Church of the Messiah: Easter Services

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Church of the Messiah (1867-1930)

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Last Updated:
13 February 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Apr 1870, Morning

Program Details

No first name given for the soprano, who may or may not have been Johanna.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Handel
Participants:  Johanna Ficher
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Johanna Ficher
Composer(s): Unknown composer


Review: New York Herald, 18 April 1870, 3.

“...Altogether the PROGRAMME OF MUSIC was most excellent. That Easter anthem by Mozart, by the full choir—Mrs. Ficher, soprano; Miss Rushly, alto; Mr. Whitney, tenor; Mr. Shattuck, bass—‘Love’s Redeeming Work is Done,’ with a solo by Mrs. Ficher, was most beautifully sung. The gem of all, however, was the solo from Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ ‘I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,’ as sung by the same gifted soprano.

“Compared with these Italian trills are tame,

“The tickl’d ear no heartfelt raptures raise,

“Nor unison have they with our Creator’s praise.

“Succeeding this was sung ‘O Deign to Hear Us!’ by the full choir, and next, but of course with reading Scriptures and prayer intervening, was a congregational hymn.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 18 April 1870, 8.

“…The prelude to the singing was a brilliant voluntary by the organist, after which the choir sang, ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth.’” No further mention of music.