Concert of the Musical Clubs.
The Glees were all well rendered; the solo in "Sweetheart, My Own Sweetheart" by S. E. Marvin was sung in good taste, and "I'm from Boston", solo by S. H. Farwell, was especially pleasing. It is needless to say that the singing of J. A. Wider in "The Debutante" was as capital and inimitable as ever, and as usual took with the audience. His singing is one great attractive feature of the club and this song showed him decidedly at his best. He fills admirably the position which Jack Wendell held and the enthusiastic applause he received was well merited. He was encored several times. Upon the whole the singing of the club was excellent, and when the club had fully warmed up to the occasion, the phrasing and expression left nothing to be desired.
The Pierian Sodality was decidedly at its best. Schubert's "Marche Militaire" was admirably played, with unusual conciseness and spirit. The club was not so good in "At Midnight" The playing lacked precision, the strings were not always in unison and the wood wind was sometimes at fault. The waltz "Preciosa" was almost faultlessly played; the brass was judiciady used and the trombone was well managed. In fact the brass and wood instruments were played with much better judgement and skill than they ever have been before. They were never obtrusive. All the skill of the club was called for in Grieg's "Heart's Wounds" a piece for strings alone. It was exceedingly well played; the strings were firm and sympathetic in their phrasing and the beauties of the piece were sympathetically brought out. The violincello solo in the middle is very effective and was executed with unusual delicacy and feeling. The Pierian shows the effect of careful and conscientious practise; its playing was far better than it ever has been.
The selections of the Banjo and Mandolin Clubs were pleasing and well executed. The Banjo Club played with skill and careful phrasing and their two encores were well deserved. Gillet's fascinating "Loin du Bal" was excellently played by the Mandolin Club. The "Serenade" by B. Wells is a very commendable piece of work, original and with pleasing harmony. The air is very melodious and skillfully arranged for the mandolins, the guitars and the violin.