Liederkranz Society Masked Ball

Event Information

Liederkranz Hall

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Record Information


Last Updated:
1 March 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

13 Mar 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Members of the Deutscher Liederkranz performed different dances throughout the ball.

Several of these private entertainments given in the course of the season.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 15 March 1869, 5.

“That a masquerade, in which universal gayety can reign without indecency, can still be given in New-York, was demonstrated in the most striking manner at the masked ball given on Saturday night by the Liederkranz Society, at their rooms in Fourth-st. These very pleasant entertainments, of which several are given in the course of the season, are almost private, being confined to the members of the Society and their friends. Tickets cannot be purchased, and no stranger is admitted without the personal introduction and guarantee of a member. The festivities commenced about 10 o’clock, and as all were intent upon making the most of the time, the rooms were full from the beginning. [Offers observations on décor and costumes.] At midnight a diabolical quadrille was executed by four male and the like number of female demons, dressed in the latest fashion of Hades. Later in the evening a gentleman of the Society, dressed as a female ballet dancer, amused the company by a burlesque on the antics of a rope dancer and circus rider…After supper dancing was again resumed, and kept up until an early hour.”