St. Patrick’s Cathedral Organ Exhibition

Event Information

St. Patrick's Cathedral (Mott Street)

Price: Free, but tickets required

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 September 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 Apr 1869, 4:00 PM
29 Apr 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Exhibitions to inaugurate the new Henry Erben organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 28 April 1869, 9.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 28 April 1869, 4.

Brief. “A large organ, just completed by Henry Erben, will be exhibited at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Mott st., [sic], this afternoon and to-morrow evening.”

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 28 April 1869, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 30 April 1869, 4.

“An exhibition of the large new organ, just erected at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Henry Erben, was given last evening. This really splendid instrument is provided with fifty-two stops, three sets of keys, three octaves of pedals, and nearly 3,000 pipes, and is forty-five feet high, twenty-eight feet wide and fourteen feet deep. It has been erected at a cost of $15,000. The Cathedral was last night crowded in every part by an appreciative audience, anxious to ehar what could be done with the mammoth instrument. A number of professional gentlemen of this city and Brooklyn took part in the performance, among whom were Messrs. Gustavus Schmitz, A. H. Messiter, George W. Morgan, Henry Eyre Brown, Samuel P. Warren, A. S. Caswell, Charles [sic] W. Beames and J. M. Loretz, Jr. The performances of these gentlemen fully tested the capabilities of the instrument, and proved that it was excellent in every respect—full in tone, easy in touch and superior to many instruments of similar range. The audience seemed spellbound by the excellent music provided and kept their seats until the somewhat long programme was concluded.”