Sarah Caldwell Returns to Maryville on April 20, 1978

Story of Sarah Caldwell’s father in Maryville.
From the 1978 NWMSU Tower:

Sarah Caldwell, first lady of American opera, ;ame home to Maryville, April 20. Caldwell eturned as guest conductress for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concert. The crowd of 2,500 called Caldwell back hree times, with ovations at the conclusion of ler Missouri debut. Caldwell brought Lamkin Gymnasium the alent, creativity and depth that earned her the pportunity to be the first woman ever to con- uct the New York Metropolitan Opera Com- pany. At the intermission of the program, lames Cain, manager of the St. Louis Symphony said, ” It is a great tribute to the St. Louis Symphony that we have this opportunity pay homage to Sarah Caldwell in her home own tonight. ” The concert climaxed the day declared ‘ Sarah Caldwell Day in Missouri ” by Governor Joseph Teasdale. Mayor Marvin Slagle also iroclaimed it, ” Sarah Caldwell Day in \/laryville. ” Earlier in the day, Caldwell and her mother, \/lrs. Carrie Margaret Alexander, were honored It a luncheon. Then, University President Robert P. Foster welcomed Caldwell, founder of her own Boston Dpera Company. Foster presented her with an NWMSU Citation of Achievement , an award similiar to an honorary degree. Master of Ceremonies David Shestak gave Maryvillian childhood friends an opportunity to recall publicly, their memories of Caldwell. The luncheon provided an opportunity for Caldwell to receive honors too. Among these was the announcement of the Sarah Caldwell Music Scholarship, a certificate of honor by the Nodaway Arts Council, and the naming of Sarah Caldwell as the ” Hidden Heroine ” by Maryville Girl Scout Troop 306. Then it was Caldwell ‘ s turn to respond and she joked about her ” eccentric image. ” ” Of course I ‘ m eccentric, ” she once told a reporter, ” aren ‘ t you? ” The response came as she discounted rumors that she wore slippers when she conducted and that once she spent the night sleeping in the theater aisle. ” It hurt me initially, ” she said, ” but I ‘ ve regained my sense of humor and I just ignore it now. ” She gave her thanks to the press, who she felt contributed to the development of her career, and then she was off to rehearsal. The home town girl who has become world famous for her imaginative talent and sensitive direction of opera and symphonic orchestras, did in fact come home.

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