25 March 1907

The annual Philharmonic’s benefit concert for the musicians’ pension fund is tonight (a worthy cause!). Lilli Lehmann is singing Mozart and Wagner, and there is a new tone poem by Wladimir Metzl. “Die versunkene Glocke” is based on the play by Gerhart Hauptmann.

Besides this last concert of the Philharmonics’s subscription series, there is a local pianist and three singers giving concerts. So many voice recitals! They are by far the most frequent type of concert.

  • The pianist Günther Freudenberg, who has been teaching at the Stern Conservatory since 1900, is giving a concert that includes the critic and composer E.E. Taubert’s Phantasie Sonata in c minor, op. 68.
  • The alto Getrud Meisner’s Liederabend includes some duets with the highly regarded baritone Alexander Heinemann. 
  • The Russian singer Lydia Illyna is performing Russian music with Ed. Behm at the piano. A review of her first concert the previous week noted that her powerful voice has taken on a vexing tremolo.  
  • The concert of tenor Paul Reimers with Conraad Bos at the piano includes songs by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Hahn, and Gorving-Thomas. (Reimers (1877-1942) studied with Henschel and Stockhausen. He emigrated to the US before WWI and was on the faculty of the Institute of Musical Art, New York (which became Juilliard), up to his death.)

The Opera is Der Fliegende Holländer. Die Lustige Witwe continues at Theater des Westens and Der Mikado is at the Central Theater.

I read in the Tageblatt today that Miss Maude Roosevelt, a cousin of the President, has been engaged by the theater at Elberfeld. Her first role will be Sieglinde. 

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