YMCA Holiday Concert: 1st

Event Information

Young Men’s Christian Association Hall

Price: $.50

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
13 June 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Dec 1869, 3:00 PM

Program Details

The first of two “holiday concerts” given at the YMCA in December 1869, though the citations were not in agreement initially about the date of this first one.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  James Ernest Perring
aka Sing, smile, sleep; Chantez, riez, dormez; Canti, ridi, dormi; Serenade; Berceuse
Composer(s): Gounod
Participants:  Clara Louise Kellogg


Advertisement: New-York Times, 18 December 1869, 9.
Announcement: New-York Times, 19 December 1869, 4.

“Two holiday concerts, we observe, are to be given on Wednesday, Dec. 22, and on Wednesday, Dec. 29, instead of the succeeding Saturdays. [This remark is to distinguish these holiday concerts from the YMCA Popular Concert series, which took place on Saturdays.] Miss Kellogg and other eminent artists are engaged for these reunions.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 December 1869, 2.

Wrongly advertises concert for 12/23/69.

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 20 December 1869, 3.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 December 1869, 12.

Wrongly advertises concert for 12/23/69.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 December 1869, 12.

Multiple cards on the same page. All state concert will take place on “Wednesday afternoon, December 22.”

Review: New-York Times, 23 December 1869, 4.

“Miss Kellogg, Mr. Harry Sanderson, Mr. S. P. Warren and Mr. J. E. Perring were the artists chosen for the first of the holiday concerts given by this Association. Though the attendance was fair, considering the weather and the increase in the prices—the latter fact referred to, possibly, in the term ‘popular holiday concerts’—there ought to have been fewer empty benches. Mr. Perring sang a new version of ‘Guide Me, O Though Great Jehovah,’ marked on the bill as ‘composed expressly for this occasion.’ Miss Kellogg was heard to advantage in Gounod’s ever-popular serenade. The selections were all unusually short, possibly, we may suppose again, because of the augmented rates of admission. The concert, however, was good throughout.”