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In reminding our readers of the genuine musical treat that will be given by Madame Pauline Rita and Mr John Radcliff at the Oddfellows’ Hall to-morrow and Thursday evenings, we would direct attention to the very excellent programme appearing in another column. Madame Rita will sing “ The Bird that came in spring" (composed expressly for Madame Rita by Sir Jules Benedict), with flute obligato by Mr John Radcliff ; “ Ave Marla,” specially arranged for tenor flute, piano and organ; “ Lo, here the Gentle Lark ” (with flute obligato). She will also jiag a Spanish Bolero and her celebrated French serenade song. Of the “ Bird that came in spring,” the Sychiey Daily Telegraph saye:—With Mr Eadcbtf appeared Madame Pauline Rita, who sang first “The Bird that came in Spring,” (Benedict.) Having a facility of execution which gives the voice a flutelike effect, Madame Rita was heard at her best when accompanied by that instrument. The voice has a well cultivated tremolo which suited the idea suggested by the words of the air, and the singer managed the lovely cadenza (with flute), with which the place concluded very finely. The song is very beautiful and in its particular style, is to our mind only surpassed by the wonderful air, “ Sing, sweet Bird,” which Virginia warbles in company with the flute in the lust act of Maese’s opera “Paul et Virginia.” The singer was encored very unanimously when a Spanish song was given. Later in the evening Madame 7 Rita’s rendering of Gounod’s “Berceuse! was such as to oblige her to add to her favors by giving the waltz song “ BenI zano,” at the conclusion of which presents of flowers were made to the artiste. Of “ Lo, here the Gentle Lark,” the Australasian says:—As for Midama, her singing was on a par with her husband’s playing. The absence of the slightest false note or incimctness in the tempo evidenced an enormous amount of patient study, as well as artistic execution. She was, of course, encored, and sang a charming little Spanish ballad, with a strange, melodious refrain, that captivated the listeners, who evidently would have encored her again had good manners permitted. After the usual interval, Madame Rita sang the “ Variations in | the Carnival of Venice,” and last, but by no means least, “ Lo, here the Gentle ■ Lark,” with flute accompaniment by Mr Radcliff. There are few musicians who are not to some extent familiar with this piece, which has been done jto death over and over again by performers whose ambition has been somewhat ahead of their abilities. Such performers would do themselves considerable good by hearing how it should be done. All the most intricate parts were giyen with as much ease as at the commencement of the aria; the trills were rendered in a way that only a trained artiste is capable of. After a solo on the bass flute, the sound of which could be heard plainly enough a hundred yards away outside the hall, the entertainment ■ concluded. Mr Radoliff’s flute playing is something marvellous, and the entertainments promise to be the greatest musical treat ever heard in Ashburton. As mentioned in a previous issue, Mr Radcliff plays on over thirty distinct instruments, and gives a brief account of the origin and progress of the flute. In speaking of the entertainments given in Melbourne, tbs Argus concludes a very lengthy notice as follows ;—“ The entertainment each minute changed its character from historic lecture to artistic, entertainment of the highest class. The beautiful modern instruments of which Mr Radcliff possesses a choice variety, and of which be is in each case perfect master, were Anally brought into play in quick succession. The one-keyed flute, the eight-keyed flute, the cylinder (moat perfect) flu‘e, Ihe flam d’amour, and the bass flute w. re in themselves, and under the hands of this great master, the epitome of the history of their- kind, and complete illu-trations of the highest condition yet attained either in manufacture or performance. ” Mr George Clutsam, a very eminent pianist, will conduct, and also play several solos

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“FROM PAN TO PINAFORE.”, Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1519, 21 April 1885

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“FROM PAN TO PINAFORE.” Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1519, 21 April 1885