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A course of half a dozen concerts to be held on Saturday afterncons during the remainder of the winter season haa been arranged by Mr A. J. Towsey and Miss Annette Wilson, both proficient musicians and well known from their residence among us, and the first of the series came off at the Choral Hall last Saturday. There was not a large audience on the occasion, but that was doubtless due in great measure to the fact that the institution of the concerts was not very generally known, and now that a start has been made the list of subscribers will quickly be added to. The programme was a judiciously arranged one, there being sufficient classical selections to please those of high taste, without such a preponderance of them as would justify a less cultivated hearer in pronouncing the concert "dry." The pianoforte playing of the promoters of these entertainments formed a prominent feature of the programme, which was opened by their execution of Moskoweki's duet ' Prom foreign parts,' while later on Miss Wilson gave very brilliant renderings of Chopin'a ' Grand Valse' (op. 34) and Delibes's ' L'Bscarpolette.' This lady also took part with Mr Gully and Mr Barrett in an interesting trio by Mozart for pianoforte, clarinet, and viola. Mr Towsey accompanied the vocalists throughout, and also took part with Mr Schacht in Beethoven's Sonata, op. 24, for pianoforte and violin, which was played with great taste and skill on both sides. Mr Schacht also contributed two capital solob—Pergolese's ' Siciliano' and a romance by Papini. Of the vocalics Mies Marshall gave the page's song 'Saper vorreste,' from 'Th» Masked Ball,' the aria ' Porgi amor,'from 'Nozze di Figaro,' and Sullivan's 'Guinevere' in her usual finished style, besides singing with Mr F. Jones Mendelssohn's duet ' Zuleika and Hassan.' Mr Jones's solos were Rodney's ' Soldier's dream' and Pinsuti's ' Sleep on, dear love,' That the entertainment was thoroughly appreciated was evidenced by the liberal amount of applause which was accorded the various performers.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERTS., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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