24 August 2016
“There must have been some blundering about the management of this concert last night, for we have seldom seen as small an audience on any previous occasion in Irving Hall. Yet the programme was a splendid one, and there were good materials among the singers and instrumentalists. An orchestra under the direction of Mr. Carl Anschutz played Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony and the delightful overture to Euryanthe. The Arion sang Abt’s serenade Schlaf Wohl in a style commensurate with the high reputation they enjoy. Madame Johannsen sang Styelli’s [sic] Die Thräne in an excellent manner. The well known G minor piano concerto of Mendelssohn was played by Madame Lillendahl very well for an amateur and very ineffectively for an artist. In Die Thräne the orchestra went astray, and Mr. Anschutz was obliged to relinquish the baton and play the piano accompaniment instead. Messrs. Mollenhauer and Formes were the other soloists.”
(with program) “The performance of the choral pieces was not too bad, however, the solo performances were not satisfactory. A cheerful episode was when Anschütz sat down on the piano while Johannsen was singing ‘Die Thräne’ and accompanied her for the rest of the song. Except for the orchestra pieces, the entire concert seemed imperfect. The piano was provided by Steck & Co."