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1911 Feb 20; Mar 04 / Subscription Season / Damrosch

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"S" = Soloist
"A" = Assisting Artist
Dates / Event Types / Venues
  • Feb 20, 1911 / 3:00PM / Subscription Season / Carnegie Hall / Manhattan, NY
  • Mar 4, 1911 / 8:15PM / Subscription Season / Carnegie Hall / Manhattan, NY
Miss Isadora Duncan dances to Scenes from Orpheus by Gluck.
Program selections printed in French.
NYT review excerpts of note: "a small chorus, seated among the orchestra, sang several of the choruses, and Mme. Florence Mumford sang several of Orpheus's airs." / "It had originally been intended that several of the choruses and Orpheus's air from the scene of the Elysian Fields should be included in the programme scheme, but evidently it was found necessary to omit these. Only the ballet airs were presented from this scene, including the famous air with flute obbligato..." / "the seldom heard overture, a usually omitted ballet air, and the finale, which is replaced at the Metropolital Opera House by a finale from another opera of Gluck, were restored."

Orfeo movements were listed in program with little specification, in French (so perhaps vocal numbers were sung in French at this performance - unconfirmed), as follows:
Choeur (Ah! dans ce bois tranquille)
Air d'Orphee (The companions of Orpheus weep with him at the tomb of Eurydice)
Introduction Orpheus (Act 2)
Choeur des Furies
Danse des Furies (Orpheus has descended into Hades to plead of the return of Eurydice)
Air d'Orphee et Choeur
Choeur (The harp of Orpheus is heard in Hades)
Air d'Orphee
Air d'Orphee (The shadows are hostile)
Dance des Furies (As Orpheus sings they relent)
Scene des Champs-Elysees - Orpheus (Act 2); Flute Obligato by George Barrere
Air de Ballet (The happy spirits of the Elysian fields lead Orpheus to Eurydice)
Air et Choeur (OMITTED, see review)
Air d'Orphee (OMITTED, see review)
Air de Ballet
Air de Ballet
Final avec Choeur (In triumphal procession they are both brought to the temple of love)

The Symphony Society Bulletin was a newsletter produced in advance of the New York Symphony concerts. It is not known at this time if what was programmed actually happened. There is no known complete set of New York Symphony programs so all performance information is compiled from a variety of sources.
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