Complimentary Testimonial Concert to Mrs. Edward J. Loder

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Price: $2

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
26 March 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 Apr 1870, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Polonaise
Composer(s): Thomas
Participants:  Clara Louise Kellogg
Composer(s): Tausig
Participants:  Sebastian Bach Mills
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Participants:  Anna Bishop


Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 April 1870, 9.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 01 April 1870, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 April 1870, 5.

Partial list of performers.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 April 1870, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 21 April 1870, 2.

“As the spring season passes on and there are event hints of the summer—that period when the voice of the concert singer is mute—there is manifested a sudden activity on the part of concert givers. Several interesting entertainments are announced…

“On Wednesday evening of next week will take place, at Steinway Hall, a complimentary testimonial concert to Mrs. Edward Loder, known for many years as an accomplished vocalist and teacher. On this interesting occasion Madame Anna Bishop, Miss Kellogg and Miss Sterling will sing. A number of our leading musicians are taking a special interest in this concert, which promises to be unusually attractive.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 23 April 1870, 7.

“A complimentary concert is to be given at Steinway Hall next Wednesday evening, for the benefit of Mrs. Edward Loder. Mrs. Loder is pleasantly associated in the recollections of the older generation of New-Yorkers with the early fortunes of oratorio music in this city, for she was the first to give us several of the most famous classical works of that school, such as the ‘St. Paul,’ the ‘Elijah,’ and the ‘Hymn of Praise.’She came to this country from England in 1840, and made her first appearance with Braham at the Broadway Tabernacle. For her benefit concert she will have the services of [lists performers].”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 April 1870, 16.

Full list of performers.

Announcement: New York Herald, 25 April 1870, 6.

“Mrs. Edward J. Loder will have a complimentary benefit concert at Steinway Hall on Wednesday. Miss Kellogg, Mme. Bishop, Miss Sterling and other artists will appear on that occasion.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 April 1870, 13.

Long list of men and women who are putting on the concert.

Announcement: New-York Times, 26 April 1870, 4.

“The benefit concert to be given to Mrs. Edward Loder to-morrow (Wednesday) evening, has an especial claim on public patronage in that the beneficiary never, during those years when she was the first concert singer in the City, and when her good style and thorough training were of great service both in church and concert-room, refused her aid to such an undertaking. Miss Kellogg, in lending her valuable assistance, gives proof of the goodness of her heart; and it should be borne in mind that while the various charities for which such great efforts have recently been made have other means of attracting public sympathy, the musician, in advancing years and increasing necessities, can only appeal to the musical world by means of that art of which he has been the servant. We sincerely trust the public will respond generously to an appeal which the beneficiary’s fellow-artists are doing their utmost to strengthen by an attractive performance.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 26 April 1870, 7.

Long list of men and women who are putting on (perhaps sponsoring?) the concert.

Announcement: New York Post, 26 April 1870, 2.

“The concert to be given at Steinway Hall to-morrow night for the benefit of Mrs. Loder, a lady well-known to our musical public, promises to be of unusual interest. It is under the patonrage of a number of leading citizens, who will endeavor to make it a pecuniary success. It is certain to be an artistic success, because the list of performers includes the best musical talent in the city.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 27 April 1870, 10.

Brief. “Mrs. Edward J. Loder has a benefit concert at Steinway Hall to-night, at which some of the best artists in the city assist.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 27 April 1870, 5.


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 27 April 1870, 5.

“The testimonial concert to Mrs. Edward J. Loder is to come off this evening. The list of popular artists engaged is a very tempting one, and we presume the attendance will be good.”

Announcement: New York Post, 27 April 1870, 2.

“Mrs. Edward Loder, whose benefit concert takes place to-night, is a vocalist who for many years has held a high position in England and this country. She studied with Anna Bishop, Mrs. Seguin, Sterndale[,] Bennett and others of like celebrity; and in the earlier period of her career sang with Pasta, Malibran and Cinti-Damorean. She came to this country in 1833, and was soprano at Grace Church, and subsequently at St. Peter’s. As an exponent of the classic authors, in oratorio and masses, she long retained an enviable pre-eminence.” Lists performers.

Review: New York Herald, 28 April 1870, 6.

“This eminent artist was favored last night by a complimentary testimonial concert tendered to her by some of our leading citizens. Mrs. Loder will be ever regarded as one of the chief pioneer artists who introduced some of the grandest classical works into this country nearly thirty years ago. With such artists as Madame Anna Bishop, Miss Kellogg, Miss Sterling, Miss, [sic] Sarasate, Morgan, Simpson, and Colby, in their best selections, one may readily conceive the success of the concert. It was thoroughly enjoyable, and left nothing to be desired in the performance.”

Review: New-York Times, 28 April 1870, 5.

“The concert by which Mrs. Loder benefitted occurred at Steinway Hall last evening. The attendance was pretty large, and its delight was frequently expressed. Miss Kellogg was heard to most advantage in a polonaise from Ambroise Thomas’ ‘Mignon,’ decidedly more spontaneous in conception than most of this composer’s works, and of an equal fullness and, so to speak, distinction of form. Mr. S. B. Mills played with his accustomed brilliancy and clearness, three pieces, of which a ‘Souvenir de Vienne,’ by Taussig [sic], made an especially wide impression. Mme. Anna Bishop sang, and so doing displayed to the full results of a life of culture by her execution of ‘Ah! come rapida.’ Miss Nettie Sterling was listened to also, and so was Mr. Simpson, whose voice and style are welcome in the concert-room, and would be particularly acceptable were the artists’ bearing more cheerful and less suggestive of a ‘bursting of cerements.’ The violinist was the accomplished Señor Sarasate. Mr. George W. Morgan was at the organ, and Mr. Colby conducted.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 30 April 1870, 30.

Lists performers.