Central Park Band Concert

Event Information

Central Park Upper Lake

Price: Free

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Record Information


Last Updated:
28 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Aug 1867, 4:30 PM

Program Details

Weber's Quartet, horns, arranged for full band by a “modern young composer.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Vepres; I Vespri siciliani; Sicilian vespers, The
Composer(s): Verdi
Composer(s): Weber
aka Columbanos
Composer(s): Parlow
aka Feuerwehr-Galopp; Flick flock; Flick and flock; Flick et flock; Au feu!
Composer(s): Hertel
aka Capela
Composer(s): Kreutzer
Composer(s): Bishop
Text Author: Payne


Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 21 August 1867, 8.
Review: New York Herald, 22 August 1867, 5.

“The charming weather yesterday, and the no less powerful attraction of music on the lake crowded the Mall, Terrace and adjoining grounds in the Park. There could have been no less than fifteen thousand people congregated in the vicinity of the lake at half-past four o’clock P. M., when Mr. Dodworth’s fifteen musicians huddled together in their little barge, left the landing. The scene was picturesque in the extreme. The gonfalons, emblazoned with the arms of the State, nodded lazily in the light breeze; the lake was alive with boats gliding amid the sleepy-looking swans, and darting out from mysterious nooks and creeks; the bridge was heavily freighted with humanity, in every variety of toilet; the fountain glistened and [flung?] its crystal drops across the slanting sunbeams…The programme of the music comprised among other pieces a selection from the ‘Sicilian Vespers,’ a quartet for French horns, arranged on this occasion for full band, and published under the name of Weber by a young modern composer; the ‘Columbanus’ and ‘Flick Flock’ gallops, and a ‘Capilla’ by Kreutzer. The shades of evening were falling when the last notes of ‘Home, sweet Home’ announced the conclusion of the concert.”