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40 years ago: Visiting conductor returns to KU music camp

July 28, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 28, 1973:

Orchestral conductor Victor Alessandro was featured on the front page of today's Journal-World during his annual visit to Kansas University's Midwestern Music and Art Camp. Alessandro, director of the San Antonio Symphony and Opera, had been taking off one week every summer for the past 19 years to visit KU and work with students attending the camp. "This camp is the only place like this that I come to," he said. "It has a marvelous cross section of what young people are doing." Repeatedly visiting over a number of years had allowed him to observe the changes in the thinking and training of young people, he said. "There has been a trend from permissiveness in society to a more mature attitude," he declared. "Young people are more serious. They have more integrity and more self-discipline -- which is imposed through their own actions -- than before." He added that high school students' technical training was more proficient than in the past and that students were "learning more in less time."

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