Marie Hamilton Debut Concert

Event Information

Apollo Hall

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
3 August 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Apr 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Debut of Marie Hamilton, soprano and pianist.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Home sweet home
Composer(s): Thalberg
aka Variations hongroises; Variations, violin (Hungarian); Variations on Hungarian songs
Composer(s): Ernst
Participants:  Karl Feininger


Announcement: New York Herald, 12 April 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 13 April 1869, 4.

“Miss Maria Hamilton’s grand concert will take place at Apollo Hall to-morrow evening. Mr. Levy and other eminent artists will assist.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 13 April 1869, 4.

“Miss Maria Hamilton’s grand concert will take place at Apollo Hall to-morrow evening. Mr. Levy and other eminent artists will assist.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 14 April 1869, 5.

“This evening Miss Marie Hamilton, singer and pianist (one of the many sufferers from the shipwrecks of the war), makes her début before the public in a grand concert at Apollo Hall, Twenty-eighth street and Broadway. She is said to be a charming lady and singer and an accomplished artist. She will be assisted by the unrivalled cornet player, Levy; by Mr. Candidus, tenor; Signor Fossati, baritone; Carl Finninger [sic], violinist, and Mr. Seibert, pianist. This is an attractive bill; but if half that is said of the faire debutante is verified she will begin a great career this evening.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 April 1869, 9.
Announcement: New York Post, 14 April 1869.

“This evening a concert will be given at Apollo Hall for the debut of Miss Marie Hamilton, at which Mr. Candidus, the tenor, will sing, and Mr. Levy will play the cornet. Other artists of note will assist.”

Review: New York Herald, 15 April 1869, 5.

“This hall was very well filled last evening, the occasion being a concert by Miss Marie Hamilton, aided by a number of eminent artists. The programme was pleasingly varied and select, and of a character calculated to give ample scope to the different performers in showing their respective special artistic capacities to the happiest advantage. Leading off the programme was the song barcarola ‘La Prigione di Edinburgo,’ of F. Ricci, by Signor Fossati, the baritone, which was sung with fine artistic expression. Miss Hamilton next performed ‘Home Sweet Home’ on the piano, as arranged by Thalberg. She plays with admirable skill. Mr. Levy, the cornet soloist, gave an exhibition of his unrivalled skill on this instrument, and did it with such happy effect that he was obliged to make a repetition of the entertainment. The gems of the evening were the performances of Herr Carl Feninger on the violin. The ‘Air Hongrois’ of Ernst, as played by him, was indescribably exquisite—a reminder of what Pazanini must have been, a memento of what Ole Bull is. He is a master of the instrument. Miss Hamilton, owing to a sore throat, was unable to sing the pieces announced on the programme, but made amends for the omission by playing additional pieces on the piano. Two artists announced did not appear, which gave some dissatisfaction and caused many to leave; otherwise the concert was a success.”

Review: New York Post, 15 April 1869.

“Miss Marie Hamilton, a lady from the South, gave a concert at Apollo Hall last night, in which she was announced to appear both as pianist and vocalist. In the former capacity Miss Hamilton showed skill and taste, but her vocal powers she was unable to display in consequence of a sore throat. The performances of Mr. Feiniger, the violinist, and Mr. Levy, the cornet player, were the most attractive features of the programme.”