Beethoven Centennial Festival: Rehearsal: 5th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

James Pech

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Record Information


Last Updated:
27 October 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Jun 1870, 8:00 PM

Program Details

W. Francis Williams, Choral Secretary.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Handel
aka Schopfung; Creation
Composer(s): Haydn
Text Author: Swieten


Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 June 1870, 7.

“All societies and vocalists in and around the city intending to sing or to take part in the Festival Chorus are requested to attend these rehearsals.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 June 1870, 9.

Requests the presence of choral singers who will sing the Messiah and the Schöpfung at the Centennial.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 June 1870, 9.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 June 1870, 7.

“…It is particularly requested that the Societies will be good enough to attend these rehearsals punctually.”

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 08 June 1870, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 10 June 1870, 4.

“…In addition to the vast choral assistance secured, and referred to already, the co-operation of several hundred voices besides has been gotten, Mr. James Pech having just returned from Springfield, Worcester, Bernardston and the adjoining cities, and announcing that he has called about 500 singers together. There are also about 400 singers coming from New-Haven, Hartford, Waterbury and other places in the vicinity. Mr. Pech has shown great energy and perseverance in bringing up the later societies.”

Review: New York Post, 10 June 1870, 2.
“There were yesterday at Steinway Hall two very interesting rehearsals of the music to be sung at the coming Centennial…
In the evening a large number of the New York singers, enforced by vocalists from Brooklyn, were in attendance, and practised [sic] various choruses from Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Rossini. They will meet again on Saturday night; and a final full rehearsal will take place at the Coliseum on Monday afternoon. Ladies and gentlemen who sing in the chorus will do well to remember that the vast numbers of societies applying for admission necessitate discrimination in the selection of singers, and those who neglected rehearsals will find, the like five foolish virgins, that the doors will be closed against them. The names of all New York singers will be taken on Saturday night, at Steinway’s.”