Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Price: $.50; $1 reserved
10 January 2018
"Sunday Concert.--The seventeenth Sunday concert will take place, as usual, at Steinway Hall tomorrow evening. Mr. Chandon, the new German basso, and Mr. Kopta, the violinist, are the solo performers. [Lists part of the program.]"
“The seventeenth Sunday concert was given last evening at Steinway Hall. Nothwithstanding the dreary and depressing weather, the attendance was large. Mr. THOMAS’ orchestra played six pieces, to the entire satisfaction of all present. The vocalist was Mr. CHANDON—a gentleman with a deep and sympathetic bass voice, which he uses well. He is somewhat deficient in spirit, being slumberous in style, and too dependent on the accompaniment. He is, nevertheless, a valuable accession to our concert forces. The solo violinist was again Mr. WENZEL KOPTA, whose technical skill and taste we have on other occasions praised heartily. He played finely last night, and was encored and applauded in the most demonstrative manner. Mr. KOPTA is a virtuoso in every sense of the word.”
[Works Bockelman played are mentioned] Chandon with his beautiful, strong and pleasant voice sang some of his songs in such a spirited fashion that the audience was enthused. Boekelman seemed much more comfortable in front of an audience than in earlier concerts and his success is progressing. Unfortunately he will have to suit the taste of the audience and choose pieces that are popular until he is known enough to venture out into the direction of the new music. Boekelman has all the elements of a fine artist and will certainly make his way in the United States.
(…) The programs of these Sunday concerts are mostly impeccable. However, it is suggested to occasionally include the melodious symphonies of Haydn, who seems to be generally neglected in concert programs. The beauty of Haydn’s compositions is soothing to the ears of connoisseurs and laypeople; especially after a long week of work.
Noticeable among the soloists was the bassist Chandon. His voice is full and well-trained, and it is hoped he will appear in big opera parts in the future.