The Concert of the Philharmonic Society, on Saturday evening, was a delightful entertainment, of which all the parts were more or less good. The symphony, by Kalliwods, (performed for the first time in this country,) is a charming composition: the adagio, especially, is full of grace and sweetness. The Andante, from the Jupiter symphony, bestowed that heavenly enjoyment for which we thank Mozart above any other—
With silvery clearness of seraphic song.”
The overture, from Berlioz, was splendid in colors and imposing in its dramatic movement. Mr. Kyle played with his usual excellence. Nothing struck us more in the performances of the evening than the improvement of Miss Julia Northall, who sang twice—an aria from Cherubini, and a cavatina from Rossini. She has almost wholly overcome the faults that have heretofore hid the great natural beauty of her voice; has gained surprisingly in force, clearness and expression. The innocence and sweetness of her appearance always enlist the sympathies of an audience in her behalf, and there seems no obstacle now in the way of her entering on a brilliant and honorable career.
We heard, with much pleasure, the proposition for erecting a building suitable for musical entertainments. This is absolutely required here and will, in many ways, prove a benefit to the cause of Art throughout the country. “All who feel interested in such an object are earnestly requested to attend a meeting at the Coliseum, 450 Broadway (third floor,) on the 14th March inst., at half-past 7 o’clock, P.M., when a plan will be submitted to carry into effect the erection of an edifice, adapted to all musical and other purposes, fully commensurate with the wants of the New-York public.
It being admitted that such a building is required for the increasing taste of our citizens, and the necessity of its erection having been acknowledged for many years, it is now proposed to carry it forthwith into effect.
The plan of the Concert (which will be given in May next, on a most magnificent scale, by the members of the Philharmonic Society) will then also be submitted. The proceeds of the Concert are to be appropriated towards the erection of the building.
Subscriptions will be opened at the meeting for the above objects, and continued, after the 14th, at the Music Store of Scharfenberg & Luis, No. 361 Broadway.”
We hope that all the knowledge of Europe as to the construction of a room in which music may be heard to advantage will be made use of on this occasion, so that New-York may boast one that shall be a model for all the other cities in the Union. It will be the cause of increasing attraction to European genius, and the compositions of the great masters may then be given here to such advantage that the public will really become fitted to enjoy them. The Concert proposed by the Philharmonic Society, and to which all the musical talent now assembled here will contribute gratuitously for a common end, is to be made expensive, (tickets to be put at five or three dollars each,) but we doubt not there are enough among the rich, who value these means of a higher development, to fill the Tabernacle for such a purpose. After we once have a suitable room, we hope the entertainments will be made accessible to all who are rich in mind and sense for the Beautiful, even if their pockets cannot afford to pay a great deal in current coin for such pleasures.*
“Philharmonic Concert,” New-York Daily Tribune, 10 March 1846, p. 2.