Orchestral Society's Concert.
There was a very fair attendance at the Oddfellows' Hall last evening on the occasion of the Asbburtou Orchestral Society's Concert. Tho chief features of the programme, of course, were the orchestral nunihert-. The orchestra, under the baton of Me H. A. Gatas, was at its best, the first violins comprising such well known pei formers as Mr L. McClurg (loader), Miss Buchanan, L.A.8., Miss H. Packer (Christchurch), Miss Packer (Ashburton), and Miss Paggy Bain. Outside the string instrumentation recent acquisition to the orchestra is Mr F. Curtis's clarionet, which made an appreciable improvement m the ensemble 0? the orchestra's performances. Tho orchestral itema last evening comprised Mozart's 12th Mass, "Chanson Fayaanns" and "Valpe Gate " (Strelezki), Invocation to St. Cecil® (Lamotte), and Andante Religioso (Op 70, Thome), the last named item being especially well rendered. The fine playing of the orchestra m such magnificent compositions as the i2th Mass bespoke an enormous amount of careful training and bard study. Mr L. McClure played as a violin solo Tartini's " Trillo del Satanasso," which afforded fine opportunities for a display of his masterly technique, the item being rendered with much artistic feeling. Miss Buchanan, L.A.8,, gave a splendid rendering of Dr Elgar's dainty little " Salut D' Amour," accompanied by the orohestra. A new-comer among our amateurs, as far as public performances are conoerned, was Mr Arthur Claridge, who gave a very fine interpretation of the classical violin solo De Beriot's Sixth Air (with variations). Mr Claridge's last public appearance was as a boy, m 1898, when we had occasion m these columns to compliment him upon his undoubted talent, and to hazard the prophecy that he would be heard of, as a violinist, later. Yearß of faithful application to the study of his instrument have resulted m the excellent performance given by Mr Claridge last evening, and we may be permitted to hope that m future his name will frequently figure m the programmes of concerts m this town.
Vocal items were rendered by Miss Buchanan, L.A.8., who sang "The Rose" (Johnston) very artistioally, Mies Rattray, who was recalled for her fine rendering of " O Dry Those Tears," and Mrs Johnstone, who delighted the audience with a song selected from her large repertoire. Last, but decidedly not least, Mr A. Freeman (Christchuroh) gave a spirited rendering of Leslie Stuart's fine song "The Bandolero," and later sang "Who Shall be King," singing as an encore to the latter item the evergreen favorite " Father O'Flynn." Accompaniments were admirably rendered by Miss H. Packer (Christchiirch), Mrs Johnstone, and Mr L. Owen. The orchestra is to be congratulated upon the excellent musical programme set before the audience last evening.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905
Orchestral Society's Concert. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905
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