Church of the Mediator Benefit

Event Information

Irving Hall

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo), Choral

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
19 August 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

30 Jan 1863, 7:15 PM

Program Details

Three choral works:
Verhulst: “Veni Creator Spiritus” four part chorus for male voices
Mendelssohn: “Wandering time” Chorus/quartette for male voices
Rossini: “Tantum ergo” three-part chorus for male voices

COMMENT: “Choruses sustained by: Mr. Camp; Mr. DuClos; Mr. Frisbee; Mr. Goode; Mr. Howe; Mr. Neaves; Mr. Seymour; Mr. Frost and other amateurs of talent.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Students of General Theological Seminary Chorus;  Mary E. Hawley (role: contralto);  Mr. Neaves (role: vocal);  William Berge;  Mr. [vocalist] Seymour (role: vocal);  Henri Appy;  Mr. [Muhlenberg’s Church] Johnson (role: vocal);  P. Duclos [tenor];  Clara M. Brinkerhoff;  Herman Frost [vocal-teacher];  S. P. [Tenor] Simpson (role: tenor);  William Morrow (role: baritone);  Mr. Camp (role: vocal);  Mr. Frisbee (role: vocal);  Mr. Goode (role: vocal);  Mr. Howe (role: vocal)
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Cherubini
Participants:  Clara M. Brinkerhoff
aka Fantasie for violin, Norma
Composer(s): Appy
Participants:  Henri Appy
aka 'Tis all for thee
Composer(s): Bassford
Text Author: Moore
Participants:  S. P. [Tenor] Simpson
Composer(s): Donizetti
Text Author: Ferretti
Participants:  Mary E. Hawley
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Composer(s): Alary
Participants:  Clara M. Brinkerhoff
Composer(s): Kücken
Participants:  William Morrow
Composer(s): Berge
Participants:  William Berge
aka The Three fishers;
Composer(s): Hullah
Text Author: Kingsley
Participants:  Mary E. Hawley
aka Ah, se il fratel; Life has no power
Composer(s): Donizetti
Text Author: Cammarano
aka Tremola; Tremolo; Le tremolo
Composer(s): Beriot
Participants:  Henri Appy
aka Kitty Tyrrel
Composer(s): Glover
Text Author: Jefferys
Participants:  William Morrow
Composer(s): Rossini


Announcement: New York Herald, 19 January 1863, 2.
Johnson is “of Dr. Muhlenberg’s Church.” Berge is “the organist of the church of St. Francis Xavier.” “Some students of the General Theological Seminary, who lately gave a successful concert for the benefit of their chapel fund, will [sing]. . . . [Berge] has consented to preside at the piano.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 26 January 1863, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 26 January 1863, 2.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 January 1863, 7.
Full program, time, price, performers.
Review: New-York Times, 03 February 1863, 5.
“[L]ike all affairs of the kind, [it] was wearisome from the admixture of sacred and secular subjects. There was a great deal of volunteer talent, too, which did not add to the cheerfulness of the occasion. Proprietors of music halls should make it a condition that neither children in arms nor amateurs should be admitted – whereby unpleasant noises would be avoided. The best morceaux were interpreted by artists, namely Made. Clara M. Brinkerhoff, who sang a sacred song by Cherubini, and an interminable piece [by] Alary.”
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 07 February 1863, 357.
Hawley “possesses a fine contralto voice, and sings ballads with much expression. . . . The gentlemen vocalists were, we believe, amateurs; at any rate, we hope they were.—It has always been our opinion, however, in spite of the charitable silence of that dash,--that from the moment an amateur appears on a public stage, however private, he or she must be judged by the same standard as the professional artist. Mr. Appy, the violinist, played a fantasia on themes by Bellini, and De Beriot’s Tremolo, with the elegance and purity of tone, characteristic of the French school, to which he belongs.”