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An Evening’s Entertainment of a Novel and Unique Character. THE DeKoven Male Quartet AN ORGANIZATION OF MERIT AND ABILITY. ASSISTED BY EDWARD ELLIOTT, PIANIST. "GYPSY LIFE." This Season the Company will present for the second part of the program a sketch, entitled, "Gypsy Life,'' with elaborate costumes, special scenery and appropriate musical setting. . . . The DeKoven Male Quartet LEWIS H. BURNSIDE, First Tenor. IVON H. BLACKMAN, Second Tenor and Manager JOHN PRINDLE SCOTT, Baritone. IORWERTH TYDFIL DANIEL, Basso. The DeKOVEN MALE QUARTET is now entering; its sixth year of concert work. During' this period the personnel has been changed several times with a View of making' the quartet stronger, and it is safe to say that no better or more popular Lyceum organization is before the public to-day than THE DeKOVEN MALE QUARTET and EDWARD ELLIOTT, Pianist. The quartet is noted for its ensemble work, which is characterized by perfect blending' and shading'. Strong' individually and collectively, they know how to entertain and please. LEWIS H. BURNSIDE possesses a voice of clear and mellow quality, so essential to a first tenor in male quartet music. Good first tenors are exceedingly rare, but Mr. Burnside is equal to all the exacting demands and is without doubt one of the best first tenors singing in any male quartet today. As a soloist he is at all times heard with extreme pleasure. The following excerpt from the New York World speaks for itself : "Mr. Burnside, the first tenor, possesses a voice of rare culture and of exceedingly high range, reaching high C, and even higher tones with perfect ease and power that is rarely equaled." IVON H. BLACKMAN has a voice peculiarly adapted to the part of second tenor. In his singing he displays a sympathetic quality and purity of tone that is too rarely heard. He is an accomplished musician. From 1895 to 1901 Mr. Blackman was secretary of the Y. M. C. A. at Norwich, N. Y., giving part of his time each season to Lyceum work. He has had a great deal of experience with committees and knows their wants, while in his concert work he has always proven eminently successful. ..."GYPSY LIFE."... A band of wandering' gypsies enter a forest at dusk, and set up their camp for the night. After the fires are made and the evening meal prepared, they lie at ease about the blazing fog's and beguile the hours with songs and tales of their merry fife. Worn out, at fast, with the weary march of the day, they fall asleep to dream until the dawn shall urge them on their way once more. JOHN PRINDLE SCOTT is one of the finest baritones to be found, and enjoys an enviable reputation, both as composer and vocalist. His singing has delighted audiences from East to West. Combined with a great amount of natural ability, he has had the advantage of the best musical schools. Mr. John Prindle Scott has a voice of wonderful richness and his every number evinced that it had been given very studious training.—Ionia, Mich. Mr. Scott is an intelligent singer with a voice of sympathetic quality and his work was most artistic.—Flint, Mich. Mr. Scott's voice is most delightful, displaying sympathetic and finish. His work of 'Old Songs' was especially appreciated and in each case he was recalled.—Owosso Mich. John Prindle Scott's voice is of a calibre seldom found. At times as soft and sweet as a woman's, it can swell to incredible power and yet retain its purity of tone and freedom from false inflections.— Saginaw, Mich. The solo work of John Prindle Scott was especially praiseworthy. He has a rich baritone voice and he handles it in cultured style.—Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. Scott delighted all with his reposeful manner, his smooth, even tone, and clear enunciation. He has a deep melodious voice and sings with a wonderful depth of beauty and meaning. -Binghampton, N. Y. IORWERTH T. DANIEL, director of the quartet, is the possessor of a magnificent basso-cantante voice of unusual range and power, which he handles in an intelligent manner. He is also a choral conductor of exceptional ability. With a chorus of 150 mixed voices, he won the highest honors at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, and at Scranton, Pa., the following year, the money premiums amounting to nearly $3,000, in contests open to the world, Mr. Iorwerth T. Daniel, the basso, has a magnificent voice, which lie handles in a masterly style. His rendering of Pinsuti's "Bugler" was indeed a fine piece of work.