Mollenhauer Conservatory [until 6/67]
Chamber (includes Solo)
15 June 2016
“The programme for the third classical matinee of Mr. Edward Mollenhauer’s Musical Conservatory, on Wednesday afternoon, consisted of Haydn’s string quartet in G; a violoncello concerto by Goltermann; trio in E flat, for piano, violin and cello, by Beethoven, and two solos by pupils of the Conservatory. The pupils selected for the occasion were Misses Frances J. Schwab and A. Jennys. The former played Weber’s Les Adieux very commendably considering the short time she has been a pupil of the Conservatory and the difficulty of any one but an accomplished artist playing one of Weber’s delightful works well. She deserves much praise for succeeding as well as she did. Miss Jennys sang an air from Crispino, and although her method of singing is amateurish, as might be expected, yet her voice, and taste and expression in the use of it, impressed us favorably. The violoncello solo by Mr. Hennig was an enjoyable and artistic performance. The string quartet was the least noteworthy on the programme as regards to the rendering, which was by no means up to the usual standard of those matinees. The fourth matinee, November 7, will be the most interesting of the series so far, as Mendelssohn’s Octet, opus 20, and Raff’s first trio for piano, violin and cello will be given.”
…Since Mollenhauer parted with his American companions, there seems to be a much better ‘spirit’ at the institute and the education of the students is taken care of tastefully. The accomplished piano instructor Plaidy is expected to arrive soon to teach at the conservatory.