Tuesday, July 16, 2019

On This Day - "The Twain Shall Meet"

On this day in 1944, exactly seventy-five years ago, readers of the major Milwaukee dailies picked up their newspapers to read some coverage of the Milwaukee Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Ball League.

Which itself wouldn't have been unusual, except for the location of the coverage. The Chicks were being mentioned not in the sports pages, but rather the arts sections.

The afternoon Milwaukee Journal had the most prominent coverage. Nestled in between articles on an upcoming New York Center concert and the Nazis stealing a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, we have this piece on Philip K. Wrigley's latest idea to promote his baseball league; a double-header featuring a Chicks game and classical music concert.

Orchestra Music, Ball Games Will Be Combined This Week

SOMETHING out of the ordinary in music will be offered here this week when the Milwaukee symphony orchestra, under Dr. Julius Ehrlich, begins a series of four "pop" concerts at Borchert baseball field, in connection with the ball games of the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League.

The idea is that of Philip K. Wrigley, the chewing gum and sports leader, who is promoting the girls' ball teams.

The orchestra will play on a stand near second base, and a large acoustical shell will amplify the music.

On Wednesday at 7:30p. m. the orchestra will play "The Star Spangled Banner," the "Blue Danube" waltz, Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea," Weber's "Oberon" overture, the first movement of Schubert's "Unfinished" symphony, Grieg's "Heart Wounds" and "The Last Spring" and Ravel's popular "Pavanne for a Dead Princess."

Thursday at 7:30 p. m. the music will include the wedding march from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the "Fledermaus" overture, Liszt's "Preludes," Waldteufel's "Espana" waltz and Beethoven's "Congratulations" minuet.

At 7:30 p. m. Friday the musicians will play the "Night in Venice" overture of Strauss, Lanner's "Court Ball" dances, Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" fantasy and the "Stars and Stripes Forever" of Souza.

The final program will be held next Sunday afternoon, July 23, between games of a double-header.

The following morning, readers of Milwaukee Sentinel would also learn about the upcoming event, although the Sentinel's article was placed on the radio page, not the fine arts.

Symphonies for Ball Fans Latest Cultural Offering

Just to prove that baseball fans do wash behind their ears, and that people who like symphony music may not be hot-house orchids with an allergy to sports, P. K. Wrigley announced yesterday that the twain shall meet.

They'll meet at the Brewers' park, at 7:30 p. m. next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when the Milwaukee symphony orchestra, directed by Dr. Julius Ehrlich, will give "pop" concerts before the girls' baseball games, and on Sunday afternoon, July 23, between games.

The orchestra will play familiar excerpts from Schubert, Grieg, Ravelle, Strauss and Souza, from a sound equipped shell used successfully in a Lawrence Tibbet program. If the first concerts are well received, baseball officials and Milwaukee Friends of Music said others will be arranged during the remainder of the baseball season.

The Sentinel didn't have quite so detailed a preview of the program as the Journal's arts section offered, and the Sentinel seemed to have missed the initial announcement the week before. But they do win the award for purple prose.

And it's good to see the local papers reporting on this newest development in the Chicks' story.

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