Thomas Popular Garden Concert: 100th; Thomas Grand Benefit

Event Information

Venue(s):
Central Park Garden

Conductor(s):
Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Event Type:
Orchestral

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
14 March 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Aug 1869, Evening

Program Details

Military band (performing with the orchestra and during the intermission). The remainder of the series is unnumbered for the rest of the month of August.

Performers and/or Works Performed

2)
aka Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Die. Prelude; Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Die; Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Die. Overture; Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Die. Introduction
Composer(s): Wagner
3)
aka Invitation to the dance; Invitation a la valse
Composer(s): Weber
5)
aka Nuit de Walpurgis
Composer(s): Gounod
6)
aka Jubel overture; Jubilee; Feste
Composer(s): Weber
7)
Composer(s): Bargiel
8)
aka Adelaida
Composer(s): Beethoven
Participants:  Jules [cornet] Levy
9)
aka March; Fest march; Festmarsch; Grand march; Tannhauser. Freudig begrussen wir die edle Halle. Allegro
Composer(s): Wagner
10)
aka Tannhauser, chorus
Composer(s): Wagner
11)
aka Guglielmo Tell; William Tell; Introduction
Composer(s): Rossini
12)
aka Wine, women, and song; Wine women and song
Composer(s): Strauss
13)
Composer(s): Frewin
Participants:  Jules [cornet] Levy
14)
aka Prophete. Coronation march; Grand processional march; Krönungsmarsch; Crowning march
Composer(s): Meyerbeer

Citations

1)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 July 1869.

Includes program.

2)
Announcement: New York Herald, 16 July 1869, 5.

Friday evening, August 6, will mark the one hundredth concert given this season at the Central Park Garden. This particular evening has been set apart for a grand testimonial benefit to Mr. Theodore Thomas, which will be the first benefit, we believe, ever taken by that gentleman in this city.”

3)
Announcement: New York Herald, 22 July 1869, 3.

“On the occasion of the hundredth concert this season at the Central Park Garden Theo. Thomas, the popular leader of his own famous orchestra, will have the pecuniary benefit of the receipts and a further testimonial of the esteem he is held in by our music-loving citizens. The occasion promises to be a ‘jubilee’ in every sense of the word.”

4)
Announcement: New York Herald, 01 August 1869, 7.

“Theodore Thomas’ benefit, at Central Park Garden, on the occasion of the hundredth performance this season promises to be a gala affair, and an excellent programme is being prepared by this efficient leader to show still further his right for such a recognition from our citizens.”

5)
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 04 August 1869, 4.
6)
Announcement: New-York Times, 05 August 1869, 4.
7)
Announcement: New York Herald, 06 August 1869, 5.

“Mr. Thomas deserves the hearty encouragement and support of every lover of music for his exertions in the cause of divine art. To him principally are we indebted for the progress of music in this city. Let him have a bumper this evening.”

8)
Announcement: New York Post, 06 August 1869.
9)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 August 1869, 7.

Includes program.

10)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 August 1869.

Includes program.

11)
Announcement: New York Sun, 09 August 1869, 2.
12)
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 14 August 1869.

“The Sun of Monday last tells us: In a musical way we have only Mr. Theodore Thomas at present to look to.  Without him we should have to starve until fall, for, other than at his concerts, there is not a note to be heard, except from the inevitable hand organs, to remind us that such an art as that of music still exists.

“Mr. Thomas has done so noble a work that it is gratifying to know that his entertainments are proving a pecuniary success, and that his testimonial on Friday night was all that could have been desired in point of numbers and enthusiasm.”