The fourth concert of the Dunedin Orchestral iSociety'a 27th season was given in the Garrison Hall last night. In the ordinary course of events the concert would nave been to-night, "but the society gave way so as to let the* hall be at tho service of the Patriotic Committee for this evening. Mr James Coombs, tho honorary conductor, had the pleasure of seeing a fairly full attendance of performing members, ’dad subscribers were present ip strong force, nearly all the seats, excepting a few at the roar, being occupied,.’ If was quite like old times to see such a fine house, and wo may also remark that the concert reminded one of past successes,! the music chosen for the being mostly of the popular kind "that used to bo so much enjoyed by our fathers, whilst the playing, when at its best, bad the quality and color and fullness that wo were accustomed to look for •in this society’s doings years - ago. Most of the tutti was very gratifying last night, and we specially note the accomplished work of some of the soloists—oboe’, clarinet, and cornet shining particularly, euphonium doing really well when at his best, and flute being, as usual, absolutely reliable. Herold'e overture, ‘ Le Pre aux Clercs,’ found tho .orchestra delightfully in tune, tone good,’ expression beautifully attended to. The only fault was a want of solidity about the. chords. Two melodies by Grieg gave much pleasure. Ln these the strings got the required song style. With, the one exception that the ’cello lead was somewhat indecisive and scratchy, the first of these melodies, ‘ Hjertsar,’ was a delight, quite artistic in places, especially the final diminuendo. ‘ A’aren,’ the second of the Grieg compositions. Was given with much delicacy —all soft and warm, the inner parts nicely in evidence. AVe hope to hear those melodies again. Their rendering represented the society’s high-water mark of refinement. LadclliV suite, ‘ Enfantine,’ consists of four dances, the first played with lovely animation and in pood rhythm, the second acceptable, tho third noticeably crisp, the fourth sprightly and well embellished. The weak item of the concert, in our judgment, was Sullivan's ‘Di Ballo ’ overture. The band here got out of tune, and more rehearsing seemed to bo wanted. The ‘ Scniiramulo ’ selection was good—splendid body, admirable . tone, plenty of liberty, brass splendid, cornets at the top of their form. The concluding item, the march ’Under Fjedom’s Flag,’ never went better! It was gloriously inspiring. Miss Vida Waters (accompanied by Miss M. Gawne) and Mr J. M’Grath (for whom Miss M’Laren played) were tho vocal soloists. Miss AVaters made her hit in her encore song ‘Lilies,’ and Mr M’Grath in ‘Son of Mine.’ the Freebooter song that' Hamilton Hodges taught us how to sing.
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ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY, Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914
ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914
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