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Miss Wilson and Mr Towsey deserve the thanks of the subscribers for the excellent entertainment provided at the Choral Hall on Saturday afternoon. The instrumental playing was especially enjoyable. Miss Wilson further revealed her ability as a solo pianiste by giving a dramatic and effective rendering of the barcarole from Bennett’s fourth Concerto (op. 19), and also displayed accomplished style in association with Mr Towsey when playing Rossini’s ‘LTtaliana, a duet that was deservedly well received. Mr Towsey himself was in capital form. Hia solos made a happy contrast, consisting as they did of Ketten’s funeral march, a soft and fluent composition by Schumann, and a sprightly children’s march by Jensen. Each selection was played with admirable taste, and Mr Towsey was loudly applauded as ho rose from the music stool, Mr Schacht was equally successful in his exquisite violin solo, Beethoven’s Romance in G (op. 40), and this gentleman later on sustained with marked ability the violin part in one of Sehubert’s duets, the piano part being played by Mr Towsey. The singing was entrusted to Mias Grey and Mr Hunter. Miss Grey has one of the sweetest voices we have heard in Dunedin, she sings easily and gracefully, and has a perfectly-attuned ear ; and if this young lady could bo persuaded to adopt a more animated style, and utter the words distinctly, she would considerably enhance her natural qualifications as a songstress. We make this suggestion because we entertain the hope that Miss Grey will yet prove one of the very best of our amateurs. Of her selections on Saturday we liked best ‘ My mother bids me bind my hair,’ a song in which Miss Grey’s method is hardly to be considered a drawback. Mr Hunter sang *My Queen ’ and Tosti’s ‘ Good-bye,’ the last - mentioned being the song in which his voice was heard to the best advantage. The last concert of the series is to be given next Saturday.

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THE AFTERNOON CONCERT., Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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THE AFTERNOON CONCERT. Issue 7989, 19 August 1889

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