Thomas Popular Garden Concert: Gosche Benefit

Event Information

Central Park Garden

Manager / Director:
J. [manager] Gosche

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $1

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
16 August 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

16 Sep 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

“Theo. Thomas’ Grand Full Orchestra will on this occasion number Over Sixty Performers, thereby giving to the popular pieces contained in the programme a heretofore unheard of brilliancy. In addition to Mr. J. Levy, the unrivalled virtuoso on the cornet-a-piston, Mr. Theo. Thomas will, out of compliment to the beneficiare, perform two Solos on the Violin.” Vogt’s Nachtgesang performed by request; premiere performance of Levy’s Central Park Garden polka, which was dedicated to Theodore Thomas. Lanner’s ’S Hoamweh was also by request and featured violin obbligato by Theodore Thomas.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Wagner
aka Carnival messenger
Composer(s): Strauss
aka Night song
Composer(s): Vogt
aka Concerthaus
Composer(s): Bilse
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Participants:  Jules [cornet] Levy
aka Melusine; Fair Melusine; Schönen Melusine; Marchen von der schonen Melusine
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
aka Preludes, Les
Composer(s): Liszt
aka S'Heimweh; Strayer Ländler; Styrer Ländler
Composer(s): Lanner
Composer(s): Levy
Participants:  Jules [cornet] Levy
aka Hungarian March; Rákóczi March; Rakoczy
Composer(s): Berlioz


Announcement: New York Herald, 04 September 1869, 5.

“The benefits of Gosche and Levy, at Central Park Garden, take place early this month. The programmes will be specially [sic] interesting on both occasions.”

Announcement: New York Post, 11 September 1869, 2.

“Next week there will be at this establishment two benefits—those of Mr. Levy, the cornet player, and Mr. Gosché, the popular business manager; and as both of these gentlemen have troops of friends, the Garden will scarce contain the crowds.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 13 September 1869, 5.

“The present is the last week but one of the delightful concerts at the Central Park Garden, where Thomas’ baton evokes harmonious strains from two well drilled orchestras. Thursday evening has been set aside as a grand fete night, upon which occasion Mr. J. Gosche will be the recipient of a testimonial benefit.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 13 September 1869, 4.

“A benefit concert for Mr. J. Gosche, the popular manager of the Central Park Garden, is the tempting announcement for Thursday evening.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 15 September 1869, 4.

“It should not be forgotten that Manager Gosche, who has so successfully catered for the public amusement during the hot nights of summer at the Central Park Garden, is to receive a benefit to-morrow (Thursday) evening, when a grand gala performance will be given by Theodore Thomas and his mammoth orchestra.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 16 September 1869, 7.

“Manager Gosche takes a benefit to night [sic] at the Central Park Garden. A good programme has been prepared for the occasion.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 16 September 1869, 9.
Announcement: New York Herald, 16 September 1869, 4.

“The last week but one of the popular concerts at Central Park Garden will be marked, this evening, by a grand festival concert given for the benefit of Mr. J. Gosche. Mr. Gosche is one of the managers of the Garden, and although his business transactions have not brought him before the public as frequently as his associate, Mr. Thomas, no small share of the deserved success which has attended these up-town musical reunions is due to his exertions. We have but to add to this statement a reminder to the effect that the programme—which is printed in full elsewhere—is of an exceptionally attractive character, and that its interpreters are even more numerous than usual.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 September 1869, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 16 September 1869, 4.

“Mr. J. Gosche, the amiable deus ex machine of many a worthy musical enterprise, and at present the silent—but by no means sleeping—partner in Mr. Theodore Thomas’s management at the Central Park Garden, is to have a complimentary benefit this evening at that popular resort, when Mr. Thomas will reappear in a character which during the past six months he has always entirely abandoned, and perform a couple of violin solos. The orchestra will be greatly augmented for the occasion, and a programme of unusual amplitude and brilliancy is promised. Mr. Levy will of course contribute to the success of the evening. It is impossible to name any gentleman in his profession who has stronger claims upon the remembrance and regard of the musical community than Mr. Gosche. For twenty years he has been associated, in one manner or another, with the most interesting and some of the most artistically important entertainments that have been offered in New York, and during the whole of this period his industry, his integrity, and his personal courtesy have been so uniformly displayed as to gain him golden opinions from all sorts of people. Of course the Central Park Garden will be crowded tonight.”

Announcement: New York Post, 16 September 1869, 2.

“This evening a concert of unusual interest will be given at the Central Park Garden, for the benefit of Mr. Jacob Gosché, a gentleman who for a number of years past has been permanently identified with the musical entertainments of a high class, and whose courtesy and efficiency have rendered him deservedly popular. On this occasion the Thomas orchestra will play a variety of excellent music, and Mr. Thomas himself will perform a Beethoven concerto and an extract from Lanner. Mr. Levy, too, will play a new polka just composed by himself. Next week will be the last of the series of garden concerts.”

Announcement: New York Sun, 16 September 1869, 3.

“Central Park Garden.—This will be one of the pleasantest evenings of the summer at the Central Park Garden. It is the occasion of the benefit of Mr. Goesche [sic], who has won the esteem of every visitor by the admirable management he has displayed, the good order that always rules in the concert room, and his general attention to the comfort of the guests. The orchestra is reinforced to the number of sixty; the selection is one of unusual excellence; and Mr. Thomas himself compliments his manager, and gives éclat to the program, by playing a violin solo.”