The New Met Museum of Art & French Pianist Roger-Miclos

The Metropolitan Museum of Art underwent a significant renovation in 1902 and Edith finally made it over to the “new east wing” with Mrs. Schirmer in March of 1903. They entered the building from the new Fifth Avenue entrance after attending a long drawn out morning and early afternoon at a Harlem church where auditions for soloists and quartets where being held. After finally being heard and having her contact address taken once again by the audition manager she and Mrs. Schirmer decided to visit the new addition. They spent over two hours touring the collections and new great hall designed by Richard Morris Hunt.

1902 design by Richard Morris Hunt for the 5th Ave entrance, grand staircase and Main Hall nearing completion. www.shorpy.com

1902 design by Richard Morris Hunt for the 5th Ave entrance, grand staircase and Main Hall nearing completion. http://www.shorpy.com

They returned home “dead tired” from their excursion only to find an acquaintance, Mr. Voight, waiting for them with three tickets for his Uncle’s box seats for that evening’s performance of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Carnegie Hall featuring the French pianist Madame Roger Miclos. Changing quickly they took him up on the evening’s entertainment having read of her performances in the newspaper but not yet having the chance to hear Miclos in person.

Marie Roger-Miclos, Photographie, vor 1895. www.sophie-drinker-institut.de

Marie Roger-Miclos, Photographie, vor 1895.
http://www.sophie-drinker-institut.de

Roger-Miclos had been featuring both Beethoven and Saint Saëns in her concerts that late Winter in New York City. She had been written up warmly in the newspaper Sun in February 1903 for her rendition of Saint Saëns that imparted the “unfailing elegance of the Gallic school”. Here is a clip of Gina Bachauer playing Saint Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G.

About Guenevere Crum

Guenevere Crum is an artist and a great granddaughter of Edith and Paul Eisler. She has been actively sleuthing her Eisler - Vail Ross heritage since 1999.
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