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The Boston Symphony Orchestra

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We are conüdent tb at now the thoughts of all are turuing towarda the great event of the year, the Symphony Concert. By the co-operation of the gtudents with the towns people, the series with its brilliani Buccess has been made possible. The maintenaace of au orcheetra like the Boaton Symphony by a private individual is a philanthropic deed, for by the support given the organizaron by M'. Higginson the members are not obliged to play for dancing or to do anything which might tend to impair their efficiency in symphonic work. The peisonnel of the orohestra is renimkable from every point of view. No pains or expense has been gpared to secure the best playero, as the engagement of Mons. Moile and M. Saute', of Paris, and the importation of violinista from the leading concert orchestras of the old world testifies. It is safe to assert that iu many respects it is to-dny unrivalled. A former student of the Uuiversity, a gentleman whose exquisito discrimination in all matters artistic is recognized, having heard the Symphony Orchestra and the feading Berlin orchestra iu the same program, says that the ''Symphony Orchestra is the bttter of the two." Certainly the corps of musici ans who next Friday eveninj will respond to Mr. Nikiech's baton are retnarkably efficiënt artista. Frau Steinbach-Jahn, who was engaged especially for the teur, occupies a leadiag position in Germany as a dramatic soprano. The program for the concert here is an ideal one, ranging from Beethoven to Wagner and including Saint Saens, Qrieg, Brshms, Rubenstein and Umlauft. The Tannhauser overture - dramatic, defcriptive, gorgeous in color - is balanced by the C minor symphony of Beethoven, a composition classic in mould, deep in emotional content, dramatic as Shakespeare is dramatic, poetic as ne is poetic, and moreover, a work which is on a par with the greatest conception of the great Englishman. The graco and digmty of the Andante, the playtulnesi of the Sjherzo, the iteration in the first movement of the Sgure which has been described bb the "knocking of Fate on the portals of Life," and the glorious final trmmphal movement, rivet the atten im of all who have the least appreciation of music, and a careful following of the symphony from the beginning to the end must result in the laying forever ot that ehost - the classical. No one refuses to listen to a poem because it is a classic ; no one hesitates about admiring the best in art, and it must be remembered tbat classical music is the best. The aria, by Frau Jahn, is one of the gems of Tannhauser, while those who especially delight in sontr-sioging will be (Tratified by the dainty group of songs by Eubenstein, Brahms and Umlauft. The concert by Saint-Saens will introduce one of the best violinists in the United States, while the suite by Oiieg lluHtrttes the story of " Peer Gynt " following the drama by Ibsen. The tickets to the concert are sold under the same restno'iona as heretofore, and may be had of the secretary, Mr. A. H. Ilopkins, U. of M. library, at Sheehan's trom 9 to 5 on the day of the concert, and at the door on the night of the concert, May 16. Associate tickets will also be sold as heretofore. It is to be hoped that when Conductor Nikisch appels on the stage University Hall will contain as brilliant an audience as can be found. A more appreciative one he could haidly fiod.


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