Professor Albert Einstein made his American debut as a musician last night before a distinguished audience at the residence of Adolph Lewisohn at 881 Fifth Avenue. The famed scientist motored in from his home at Princeton, N. J., yesterday afternoon with his beloved violin and spent several hours rehearsing for the gala concert, the proceeds of which will be used by him for the benefit of some of his intimate scientific friends in Berlin.
With Toscha Seidel, noted violinist, Professor Einstein rendered a Bach concerto for two violins and the pair, with Ossip Giskin, violincellist, and Leon Barzin, viola player, gave a selection from Mozart. Miss Harriet Cohen, British pianist, gave a piano solo of a work by Bach.
Professor Einstein and his fellow-artists were warmly applauded by the audience of three hundred, the capacity of the ballroom in which the concert was held.
The committee of sponsors for the concert was composed of
Hon. Henry Morgenthau, Samuel Lewisohn, chairmen; Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hon. Herbert H. Lehman, Mrs. Julius Ochs Adler, Paul Adler, Paul Baerwald, Mrs. Herbert Carlebach. Mark Eisner, Mrs. Frederick Heimerdinger, Mrs. Walter Hirsch, Mrs. William de Y. Kay, Henry Ittleson, Dr. Joseph J. Klein, Jerome Lewine, Dr. Emanuel Libman, Walter Mack, Jr., Mrs. Alexander Marcuse, Mrs. Paul Mazur, Mrs. Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Mrs. George Naumberg, Mrs. Sidney S. Prince, Mrs. David Sarnoff, David Stern, Mrs. Nathan Straus, Jr., Mrs. Roger Straus, Percy Straus, Mrs. Arthur H. Sulzberger, David Sulzberger, Ludwig Vogelstein, Mrs. Felix M. Warburg.