Reprinted from yesterdays late editons.
Gustav Mahler, a creative genius of the largest vision felt that the symphony should reflect the entire universe. He wrote 11 works in th form in his pursuit of that vision.
Monday, the largest of them all, the Eighth Symphony, was given in St. Matthew's Cathedral. The performance was under the auspices of the Archdiocesan Institute for the Arts, and eminently laudable activity much needed in the Washington diocese. Robert Ricks, conductor of the Catholic University Orchestra, conducted that group, which was joined by the university's chorus, some of its alumni, choruses from two other colleges and four area choirs and the boys from the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, impeccably trained by Theodore Marier.
The requisite eight soloists were Dorothy Krikorian, Nita Fetzer, Mary Frances Garcia, Adelle Nicholson, Marianna Busching, Andre Montal, Jerome Barry and Robert Hubbard.
The Mahler was preceded by an impressive concert by the university's brass and trombone choirs directed by John Marcellus.
The apocalypse that Mahler painted into his immense canvas is difficult to achieve under any circumstances. Only the greatest of conductors in charge of the world's finest orchestras, choruses and soloists can hope to come near it. With the best will in the world, it cannot be said that Monday's forces had the requisite resources to overcome the musics ceaseless, taxing demands and make of it what it can be. Some of those involved came very near to superb results. Others were out of class. It was, in its way, a nice try.