Winchester, Kentucky, Wednesday, February 17, 1915


Entertainment Given By Local Citizens Most Enjoyable Affair of Season. Singing Pleases.


Short Time in Which Mixed Orchestra Was Welded Together Speaks Highly For Mr. Morehead

Sustaining his reputation as a conductor of great ability and versatility, Mr. Albert H. Morehead added one more to his artistic triumphs in the concert given Tuesday night by the Winchester Choral Club. From start to finish, the work of both orchestra and chorus showed the careful attention to the minutest detail, that marks the work of the finished musician. Taking men from the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra and some from Lexington, Mr. Morehead in one rehearsal welded the mixed forces into a complete and powerful orchestra, that obeyed instantly the slightest motion of his baton.

The first orchestral number was Meyerbeers “Coronation March,” which was given a brilliant rendition. This was followed by the Overture “Martha” by Flotow, one of the most tuneful operas ever written, and always a favorite, especially when its beauties are brought out as they were last night.

“Crowned by the Tempest,” Verdi was the first number given by the Winchester Choral Club and was finely interpreted, the quartet of fine soloist, Mrs. D. T. Matback, Mrs. J. M. Walker, Mrs. G. J. McKinney and Mr. B. O. Moss, the chorus and the orchestra blending in a beautiful manner.

The captivating daintiness of the next orchestral number, “Lovely Conflict” by Moses, charmed the audience, and was enthusiastically applauded. This was perhaps the best of all the excellent work done by the orchestra.

“The Beautiful Blue Danube,” the most popular of the great Viennese Waltz King’s many waltzes, will never grow old, and always be a popular number on any program.

In the two unaccompanied choruses which formed part of the next group of three songs, the fine work of both Conductor and chorus was shown to the greatest perfection. The delicacy of phrasing, the clearness of enunciation, and the clearness of attack proved Mr. Moreheads right to claim first rank as a chorus conductor, and the way the chorus responded to his interpretation showed that it was composed of singers of great ability.

The number were:

a. First day of Spring—Mendelssohn,

b. O, Hush Thou My Babie—Sullivan

c. Barcarolle from the Switzer’s Bride.

Those were followed by the Overture to Orpheus, one of the most melodious of Offenbach’s operas, and the incidental solo was charmingly played by Mr. Bruce Reynolds, of Lexington.

An orator’s number, “The Marvellous Work, from Hayden’s Creation, [sic] with Mrs N. K. Foster as solist, added greatly to the program, as oratorio numbers must be given according to traditional interpretations. Rossini’s Overture to William Tel [sic] was the most pretentious number given by the orchestra and was very brilliantly played. Spirit Immortal from Attilla by Verdi, with Mrs. Woodson Moss, Mr. J. C. Hodgjin and Mr. Hugh N. McDonald as soloists. The Winchester Choral Club and orchestra was the closing number, but it proved such a popular selection that at its conclusion the audience refused to leave, but sat still and applauded until the conductor called the soloists back to the front of the stage, rapped for the chorus to rise again and repeated the whole number.

Much credit is due Miss Susan Buckner for the success of this delightful entertainment as she has worked hard. The Choral society appreciated her services so much that at the conclusion of the entertainment she was presented a beautiful bouquet.

During the entertainment she was presented a beautiful bouquet, but through a misunderstanding the usher delivered the same to Prof. Morehead, stating it was from Miss. Buckner when it should have been for Miss Buckner.



Lexington Herald, Feb 17, 1915


Cincinnati And Lexington Musicians Assist in Orchestra


Bidding Spirited and Fair Prices are Realized for Farm Personality

The concert given tonight at the opera house by the Winchester Choral Society was of the most brilliant events of the season. An appreciative audience was present and each number was rendered with skill.

The program was opened with an orchestra member, the “Coronation March” by Meyerbeer. This was given a brilliant rendition, and showed at once the excellence of the orchestra, which consist of eighteen picked men, ten from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and eight from Lexington. Another number of the orchestra followed, the ever popular Overture to “Martha.”

“Crowned with Tempest,” from Ernani, by Verdi, introduced the popular soloists, Mrs. D. T. Matlock, Mrs. J. M. Walker, G. T, Matlack and R. D. Moss, as well as the Winchester Choral Society. Both soloists and chorus gave a fine interpretation of this great work, and the appreciation of the audience was heartily attested by their applause.

