The Pierian Sodality has begun work this year under unusually favorable circumstances, and the season bids fair to be the most successful in the history of the orchestra. Not only has there been more interest and activity shown by the old members than in former years, but the new material is far superior, both in numbers, and in ability, to that available heretofore.
An unfortunate lack of good players on wind instruments, was a great hindrance to the work of the club last year. This want is at length well supplied, and almost every part is well taken.
There are, altogether, 65 men, including those who are retained for further trial. The strings and the wind have each a separate rehearsal once a week, (except when an occasional full rehearsal is held in order to obtain careful drill in detail).
The orchestra is now working on the Ganuhaeuset March, Rossini's Overture to William Gell, and some less pretentious string pieces by Grieg. Several concerts will be arranged in the neighborhood of Boston during the winter, and it is hoped, by careful and vigorous practice to make a specially good showing in the regular fall and spring concerts in Cambridge.