Requiem Mass for Musicians Lost on the Evening Star

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Church of St. Vincent de Paul

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15 June 2016


Announcement: New York Herald, 14 October 1866, 5.

“The members of Messrs. Juignet and Drivet’s company, at the French theatre, are making arrangements to honor with a requiem mass the memory of their fellow countrymen and artists of the New Orleans French opera troupe, who perished on board the ill-fated Evening Star. The requiem will be held at the Catholic church in Twenty-third street. The managers of the Theatre Francais also purpose opening a subscription for the benefit of those artists in New Orleans whom the loss of the rest of the company has thrown out of their engagement for the winter. Many of them are well known to the New York public.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 23 October 1866, 7.

“A grand requiem mass for the repose of the souls of the members of the French company who perished on the ill-fated steamer Evening Star will be celebrated at the French Catholic church, Twenty-third street, near Fifth avenue, on Thursday morning next, at nine o’clock. The artist and chorus of Messrs. Juignet & Drivet’s Opera Company will sing Cherubini’s splendid requiem on the occasion. The soloists will be Mlle. Bonconseglir, Mme. de Lussan, Camille Urso, and Messrs. Armand, Scribot and Wilhelm. This tribute is volunteered to the memory of their fellow artists and compatriots who met with an untimely end.”

Review: New York Herald, 26 October 1866, 7.

“A solemn requiem mass was offered up yesterday morning at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, in Twenty-third street, for the repose of the souls of the unfortunate members of the French opera company lost on board of the Evening Star. Reverend Father Lafont officiated as celebrant, assisted by deacon and sub-deacon. The church was draped in mourning, and a gloomy looking catafalque was placed in the centre aisle. A very large congregation attended the mass, many being attracted by the grand music of Cherubini’s requiem. We have spoken at length before of this marvelous work of genius, and it is only necessary to say that it received full justice at the hands of the opera company from the Theatre Francais. The vocalists were Madame De Lussan, Mlle. Bonconsiglio, M. M. Wilhelm, Armand, De Surmont and Scribot, with a chorus of forty voices. Mlle. Camille Urso played a violin solo at the offertory.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 26 October 1866, 4.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 03 November 1866, 238.