No fault of enthusiasm or lack of practice could be heard in the Lowell House Musical Society's performance of "Dido and Aeneas." Aided by a group from Radcliffe the singers entered into the occasion with a zest worthy both of Purcell's score and the lyrics of Nahum Tate, the Poet-Laureate of Restoration England, and they carried off the play with considerable colat. Particularly pleasant to the ear was Miss Nasmyth, the ardent and rejected heroine. Her singing was marked by beauty and clarity of tone, and her reserved expression strengthened the pathos of the third act.
Mr. McAllester's fine rich voice was well suited to the role of the traveling salesman, Aeneas, and he made that hit-and-run lover appear almost noble and dignified. Besides these actors, the audience particularly liked the dramatic ability of Mr. Eric, and Mr. Cochrane as a sailor. There were several added attractions, Miss Schroeder's well-trained ballet did an excellent job, and Mr. Chiasson drew applause at the harpsichord. Unlike the benighted students in the Hasty Pudding and the Pi Eta, the Lowell chorus had the chance to dance with girl opponents and they and their partners "gave out" with great skill.
Far the most ambitious musical program ever attempted by a House, "Dido and Aeneas" promises a future series of musicals of a very high type. Perhaps some year an entirely original opera will be performed, and when that happens, Harvard will be matured musically as it is on other parts of its culture.