Two orchestra numbers, “Love’s Conflict,: by Moses, and the Strauss Waltz, “The Beautiful Blue Danube,” were well played. Undoubtedly the best work of the chorus was in the three small choruses, the first two being “The First Day of Spring,” by Mendelssohn, and “Oh, Hush Thou, my Babie,” by Sullivan, unaccompanied. The Overture of “Orpheus in the Underworld,” by Offenbach, by the orchestra, had as its special feature the incidental solo by Mr. Bruce Reynolds, which was played in his usual pleasing manner.

Mr[s]. N. K. Foster sang the difficult solo in the “Marvelous Work,” from Haydn’s “Creation,” in a manner that showed her fine voice to the greatest advantage. She was ably assisted by the chorus and orchestra who gave a remarkably fine performance of this beautiful oratorio selection.

The best orchestra work was done on the Overture to “William Tell,” by Rossini, and the closing number, the “Spirit Immortal,” from “Attila,” by Verdi, was so fi[n]ely given as to be a fittingly end to a fine program. The solos were ably sung by three of Winchester’s most popular singers, Mrs. Woodson Moss, J. C. Hodgkin and Hugh McDonald.

The concert was under the direction of Albert H. Morehead, of Paris, conductor of the Choral Society.



Winchester KY Democrat, Jan 23, 1917


The birthday of Robert E. Lee, anniversary dear to the heart of every Southerner, was appropriately observed Friday afternoon at the court-house, when the few of our local veterans who are now living, the Daughters, and the public did homage to the memory of one who, though gone, lives again in the minds made better by his presence. The program of an oration, recitation and songs. The invocation was offered by Rev. J. R. Peeples, a follower of General Lee, Miss Carrie Featheringill, President of the Virginia Hanson Chapter U.D.C., gracefully presided over the meeting. Prof. Morehead and his chorus, comprised of about fifteen ladies, rendered songs that thrilled the heart of the listener. “The Sword of General Lee,” set to music by Prof. Morehead, was inspiring, while Maryland, My Maryland and Dixie quickened the emotions. Mr. Charles McCourt delivered an oration on the life of General Lee, which was a worthy tribute. Mr. McCourt is one of the brightest young men of the city, a senior in the city school and a coming orator. The recitations of Misses Henrietta Bedford, Mary Edna Carroll and Anna Nelson were appreciatively received. The male quartette, composed of Dr. Cowles, Prof. Morehead, Flournoy Jouett and Hugh McDonald, sang a favorite selection “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground.” Dr. Banks pronounced the benediction. The local Daughters desire to express their sincere appreciation to Prof. Morehead, the ladies composing the chorus, the male quartette, the High School students, also to Rev. Peoples and Dr. Banks for their part in making the program so interesting.



Winchester Kentucky Sun, June 11, 1915


Choral Club’s Second Appearance Is Crowned With Success

The entertainment given by the Choral Club Thursday night was a great success in a sense that the program was the best Winchester music lovers have ever had an opportunity of listening to, though financially it was not near as good as the best first entertainment, as only a fair crowd was in attendance.

The orchestra for the occasion was composed of ten musicians from Cincinnati and eight from Lexington, which played the following numbers with care:

Overture—”Morning, Noon and Night.”

“Love’s Conflict.”

“Invitation to the Dance.”

Overture—“Semiramide”. Rossini

Enchore [sic] could have been given, but, it’s a rule, Mr Morehead does not respond to enchores in concerts of this length.

“Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep” was Sung by Mr. Charles B. Mitchell, the eminent basso of Paris. Mr. Mitchell has a very fine bass voice and sung with expression and feeling. He was assisted by a male quartet, composer of Mssrs. J. S. Hutsell, A. H. Morehead and H. O. Moss, singing a beautiful arrangement of Prof. Morehead’s. This song was enthusiastically received.

The first part of the program was closed by “Spirit Immortal,” for solo chorus and orchestra, Mrs. Woodson Moss, Mr. Hugh McDonald and Mr. Morehead singing the solo parts. Mrs. Moss’ beautiful high soprano delighting the audience.

An enchore was demanded and responded to by Mr. Morehead. The second part closed by rendition of the “Curfew Bell,” one of the most beautiful cantatas ever written for orchestra, soloist and chorus.

All acquitted themselves with credit, Mrs. Walker’s rich alto especially pleasing the audience.

