Nina Foster Musical and Dramatic Entertainment: 1st

Event Information

Irving Hall

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 June 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 Nov 1862, Evening

Program Details

Mrs. Charles Farnham's NY debut.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Shadow dance; Schattentanz; Shadow song
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Text Author: Barbier, Carré
Composer(s): Sanderson
Participants:  Harry Sanderson (piano)
Composer(s): Sanderson
Participants:  Harry Sanderson (piano)


: Lawrence, Vera Brodsky. Strong on Music, Vol. 3, 0000, 530.
The Barili who performed was Antonio Barili.
Announcement: New-York Times, 10 November 1862, 5.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 November 1862, 7.
PEOPLE NOTE: Farnham is “The accomplished soprano, and pupil of Signor Barili.”
Announcement: New York Herald, 12 November 1862, 4.
“That clever little lady, Miss Nina Foster, whose readings gave so much pleasure to our community during the last winter, gives the first of her musical and dramatic entertainments for the present season.”
Announcement: New-York Times, 12 November 1862.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 12 November 1862, 7.
“Farnham, the celebrated Soprano, who last Summer made a successful début at Newport under Signor Barili . . . Two of his most original compositions, by the distinguished native Pianist, Harry Sanderson. [Also] Two exquisite fantasies upon operatic and classical themes, by the celebrated Violinist Theodore Thomas.”
Review: New-York Times, 13 November 1862, 8.

     “Irving Hall.--The storm last evening interfered somewhat seriously with that liberal attendance which would undoubtedly have greeted Miss Nina Foster had the weather been different. As it was there was a small but enthusiastic gathering of the lady’s admirers, who made up in energy what they lacked in numbers. The pieces selected by Miss Foster were calculated to display her versality[sic] as a reader, and her rendering of them justified the best expectation of her friends, who anticipate a great success for Miss Foster in her forthcoming theatrical experiment with Mr. Forrest. The musical portion of the entertainment was entrusted to Mrs. Charles Farnham, a charming vocalist, who made her début on this occasion, and was rapturously applauded, to Mr. Theodore Thomas, Mr. Castle, Mr. Harry Sanderson and Signors Barili and Abella. This powerful combination [of musical performers] gave so much satisfaction to the audience that almost every piece on the programme had to be repeated.  Mr. Harry Sanderson indeed had to play four times in succession before the cormorant appetites of his admirers were satisfied.”