Young Men’s Christian Association Hall
20 September 2023
“The storm of yesterday arrived rather inopportunely for Madame Hoffman’s concert, which took place last night at Association Hall, but notwithstanding the snow, that almost blockaded travel, there was a large attendance at this very pleasant entertainment. The concert was of a varied and interesting character. Madame Hoffman—whose toilet was exceedingly tasteful, and proved the ‘admiration of one sex and the envy of the other’— sang with much taste and sweetness, receiving encores for Auber’s ‘Laughing Song,’ and for an air by Bishop, with flute accompaniment. The flutist was Mr. James McCarroll, an artist on his instrument, and one, too, who can produce a tone which not everybody would suppose dwelt in the recesses of a flute. As a general thing a flute solo is not in itself an inspiriting product of musical skill; but Mr. McCarroll last night won a spontaneous encore in a Mozart air with brilliant variations.