Bateman and Harrison Wednesday Popular Concert: 13th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $1 reserved

Event Type:

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
8 January 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

30 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Some of the citations record this as the twelfth concert in the series; owing to an issue with scheduling on Mondays and Wednesdays, Music in Gotham counts this as the thirteenth. For an explanation of this discrepancy, see the program details of Bateman and Harrison Wednesday Popular Concert: 1st on 11/12/66.

This is the first concert of the series to take place after the final departure of Bateman's troupe, from which Harrison retained Euphrosyne Parepa and Carl Rosa. (Bateman's artists had begun the series, left for a tour, returned for the twelfth concert, and then left again.) The final four concerts of the series (nos. 13-16) were not managed by Bateman and did not feature artists under his management. For consistency across the Wednesday Popular Concert series in the Music in Gotham database, though, the event title still includes Bateman's name. (See also the related event: Sunday Evening Concert: 22nd on 01/27/67.)

Colby served as accompanist for at least part of the program.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Guglielmo Tell; William Tell; Introduction
Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra
Composer(s): Wallace
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
aka I cannot sing the songs of old
Composer(s): Barnard
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
aka Bird that comes to me in spring; Bird that came in spring
Composer(s): Benedict
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
aka O Perfido
Composer(s): Beethoven
Participants:  Euphrosyne Parepa
Composer(s): Beriot
Participants:  Carl Rosa
aka Evening song; Abendlied; Abendgesang
Composer(s): Schumann
Participants:  Carl Rosa
Composer(s): Hauser
Participants:  Carl Rosa
Composer(s): Mills
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
Composer(s): Mills
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
aka Rákóczy March, LW A60B; Magyar rhapsodiak, no. 15; Ungarische Rhapsodien, no. 15
Composer(s): Liszt
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
Composer(s): Flotow
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra
aka Madeleine waltz
Composer(s): Wehli
Participants:  Thomas Orchestra


Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 January 1867.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 January 1867.
Announcement: New-York Times, 30 January 1867, 5.

"Wednesday Popular Concert.--The twelfth of Mr. Harrison's extremely agreeable and truly popular concerts takes place to-night at Steinway Hall. Madame Parepa, Mr. S. B. Mills, M. [sic] Carl Rosa and Mr. Theodore Thomas and his fine orchestra are the attractions of the occasion. It would be impossible to find anything better. Of Madame Parepa's great claim as an artiste it is unnecessary to speak. They have been recognised by the public and by every intelligent critic on the Press. Since Jenny Lind she is undoubtedly the best singer we have had in America. To-night she displays her powers to unusual advantage. In Beethoven's grand aria, 'Ah! Perfido,' we hear her in a piece which no mediocre artiste can essay. It may be remembered from last season, and can only be remembered to be admired. As a contrast to this admirable and passionate classic morceau, Mme. Parepa sings a couple of ballads--both of which, we venture to say, will receive a hearty encore. Mr. Mills plays his own 'Murmuring Fountain,' and Liszt's 'Racockzy March.' Mr. Carl Rosa executes a 'Fantasie Fantastique' by Hauser, which we do not remember to have heard before, and other compositions more familiar. The orchestra plays the overture to 'William Tell;' the overture 'Les Charmes du Voyage;' the 'Madeline Waltz,' (by James W. Wehli,) and the 'Quartette and entr'acte' from Martha. It will be seen that the programme, without conceding too much to the public, is strictly popular in its character. We trust sincerely that Mr. Harrison, in his meritorious effort to encourage and elevate public taste, may be properly supported. It is seldom that any one is willing to risk so much for gains that must always be so small."

Review: New York Herald, 31 January 1867, 7.

“A large and distingué audience assembled last night at Steinway Hall to enjoy the twelfth [sic] Wednesday popular concert. The programme comprised orchestral and vocal selections from some of the best composers, and was rendered in a manner that entranced the attention of those fortunately present, who expressed their satisfaction and appreciation by frequent and repeated encores. The overture from William tell and the ballads, ‘I cannot sing the old songs,’ and ‘The bird that came in spring,’ were particularly noticeable. A violin solo by Carl Korn [sic] attracted special attention. The grand scena 'Ah Perfide,' [sic] a most difficult piece was charmingly sung with operatic music.”

Review: New York Post, 31 January 1867.

“Mr. Harrison has added to the interest of these excellent concerts by securing the services of Mme. Parepa, and Messrs. Mills and Rosa, lately members of the Bateman company. Last evening the first of this series, with the new combination, was given at Steinway Hall before a large audience. Mme. Parepa sang Beethoven’s ‘Ah! Perfido,’ Claribel’s ballad, ‘I cannot sing the old songs,’ and the beautiful song, ‘The bird that came in spring,’ by Benedict, to the great satisfaction of the audience, who insisted on encoring every piece presented. Mr. Mills played very beautifully a caprice of his own composition, and the celebrated ‘Rakoczy March, by Liszt.  Mr. Rosa’s selections were a solo for the violin, by De Beriot, Schumann’s exquisite ‘Evening Song,’ and a caprice by Hauser. He played these pieces in fine taste, and won an encore in each. The orchestra was under the direction of Theodore Thomas, and was, as usual, excellent.”