Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Price: $.50; $1 reserved
11 December 2017
Part of long paragraph announcing several different performances.
"To-night, at the same establishment [Steinway Hall], the fifth [sic] popular Wednesday evening concert of the series projected, and successfully carried out by Messrs. Bateman and Harrison, will be given. The solo artists are Miss Libbie Smith, soprano, and Mr. Wenzel Kopta, (violin, whose success we have already recorded.) Mr. Theodore Thomas and his orchestra will, as usual, assist on the occasion. We are glad to note that these entertainments are steadily growing in public favor. Their object is to propagate a rational knowledge of music, and, with due encouragement, this end will certainly be accomplished."
“A tolerably large audience gathered at last evening’s popular concert. [Lists performers.] Mr. Kopta played a very difficult fantasia by Remenyi, on the Huguenots, and another on Lucia, by St. Luben, with marvelous dexterity but little breadth of tone. Miss Libbie Smith, whose voice is fresh, sufficiently powerful, but who lacks much of the culture and practice essential to a thorough singer, gave a cavatina from La Gazza Ladra and Gombert’s Ye Merry Birds, with good effect. Among the pieces executed by the orchestra, the overture to the Poet and Peasant, and Die Ersten Curen, one of Strauss’ most charming waltzes, were the most deservedly appreciated.”