Annual Benefit for the Italian School of Adults

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
Antonio Barili

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
15 March 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

16 Mar 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Performance to benefit the Italian Evening School for Adults located on Wooster Street.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Petrella
Composer(s): Petrella
Composer(s): Barili
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Pasquale Brignoli
Composer(s): Donizetti
Participants:  Giorgio Ronconi


Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 March 1869, 9.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 March 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 16 March 1869, 4.

“The great concert in aid of the Italian schools takes place to-night at Steinway Hall, under the direction of Signor Barili. The principal artists of the City take part in it, and the objects direct it to the attention of every benevolent mind.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 16 March 1869, 5.

“The annual concert for the benefit of the Italian Evening School for Adults, will be given this evening at Steinway Hall. The charitable enterprise is under the patronage of a number of ladies well known in the circles of fashion, and we presume the attendance will be very large. Signor Antonio Barili has charge of the concert, and will be assisted by [lists performers] and several amateurs.”

Review: New York Post, 17 March 1869.

“There was an agreeable concert at Steinway Hall last night, very fashionably attended by the friends and patrons of the Wooster street Italian evening school for adults. Mrs. Admiral Farragut, Mrs. A. T. Stewart, Mrs. Colonel Totten, and other ladies well known in social life, were among the attendants. Besides a number of accomplished amateurs, the list of performers embraced the names of Brignoli, Ronconi, Barili, Miss Millet, and Miss Kohl. Mr. Berge’s effective Choral Union provided the chorus. Mrs. Farnham was the solo soprano. The programme of fifteen pieces included some number of peculiar interest—among them Petrella’s March, composed for the wedding of the Prince of Piedmont; a quartet from the same composer’s opera, ‘Carnival of Venice,’ and Antonio Barili’s well-written and exceedingly effective chorus, ‘Roma geme.’ The entire concert was a most enjoyable success.”

Review: New-York Times, 18 March 1869, 4.

“The concert in aid of the Italian evening school for adults took place at Steinway Hall on Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance, and the enterprise, we hope, will be benefited. The programme was of a character to attract an audience on popular grounds, and to invite silence in every other way.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 18 March 1869, 8.

“The concert for the benefit of the Italian Evening School for Adults, given at Steinway Hall, on Tuesday evening, was highly successful. Brignoli sang an aria from ‘I Lombardi,’ Ronconi gave a selection from Donizetti’s ‘Gemma di Vergy,’ and there were various other performances by Mrs. Farnham, Ettore and Antonio Barili, Misses Millet and Kohl, the Berge Choral Union, and several amateurs. Among the audience was Admiral Farragut.”