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The band of Bwi*s singers and Instrumentalists and Tyroleee JodelUets, of whom everybody baa heard and reid bo mnob, gave tbeir opening perfprmanoe at the Oddfellows' H«U last evening. The building was well filled, though not id crowded as we bad anticipated would be the c»se ; the reason doubtless being that many who have determined not to miss the treat whloh these performances afford have selected this evening is the more convenient. As probably a very large numbei who were present last evening will be tempted to go again, a crowded house may be ezpeoted to raward the management on the Company's aeoond and last appearance In Ashbnrton. We sincerely hope that this will be the case. •■ the entertainment given Is one of exceptional excellence The Inttrrjmenta tlon Is perfect, and tbe preolsioo, delloaoy of toucb, and attention to light and shade displayed by all tbe performer?, and tho nice balancing of all the parts, render tbe oonoerted pieces exceedingly enjoyable ; while tbe solo performances upon the zither, mandoline, xilophone, and' other Instruments almost new to the oonoertgoer are of great merit. The peculiar falsetto Introduced sometimes with great shrillness into tbe vocal pieces i has a singular effect, and can scarcely be described Id words. We do not kuow tbat it is particularly attractive to an English ear, but these jodels are well worth going to hear If only as a musical curiosity. But quite independently ol the jodelllng, tbe performances of tbeae Swiss instrumentalists and slngets are a very long way above the uaual run of musical entertainments, and last night the encores frequently enthusiastically accorded testified to the thorough appreoUtlon and enjoyment of the andlenoo. Though we do not propose to mention them all m detail, there was not an item m the programme but deserved commendation, from the opening overture, " Guillaume Tell," (admirably rendered) to tbe Prestissimo Galop, whloh brought it to a close. Of the oonoerted pieces perhaps the gem of the first p»rt was the descriptive pleoe intituled " The Turkish Patrol," m whioh the approach of a band, Its passing by, and its again disappearing In the distance, were splendidly rendered, the crescendo and diminuendo being simply perfeot. In the seoond part the palm must be given to tbe rendering of a seleotlon of National airs into wbioh exquisite solos on the ooarlna, xilophone, zither, etc., were introduced. Professor Seebold's solo on the oello-zV her, with harp aooompanlment by Madame Seebold " A Boy's best friend is his Mother " Herr Sohmled's zither solo, " Souvenir da Ems, ;< and Messrs Adam and Karl freehold's solo on the mandoline with goitar accompaniment were all delightful, but even these were, we think, surpassed by the exqolsite dnet for two piccolos, " The Mocking Bird," with t clever imitation of bird songs. Among the vooal performances Madame Seebold'e rendering of "JU Bscoio " deservts especial mention, as fclso does her encore song, vociferously demanded, "£Jome back to Erin," and Frauleia Emma Übl's song and jodel " Der Gute Bur." Tho most popular performance of oil, with " the god* '' at anyrate, was a sextette m whloh tbe playing of various instruments was simulated very amusingly, {t should be mentioned that all tbe performers were dressed m the plotureique national costume, and altogether the entertainment was a very charming one both to the eye and ear. We anticipate for tbe farewell parformanoe this evening a bumper* bo QUO,

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THE JUNGFRAU KAPELLE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2067, 19 February 1889

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THE JUNGFRAU KAPELLE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2067, 19 February 1889