Carondelet Methodist Soiree with Annie Bowles
A Uuslcal 8olree. The entertainment given by the ladies of the Carondelet Street Methodist Church yesterday evening met with a success highly highly gratifying to the managers of the afttr. and delightful to all who participated in the varied enjoyments which were provided. The audience was a large and brilliant one. The friends of the church who proffered their services are among the most cultivated and gifted musicians, vocal and instrumental, ln this city, famous throughout the country for its culture and appreciation of music. music. The exercises were opened by a piano solo, performed by Miss Phala Matthews, tli 9 talented organist of the church. This was followed by a duet from Marl tana, rendered with great taste and feeUng by Miss Bonlwelr and Mrs. Given. Next . came the solo, " Come Back to Erin," given by Mr. W. Summer, a young gentleman whose rioh and powerful powerful barytone, combined with the rare susceptibility susceptibility and sympathy of a true artistic temperament, has already ranked him among the best dramatic singers of New Orleans. Orleans. Following this was an original essay, read by Miss Charlotte Goodwyn subject, "Easter." Miss Goodwyn's graceful style and thoughtful method of treatment have made her name familiar and pleasant by as sooiation to many readers of the Pioaynne, the columns of which have been often adorned by the contributions of her pen. Her essay on this occasion was heard with profound attention and elicited well merited applause from the most competent critics in the audience. The fifth piece in the order of the exercises was a solo by Miss Kate Boul weir entitled " The Magnetic Waltz." This charming selection was rendered with an expression and accuracy which showed how fully the young lady had entered into the sentiment and meaning of the com poser. Miss Bsulweir was foUowed by Miss Bowles, who displayed the skill of a finished finished planiste in her playing of a difficult and pleasing selection from "Robert." Through the Valley," a duet, by Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Given; ''Scenes that are Brightest," by Mrs. Morgan Smith, and Simon, the Cellarer," by Mr. Sammer, eon eluded the evening's entertainment so far as the intellect and ear were concerned. But this account cannot be closed with. out special reference to Mrs. Smith, whose delightful voice, plaintive and sweet as zephyr'B softest whisper, was at once a sur prise and a great pleasure to aU who h id not heard her before. Thereafter came the "refreshments,' provided upon the most bountiful scale, and consisting of the very poetry of the confectioner's art. Here language alto gether falls the Picayune's overtaxed re porter, and metaphor drops with languid wing. Old Sir Isaac Walton said he did not know whether the Creator could have made a better berry than the strawberry, but it was very certain that no better berry tiatl been made. Well, just imagine an unlimited supply of that very fruit flanked by long coolers of the richest ice cream, backed up by every species of cake which culinary genius has bo far devised, and you can form some idea ef the treat whioh remained ln store for the palate after the ear had had its fill.