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100 years ago: Visiting musician says America ‘too young’ for great art

December 21, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 21, 1911:

  • "The annual meeting of the Kansas State Editorial Association will be held in Lawrence April 8 and 9, 1912. The date and place of the meeting was decided yesterday afternoon when the executive committee of the association held a meeting at Topeka. Lawrence won the big meeting by a unanimous vote, although there were three other towns after it. These were Arkansas City, Manhattan, and Osage City, but Lawrence and the State University offered advantages the committee considered of great importance.... An effort will be made to have the meeting here such a one has has never been held in Lawrence before. J.A. Mason, editor of 'Life,' probably will be one of the speakers."
  • "'The women of this country, they are handsome, they dress so well. They have so much more taste than the women of our country, they are fine. And I like the country. It is so big, so colossal.' That was Alexander Heinemann talking today. Mr. Heinemann, the noted German baritone, who appears here this evening in recital at the University. Mr. Heinemann is world famous as being the foremost interpreter of German song.... Although he is impressed with American, the great, the free, Mr. Heinemann does not believe that Art is spelled with a capital 'A' here yet. 'You are too young,' he said. 'It takes maybe a hundred years to make real artists. I am not saying that you have not some real artists, but your people, they like the lighter things.'"

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