Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Price: $.50; $1 reserved
12 March 2018
"To-morrow night, at the same place [Steinway Hall], the twenty-eighth Sunday popular concert will be given. [Lists performers.] Madame Parepa will sing the great aria 'Let the Bright Seraphim,' with a trumpet obligato by Mr. Dietz, and 'Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark,' with a flute obligato by Mr. Eben. Mr Thomas's orchestra will assist, as usual."
“Positively the last appearance at these concerts of Madame PAREPA ROSA, who will sing Handel’s great aria, ‘Let the Bright Seraphim,’ with trumpet obligato by Mr. Dietz.; ‘Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark,’ with Flute Obligato by Mr. Eben.”
“Mr. Harrison’s twenty-eighth Sunday Concert took place at Steinway Hall last evening, and had a surprising audience in the face of the disagreeable weather. The floor and galleries were crowded to their limits. The last appearance of Mme. Parepa at these entertainments announced for this occasion, had doubtless something to do with this particular crowd, but something of it is also to be ascribed to the favor into which Mr. Harrison has contrived to bring these Sunday recreations—a favor the permanency of which seems no longer doubtful. By constantly varying his programmes, which the ample resources at his disposal enable him to do with the best effect, Mr. Harrison keeps up their attraction. At each successive concert there is something to suit everybody’s taste, and the judicious admixture of high class music with music of a character less seriously to tax attention, has given to them a popularity which is beyond restriction. Indeed, Mr. Harrison is now the only concert giver of individual mark left us. He is in a position, then, of grave responsibility, yet he fills it so worthily that he must be looked upon by the determined amateur as a true benefactor. In the concert of last evening Mme. Parepa’s brilliant and facile voice was heard to its fullest expression in Handel’s florid aria, ‘Let the Bright Seraphim,’ and in the fervent devotional feeling which she gave to the vocal part of Gounod’s ‘Ave Maria,’ and in Bishop’s ‘Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark.’ The beauty of the former piece was much aided by the trim echo of Mr. Dietz’s trumpet accompaniment, and helped to secure it the imperative encore which it received. From Mr. S. B. Mills we had at this concert Mendelssohn’s grand fantasia for the piano, and Liszt’s reminiscences of ‘L’Africaine,’ interpreted with that silver clearness which is Mr. Mills’ charming individuality. Mr. Carl Rosa gave the adagio movement (with orchestral accompaniment) from the concerto in G minor by Sphor [sic], and Schuman’s [sic] dreamy ‘Evening Song,’ with tender softness. A portion of Mr. Thomas’ grand orchestra seemed to have been washed away in the storm, but the little band of brave ones that faced the night and the audience were heard at their best, in Cherubini’s ‘Overture to Lodiska,’ a selection from ‘Puritani,’ the overture to ‘A Night in Grenada,’ and Mozart’s ‘March Potpourri.’”