American Institute Coliseum
Price: $2 reserved, “any part of the house”; $1
1 November 2021
States that Handel’s Messiah will be performed; when or why the program changed so dramatically is unclear.
Multiple cards on the same page. “There are special reasons for a full choral representation on FRIDAY AFTERNOON and EVENING.”
The evening paper was able to publish a review of that day’s afternoon concert. “The performance of this afternoon was attended by a fair audience, though the Coliseum was by no means crowded. The attendance on the part of the chorus was slim. It is difficult to maintain on the part of amateur singers a continued interest in a protracted series of choral concerts, especially when the locality is one so inconvenient for business men. At this evening performance there will undoubtedly be a fuller choral attendance.
There was some delay in beginning the concert this afternoon. At half-past two Dr. James Pech took the baton and opened the concert with an orchestral performance of Berthold’s ‘Jubel’ overture, in place of one of Auber’s that was on the programme. The finale to the third act of ‘Ernani,’ was sung by Miss Richings, Miss Hughes, Messrs. Randolfi, Fillippi, and the full opera chorus. A duet from the ‘Huguenots,’ a solo from Mr. Drayton, a quartette from ‘Rigoletto,’ a bolero for Miss Richings, Jullien’s quadrille of all nations, and other selections were down on the programme.
A number of the members of the orchestra left in disgust at some trouble with the management.
The German musicians during the entire festival have given a great deal of unnecessary trouble.”
“BEETHOVEN MUSICAL FESTIVAL.
Fifth Day—Operatic, Choral and Orchestral Programmes.
The attendance at the Coliseum yesterday afternoon was good and the programme was performed acceptably, although the chorus was not so large at it was on previous days. The grand duo from the ‘Huguenots’ was sung by Mrs. Caroline Richings-Bernard and Mr. Henry Drayton. The sestette from ‘Ernani’ was well sung by Mrs. Richings, Jennie Hughes and Messrs. Randolph [sic], Massimiliani, Drayton and Fossati. Signor Fossati’s first baritone came out with marked effect in this number. The principal feature of the programme was the ‘Quadrille of All Nations,’ conducted by Gilmore, who alone understands how to rouse the enthusiasm of the audience on such an occasion. Dr. Pech led the ‘Jubilee’ overture, ‘Thanks Be To God’ and ‘The Heavens Are Telling.’”
“With the closing scenes of the Musical Jubilee, the audiences increase in size, and the ‘Coliseum’ was well filled both yesterday afternoon and evening. Had Beethoven ever anticipated in his wildest moments the tremendous fuss and deafening noise with which his centennial was to be celebrated, he would certainly have been sufficiently considerate never to have been born at all. For the day programme, Aubur [sic], Verdi, Haydn, Meyerbeer, Gounod, Julien and Mendelssohn were the selected composers, contributing the overture to ‘Massaniello,’ sextette from ‘Ernani,’ duo from the ‘Huguenots,’ ‘Quadrille for All Nations’, [sic] ‘Sicilian Vespers’ and other well-known pieces. Missings Richings, Hughes, Cooke, Gebele, and Messrs. Drayton, Arbuckle, Randolfi and Filippi were the soloists.”
“The Musical Festival dwindled away steadily after the ‘Elijah’ night, and on Saturday evening [illeg…] and general debility. Its last hours were disturbed by the clamors of unpaid artists and impatient auditors, and hardly a friend remained to close its eyes. Friday and Saturday were both devoted to miscellaneous programmes, mainly repetitions of operatic selections which we have already noticed…”