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Choral Union Concerts

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
November
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The eleventh season of the Chora Un iou Series of concerts will be inau guiated November Oth by a' symphony concert given by ihe Pittsburgh Or diestra, under the direction of Mr Victor Herbert. The Pittsburgh Or chestra is one of the more recently en dowed orchestras, and has been steadi ly gaining ground in artistie efficiency until now it is recognized as one of the leading organizations ia the country In a sense it is a part of the educa tionid work of the Carnegie Institute and owes it3 origin tothe awakening of interest in things artistie and educational through the founding of that in stitution. The organization is composed ot the most excellent musicians and Mr. Herbert has shown himself well qualifled for leadership. He is a a most rigid drill master and a most inspiring leader, a man of very broad artistie sympathyjand thoroügh training. The program will be very interesting and will inelude three Wagner numbers, the D Major Symphony, Beethoven; theMidsurrjtner-night's Dream Overture, Mendelssohn; and other shorter numbers. It is expected that this concert will be a fitting opening to the Series. Those who heard Mr. Eddy at one of the former festivals, will hail with pieasure the aonouncement that the second concert of the series will be givea by him, November 24th. Mr. Eddy has been identified with all that is best in oigan pluying for so many years, that it is not neeessary to dweil upon his abilities. He drew up the specifications for the Frieze Memorial Organ, and therefore understands its possibilities to the utmost. He will play n number of works written especially for him. This will probably be Mr. Eddy's last appearance as his en gagements abroad are so urgent that ha has practically become an European musieian and does not contémplate returning to America for several S011S. The tliird concert of the series will be given December iSth, by the Choral Union, Chicago' Festival Orchestra (flfty members). Mme. Liune, Soprano: Ileinrich Meyn, Baritone; Holmes, Cowper, Tenor. The program for this concert will include orchestral work, solos, and the performance by chorus and orchestra of "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast", by S. Coleridge Taylor. This work has been given with pronounecd success in London. and Mr. Taylor is considered one of the most promising of the younger English composers. The fourth concert, on January 26th, will be a song recital by .Vlrs. Josephine Jacoby. Mrs. Jacoby's triumpli at the May festival last year was so pronounced, that lier appearacce in recital will be hailed with satisfaction. Mrs. Jacoby is one of the few artiets who has beenjeminently successful in great works of recital. The fifth concert, on February 23rd, ! will consistof a miscellaneous program and "A Persian Garden". Mrs. Seatoury C. Ford, Soprano; Miss Marguerite Hall, Contralto; Mackenzie Gordon, Tenor; Davis Bispham, I3ass. The "Persian Garden" a setting of verses froin the Eubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, will be given by this superb artist's quartet and will üll Part II. of the program. It will be remeinbered that these artists were announced for the opening concert of the season last year, but owing to the repairs on the roof of University Hall, their appearance was necessarily postponed. The festival will be uuique in that it ■wilJ give as full and fair a representation of American works as has ever been attempted in this country. The fact that American works have won distinctioc abroad is well kuown to musicians, but the public, unfortun■ritely. have been educated to the belief that nothing ''good can come out ol "Nazareth." The wonderful successes A American singers abroad have been noted and commented upon, and petv pie are familiar with the f act that many of the leading artists, both on the concert platform and the operatic stage, are Americana. Bat they have not realized that iu the line of creative work America has been steadily gnin' ing ground. As a matter of fact, thking everything into consideration, the progresa made during the last twenty years in tbis direetion has been commendable, but it is only in later years that it has been pos&ible for American composera to appear on concert programs by right instead of courtesy. No modera work has been received with ipreater enthusiasm than McDowell's Second Pianoforte Concerto at Berlin, und Professor II. W. Parkerker's "Hora Novisskna" won the most distinguished approbation at the Woreester Festival, Eugland, and is to be sung by severa] of the leading chorus societies of Great Britain tbis season. It is hoped thab both of these great Works will be iucorporatedin the program for the Festival, To give a Festival composed ent.irely of American works would be unprofltable and uninteresting. At the coming Festival, therefore, there will be included many important standard works in order tlm the proper balance oí programs may be preserved, and the interest ia the Festival tnaintained. While, of course,no definite arrangements have been made it is safe to assume that every effort will be made to secure artists wortby of the occasion and of the audience. The enormous expense attending the series makes it imperative that a large number of tickets sboald be sold aud it is hoped that the response on the part of the citizens and studeuts will be as generous as in the past.