Yard Concerts by the Glee Club--a perennial sign of the arrival of reading period and the approach of exams--return to the steps of Widener tonight, bar rain.
About 1000 students, both from the university and Radcliffe, as well as local citizens, will gather beneath the trees before the library at 7 p.m. to listen to the choristers burst forth in song of classical and modern variety.
The concerts this year will have a new twist to them. Instead of the usual two the Glee Club has scheduled three of its given on successive days as in past years, songfests extending through the three weeks of the reading period. The second will fall a week from tonight, and the third in two weeks on May 24.
Tonight's program includes a work written specially for the Glee Club in 1921 by Darius Milhaud, and two pieces by Harvard graduates, John Knowles Paine '69, and Randall Thompson '20.
Works to be sung this evening are Harvard Hymn (Paine); Crucifixus (Lotti): Pslam 121 (Milhaud); Two songs from Appollonian Harmony: Corydon--a Pastoral (Arne) and bacchanal (Cocchi); Tarantella (Thompson); Gently, Johnny (Bingham); and choruses from Patience (Sullivan).
Not listed on the program, an integral part of the concert will take place after the formally arranged works have been performed. Members of the University are invited to take a place on the steps with the Glee Club and join in the singing of .
Rain is the chief threat to the performances. If downpours should occur at any of the concerts, the concert will be called off. Traditionally, however, good weather has prevailed. For the first time in several years, the second concert in the 1948 series was called off, but by extending the concerts over a long period, chances for fair weather at the performances this year are good.