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Selected Reviews, 1944-45

The Library of Congress has digitized a representative cross section of press responses to the premiere of Appalachian Spring in Washington, DC, on October 30, 1944; to the performances in 1944–45 during Graham’s tour with the work; and to the New York premiere on May 14, 1945.

Announcements of the Washington Premiere after the Distribution of the Press Release

“Coolidge Foundation’s Annual Series Listed.”
New York Herald Tribune, October 8, 1944

[Untitled Announcement]
New York Times, October 8, 1944

[Untitled Announcement]
New York Herald Tribune, October 8, 1944

“Dance Notebook.”
Christian Science Monitor, October 13, 1944

John Martin, [untitled announcement].
New York Times, October 22, 1944

Glenn Dillard Gunn, “Chamber Festival Oct 28–30.”
Washington Times-Herald, October 22, 1944

[Untitled Announcement]
Chicago Tribune, October 26, 1944

“Graham Program To Be Repeated.”
Washington Star, October 26, 1944

“Music Events.”
Washington, DC News, Oct 28, 1944

Oscar Thompson, “New American Ballets: Dance Scores for the Library of Congress and the International Theater.”
New York Sun, October 28, 1944

John Martin, [untitled announcement].
New York Times, October 29, 1944

“Music Fete Honors Elizabeth Coolidge.”
New York Times, October 30, 1944

“Mrs. Coolidge, Music Patron, Honored at 80.”
New York Herald Tribune, October 31, 1944


Press Responses to the Premiere, Washington, DC, October 30, 1944

Program for the Tenth Festival of Chamber Music, October 30, 1944

“President Honors Mrs. Coolidge.”
New York Times, October 30, 1944

Patricia Simmons, “Graham Group Dances Trio of New Works.”
Washington Star, October 31, 1944

John Martin, “Graham Dances in Festival Finale.”
New York Times, November 1, 1944

John Martin, “Washington Festival.”
New York Times, November 5, 1944

Robert Sabin, “Dance at the Coolidge Festival.”
Dance Observer 11, no. 10 (December 1944): 120–21.


Programs and Press Responses to Appalachian Spring during Graham’s East Coast Tour, 1945

Washington, DC, Constitution Hall, January 23, 1945

Patricia Simmons, “Second Concert of Season for Graham Group.”
Washington Star, January 24, 1945

Glenn Dillard Gunn, “Graham Dancers Offer Stimulating Program.”
Washington Times-Herald, January 24, 1945

Betsy Winter, “‘La’ Graham Appeal is to the ‘Artiste.’”
Washington News, January 24, 1945

Vassar College, January 24, 1945

Boston, Jordan Hall, January 26 and 27, 1945

M.L. [Margaret Lloyd], “Dance Preview New Works Promised By Miss Graham.”
Christian Science Monitor, January 16, 1945

[photograph with caption]
Christian Science Monitor, January 16, 1945

“May O’Donnell” [photograph with caption]
Christian Science Monitor, January 23, 1945

“Martha Graham Recital” [Announcement]
Christian Science Monitor, January 27, 1945

Elliott Norton, “Martha Graham.”
Boston Post, January 27, 1945

K.S. Bartlett, “The Dance.”
Boston Globe, January 27, 1945

Edythe Gilfond, “The Dance.”
Boston Herald, January 27, 1945

P.W., “The Dance.”
Boston Globe, January 28, 1945

Margaret Lloyd, “Return of Martha Graham: Large Audiences Acclaim Dancer in Two Appearances.”
Christian Science Monitor, January 29, 1945

“Music Critic Lured.”
Christian Science Monitor, February 2, 1945

Margaret Lloyd, “Poetic Imagery in Movement.”
Christian Science Monitor, February 10, 1945

Rochester, NY, Eastman Theatre, January 29, 1945

A.J. Warner, “Graham Dancers Applauded.”
Rochester Times-Union, January 30, 1945

Norman Nairn, “Graham Dancers Prove Puzzle at Eastman.”
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, January 30, 1945

Elizabeth Stiles, “Letters: For Modern Dance.”
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, February 1, 1945

Betty Anne Percy, “Letters: Enough for a While.”
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, February 2, 1945

Fawn M. Scheffel, “Letter: Some Art, Some Not”
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, February 4, 1945

Hilda Altschule Coates, “Letter: Cold to New Art?”
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, February 6, 1945


Program and Press Responses to Appalachian Spring during Graham’s New York Season, National Theatre, May 14–19, 1945

Program Book

Programs:

May 14: Salem Shore, Appalachian Spring, Deaths and Entrances

May 15: Salem Shore, Herodiade, Letter to the World

May 16: John Brown, Appalachian Spring, Every Soul is a Circus

May 17: Mysterious Adventure, Herodiade, Letter to the World

May 18: John Brown, Appalachian Spring, Deaths and Entrances

May 19: Mysterious Adventure, Appalachian Spring, Every Soul is a Circus

May 20–21: Appalachian Spring, Herodiade, Letter to the World

Edwin Denby, “The Dance: Appalachian Spring.”
New York Herald Tribune, May 15, 1945

John Martin, “Graham Dancers Open at National.”
New York Times, May 15, 1945

“Martha Graham and Dancers Open Week’s Stay at National”
Brooklyn Citizen, May 15, 1945

Louis Biancolli, “The Dance: Copland-Graham Ballet Blends Best of Two Arts.”
New York World Telegram, May 15, 1945

Robert Wahls, “Martha Graham Slays Em with Appalachian Spring.”
New York Daily News, May 15, 1945

Oscar Thompson, “Graham Presents Copland’s Ballet.”
New York Sun, May 15, 1945.

Miles Kastendieck, “Martha Graham Introduces Appalachian Spring in Opening at the National.”
Brooklyn Eagle, May 15, 1945

Harriet Johnson, “Words and Music: Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ Danced by Graham’s Company.”
New York Post, May 15, 1945

Robert A. Hague, “Graham Dances Pioneer Spring.”
New York PM, May 15, 1945

Robert Coleman, “Graham Dancers at the National.”
New York Daily Mirror, May 15, 1945

Robert Garland, “Graham Troupe Dances at National.”
New York Journal American, May 15, 1945

“Ballets Presesentados por Martha Graham.”
La Prensa, May 16, 1945

Horace Grenell, “Copland’s Appalachian Spring Danced by Martha Graham.”
New York Daily Worker, May 19, 1945

Virgil Thomson, “Two Ballets.”
New York Herald Tribune, May 20, 1945

Edwin Denby, “Martha Graham Notes.”
New York Herald Tribune, May 20, 1945

Robert A. Simon, “Musical Events: Returns of the Season.”
The New Yorker, May 26, 1945

John Martin, “The Dance.”
New York Times, June 3, 1945

“Moderns in Review.”
Dance, June 1945

Robert Sabin, “Martha Graham Introduces New Scores by Copland and Hindemith to New York.”
Musical Courier, June 1945

Robert Sabin, “Martha Graham and Dance Company.”
Dance Observer, June-July 1945



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