Adolf Bernstein [cond./composer]
18 May 2012
"The German Liederkranz, one of the oldest and most prominent German musical societies in this country, celebrated, at Jones’ Wood, last night, another summer night’s festival—the second of the present season—which was a select and brilliant affair. . . .
The festival commenced rather late. At about three-quarters past eight o’clock the orchestra gave the signal for the dance. . . .
. . . The festivities were continued during the whole night until the rising of the sun, and were brought to a successful and satisfactory conclusion.
The Liederkranz is composed of some eight hundred members, of whom about one hundred are active singers male and female (Gemischte Chorus), who during the night rendered several favorite choruses and songs, among others the Pilgrim Chorus, From Tannhauser, by Wagner (Pilgrim chorus); Das stille Wasserrose, of Abt, by the male chorus; ‘First Sign of Love,’ of Frey, by the male chorus, and the ‘Hunter’s Song,’ of Spohr.
These compositions were rendered with great success. The orchestra was under the efficient leadership of Mr. Bernstein.”