun by Madame Etta Hintermeister, singing (with a good voice) a waltz song from the "Walzertraum". She was followed by two members of the Chicago Civic Opera, Giuseppe Cavadore and Madame Hazel Sandborn, who won enthusiastic applause with their songs. Humorous sketches by the Saxon comic artist, Georg Klinking and dancing performances by the Schuhplattler Organization "Gamsgebirg," added to the variety of the program.

    The guest of honor of the evening, Consul General Dr. Rolf Jalger, addressed a few congratulating words to the two directors of the German broadcasts.

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    The guests enjoyed dancing until a late hour.

    The first Bad Boys' radio ball, arranged by the German announcer of station W C F L, Karl Berg, and W G E S announcer Walter Lampel, which recently took ...

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  • Abendpost -- June 10, 1935
    Friends of New Germany Hold Successful Entertainment

    The association of the Friends of New Germany held a "German national evening, " Saturday, at the Lake Shore Athletic Club; the event was attended by many visitors. Its tasteful musical and artistic program did full justice to the purpose of the evening.

    The orchestra of the association, under the leadership of conductor Ernst Hennecke, handled the musical part of the program splendidly, proving that it was quite capable of meeting the requirements of the occasion. Conductor Hennecke has, in his orchestra, a thoroughly disciplined body of musicians..... Owing to the small size of the orchestra, only such works were selected as are suitable to small orchestral units--works bordering on chamber music. The orchestral part of the program consisted of the most beautiful pearls of German musical literature--works by Lortzing, Beethoven, Wagner, Mozart, Liszt, Schubert, and Von Weber as well as jolly marches to accompany the entrance 2of the flags and association guards.

    The soprano soloist, Frau Ellen Wilson Meibes, who comes from the school of the Duesseldorf municipal theater, sang the aria "Dich, tenre Halle" from Wagner's opera "Tannhaeuser" and, in the latter part of the evening, sang the aria "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer" from Weber's "Freischuetz". She gave the two numbers with artistic expression and fine musical feeling. The pianist Otto Munke, a musician of extraordinary ability, substituted for the piano virtuoso Erwin Goerlitz in the solo part of the "Polonaise No. 2, for Piano and Orchestra," by Liszt. Both he and the orchestra were enthusiastically applauded.

    The ladies of the association performed a charming "solstice dance," patterned after old German models. This was very well received, as were the group dances of the dancing master and his school.

    The local group leader, Tony Miller, and the district leader of the association, F. Gissibl, pointed out, in their addresses, that the large attendance justified 3the idea that, in the future, more attention must be devoted to fostering German music.

    The concert was followed by a ball, which held the visitors together for many hours longer.

    The association of the Friends of New Germany held a "German national evening, " Saturday, at the Lake Shore Athletic Club; the event was attended by many visitors. Its tasteful ...

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