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CONCERT AT CHESTER ♦ For the second time during the present season local patrons of music had an opportunity on Monday evening at the Music Hail of hearing the vocal and instrumental performance of a combination of several of the most accomplished artists who grace tne concert piatiorrii at the present time. The audience was, unlortunateiy, not so numerous as it ought to have been cn hitch an occasion, but tho inclemency ol the weather doubtless accounted 111 a large measure for the somewhat conspicuous array of empty seats. Apart from tms dispiriting lactor, the concert was an unequivocal success, aud the unani- mous appreciation ol the choice bill oi Lare pro- vided was demonstrated in so unmistakable a manner that encores had 111 the majority oi cases to be conceded. The artists, several oi wliom ■have previously appeared betore a Chester audience, were Miss £ iiys ijaLtuiau soprano), Madame Marian McKerrzic ^contralto), Mr. Herbert Grover \tenor,, Mr. V, WMII Mills (baritone), Miss Evelyn Suart isolo pianoforte), and Miss Nadia byiva \soio vioiiu), wim Mr. Joseph Myer as accompanist. They submitted a programme which, embracing it us variety several -representative schools ol music, was oi a most acceptable character. To Miss Aiys r>ateman, perhaps, belonged the honours ot tne evening. Singularly pure and sweet, her voice possesses a freshness which is one 01 its prmcipui charms, and which is all the more attractive by reason of its rarity in fully matured voices, lier contribu- tions were three in number, nameiy, tne aria, α- "Gil angui d inleino," from Mozart s e Ziaubcr- flote; "Until to-iriorrow (Koben iiden), and An April Morn (Robert battellj, lor eacn of which she had to respond to an irresistible encore. Her treatment of If no one ever marries me" -on her last recall was another piece of piquant and expressive vocalism. Madame Marian Mcivenzie gave eloquent proof of her powers in her treat- ment of the recit. and aria ..). e maidens in Spring- time" (Meyerbeer), "A Message ol nope (George Atkin), and "You pretty rose" (Chutsam). While there might have been some objection to her phrasing, there could be none to her voice, nor to the charming way in which she rendered a:* the above numbers. The audience were unstint- ing in their applause, and refused to be denied an encore for A Message of Hope. Air. Herbert, Grover displayed a tenor of remarkable p flexibility and power m "i hid my iove and "I know a lovely garden" (Guy D'Hartleio- which he was warmly re-cahed. His other items were" Come, gentle sleep." from Sullivan's Ivanhoe. and Remembrance. One of the most acceptable leatures oi the programme was tHe per- formance of Mr. Watkin MIlls, which met with an enthusiastic welcome that is seldom bestowed. His interpretation of im a Roaiuer, a song Mendelssohn's operetta, "The Son and Stranger," "Drink to ine only wren thine eyes, What's the use of being wise," and tiyiiiouth Hoo" (Lady Barrett Lennard), admirably re- yealed the many beautiful (qualities ot his baritone, the treatment of the Latter item being particularly fine. An encore had to be responded to in each case, notwithstanding the length of the programme, which made such a den.and upon time as to preclude an interval during the ringh.g of the curfew. Of Miss Evelyn Suart's pianoforte. work it is only possible to speak in unqualified praise. Her selections were well adapted by their varied character to test the powers of technique and versatility, and included a Scherzo by Cyril Scctt, Chopin's Valso in A flat, Op. 42, and a Study in C. Major by Kubeiistein. The latt.'T solo perhaps best displayed he)' executive abiliiv, and received such enthusiastic plaudits that. despite the lateness of the hour. the artist- had to make a reappearance Miss Nadia Sylva gave a finished performance of Airs Russe (Wieniawski) a.nd "Adajio" (Marsick), for the latter of which an encore was demanded. Miss Suart and Miss Sylva also joined forces in a diiot of Canzonetta con Variazioni" and Rondo a 12 Russe," from Suite, Op. 44, by Edward Schutt. The programme was brought to a fitting con- clusion by a rendering of Sullivan's tuneful quartette, "Brightly dawns our Wedding Day." The accompaniments were skilfully played by l\1r. Joseph Myer.

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