Ole Bull Benefit

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 March 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

20 Feb 1869, Evening

Program Details

Also included an unidentified canzone, sung by G. Hall, and an unidentified duet, sung by W. McDonald and Ms. Barton.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Mozart
Participants:  Ole Bull


Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 February 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 16 February 1869, 4.
Announcement: New-York Times, 19 February 1869, 5.
Announcement: New-York Times, 20 February 1869, 4.
Review: New York Herald, 21 February 1869, 7.

“The benefit concert given last evening by Old Bull at Steinway Hall deserved a much larger audience and a more generous support towards those of his troupe whose lot was ill fortune in the late steamboat disaster on the Ohio.  The sight of so many empty seats suggested the question whether aesthetic taste or sympathy for the unfortunate is on the wane.  Yet neither the veteran performer nor his instrument seemed affected in the face of discouraging circumstances.  Ole Bull dashed off a concerto from Mozart with such spirit and vivacity that the critical portion of the audience recognized at once the work of the great master, and bestowed on the performer hearty and repeated applause.  Miss S. W. Barton sang ‘Lascio chio pianga,’ from Handel, with a softness of tone and sweetness of expression that compelled one to wish the piece was longer.  The song, ‘Alice,’ rendered by Mr. William Macdonald, was a combination of boldness and fine sentiment, passion and pathos, that betrayed in the countenance the language of the heart.  Mr. J. N. Pattison, in his piano solo, received a greeting that ever awaits him on similar occasions.  Mr. Gustavus F. Hall sang a canzone, and Miss Barton and Mr. Macdonald a duet.  Messrs. G. W. Morgan and Egbert Lansing presided in turn at the piano.”