THE BOAT-CLUB CONCERT.
1. Overture. "Belisario" DONIZETTI.
2. The Three Glasses FISCHER.
3. March BECKER.
4. Bass Solo. "My Little Woman."
5. March (Opus 108) MENDELSSOHN.
6. Summer Morning HUAPTMANN.
7. College Songs.
1. Third Symphony, Adagio,
Allegro Vivace HAYDN.
2. Were the Atlantic Main ZOLLNER.
3. 'Cello Solo. "Legende." WIENIAWSKI.
4. The Water Lily FR. ABT.
6. The Miller's Song ZOLLNER.
7. Waltz. "Wiener Fresken" STRAUSS.
8. College Songs. Fair Harvard.
AS I was walking to Sanders Theatre last Tuesday evening in the drizzling rain, I caught the following bit of dialogue from an umbrella in front of me: -
"Yes. They sing poorly enough at any time, and this rain will be sure to make their flatting insufferable. The Pierian is no better. However, it's a great comfort to feel that one is doing his duty to the Boat Club."
"It would serve them right if they were n't encored at all, and then there would be so much more time for dancing - "
This was the spirit, I fancy, in which a great many went to the concert; and as I went up the steps, I own that the prospect was gloomy. However, once in the house, near some very pretty faces, I could no longer remain in my cynical mood.
When the Pierian began, every shadow of gloom had vanished. Their playing was a very pleasant surprise. The two pieces most worthy of mention were the overture to "Belisario" and Haydn's Third Symphony. The "Belisario" was given with a smoothness and a repose that many a more pretentious orchestra would do well to emulate; qualities certainly not to be expected of amateurs. In the Haydn Symphony both the vigor of the attack and the delicacy of the shading were particularly noticeable. The different parts were surprisingly clear; there was no scrabbling, and the rhythmical contrast was well brought out. We should all be very proud of Mr. Dean and his well-trained orchestra.
What shall I say about the Glee Club? If the Pierian surprised us, the Glee Club did so still more, for they certainly have never before sung with half so much strength and finish. Their shading was very good. A fine effect was produced in the coda of the "Summer Morning," where a forte passage was immediately followed by a delicate pianissimo. "The Water-Lily" had much fine work in it, but seemed in spots weak, on account of the straining on the first tenor part. "The Three Glasses" and the "Champagne Song" seemed to be the most popular. The College songs need no special comment.
If we may venture a slight criticism on the singing of the Glee Club, it seemed to us that they did not attack their pieces with quite enough firmness, and that in one glee they did not all begin together. However, these minor faults should not be taken to account, when we consider the excellence of the rest of their work. Mr. Heard is evidently well qualified for his position as leader.
To the gentlemen who so kindly assisted, both the audience and Club are grateful, for their courtesy in helping, and the pleasure they gave.
We have kept for special mention in the place of honor, the name of Mr. Finck. His 'cello solo "Legende" was by far the most artistic work of the evening. It is not for us to criticise, but only to say how much we all enjoyed his playing. The Bach Gavotte that he gave when encored was charming.
The dancing in Memorial Hall was a success, though we doubt whether the couple whose conversation we overheard as they entered the hall received as much pleasure from their waltz as they did from the music of the Harvard Glee Club and the Pierian Sodality.