Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Price: $.50; $1 reserved
6 December 2017
“Church, Classical, and Popular pieces.”
Brief; part of long list of concerts. "The usual Sunday evening concert will be given at Steinway Hall."
Brief; at conclusion of review for the Philharmonic Society. "To-night the usual Sunday concert will take place at Steinway Hall, with an attractive orchestral, and instrumental, and vocal solo programme. Some excellent artists will appear."
"Steinway Hall.--The sixteenth Sunday Concert, under the direction of Messrs. H.L. Bateman and L.F. Harrison, takes place at this spacious establishment to-night (Sunday.) We have commended these entertainments on many occasions, and can only repeat now that in quality, quantity and cheapness, they are the best ever offered to the public. They do not follow any stereotyped plan. Every programme differs from its predecessors, both orchestrally and vocally. The repertoire of Mr. Theodore Thomas seems to be inexhaustible, and fortunately there are so many rising singers that there is no lack of variety in this department. There are twelve numbers on the programme to-night, equally divided between the orchestra and the soloists. The latter are Mme. Bertha Johannsen, an artiste who is always acceptable in the concert room; Mr. Chandon, a recent arrival from Germany, where the gentleman enjoys a reputation; and Mr. Beckelman, a pianist of considerable ability. The orchestra pieces are [lists from program]. The programme could hardly be improved."
“A Spartan band of devotees to music braved the slush, snow and sleet last evening and ‘waded’ their way to Harrison’s sixteenth sacred concert at Steinway Hall. They were well repaid, however, for the orchestral and solo pieces were attractive and the artists exerted themselves to the utmost to render them successfully. Weber’s ever welcome, pastoral, cheerful, graceful overture to Euryanthe; the andante to Schubert’s symphony in C; one of those movements which combine beauty with simplicity, the finale to Wagner’s Lohengrin, one of his happiest ideas; the overture to Stradella, the scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream, and William Tell, formed the orchestral selections. Mr. Chandon, a new basso from ‘ayant the water,’ made his debut in a solo from the Magic Flute. His voice, although manifestly suffering from the baleful influence of the weather, showed power and cultivation enough to entitle him to the applause which he received. We have not heard Madame Johannsen sing better for a long time past than in the Freischutz and waltz songs last night. Her voice displayed much of its old power and sweetness, and her admirable management of it called forth a well deserved encore. Mr. Boecklemann, the pianist, possesses a good deal of merit in execution and dramatic expression, even if the latter be of the most violent order. His fault lies principally in straining after effect, and exaggerating everything. Thus he make[s] Liszt a ridiculous character by attempting to render his compositions with the most violent contrasts, and aiming after the impossibility of outdoing that irascible work in passion and vehemence. He is a caricaturist instead of a painter in music. If he would only restrain himself and moderate his style, he would be an excellent pianist.”
“The sixteenth Sunday concert was given last evening at Steinway Hall. Some of our readers may have experienced the weather that prevailed. If it be so, they will be able to make allowance for the large number that stayed away. The few who braved the storm were amply repaid. The concert was admirable in every respect. Mme. JOHANNSEN was in good voice, and sang with her accustomed skill. Mr. CHANDON, a new basso, made his first appearance, and created a favorable impression. Mr. BOEKELMAN, the pianist, played several pieces with great brilliancy. The gentleman improves on acquaintance, and certainly ranks among our leading pianists. Of the orchestra it is unnecessary to speak; it played everything splendidly.”