Stricken Playing Schumann 'Carnaval,' Pianist Returns to Finish Carnegie Program

Par 1 Maryla Jonas, Polish pianist, fainted in the wings of Carnegie Hall yesterday afternoon, after leaving the stage part way through her performance of Schumann's "Carnaval." But she recovered quickly, and after the intermission returned to play the remainder of her program.
Par 2 Persons familiar with the Schumann work sensed that something was wrong when some passages were skipped. They were puzzled when the pianist got up after a gentle number about two thirds of the way through. She walked unsteadily to the left side of the stage and just beyond the edge of the dusty-rose curtain she fell.
Par 3 Those in the audience could not see all of the actual fall, but they could tell it had happened because of the slight gap between the lower edge of the curtain and the floor. After she fell the folds of Miss Jonas' gold dress could be seen heaped in this small slit of space.
Par 4 A few minutes later the lights in the auditorium were turned up. No announcement was made to the audience, which waited in puzzled silence, some members going towards the back-stage door to see what had happened.
Par 5 Miss Jonas had not been feeling well all week, according to her representative, so her physician, Dr. Franz Groezel, and her husband, Dr. Ernest Abraham, both were in the auditorium. They went back-stage to attend her and ten minutes later John Totten, manager of the hall, emerged from the stage door to say she would continue the program.
Par 6 The pianist returned to the stage looking white and shaky, but once she was seated she seemed all right. She played the Nocturne, the Waltz, the Berceuse and two of the four Mazurkas she had scheduled. She also managed two encores, though the last one was given with the house lights on as a hint to the audience not to expect a third.
Par 7 In view of her obvious indisposition it would not be fair to criticize the pianist's playing, but it should be said that, despite the illness which made some of her playing erratic, she, nevertheless, achieved many beautiful passages that had a haunting delicacy of effect. The finest were in the Chopin group following her fainting spell.