Charles H. Dibble [organ]
4 October 2017
“Steinway Hall.—Mr. Jerome Hopkins’ fourth concert for the Orpheon Free Choral School Fund took place last night before a very large audience. The programme comprised selections from the works of Leach, St. Clare, Wallace, Bach, Mendelssohn, Benedict, J. R. Thomas, Handel and Hopkins. The artists were Signora Narini, soprano, Mlle. Zepherine and Jerome Hopkins, pianists, J. Jewett, basso, G. Reenan, baritone, and Henry Draper, elocutionist. Mr. Hopkins introduced two-gavottes from the sixth suite by Bach, and a prelude in E minor by Mendelssohn. Mr. Draper recited a poem ‘Somebody’s Darling,’ with much feeling and success. The other persons who took part in the concert, without exhibiting any great power, were satisfactory to the immense audience, and some of them were tumultuously applauded.”
Singles out performers in a column titled “Artistic Notes.”
“Sig’a Norina had a great success at Steinway Hall on Feburary 4th. The lady has a very pleasing face and manner, and her voice is an agreeable mezzo-soprano with an excellent method.
Mr. Geo. Reenan is the name of a new Baritone whow as much applauded on his late debut in this city. Experience and severe drill will yet do much for the gentleman, but his voice is one of the purest, softest, roundest, and most agreeable to which we have listened for years, and would well repay careful development.
Mr. Joseph Jewett, Jr., is a Basso of excellent ability, and the most powerful and commanding voice of any artist at present before the public. He is a realization of what might be termed a basso robusto, and his late efforts at a concert in New York created a deep impression. Mr. Jewett sung Handel’s great song, ‘The People that walked in Darkness,’ in a manner that at once secured him the respect and admiration of a critical audience, and which showed that we shall not go amiss in expecting still better things of him. Mr. Harrison should engage him for his May Festivals.”