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famed de Paur Chorus To Appear Here Jan. 26
famed de Paur Chorus To Appear Here Jan. 26
Item IDegyptian 1950 0119framed.tif
Titlefamed de Paur Chorus To Appear Here Jan. 26
AuthorDaily Egyptian
DescriptionLeonard de Paur, director of the Infantry chorus which will present a concert
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1950 January 19
Volume31
Issue17
Page(s)1
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Transcriptfamed de Paur Chorus
To Appear Here Jan. 26

Leonard de Paur, director of the Infantry chorus which will present a concert here Thursday, Jan. 26, sponsored by the Carbondale Community Conceits ass c jatinu, started out in the army as a private and worked his way up to a captaincy.
His musical experience, though, runs back to the time when he was only three and would sing with recordings of Enrico Caruso. At live he was picking out tunes on the piano, and later changed to violin. ‘At a Bordentown, N. J. School, where he intended to major in electrical mechanics, a bass saxaphone caught his eye. Finally, he rnajored in clarinet and. oboe, and sang in the glee club. At 13, his voice changed, in such a curious way that in a single concert he sang tenor in a quartet and bass in the complete glee club.
Meets Hall Johnson
When about to go to Cleveland for a doubtful vaudeville run he met Hall.Johnson and joined that choir in Harlem. The choir toured the country, de Paur became associate conductor, later did work with the Federal theatre of New York, and was musical director of the Broadway play, "John Henry."
At one time he was a Columbia university student by day, and a Pennsylvania red cap by night, in addition to singing with the Hall Johnson choir.
He enlisted as a private in the infantry at Camp Uptown, later enrolled in officers' training school and on the day of graduation was side-tracked for a year to be choral director of the official Army Air Forces show, "Winged Victory."
On request, he was returned to the infantry and sent to Arizona and put in charge of the glee club of the 372nd infantry, a Massachu— ;ctts National Guard outfit being ilerted for the Pacific. That group ad already distinguished itself at war bond rallies and concerts for soups around New York.
Arriving in Hawaii, the chorus sang for the Pacific high command, and Capt. Maurice Evans, the shakespearean actor in charge of special Service, managed to have it made an independent unit. Lt. Gen. R. T. Richardson, Jr., Mid- Pacific commander, was a top sponsor. The chorus sang to troops all over the Pacific.
Chorus Goes To Europe
After the war the chorus sang for troops in Europe for nine months, and returned to the United States to go on tour as an. all- veteran civilian attraction. The chorus, reduced from the peak 52 to 35 members, included 14 of the Fort Dix originals and men with as many as five battle stars.
Student activity tickets will he honored for the concert here, and the new seating plan put in effect this year for the first time will allow students to sit anywhere in the auditorium instead of in specially designated sections as in the past.
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