Thomas Popular Garden Concert

Event Information

Venue(s):
Central Park Garden

Conductor(s):
Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.50; $2.50 private boxes

Event Type:
Orchestral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
3 April 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Jul 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Eighth extra gala night; prices increased accordingly.

Performers and/or Works Performed

2)
Composer(s): Michaelis
3)
aka Daughter of the Regiment, The ; Figlia del reggimento, La; Child of the Regiment, The; Regimentstochter, Die; La fille du regiment
Composer(s): Donizetti
4)
aka Ye merry birds that sweetly sing; Ye pretty birds
Composer(s): Gumbert [composer]
5)
aka Amalia
Composer(s): Lumbye
6)
Composer(s): Heinemann
7)
Composer(s): Strauss
8)
Composer(s): Strauss
9)
aka How fair art thou; How beautiful you are
Composer(s): Weidt
10)
Composer(s): Verdi
11)
Composer(s): Grill
12)
Composer(s): Weber
13)
Composer(s): Unknown composer
14)
aka Konig Manfred overture, act 5
Composer(s): Reinecke
15)
aka Indienne march
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
16)
Composer(s): Ziekoff
17)
Composer(s): Wallace
18)
Composer(s): Schubert
19)
aka Spharen-Klange
Composer(s): Strauss
20)
aka Good night
Composer(s): Abt
Text Author: Seyffardt
21)
Composer(s): Unknown composer

Citations

1)
Announcement: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 25 July 1868, 1.
2)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 July 1868.

Includes program.

3)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 25 July 1868, 7.

Includes program.

4)
Review: New York Post, 27 July 1868, 2.

“The Central Park Garden concerts maintain their popularity by deserving it. Mr. Thomas is not at all satisfied to rest on the laurels that he has won, but makes as much effort to please the public as though he was beginning to make himself known. It is a fact which is highly creditable to him that he has introduced more new and good music to the knowledge of our public within the past five years than any other orchestral leader in the country.”

5)
Review: New-York Times, 27 July 1868, 4.

Theodore Thomas’ series of popular concerts continue to attract much attention. They are given on every evening of the week, and with special attractions on Tuesdays and Saturdays, which are called gala nights. No venture has proved more acceptable to the public. Apart from Mr. Theodore Thomas himself (and his personal popularity carries much with it) and his orchestra, which is by far the best ever heard at such entertainments, the success has been capped and made perfect by the beautiful hall and garden erected expressly for the purpose by Messrs. Appleby & Schindler. Nothing that can add to the brilliancy of the scene or the comfort of the spectator has been neglected. Of the music it is superfluous to speak. Mr. Thomas’ taste and experience have been indorsed on too many occasions to need constant renewals of praise. His selections are eclectic in the best sense of the word. They embrace almost every form and variety of composition. Some of the modern dance composers, however—such as Dan Godfrey and Coote—might be added to the programme with advantage, especially as they happen to be the most popular men of the day; but with the exception of a rigid Germanism, the selections are, as we have said excellent. To the musical there is certainly no more agreeable place of recreation than the Central Park Garden, and to every one else it is the gayest and brightest place in the City.”