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SATURDAY’S CONCERT.

The excellent programme put forward for Saturday afternoon’s concert —the second of the series promoted by Miss Wilson and Mr Towsey attracted a fair attendance of ladies, the sterner sex evidently preferring to take their pleasure in the open air on such a mild afternoon. The opening item was a pianoforte duet by Miss Wilson and Mr Towsey, the selection being the overture • Fingal’s cave,’ by Mendelssohn. The piece has a good variety of theme; it is one that can be appreciated even by tho unlearned, and the performers played with almost perfect unity. Had there been a mixed audience the appreciation of the listeners would doubtless have been more forcibly expressed. Mr Harry Smith sang a song that would probably be new to the majority of those present—Poniatowski’s ‘Stag hunt.’ We have seldom heard the singer’s musical voice to better advantage, and his singing was greatly aided by the capital accompaniment played by Mr Towsey. Those

whp abhor long pieces were somewhat apprehensive as the next item was began—it looked rather formidable, being a trio for pianoforte, clarionet, and, viola, op. 132, nos. 1, 2, and 3, by Schumann. But in reality it was a charming series of melodies of a plaintive and not too complicated character, and nicely played by Miss Wilson and Messrs Gully and Barrett, the only noticeable faults being that in one 1 a s ige the viola player began too early, and that towards the close the clarionet did not die away into piano in harmony with tho other players. Mrs Israel sang * For her dear sake ’ in her well-known pleasing manner, and the first part concluded with one of Mozart’s sonatas for piano and violin, played by Messrs Towsey ami Schacht, This was perhaps tho best of the instrumental selections, the adti'jio being perfectly delightful. In the second part Mr Smith was recalled for hiu capital singing of ‘The Pilgrim’; Miss Wilson scored a decided success by her capable interpretation of two pianoforte solos—a nocturne by Dbhler and a gavotte by .Silas ; Mrs Israel contributed a Moorish serenade (Kiiokcu) and Jeuscn’s ‘ 0, rest thy check upon mine’; and the performance concluded in good time with a couple of violin solos by Mr Schacht, whoso playing is always acceptable. Tho next concert is to be given on Saturday.

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SATURDAY’S CONCERT., Issue 7971, 29 July 1889

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SATURDAY’S CONCERT. Issue 7971, 29 July 1889

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