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The Metta K. Legler Company Music and Monologue Figure EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT THE CHAUTAUQUA MANAGERS ASSOCIATION CHICAGO THE METTA K. LEGLER COMPANY METTA K. LEGLER DRAMATIC SOPRANO THERE has been a constant demand from Chautauqua managers for a small company of good quality for use at the various assemblies for prelude work and for an occasional full program. For a feature of this kind quality is much more important than numbers, hence we are presenting the Metta K. Legler Company as an attraction which will fill this demand. Chautauquas needing a soprano soloist to remain throughout their entire program will find that Miss Legler is a musical artist well calculated to please every audience and that her listeners will not tire of hearing her day after day throughout the entire assembly. Her training has been unlimited and with the greatest masters of the day, after several years study with the best our own country affords, she went abroad to finish with Jean DeReszke and Lucien Berton of Paris. With a thorough training for the operatic stage, she gives in her concert programs, the arias from her favorite operas with so much feeling and power that when she has finished her audience must force itself to the realization that it is a concert not a full opera she is giving. Likewise she gives the little folk songs and lullabys with all the tenderness and simplicity they demand and her audience is in tears. It is only an artist who can carry her audience with her in all phases of her work. Once hearing Miss Legler means the deepest desire to hear her again. The second member of the company, Miss Florence Moak, pianist and monologist is an artist of rare and versatile ability. She is one of those pianists who plays herself right into the hearts of her listeners. Her accompanying is a marvel, an art few pianists can boast, she follows the soloist so closely that one loses sight of the fact that there are two people performing. While her technique is unexcelled, she does not forget the soul of the music. As a monologist, she is very clever and attractive giving a performance at once unique and entertaining, first working her audience into a fit of laughter and suddenly bringing them to tears. When these two artists combine forces in the musical sketch they demonstrate that—Two is (THE) company and three is a crowd. A Host of a Company in two People — You Want Them on Your Program PRESS NOTICES MISS FLORENCE MOAK PIANIST AND MONOLOGIST Musical Courier — Tuesday morning, March 15, Metta K. Legler, dramatic soprano, was heard in a private recital at Cable Hall. Miss Legler is the possessor of a voice of large calibre, well placed, rich and sonorous, and won a deserved success in the prayer from Tannhauser and in Schubert's Ave Maria, which were given with feeling and style. The artist also revealed herself a composer of no small merit, giving a song from her own pen, well suited to her voice. Sycamore, Illinois —When Miss Metta K. Legler appeared she was met with a warm reception, as she always captivated her listeners here by her pleasing manners and won their hearts with her sweet music. Like the true artist that she is, she seemed to fairly revel in the melody of her own music, and it would be difficult to say which of her selections met with the greatest favor. She was many times encored. Miss Legler will enter grand opera soon and places like Sycamore will not have the opportunity much longer to hear such an artist. Topeka (Kansas) Capital —A delightful entertainment given at the Country Club last night was the song recital of Miss Metta K. Legler. A large company, including many prominent members of the musical set were present, and the program was received with enthusiasm. Miss Legler, who has prepared for grand opera under Jean De Reszke in Paris, has a high soprano voice, clear as a bell, of dramatic quality but with charming lyric possibilities. Her appearance and manner are pleasing and everybody was delighted with her. Chicago Tribune — The rich soprano voice of Miss Metta K. Legler, as heard at the Music Hall last night, will not soon be forgotten by Chicago people. Her exquisite rendition of the Italian Aria has never been equaled. Pittsburg Gazette — Miss Metta K. Legler was particularly fine, displaying unmistakably the excellent training under the world's greatest master, Jean De Reszke. Miss Legler's voice and pleasing manner won the favor of her audience, and she was compelled to respond to many encores. New York Herald —New York music lovers were perhaps never so enthusiastic and unanimous in their applause over a singer as they were at the concert given by Miss Metta Legler last night. When she appeared on the stage her reception was nothing short of an ovation, and while she sang her first number the entire audience seemed not to breathe, and as she proceeded with her program the interest of her listeners seemed to deepen till when she had finished they were loath to leave and recalled her repeatedly. One of her most exquisite numbers was a scene from Tannhauser in which she sang Elizabeth's Prayer in costume. Chicago (Illinois) American —Chicago people were especially favored in having the opportunity of hearing Miss Metta K. Legler on her concert tour of this season as she enters grand opera at the close of this season, and such a musical uplift as her program last night elicited is not to be our pleasure often. Her voice is a marvel of sweetness, precision and agility, a combination very few artists can boast. Her manner is charming and gracious and she wins the hearts of her audience at once. Bonham, Texas — Miss Metta Legler is one of those peculiarly charming sopranos who delight her hearers, the latter hardly waiting for the finale before offering a hearty encore. No Company of six People give a more Varied Program — They Are Versatile Kansas City Gazette Globe —Miss Moak is a gifted pianist and accompanist. She stays in such close touch with the voice that one forgets the piano. This is an accompanist's greatest test. Her technique is clear cut, full of thought and study and she plays with great feelings Leavenworth Post —Miss Moak shows rare skill as a piano soloist and accompanist. She displays a wealth of temperament, a poetical imagination, and wonderful technique. She also is a finished accompanist. She seems to be in perfect sympathy with the one she is accompaning, is able to adapt herself to his slightest mood and in so doing to ably assist him. Her talent is a gift which is rare even in this world of musicians. Leavenworth Times —Miss Moak has demonstrated for a numberof years her unusual talent as a pianist and accompanist, the latter accomplishment not acquired by many. Leavenworth Post —Miss Moak excells in every detail of her work. One of her assets is that she is apparently unconscious of her audience and plays as if alone. Her work as an accompanist is perfect. Leavenworth Times —Miss Moak performs with rare ability. Her technique is clear, sure and brilliant, this combined with her artistic temperament enables her to play with ease and effect. W. H. Leib, Voice Teacher and Choir and Chorus Master—This will assure of my high regard for the ability of Miss Moak as a pianist and especially as an accompanist. She certainly has very marked ability in that line and only needs opportunity to prove it. Thos L. Todd, Leader of Orchestra—This is to advise that I have found Miss Florence Moak to be not only a piano soloist of rare ability, but also an accompanist of great merit. She is remarkably apt at sight reading, her execution is well nigh perfect, and adding to this her quick and sympathetic comprehension of your ideas, one will find in Miss Moak an accompanist who will please the most exacting. FLORENCE MOAK Comments on Miss Legler's Voice by some of the World's Greatest Artists Frank King Clark, Paris—An exquisite voice, rich and sweet and at the same time dramatic and full of feeling. Jean De Reszke, Paris—A fresh, beautiful voice with which she is capable of doing anything she undertakes. Lucien Berton, Paris—A sweet, rich, dramatic soprano full of sympathy and very pleasing to the listener. J. Shakespeare, London—A beautiful soprano teeming with temperament; very pleasing. A. Manoury, Paris—A most pleasing voice, big and full and at the same time sweet and sympathetic. Massenet—Miss Legler's voice is at all times a revelation.
|Title||The Metta K. Legler Company: music and monologue|
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|Personal Name Subject||
Legler, Metta K.
|Corporate Name Subject||Metta K. Legler Company|
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