6 July 2016
Jerome Hopkins has opened his “Orpheon.” It is a free singing school for boys and girls.
“Third Season. Mr. Snow announces that the first Concert of this distinguished Pianist for the Orpheon fund will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Irving Hall, as an Apres Midi, at 3 ½ o’clock. Mr. Hopkins will be ably assisted by eminent artists. Details in Tuesday’s paper. Tickets $1; for sale only at Beer & Schirmer’s, 701 Broadway.”
“A concert will be given by Mr. Jerome Hopkins for the Orpheon Fund, at Irving Hall, on Thursday, October 25. He calls it an après midi.”
“Mr. C. Jerome Hopkins will resume his après-midi concerts at Irving Hall on Thursday next, commencing at 3:30 o’clock.”
“The first concert of Mr. Jerome Hopkins’ après midi was given yesterday at Irving Hall. Criticism on performances of the kind are difficult and uncalled for. We cannot gauge the merits of amateurs and volunteers by the standard by which to test the claims of genuine artistes, and of these Mr. Edward Mollenhauer was the sole representative. To the playing of Mr. Hopkins we have before alluded. Yesterday, his choice of pieces was not felicitous. To advert only to his piano solo in two movements, while finding little fault with the performer’s execution we can but mark the total lack of inspiration evinced by the composer. This work is a dreary succession of chords, trills and combinations of every nature, and linked by any thread of melody. Two singers made their first appearance at the same concert – Miss Viola Henrique and Monsieur Vast. The former has a soprano voice of good compass, but lacks all the acquirements which a thorough musical education and experience alone can give. Monsieur Vast is a basso, whose voice is of very limited compass and almost destitute of unbroken notes in the upper register. Mr. Thatcher was the tenor and acquitted himself satisfactorily of his task.”