“He is a master of the phrase, as well as a master of rhythm . . . If the phrase is piano, it is played piano without unmeaning expression. The beauty of the phrase makes its way without the aid of rhetorical extravagance. And with what finish and subtlety is the phrase ended! How carefully are crescendos and diminuendos made, and yet with what apparent spontaneity! How clear is the dialogue between instruments! . . . In the stormiest of passages there is the feeling of reserve strength. The repose of this orchestra is never soporific; nor is it ever feverish; it is the repose of intelligence and confidence. . . . Mr. Thomas gave an object-lesson in the art of conducting that should not be disregarded or speedily forgotten.”

– Philip Hale of Boston’s Home Journal, reviewing Theodore Thomas on tour with the Orchestra in the spring of 1897.

Happy birthday, Maestro!