Thomas Popular Garden Concert: Handel Night

Event Information

Venue(s):
Central Park Garden

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

Price: $.25; $2 extra for private boxes

Event Type:
Orchestral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
13 January 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Grand Handel night.

American premiere of Handel’s Music for the royal fireworks.

Performers and/or Works Performed

2)
aka March; Fest march; Grand march; Tannhauser. Freudig begrussen wir die edle Halle. Allegro
Composer(s): Wagner
3)
aka Egmont overture; Goethe's Egmont
Composer(s): Beethoven
4)
Composer(s): Strauss
5)
aka Robert the devil
Composer(s): Unknown composer
6)
Composer(s): Handel
7)
Composer(s): Flotow
8)
aka Village swallows; Village swallows from Austria; Die Dorfschwalben
Composer(s): Strauss
9)
Composer(s): Schubert
10)
Composer(s): Handel

Citations

1)
Announcement: New York Post, 19 October 1868, 2.

“Three concerts will be given at Central Park Garden this week: to-night, Wednesday night and Friday night. This evening the dance music of Strauss will constitute the main feature of the programme. On Wednesday night Handel’s works will be performed, and on Friday evening Liszt’s compositions will have the place of honor. To-morrow night Mr. Thomas will transfer his orchestra to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where Madame Lagrange will sing for the first time this season.”

2)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 October 1868.
3)
Announcement: New York Post, 20 October 1868, 2.
4)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 October 1868, 7.
5)
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 21 October 1868, 6.

Notes that it is “Handel Night” and that the Royal Fireworks will be performed, but does not provide full program.

6)
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 21 October 1868, 8.
7)
Article: Dwight's Journal of Music, 28 November 1868, 348.

“The N.Y. Citizen has an erudite musical editor. In a recent issue of that journal I find the following paragraph having reference to Theo. Thomas and his concerts at Central Park Garden: ‘Mr. Thomas has given us a “Handel night” and a “Liszt night,” why will he not give us a “Chopin night”?’ The writer would scarcely have stultified himself in this way if he had been aware of the fact that (with the exception of the concertos, &c.) Chopin wrote no orchestral music. Verily the Citizen man is a brilliant critic.”