The last concert of the season attracted an unusually large audience to Sanders Theatre last evening to listen to the following programme: Brahms, Tragic Overture; Beethoven, Aria, (Ah Perfido); Gericke, three movements from a serenade for strings; St. Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccizo for violin; Gounod, Aria; Masenet, Aria; Beethoven, Allegretto and Allegro from seventh symphony. The soloists were Mme. Fursch-Madi and Mr. Adamowski. Although Mme. Fursch-Madi's voice shows some signs of wear in portions of its compass, she proved herself as true an artist as ever. "Ah Perfido" was given with great dramatic power, but on the whole, she made a better effect with the Gounod aria, which was not so severe in its demands on her voice. Mr. Adamanowski gave the musicianly performance which he has accustomed us to expect from him, although one might wish that he had had a more worthy selection.
The Brahms overture is a noble work which gains with every hearing. For some reason or other it did not seem to find the appreciation demanded, both by its intrinsic merits and by the excellence of the rendering. While it cannot be said that Mr. Gericke's serenade is the result of genuine inspiration, there is good work there and a very charming composition is the product. There is plenty of room in the world for things of this sort. The unaccustomed division of the programme may have been welcome to the average listener. To the true music-lover it was decidedly tantalizing to have only a sample instead of a whole symphony. What was given, was given in good style, but a more suitable termination of the series of concerts could easily be imagined.