|1889 Wm. Knabe & Co. piano advertisement|
The recipient of that piano was Mary Green, my 1st cousin 4 times removed. She was born in March 1863 in Shelby County, Indiana and was the only child of Perry M. Green and Henrietta "Hettie" Campbell. Mary's mother had poor health, which influenced the family's decision to seek a better climate. When Mary was 10 years old, she and her parents, aunt, uncle, and cousins joined a migration of Indiana families to southern California.
Mary was the founder of the Pasadena Symphony Club, which met for the first time at her parents' house on November 5, 1896. The club's meetings included papers given on composers and musical forms, orchestral and piano rehearsals, and many public performances. According to several newspaper accounts, Mary was a remarkable musician and a pianist of great technical ability. (I wish there was a recording of her playing!) Among the pieces she performed with the Pasadena Symphony Club were:
Dvorak's Symphony No. 5 in E minor "From the New World"
Saint-Säens' Dance Macabre "Dance of Death"
Raff's Symphony No. 5 in E Major "Lenore"
Schubert's "Death and the Maiden"