Frederick Mollenhauer Concert: Benefit

Event Information

German Opera House

Price: $.50; .75 reserved; $5 private boxes

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
19 August 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

24 Jan 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

F. Mollenhauer: Fantasia (F. Mollenhauer) and “Last rose of summer” (F. Mollenhauer) both encored

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Mollenhauer
Participants:  Frederick R. Mollenhauer
Composer(s): Unknown composer
aka Letzte Rose
Composer(s): Traditional
Text Author: Moore


Announcement: New York Post, 21 January 1863, 4.
Mollenhauer “has nearly lost his sight.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 January 1863, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 23 January 1863, 3.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 January 1863, 7.
Time, prices, Eben’s initials. “[C]elebrated Organist and Pianist, Mr. A. Davis, who will perform one of his great Solos upon the Alexandre organ.”
Announcement: New York Herald, 24 January 1863, 4.
“One of the most interesting musical events of the season . . . . The beneficiare, as every one is aware, is one of the finest violinists in the country, and, having had the misfortune to lose his sight, his friends in the profession have decided upon manifesting their appreciation of his talents, and of the grievous calamity that has befallen him. . . . The programme is well varied and more than usually attractive.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 January 1863, 7.
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 31 January 1863, 352.
Mollenhauer is “the blind violinist. . . . [T]he concert was an artistic and pecuniary success.”
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 02 February 1863, 3.
“The complimentary concert to Mr. F. Mollenhauer (he is unfortunately becoming blind) was a great success. . . . The beneficiary was loudly encored, especially in an original fantasy, and a rendering of the Last Rose of Summer. It is thought that Mr. F. Mollenhauer will again appear before the public regularly. We have no question of the success of so fine an artist. Additional interest will be excited for him in his unfortunate state.”
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 14 March 1863, 392.
From a letter dated 01/26/63. The Mollenhauers are “a pair of brothers brought to this country years ago by Jullien. They played violin duets with astonishing precision. Both took up their residences here, and Edward is now the director of music at the Winter Garden, one of our best theatres, while Frederick has been, unfortunately, afflicted with blindness, and is dependent upon the charity of his friends. A concert was given for his benefit at the German Opera-house last week.” Signed “Trovatore.”