Alide Topp Complimentary Concert

Event Information

Union League Theatre

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
30 April 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 May 1870, 8:00 PM

Program Details

To benefit Alide Topp before her return to Europe. Program also included unidentified German songs performed by the Mendelssohn Glee Club.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Cachouca caprice
Composer(s): Raff
aka op. 17; Grande polonaise; Grand polonaise
Composer(s): Liszt


Announcement: New York Herald, 02 May 1870, 7.

“A complimentary concert will be given to Miss Alide Topp, the celebrated pianist, at the Union League Club theatre [sic], on Tuesday. It will be her last appearance before the American public.” Lists performers.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 02 May 1870, 12.
Announcement: New-York Times, 02 May 1870, 4.

Brief. This concert is “the single musical event to be anticipated” in the week.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 02 May 1870, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 02 May 1870, 5.

Lists performers. “…Miss Topp has won hosts of personal friends and public admirers during her residence in New-York, and we have no doubt they will take advantage of this concert to testify their appreciation of her brilliant powers, and their regret that she has determined to leave us.”

Review: New York Herald, 04 May 1870, 10.

“This estimable artist and well known pianist was the recipient of a truly flattering complimentary testimonial tendered to her, on the eve of her departure for Europe, at this house last night. The auditorium was resplendent with full dress and fashion, and the floral presents to the fair bénéficiaire were of the most magnificent kind. [Lists program.] The last piece [the Liszt transcription] was the best in point of performance on the programme. Mr. Von Inten accompanied Miss Topp on the Weber grand, giving Pflughaupt’s arrangement of the orchestra. The fair pianist played the fantastic and trying work with the brio and skill for which she is remarkable. Like the legendary story of the swan, her last notes were her best. Mrs. Imogen Brown was the vocal soloist, and gave evidence of a very fine soprano voice, with medium cultivation of the same. Mr. Levy played some cornet solos in his usual strident style, displaying his wonderful executive power, without the expression and color that we look for even in this instrument. The Mendelssohn Glee Club sung [sic] some dreary German songs correctly enough, but without color or expression. The quality of the voices in this society did not strike us as being at all agreeable. Miss Topp starts for Europe this week. We lose in her an artist of marked ability, and one who possesses the rare quality of earnestness and enthusiasm in her profession.”

Announcement: New York Post, 07 May 1870, 4.

“Miss Alide Topp, the pianist, sailed today in the steamer Deutschland, for Bremen and Southampton.”