Cornetists Knoll & McNeil
KNOLL & McNeil,
America's Famous Cornet Duetists and Soloists,
PERMANENT ADDRESS, ERIE, PA.
David W. Sloan
We have just been informed by C.G. Conn, that you were desirous of obtaining our services for the Centennial Celebration Sept 23-4-5.We regret that we will not be able of fill them as our engagements at the Mechanic's Expo in this city does not terminate until Oct 5th. Please keep this letter for future reference.
Hoping that at some future date we play for your city, we are
Yours Most Resp'y
Knoll and McNeil
219 ½ Polk Street
San Francisco, Cal
Among the gems of last Thursday afternoon's concert was: The Cornet Duo by Mr. Knoll and Miss McNeil. The theme was an old and simple one, entitled "Swiss Boy." The variations were artistic and added another deserved laurel to the wreath which these eminent performers are entwining about their brows. On a recall they gave the old familiar air, "Old Log Cabin in the Lane." This also called out prolonged applause, to which they responded by playing "Those Endearing Charms." This again was too much for the audience, who grew enthusiastic, and they again played "Only a Picture," and then the audience, like "Oliver Twist," were asking for more.-Daily Saratogan, Saratoga, N.Y.
Visitors at Brighton will regret to learn that Mr. A H. Knoll, the popular Cornet virtuosa, has accepted an engagement at Cincinnati. It is common talk that Mr. Knoll has made the grestest hit since Levy's time. This gentleman's genial disposition has made him a favorite with all persons with whom he came in contact, this being the precedent established by him in the early part of his musical career. Messrs. Cunningham and McGrath, in speaking of the matter, said he regretted parting with Mr. Knoll, as he has been a powerful magnet and gave more than satisfaction. Mr. Knoll starts for the West in a few days, and all hope to see and hear him at the Beach next season.-New York Evening Telegram.
The next attraction after Signor Miglionico was Prof. Thomas Knoll, the rising and popular young Cornetist, who is already regarded by many as a rival to the great Levy. Professor Knoll has certainly won the most popular favor among those who daily visit the Exposition, as was evinced by the outburst of applause which greeted him yesterday afternoon when he came forward to render the Solo entitled "The Lost Chord," even before he played a note. If the reception he received before his sweet notes awoke the echoes of the building was a warm one, it amounted to an ovation when he had completed it. This was repeated until he had played no less than five encores. His selections were "Killarney," "Suwanee River," "Yankee Doodle," "Annie Laurie," and "Nearer, My God, to Thee," every one of which was executed in a masterful manner and with an artistic finish. One enraptured gentleman who as heard to remark, "When I shut my eyes I cannot tell whether Levy or Knoll is playing." This, no doubt, is the testimony of hundreds of others who were enchanted by the sweet strains of his instrument yesterday.
Miss Marie McNeil's Cornet Solo was simply superb. With apparent ease she mastered the most difficult selections, and fully merited the enthusiastic applause received. She stands in the front rank of Lady Cornetists.-Witchita(Kan.)News.
Miss Marie McNeil, with Smith's Bell Ringers, is said to be the best Lady Cornetist in the world.-Denver(Col.) Journal
One letter written in black ink with pictures of the two cornetists. Press notices describe their performances before the public.
Allegany County Library
Entertainers; History (Md.)
Eastern United States, 1889