Thomas Popular Garden Concert: 1st

Event Information

Central Park Garden

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.35; $2.35 (private boxes)

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Record Information


Last Updated:
14 August 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 May 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Opening night of the 1869 season.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Composer(s): Flotow
Composer(s): Unknown composer
aka Overture, C major, op. 170; Overture im italienischen Stile; Overture in the Italian style
Composer(s): Schubert
aka Air Hongroise
Composer(s): Levy
Participants:  Jules [cornet] Levy
aka Robert the devil
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Thomas
Composer(s): Levy
Composer(s): Strauss
aka Thunder and lightning
Composer(s): Strauss
Composer(s): Unknown composer


Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 May 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 04 May 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 May 1869, 8.

“Theodore Thomas’s concerts at the Central Park Garden will be resumed on Wednesday evening. They enjoyed a deserved popularity last Summer, and this year will probably be not less excellent. Mr. Levy the cornet player, has been engaged.”

Announcement: New York Sun, 12 May 1869, 2.

Praises Theodore Thomas.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 12 May 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 12 May 1869, 5.


Mr. Theodore Thomas’ fourth season of Summer orchestral concerts will open this evening at the Central Park Garden, which has been specially rearranged and decorated for the occasion. Mr. Levy’s name adds attractiveness to the programme for the opening night.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 12 May 1869, 4.

“The Central Park Garden Concerts under the direction of Mr. Theodore Thomas, commence this evening. They are among the best of our Summer amusements and will no doubt be largely attended. Mr. Levy the cornet player has been engaged for them.”

Announcement: New York Post, 13 May 1869.

“Theodore Thomas began last evening his series of summer concerts at the Central Park Garden, which has been improved and renovated during the winter. His programmes this week are good ones; and his list of soloists includes Mr. Levy, the celebrated cornet player; Mr. Siedler, the flutist, and Mr. Schmitz, the well-known performer on the French horn. The admission to these concerts is this season thirty-five cents.”

Review: New-York Times, 17 May 1869, 5.

“The Summer season has been pleasantly inaugurated by Mr. Theodore Thomas and his associates at the Central Park Garden, where the best class of popular music may now be nightly enjoyed, with all the advantages of fresh air and ample space, which are denied to ordinary places of amusement at this time of the year. The first concert of the present series was given last Wednesday evening to an enormous audience, which testified in many ways its appreciation of the enterprise and liberal intentions of the managers. Certain beneficial changes have been made, since last year, in the interior arrangement of the hall and in the decoration of the garden, which latter, although not yet satisfying the highest horticultural ideal, possesses all the qualities of coolness, freedom and general comfort which are needed to complete the attractiveness of a resort of this character. The musical entertainments are of a very superior order. No better orchestra of its size has been heard in New York and the programmes are selected with all the good taste and judgment which have long distinguished Mr. Thomas’ concerts, here and elsewhere. A few novelties have been produced, among them a charming waltz by Strauss, the chief of modern writers of dance music, and an overture by Schubert, which appears to have been a merry caprice rather than a serious artistic effort of the composer. It is merely an imitation of the formal Italian style of half a century ago, and can claim no interest beyond that which Schubert’s name imparts to it. Mr. J. Levy contributes a couple of cornet solos each evening, and receives the applause to which his remarkable skill entitles him, and which unmistakably betokens wonder if not deep gratification.”