Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Price: $.50; $1 reserved
12 March 2018
“Musical. According to Mr. Harrison’s usual luck, the snow storm did not commence last night until long after Steinway Hall was crowded to the significant ‘standing room only.’ The twenty-seventh Sunday concert was remarkable principally for the debut of a new pianist, a New Haven lady, named Miss Marie Gilbert. She evinced extraordinary courage in selecting Hiller’s F minor concerto with orchestra for her first appearance in public. We are happy to record her success in this trying ordeal. She has strength and decision of touch, excellent technique and good conception, and we have rarely heard a lady give a more spirited interpretation of such an arduous work. She will undoubtedly prove a valuable acquisition to the concert hall. ‘Farewell, ye Limpid Streams,’ from Jeptha, Hullop’s [sic] Storm, and ‘My Heart Ever Faithful,’ by Bach, were the vocal pieces, and were all deservedly encored, as they were sung as no other artist in American [sic] can sing them.
Carl Rosa played Bott’s Adagio religioso and Leonard’s Souvenir d’Haydn in his own artistic style, and the orchestra gave selections from Mehul, Meyerbeer, Mozart and Bach. With such concerts and oratorios like the Messiah at the Brooklyn Academy to-night, the progress of music in this country will compare favorably with the most favored European capitals.”