Too much praise cannot be given to Prof. Morehead, who labored so hard to make the entertainment a success. Prof. Morehead has also been successful in arousing an interest in high-class music in this city and the esteem in which he is held by those with whom he has labored was shown at the close of the performance, when he was showered with bouquets of beautiful flowers.



Winchester Kentucky Sun June 23, 1916


Crowd Which Hears Prof. Morehead’s Class Thursday Evening Filled Auditorium of Church

The Christian Church was taxed to its capacity Thursday night by the audience assembled there to hear the recital of Old Songs given by members of Mr. Albert H. Morehead’s vocal class, and never was a more popular program presented in this city, all of the old time favorites being included.

Mr. Morehead, in a few well chosen remarks, explained that these old songs are so beloved, not because they are better or more melodious than many songs of the present day, but that in the days of our parents and grandparents there was neither any “rag time” nor the craze for “something new” that is one of the curses of the present day. The old songs were sung and resung until they became a part of the people and of their daily life, whereas our modern or popular music now is sung few times and thrown aside and forgotten for something new.

The program throughout was faultlessly rendered, the clearness of enunciation, repose of manner and perfection in interpretation of each song reflecting the greatest credit on the teacher, Mr. Morehead, and eliciting enthusiastic applause for each singer.

The members of the class who took part were Mrs. D. T. Matlack, Mrs. J. M. Walker, Mrs. W. S. Massie, Mrs. W. E. Strode, Mrs. R. E. Olive, Miss Minerva Haggard, Miss Louise Haggard, Miss Polly Baldwin, Mrs. Claude Seobee, Miss Kathryn Hughes, Miss Elizabeth Butsch, Mrs. Albert Marshall, Mrs. Woodson Moss, Mrs. N. K, Foster, Miss Catherine Fox, Miss Olivia Gardner, Mr. Hugh McDonald, Mr. D. T. Matlack, Mr. John C. Hodgkin and Mr. Garnett McKinney.



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The song recital given by members of Prof. Morehead’s vocal class gave a very delightful recital Tuesday evening at the Methodist Church. Quite an appreciative audience was present. Those who had part in the program were: Mrs. N. K. Foster, Mrs. William Massie, Mrs. J. M. Walker, Mrs. Claude Seobee, Mrs. Woodson Moss, Mrs. A. R. Marshall, Miss Louise Haggard, Messrs. Hugh McDonald and John Hodgkin. The next affair given by the pupils of Prof. Morehead will be an old song recital given in April.

Prof. Morehead is one of the best instructors in voice in the State and has added greatly to the music realms of the city.



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Interesting Program Arranged For Recital on Friday Evening, at 8 O’Clock.

Mr. Albert Morehead’s Class will give a song recital in the auditorium of the Methodist Episcopal Church on Friday night, June 22 at eight o’clock. Following is the program:

Duet. “Dost Thou Remember,” (Campann)—Mrs. W. E. Strode and Miss Annette Cole.

(a) “My Thought of You:” (b) “A Goodnight” (Ashford)—Miss Kathryn Hughes.

“A Dream” (Bartlett)—Mr. John C. Hodgkin.

“One Love Have I” (Cowan)—Miss Olivia Gardner.

Trio, “Vanea [Vanne a] Colei Che Adoro” [(Michael Costa)]—Miss Kathryn Hughes, Mrs. J. M. Walker and Mr. Morehead.

(a) “My Lovely Rose:” (b) “From The Land of the Sky Blue Water.” (Cadman)—Mrs. Claude Seobee.

“I Fear No Foe In Shining Armor” (Pinsuti)—Mr. Hugh McDonald.

“Scena et Aria” from “Der Freischutz” (Von Weber)—Mrs. N. K. Foster.

“Now Heav’n in Fullest Glory Shone.” From “The Creation” (Hayden)—Mr. R. R. Murphy.

“Our Glorious Land” (Vanderstucken)—Miss Polly Baldwin.

(a) “Serenade:” (b) “My Old Kentucky Home” (Morehead)—Mr. Morehead, Mr. Flourney Jouett, Dr. A. G. Cowles and Mr. Hugh McDonald.

“Goodnight, My Sweet” (Tully) Mrs. Woodson Moss.

Trio, “Ti Prege  O Padre” (Nicolao)—Mrs. Woodson Moss, Mr. Morehead and Mr. R. R. Murphy.

Accompanists for the evening—Mrs. J. M. Walker and Miss Helen Nelson.

Mr. Morehead’s summer term will begin July 2.