Josefina Filomeno Farewell Concert

Event Information

Irving Hall

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 August 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Apr 1869, Evening

Program Details

“First appearance” of Mrs. Gist; unclear if this indicates her debut performance or her New York debut. Mlle. Filomeno also performed a violin concerto by an unidentified composer.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Guglielmo Tell; William Tell; Introduction
Composer(s): Rossini
aka American sketch
Composer(s): Gottschalk
aka Robert the devil
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Thomasina [soprano] Gist
Composer(s): Bellini
Participants:  Thomasina [soprano] Gist
aka Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond; Martha, or The Market at Richmond
Composer(s): Flotow
Text Author: Friedrich
Participants:  Domenico Paolicchi


Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 April 1869, 4.
Review: New York Herald, 21 April 1869, 5.

“Mlle. Josefina Filomeno, the young lady violinist and pianist, gave her farewell concert last night at Irving Hall, and the lady must have felt considerably gratified with the really numerous and select audience gathered to wish her farewell. Mlle. Filomeno was assisted by Mr. [sic] Gist, soprano; Signor Paolicchi, bass; Señor Salcedo, cornet, and Mr. E. Hoffman, pianist. Mlle. Filomeno performed with Mr. Hoffman an overture to ‘William Tell’ and also a piano solo, a fantasia from ‘Moses.’ On the violin, Mlle [sic, no period] Filomena [sic] performed a grand concerto, and a fantasia from ‘Robert le Diable.’ In both piano and violin performances Mlle. Filomena [sic] exhibited great ability and she was vociferously applauded by the audience. Mrs. Gist sang very sweetly the ‘Arditi Waltz,’ and a selection from ‘Sonnambula.’ Signor Paolicchi gave three songs, the most acceptable being a selection from ‘Martha.’ Señor Salcedo’s performances on the cornet were creditable.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 April 1869, 9.
Announcement: New York Post, 21 April 1869.

“To-night, at Irving Hall, Josefina Filomeno gives a farewell concert, aided by Mrs. Gist, a new vocalist, Paolicchi, the basso, and Salcedo, the cornet-player.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 21 April 1869, 5.

Brief. “Miss Josefina Filomeno will give her farewell concert this evening at Irving Hall.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 April 1869, 5.

“Miss Josefina Filomeno gave a farewell concert last night at Irving Hall. The attendance was excellent, though the young lady’s support was poor. Mr. Salcedo contributed some indifferent cornet-playing, which seemed to be very much liked—probably because it made so much noise.”

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 24 April 1869, 21.

“At Irving Hall [on Wednesday evening], Mlle Filomeno, the South American pianist and violinist, delighted a large audience with her excellent pianism and much less excellent violin playing.  Mlle. F. [sic] has a beautiful touch, much rapidity of finger, and plays with a dash and verve which recall Gottschalk. Her performance of the ‘Banjo’ was brilliant and effective. As a violinist she is less satisfactory, for her tone in thin and sometimes scrappy. She was assisted by artists of more or less vocal reputation, and the programme was quite an enjoyable one.”