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ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT.

Popular appreciation of the musical treats given from time to time by the Dunedin Orchestral Society was evinced last night by a very full attendance at the last concert of the Becond series of the season. The Garrison Hall was quite full in every part, and the thoroughly representative nature of the audience shows that in Dunedin those who have no music in their souls are few and far between. The numbers selected by the society for production last night were such as to ensure enjoyment by a mixed audience, and the manner in which they wero performed led to that enjoyment being frequently given expression to by loud and prolonged applause. The programmes—which, by the way, were got up with that good taste which characterises the society's every effort—contained a notification to the effect that no encores would be allowed; but the orchestration of Barnett's entrancing 'Elf-land' was so particularly good that nothing short of its repetition would satisfy the audience. The fairy, tripping music of the measure was exquisitely played, and Mr Coombs is to be congratulated on an exceptionally successful performance of a number which puts a con-. ductor's control over his orchestra to a severe test. The other instrumental items were Suppe's overture * Pique Dame,' a selection from Verdi's ' Traviata,' Haydn's Fifth Symphony, Ouseley's ' Concert' overture, and a selection from * Boocaccio.' These were all well done. The first overture was a really excellent piece of instrumentation, and the ' Traviata' was noticeable for the effective attention to light and shade which shows a well-drilled orchestra. The vocal part of the concert was not so good. The Dunedin Liedertafel undertook thf! rendering of four part songs, which, to put it plainly, ought to havo been better sung. Probably owing to insufficient practice the whole of the Liedertafel's performance last night was distinguished by a raggedness wh'ioh was not comfortable to listen to, although to their credit it must be said that there was a noticeable absence of that "struggle for the mastery" which so often spoils part singing. Their beet effort waß

' Best, dearest, rest,' and it was evidently recognised as such by the audience. Their other items wore : ' When the hues of daylight fade,' by Reiasiger, Adams's ' Christmas Night,' and Caldacott's ' Troubadours.' The soloist of the evening was Mrs Williams, who bore her part with great credit. Mrs Williams's voice is singularly sympathetic, and with her " knowledge is power." Possessing a voice more sweet than strong, she knows so thoroughly well how to use it that the large hall she sang in last night was filled with it without effort... She sang Barri's ' Land of promise,' and Robaudi's ' Non ti Scordar di me,' the latter of which was a special treat. The concert throughout was most enjoyable, and the society deserve the thanks of Dunedin for their efforts in the direction of musical education and popular entertainment.

The result of the ballot was:—' Elf-land,' 128; selection 'Boccacio,' 127; overture • Pique Dance,' 98 ; selection * Traviata,' 96; 'Symphony,' 53; 'Concert' overture, 49.

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ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT., Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT. Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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