The second of the series of Symphony Concert was given last night in Sanders Theatre before a large audience and was in every way a great success. It is safe to say that very few concerts which have been given in Cambridge have pleased a greater number of people than the one last evening; in the choice of the pieces and in the execution Mr. Nikisch was eminently successful.
There was a precision and accuracy about the work of the Orchestra which reflects great credit on the Conductor. Miss Wentworth, the soloist of the evening, sang her selections in a very pleasing manner and at the end of the series of songs she was recalled several times. Her voice is of an unusually pure, clear quality and is used with great skill.
The first number on the programme was Reinecke's Overture, "King Manfred." This is made up of contrasts, of lights and shades and these lights and shades are brought out by an answering of themes from the wood, brass and strings. As a consequence of this coloring the work demands the utmost intelligence on the part of the musician and this it had last night.
The Aria from "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart and the group of songs which came later were, as we have said, very well rendered. The Serenade for Strings by Volkmann is a distinctively modern composition but none the less beautiful for this. There is no one theme running the whole thing but a complex series of beautiful suggestions, which lead the hearer into the realms of imagination and leave him wondering where he is.
Mendelssohn's "Scotch" Symphony No. 3, in A minor was the last number on the programme. Here was the great opportunity of the evening and here the Orchestra showed its excellence most forcibly. The various men playing the same instrument worked as one man, and the result was an almost perfect production. If the concerts are to continue the crescendo of excellence which they have begun it is difficult to see how the last one will be classed.