Millikin Alumni Annamary Dickey
Millikin Filled for Singer Annamary Dickey Delights Capacity Crowd With Concert Monday Every ' seat in Millikin auditorium was filled Monday night with the cordial, perspiring, record audience that came out to hear Annamary Dickey sing. The program was delayed a little, while extra chairs were rushed in from somewhere and placed on the stage, to accommodate the overflow. The boxes, seldom used, already had been opened and filled, and other emergency places had been taken. The size and cordiality of the audience would have been flattering to any ydung singer, and Miss Dickey responded by giving a concert such as Decatur has never heard her give before. Sure, wide in range, true in tone, the lovely voice sang song after song, arias from operas, lullabies, concert pieces, and the crowd was charmed. The program was a tremendous one for one singer to give alone, without even the relief of a piano group, but the throng could not be content when it was over and had to have two encores. Miss Dickey gave a serio-comic lullaby, "The American Lullaby", followed by Bridge's "Love Went A-Riding". In all of her numbers, her enunciation was clear and precise, without being overemphasized. That Miss Dickey has grown in the two years since Decatur last heard her, was apparent with the first song. She is no longer the frail child, but a slender, strong young woman, with a voice well under control, graceful in a sophis-ticatedly simple pale green gown, and shining hair that curled closely in her neck. Completely without mannerisms, her stage presence is pleasing in the extreme. She well deserved and earned every bit of applause given her by the enthusiastic audience, from the cordial greeting when she came on the platform to the final clap. Miss Dickey was accompanied by her young sister, Rowena, whom Decatur already knows as an exceptionally able young pianist. Her work was not easy last night, as she had scant time for preparation from the time her sister arrived from New York until the program, and pianists in the audience were enthusiastic about her work. Both girls were given roses. A third sister, Janet, also a piano pupil, was on the stage part of the time to turn the music. The vnuns- singer studied while at Millikin Conservators- of Music with Grant Hadley, and after the concert she was guest of honor at an informal small reception in the Hadley home.- Miss Dickey is returning soon to New York to resume her studies at the Juilliard Foundation, and her singing engagements. This was her only Decatur concert while here.