Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
George W. Colby
Price: $.50; $1 reserved
14 April 2013
“The third Organ Concert at Irving Hall attracted an overflowing audience on Sunday evening last, and was in every way a great success. These concerts are gaining rapidly in public estimation, and promise to become a regular and recognized institution. The performing artists were Mrs. Marie Abbott, Mr. W. Castle, Mr. S. C. Castle [sic] Mr. Jules Lumbard and Mr. Geo. W. Morgan, with Mr. G. W. Colby as conductor.
Mrs. Marie Abbott, generally a very reliable singer, was on this occasion out of voice, and was not, consequently, as successful as usual, although her good training enabled her to make her efforts acceptable, both in her solos and the concerted music. The same cause, probably the fickle, fitful weather, rendered Mr. Castle’s voice somewhat uncertain, but he rallied well and delivered the Cujus Animum to the satisfaction of all.
Mr. Campbell was in first-rate voice—basses are tougher than tenors—and sang with great spirit and most excellent taste. Mr. Campbell has presented marked evidence of improvements in every respect during the past few months. Mr. Jules Lumbard’s noble bass voice acknowledged, in some measure, the influence of the changeableness of the weather—we retract what we said about the toughness of basses—to this degree, no more, that he was compelled to decline the hearty encore rendered to him for his singing of the ‘Fall of Zion.’ In the trio from William Tell, his voice seemed to recover its full vigor, and rolled out so glorious a volume [illeg.] that its praise was on every one’s tongue. It is rare that three such fine male singers are heard at one concert, and those who do not hear them lose a most enjoyable performance.
Mr. George W. Morgan, not being subject to thermometrical influences, played splendidly. He treats the not very large organ with as much deference as though it were double the size, and makes it speak better things for itself than any other man in America can do. His selections were in excellent taste, hitting that happy medium between the recondite and the familiar. Luckily for him, he is so perfect a master that all his selections suit him, so that he is never heard to a disadvantage. He was, as usual, vehemently applauded and encored. The concert, altogether, was delightful.”
“Every Sunday evening since these popular entertainments commenced this hall has been crowded to excess. The selection of artists and pieces so far has been unexceptionable. On last Sunday evening Mrs. Marie Abbott, the distinguished soprano, sang an exquisite air by Gounod, with organ and piano accompaniment. The duet, ‘When I know thou art near me,’ by Franz Abt, was acceptably rendered by her and Mr. S.C. Campbell. Mr. Jules Lumbard sang Paisiello’s ‘Fall of Zion.’ This gentleman possesses a bass voice which with careful training and practice might rank with that of Lablache or Formes. His rendering of the ‘Fall of Zion’ brought out the latent powers of his voice in the fullest manner. The Cujus Animam, from Rossini’s Stabat Mater, was a trying test for Mr. Castle, but he went through it pretty fairly. The other noticeable pieces sung were Mr. Campbell’s ‘Jewish Maiden,’ one of Kücken’s best compositions, and a male trio by Rossini. Mr. Morgan, as usual, drew on Bach, Donizetti and other great masters for his organ selections. The grand toccata of the former composer is Mr. Morgan’s piece de resistance, and displays his peculiar style more forcibly than even his fantasias and overtures.”