Messiah Annual Peformance: 11th

Event Information

Irving Hall

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
George Washbourne Morgan

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Choral, Orchestral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 April 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Dec 1862, 7:30 PM

Program Details

Prof. F. Eben selected the orchestra of 30.

George Morgan was the conductor; Theodore Thomas led the orchestra.

E.J. Connolly played the harmonium.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Handel
Participants:  New York Harmonic Society;  Orchestra, unidentified;  Sophie Mozart (role: soprano);  Jennie Kempton (role: alto);  George Simpson (role: tenor);  John Rogers Thomas (role: bass);  E. J. Connolly [org-pf]


Announcement: New York Herald, 13 October 1862, 2.
ORGANIZATION INFO.  “Under an excellent management, the New York Harmonic Society is advancing in popularity.  The society was instituted in 1852 and is now in its tenth year of usefulness.  Mr. George W. Morgan, the talented conductor of the performances for some time past, is still at his post.  The society have engaged the services of the able pianist Mr. E.J. Connolly.  The present season, therefore, opens with a promise of increasing success.”
Announcement: New York Post, 17 December 1862, 2.
Announcement: New-York Times, 22 December 1862, 5.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 December 1862, 2.
Connolly is the organist of the Harmonic Society.
Announcement: New York Herald, 22 December 1862.
“The orchestra – a very powerful one – comprises many of the most accomplished musicians in the city.”
Announcement: New York Post, 24 December 1862, 2.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 December 1862, 7.
“The powerful orchestra, selected by Prof. F. Eben, comprises some of the most eminent resident instrumentalists, and numbers some 30 pieces. In addition to the Orchestra, will be used a large sized Harmonium, producing the tone of a sixteen foot pedal pipe.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 25 December 1862, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 25 December 1862, 5.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 December 1862, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 25 December 1862, 5.
“This is a regular feature of Christmas in this city, and should be appropriately honored.”
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 29 December 1862, 8.

“The performance of the Messiah on Christmas night would have been much better if the orchestra had been a great deal larger, and adequate rehearsal with the choir. It is not sufficient that vocalists study–-but the trainings with the orchestra should be ample-–and not the least with old style fugue music.  Such massive choresses [sic] as the Hallelujah particularly, require the fortification of a very grand orchestra–-and are worthless in short–-especially when there is not (as there ought now to be) a grand organ in the hall.”