Josefina Filomeno Benefit Concert

Event Information

Steck’s Music Hall

Edward [pf - composer] Hoffman

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
10 April 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Mar 1869, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Reminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor; Lucia fantasia
Composer(s): Liszt
Composer(s): Bellini
Participants:  Elena [soprano] Lanari


Advertisement: New York Herald, 16 March 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 March 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 17 March 1869.
Review: New York Herald, 18 March 1869, 3.

“This very clever and accomplished young artist had a benefit concert at this hall last night, which was not so fully attended as the merits of the beneficiare and concert deserved. Her abilities as a violinist and pianist were severely tested in Alard’s fantasia on ‘Anna Bolena’ and Liszt’s complicated arrangement of ‘Lucia.’ In both, especially the former, she proved herself an eminent artist. Her tone and execution on the violin are deserving of the highest praise. Signora Lanari sang a grand aria from ‘Puritani’ with that thorough finish and delicacy of feeling which show the true artist. Her voice is exquisitely trained, and in Italian opera it would be a valuable acquisition. Messrs. Lotti and Petrilli, tenor and baritone, also assisted in the concert, and Edward Hoffman, one of the best and most satisfactory accompanists, was the conductor. The concert was a thoroughly enjoyable one from beginning to end and it is only a pity that the audience was not larger.”

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

“Josefina Filomeno gave a concert last night to about 100 appreciative people, at Steck’s Hall. The young girl is really a clever pianist, and an excellent violin-player, having on both instruments a free, bold touch, and a remarkable technical skill, and on the violin a fine expressive style. Her merits have not yet received, in New-York, the recognition they deserve, but we have no doubt they soon will. She was assisted last night by Signori Latti [sic] and Petrilli, Signora Lanari, and Mr. Edward Hoffman.”