Covington Commonwealth, Nov 28, 1896
The crowded house with appreciative people must have gratified the committee who had charge of the concert, and still more to find that their selection of artists met with such approval. The male quartette, Messrs. Morehead, Ash, Kemper, Hall, opened with one of their best numbers, and hence everybody was in the humor to be entertained. Their singing was immense. The piano solo was a rendition of a difficult number by Miss Hennessy, and as a pianist she ranks high, and deservedly so. The solo of Mr. L.C. Hall gave evidence of his remarkable bass voice.
“The Roman girls revenge” gives great scope for an elocutionist and Miss Helen Russell Hathaway had found the many telling points of the pathetic glory and delineated the same with wondrous effect and the thrilling words were given with power and she received a storm of applause. Her response was fine and the selections rendered were all overflowing with wit or beauty of sentiment, and “In May,” with her sister’s piano accompaniment, was a bright sparkling recitation. Miss Rose Pitton has the richest of contralto voices and under admirable control, and it was especially in the quartette’s round and full of beauty, and that mixed quartette can scarcely be excelled, for the voices of Miss Pierpont and Miss Pitton and Mssrs. Ed. Ernst and W. H. Stacy blend so well, and their modulations and enunciations are with great nicety given, and the accompanist, Mr. Salt, understands that (only) an accompanist is needed, ant this is an art. Miss Pierpont presented a lovely picture of a young artist, as she, with delicious tenderness or brilliant tones of execution, sang to her admirers. While she sings with full voice she never forgets that singing is not “screaming,” and her upper tones are so free from this fault—they linger in the heart and the ear is charmed.
The violinist, Mr. Rueble, gave the tones of his instrument with delightful evenness and purity and the stillness of the house attested his power in the “Cradle Song,” and the piano accompanist, Miss. Clifford Fithian, gave her idea and rendered an original accompaniment to his compositions. We agree with a critic when the words were spoken enthusiastically , “This was a gem.” The Gavotte was brilliant as rendered by this fine musician. Mr. Morehead has that rarest of gifts—a superior tenor voice—and his upper tones are at times exquisitely rendered. The Good Night by the Misses Pierpont, Pitton, Mssrs. Ernst and Stacy was a glorious finale. Miss Michawoskie is a fine musician and did good work as an accompanist.