—Dayton (Ohio) Monitor. Sargent's "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Winds," was especially well rendered by Iorwerth T. Daniel, who displayed a remarkable basso-cantante voice. He was heartily encored.—Pittsburg (Pa.) Dispatch. Iorwerth T. Daniel gave Cowen's "Children's Home." as his contribution to a most excellent programme He has a basso-cantante voice of much purity and unusual range, and sings very artistically. A pleasing feature of his work was his splendid enunciation.—Cleveland Plain Dealer. THE DeKOVEN MALE QUARTET. EDWARD ELLIOTT is one of the most brilliant of American pianists; If a guarantee of Mr. Elliott's capabilities as an exponent of the most perfect method of piano playing were needed, it would be quite sufficient to say that for six years he was a pupil of America's greatest pianist and teacher, William H. Sherwood, who said of him: "He has studied music and piano playing with such effect that he has developed into a substantial concert player. His methods of technique and of musical interpretation have enabled him to give some highly satisfactory renderings of the works of the great composers. He has poetic and sympathetic qualities of expression, sustained power and much verve and brilliancy. Mr. Elliott will moreover win the confidence and good will of those he meets, in a high degree." Mr. Elliott has given numerous recitals throughout the United States with great success, and received very flattering encomiums from the press. He will officiate as solo pianist and accompanist with the DeKoven Quartet, and will prove a most pleasing acquisition to the organization. SOME PRESS CRITICISMS. "The soundness of his technique was unmistakable. It was shown especially in one or two pieces, Delehaye's Minuet for instance, which he played most perfectly, smoothly and clearly, and wholly without pedal—a style of playing for which the late Carl Tausig had a marked predilection."— Boston Transcript. "Mr. Elliott is one of the most promising artists before the public. His touch is characterized by what may be termed a limpid quality, while at the same time it is delicate in the highest sense. His execution is really marvelous, and in every particular he shows himself to be in perfect sympathy with his art.''— Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. " Mr. Elliott, in the performance of an exceedingly difficult programme, evinced the possession of unusual technical ability, as well as the power of scholarly interpretation. He was accorded a most flattering reception."—Pittsburg Leader. SOME PRESS CRITICISMS. "The characteristics of his playing are a very equal and most happy blending of refinement and true poetic fire. His playing of Chopin—always a crucial test—is charming and enlivening in the highest degree. His touch is fas¬cinating and full of a spirit and delightful dash."—Burlington, Vt. " Mr. Elliott gave us what is thoroughly our conception of music in the highest degree. His touch is light and graceful, and he carries his hearer along with his theme, fully expressing the composer's sentiment because fully comprehending it himself."—Amsterdam Daily Democrat. 11 Much has been expected of this pianist, but he showed himself fully equal to the performance of a programme containing works by the greatest classic and modern composers. He has a perfect technique, pure legato touch, great breadth, and plays with a precision and style that tells of hard and conscientious study."— Bridgeport, Conn., Farmer. COMMENDATORY REFERENCES. "The DeKoven Male Quartet is a well-balanced organization and its blending- is perfect. The ensemble work is most excellent and the solo work splendid. It gives me much pleasure to say that I regard them as one of the best Lyceum organizations before the public today."— Louis J. RUSSELL, "The Middleman" "The DeKovens know what to sing and how to sing it. They always score a decided success everywhere. Their "To Arms" is one of the most inspiring selections I have ever heard. It is martial music like this, sung with spirit and fervor, that pushes men through battle smoke, to the very nose of the enemy's guns. Push on boys, and if your country calls "To Arms," let it be. May those who hear the DeKovens become a multitude."—MARION WILSON, the Popular Entertainer. Entirely New Programmes Will Be Given For All Return Dates.
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