Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
6 December 2017
Brief; at conclusion of review for Thomas Popular Garden Concert: 90th.
"The symphony in D will probably be repeated at the Sunday concert at Irving Hall on the 23d inst. It is a treat which no musician, professional or amateur, should miss."
“Mr. Harrison’s Sunday evening concerts are justly attracting the attention of the musical community. The attendance last evening was in the highest degree satisfactory. The programme was excellent, and interpreted by Mr. Theodore Thomas’ fine orchestra, by Mme. Johannren [sic], Mr. J. Pollock and Mr. Elders, (oboe,) with Mr. Colby as conductor, left nothing to be desired [sic].”
“The concert by Theodore Thomas on Sunday evening at Irving Hall was one of the most brilliant. The artists surpassed themselves and the performances were irreproachable. One noticed particularly the finale of Mozart’s Symphony in D, which was rendered with rare perfection. A chorus from Lohengrin, the overture from William Tell, and the allegretto of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony were warmly applauded. M. Pollack demonstrated an excellent baritone voice. Mme Johannsen sang a duet from The Magic Flute with him that was very successful. Finally, the evening ended with a brilliant fantasy on motifs from Robert le Diable. The audience was numerous, and they left delighted with the concert.”
This concert attracted nearly 1500 people. (…) Mrs. Johannsen proved again that good education is the “life blood” in the presentation of any material. Mr. Pollack is well-trained as well; his performance, however, lacks understanding and individuality. A stay in the United States will help this gentleman in this regard.