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Pierian Sodality and Glee Club Provide Musical Interludes for Speakers

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Providing the background for President Conant's speech and the introductory remarks of Jerome D. Greene, Director of the Tercentenary Celebration, the Pierian Sodality and the Glee Club last night rendered several joint as well as individual selections before four hundred guests in Sanders Theatre.

Starting this sequel to the opening phase of last November in the Tercentenary Celebration, Mr. Greene stated that the purpose of these two introductory meetings was "to prepare us for the celebration next September, to bring home to us all--and especially to the newer members of the University--the significance of Harvard's past, of the University as it is today, and of its aims and hopes for the future.

Eliot's Birthday

"As an appropriate date for this meeting, we choose the birthday of a Harvard President who laid the foundations of the University as we know it today.

"There are still many of us to whom his personality and achievements are a vivid memory. He used characteristically to disclaim any right to be long remembered, saying that a college president's name was 'writ in water'. His biographer, however felt differently and said 'he opened paths for our children's feet to follow; something of him will be part of us forever.'

"President Eliot once said that the appreciation of music was not characteristic of the type of evolved Puritan usually to be found in the Harvard Corporation. If we admit that the evolution has been slow, it is nevertheless true that the Pierian Sodality, which 100 years ago had to rely wholly for its inspiration from those ancient springs its name was taken from, has shown us that music, both instrumental and choral has won a recognized place in University life. It is therefore fitting" Mr. Greene concluded, "that the Sodality and the Glee Club should have an active part in the Tercentenary Celebration."

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