Y.M.C.A.: Charity Concert for Destitute Cubans in New York City

Event Information

Young Men’s Christian Association Hall

Price: $1.50 reserved; $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
8 January 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

04 Apr 1870, 8:00 PM

Program Details

The unidentified work by Pattison on the program was a transcription (but is not further detailed in the citations).

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka "Bridal Song"; Polacca
Composer(s): Bellini
Participants:  Clara Louise Kellogg
Composer(s): Ricci, Ricci
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  Clara Louise Kellogg
Composer(s): Pattison
Participants:  John Nelson Pattison


Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 March 1870, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 01 April 1870, 5.

“The charity concert for the benefit of distressed Cuban families, is to take place on Monday evening at Association Hall. Miss Kellogg is the principal attraction.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 April 1870, 9.
Announcement: New York Herald, 04 April 1870, 7.

A grand charity concert will be given at Association Hall this evening in aid of the destitute Cubans, by Miss Kellogg, assisted by Messrs. Pattison, Ronconi, Werner, Habelmann, D’Hasler [sic] and Marzo.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 04 April 1870, 12.
Announcement: New-York Times, 04 April 1870, 5.

“An excellent concert, in aid of a Cuban charity, occurs to-night at Association Hall, the combined talent of Miss Kellogg, Signor Ronconi, Herr Habelmann and Mr. J. N. Pattison, offering a liberal guarantee of the interest of the entertainment.”

Announcement: New York Post, 04 April 1870, 2.

Brief; lists performers.

Review: New York Herald, 05 April 1870, 7.

“The disagreeable weather last night prevented a large attendance in this beautiful hall, at a concert given in aid of the destitute Cuban families in this city. Miss Clara Louise Kellogg sang the sparkling polonaise from ‘Puritani,’ the coquettish duet from ‘Crispini [sic],’ with Ronconi, and she attempted the dramatic aria ‘Ernani inovlame [sic],’ from Verdi’s opera. Miss Kellogg has a superb voice for light operas, but we would advise her never, under any circumstances, to essay the dramatic music of Verdi. ‘Ernani,’ ‘Rigoletto,’ ‘Traviata’ or ‘Trovatore’ is alike beyond her powers, therefore ‘Ernani’ or ‘Umbalo [sic]’ may be placed in the same category. Mr. Pattison has lost nothing of his old fire, to judge from his rendering of some of his old transcriptions last night. Messrs. Habelmann, Werner, Ronconi, and D. Harsler [sic] acquitted themselves very creditably. The weather exercised a worse influence on the concert than ever did a Spanish general on the dearest hopes of Cuban patriots. We hope that heaven may be more propitious on the next musical efforts of the struggling patriots.”