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I Artistes at the iPier (Concepts. MISS' ElSTA D'ARGO (Soprano). 11th 'Special, July 16th. I CHARLES, TREE (Baritone). July 16th to 22nd. PIER PAVILION CONCERTS. REQUEST NIGHT, FRIDAY, JULY 8th. Of the many items, set down on the pro- gramme! for the above date, twoi stand out for special notice, Mr George Atkinson's pianoforte playing of "Concertst-uck" by Weber, and Mr Harry Freeman's: violin soli, Saras ate's "Zeguenerweisen." Mr Atkinson replied to the insistence of the ,audience with a Mazurka by 'Chopin, which led to futrther enthusiastic applause. For Mir Freeman's, 80.101 we have only one word, "Brilliant." As a leader, Mr Free- man has long been noted, but it is njot until this season that he has liacb a real opportunity as a soloist, and it is most, gratifying to all con- cerned to he able to record auch a pronounced success. As a change from the fire and vigour Of the first item, he in response to the unani- mous demand played a delightful Beroeuse by J,. Folville. Another item, which is always a huge favourite with the audience, was Mr Walter Haigh's viola solo, "Largo in G," for the playing of which Tie had to acknowledge the public's favour. TENTH GRAND SPECIAL CONCERT. MR. J. H. FOULDS ('Cello Soli). Bach's "Aria" and "Gavotte e Musette" were the items set down for this famous player, and so charmed were the audience and so insistive that he responded to the general acclaim with a French Piece by Saint-Saens. Mr Fould's soli are always welcomed by the Pier Pavilion audiences, and are equally enjoyed by his fellow-members off the orchestra. MADAME EDNA THORNTON (Contralto). Thornton, who has always had the heartiest of receptions at Llandudno, came in for a long drawn out welcome at this concert. Her rendition of (Schubert's "Die Allmacht," was most enthusiastically applauded,, and in complying with the demands, she seliected as a contrast, "Sleep Baby Sleep," with string accompaniment, and we have no hesitation in saying it was exquisiitely sung, and quite one of her finest i-lendetingi we have heard. Two. songs by Hermann Lohr, "Unmindful of the Roses" and "IrtJ is not because your heart is mine," and were both given the warmest ap- plause. For the final encore she sang "Three I Fisthers" with a feeling and aætisti finish that must have touched all present. MR. H. FREEMAN (Violin Solo). I Mr H. Freeman played the solo in Andante [ in F, by Payne. This item, which has only ) once been heard previously, is the com- ( position of the esteemed conductor, Mr Arthur W. Payne. It is to Mrs Payne that we are in- debted for discovery of this Andante, which had' been lying perdue for over twenty years, J and it is this fact which leads us to hope that > there may be others stored away in some over- [ looked corner of Mr Payne's library. Perhaps Mrs Payne will oblige by instituting another j voyage of idiscovelry. AN APPRECIATION. We have long known Mr Payne as a masterly dhef d'orchestre, but it came as a welcome sur- prise to discover that he is also a master of the elusive art of composition. In onr opinion there is no more effective key for the storings than that of F major, the key Which hei has selected for this piece; and the principal sub- ject, though, quite simple, is full of delicacy and charm. The ethereal tones of the solo violin being supported by harmonies of much subtlety and beauty, and in this connection notice should be taken of the part played by the 'cellos in (tihe bridge, between the first statement of the theme and its repetition. Dur- ing this repetition a curious and novel effect is produced by the pizzicato variation of the solo violin, an effect which we do not remember to have ever met previously. A short coda of great repose and refinement bring the andante to an effective close. Altogether a slight, but thoroughly musicianly and delightful composi- tion. MISS HILDA CROSSE; (Contralto). Miss Hilda Oroase commenced a week's en- gagement at this concert. 'The songs set down to her name have included Meerbeer's "Noble Signor," Kattftierine Barry',s '"To-morrow," S. Liddle's "In my Garden" (encored), "0 Rest in the Lord," Handel's "Angels ever bright ,and fair," Goring Thomas' "0 my heart is weary," C. P. Cooper's "Ave Maria," etc., etc. We understand this is Miss Hilda Crosse's last public appearance, as she leaves for a sojourn abroad shortly. LLANDUDNO CHORAL SOCIETY. For the filrst time in the history -of the Pier Sacred Concerts we had an opportunity of listening to a choir on Sunday last, under the conducltorship of Mr R. Eivion Jones, A.L.C.M. Three items were given by this Society, Haydn's Trio and Chorus, "The (Heavens are Telling," in which Mis4s A. M. Roberts, Messrs. C. W. Birown, and W. Roberts were the priii cipals, Adoniah Evans' Anthem, "Abide with Me, and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." For a first appearance and ,considering the small amount of practise they had had, with the. orchestra, the choir acquitted its-elf very creditably, notwithstanding the fact that we noticed many "passengers" in their ranks. The best rendition was our townsman, Mr A. Evans' Anthem, which as sung by a 4rained choir instead of a congregatioin, greatly appeal- ed to us. It should become an anthem of great demand in all places of worship. The chorus was somewhat hurried and the sopranos and bassos were weak, being over-powered by the orchestra. The final hymn, "Jesu, Lover of My Soul" to the tune "Aberystwith," was not sung with that usual spiritedness and plaintive appeal with which we have become familiar, and this was probably due to the fact that the choir is not entirely a Welsh one. CLASSICAL CONCERTS. It must be a source of considerable satis faction to Mr Payne, and the members of the orchestra generally, that the Thursday evening classical concerts are so well attended, and the various items ,s)oi enthusiastically applauded. This week's "Classical" was nOI exception to this general rule, and a most enjoyable evening was the result. Excerpts from the works of Wag- ner, Berlioz, Bizet, Tschaikowsky, Beethoven, Dvorak, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Liszt were included. Mr George Atkinson, solo I pianist, was accorded a well-deserved recogni- tion for hisi Cbncerto in B Flat. GRAND POPULAR NIGHT. To-night (Friday) three instrumental solos are set down tb the names of Mr 1H1. Freeman, violin; Mr S. Midgley, bassoon, and Mr F. C. Hajtton, piccolo. ELEVENTH GRAND SPECIAL. For to-morrow's special concert an old favourite, Mr Charles Tree, has been retained. This vocalist is one of, if not the most popular of baritones at present, engaged by the Pier management. Miss Esta D'Argo will make her debut before a Llandudno audience, and judging by the lengtlhy list of press opinions before us, a great, treat is in store for the patrons of this concert. The "Pall Mall Gazette" says, writing of Miss Esta D'ATgo: "A very exceptional and a very true atrtiste, she sings with great distinction, possessing a voice of very fine character," and the "Cambrian Daily Leader" (Swansea): "A glorious soprano voice glowing with vivacity, and she adds to it the incomparable lustre of singing- with all her heart."



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