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Ooe of the best of the always enjoyable conceits that the Dunedin Orchestral Society from time to time treat ub to was that which was given last evening in the Garriaon Hall, and which formed the third of the preßent series. A capital programme had been prepared, and, as the occasion therefore deserved, there was a very large attendance of subscribers and their ffiends all the sitting accommodation beiDg taken up some time before the concert commenced. In the absence from town of Mr Cbarlea Coombs the conductor's baton waa wielded by his brother, Mr James Coombs, and a very excellent couductor he made, his orchestra being kept nearly always well in hand. The programme commenced with a march, ' Romaine,' by Gounod, a 6tatoly and majestic composition that will well bear repetition on a futuro occasion. The other orchoßtral pieces were the magnificent overture to ' Semiramide,' which was executed in brilliant style and enthusiastically applauded; a very pleasiDg arrangement of the principal beauties of 'Mignou'; Bela'd 'Romantiquo' overture, a novelty as acceptable as Gounod's inarch, already referred to, inasmuch ao it contains some varied and very taking movements ; the same composer's ' Am Sobonen Rhein' waltz; and a well-arranged selection of airs from' The Grand Duchess.' One and all were played in masterly fashion, but we think that' Semiramide' was the popular favorite. The vocal portion of the programme was far more attractive in its features than usual, its framers having on this occasion wisely gone in for simple and melodious ballads, instead of the characterless though elaborate compositions that need, it must be confessed, to weary the audiences. That this radical change was thoroughly appreciated was evidenced by the warm applause that followed the Binging of nearly every song. The vocalists wore Miss Alice Wooldridge, Mr C, Martin, and Mr C. J. Long. The first-named aang Wallace's 'Sweet and Low' very expressively, and in Ascher's duet ' Life's dream is over' with Mr Martin created such a,furore of enthusiasm that the rule forbidding encores had to be broken through. Mr Martin's solo was Linley'a song ' Thou art gone from my gaze' which he gave with taste and correctness, aud Mr Long—who appears to have a good voice and a fair knowledge of its use, but was somewhat nervous—contributed two songs by Posca, 'ln spring' and 'Greeting.' A clarionet solo, Bendel's ' Andante Favorf,' very skilfully and sympathetically played by Mr W. Corrigan, was the remaining item of the admirable bill of faro prepared for the evening. Herr Schweers played the pianoforte accompaniments to the vocalists in his usual finished Btyle.

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ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT., Evening Star, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889

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ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT. Evening Star, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889