Hess Children Concert

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Price: $.50; no reserved seats

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
30 December 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Dec 1868, 2:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Mozart


Advertisement: New York Herald, 17 December 1868.
Announcement: New-York Times, 18 December 1868, 4.

“The two talented children, Joanna and Willie Hess, will give a matinee at Steinway’s on Saturday. It is their first venture of the kind. The children will be assisted by Mme. Gazzaniga, Mr. F. Bergner, and their father, Mr. Julius Hess.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 18 December 1868, 8.
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 02 January 1869, 375.

“On Saturday, Dec. 19, the Hess children gave a matinee at Steinway Hall and were assisted by F. Bergner (‘cello) Mme. Gazzaniga and Julius Hess (violin). The programme was a short one and included the 1st movement from one of Mozart’s string quartets. In it these talented children appeared to better advantage than in any other selection. Miss Joanna—in particular—was very accurate as regards time, and she also exhibited some taste and an attempt at shading. I must repeat my opinion that it is unwise to bring prodigies before the public: such a course—in most cases—does incalculable injury to the advancement of the innocent victims, while the performance itself is productive of but little pleasure to the public.”