Music for the Million Sacred Concert: 2nd

Event Information

Grand Opera House

Proprietor / Lessee:
James, Jr. Fisk

Manager / Director:
John F. [manager] Cole

Max Maretzek

Price: $.50 parquette, parquetted circle, balcony, including reserved; $6 balcony box with four seats; $12 proscenium box with six seats

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 September 2022

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 Jun 1870, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Nully Peiris was scheduled to sing but did not owing to an unidentified “sudden illness.”

“First performance” of Grill’s The temptations.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Wagner
Composer(s): Gottschalk
Participants:  A. Randolfi
Composer(s): Vieuxtemps
aka Thou art so near and yet so far ; Beloved star; Thou art so near
Composer(s): Reichardt [composer]
Text Author: Oxenford
Participants:  Charlotte Varian
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Composer(s): Weber
Composer(s): Gianetti
Participants:  Nully Pieris
Composer(s): Grill
Composer(s): Auber
Participants:  Charlotte Varian
aka Prophete. Coronation march; Grand processional march; Krönungsmarsch; Crowning march
Composer(s): Meyerbeer


Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 June 1870, 9.

“The overwhelming success of the grand sacred concert of last Sunday, with a general request from the hundreds unable to obtain admission, justifies the management in announcing a second concert…in which, in addition to the magnificent and monster orchestra, several eminent and popular vocal artists will make their first appearance.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 09 June 1870, 7.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 11 June 1870, 8.


Announcement: New York Post, 11 June 1870, 2.

“To-morrow night there will be…another miscellaneous concert, under the direction of Max Maretzek. This well-known impresario will sail for Europe next Saturday, for the purpose of completing the arrangements for Mr. Fisk’s opera bouffe season next fall.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 June 1870, 9.

Performers and program.

Announcement: New-York Times, 12 June 1870, 4.

“At the Grand Opera House, this evening, the second grand Sunday concert of the season is to be given. Mr. Maretzek’s full orchestra will co-operate, and solo performances by Miss Nully Pieris, Mme. Varian-Hoffman, Signor Randolfi, and the Hess children will be heard.”

Review: New-York Times, 13 June 1870, 4.

“The audience assembled to enjoy the second Sunday concert at the Grand Opera-house [sic] yesterday was very large. The performance was a thoroughly good one- [sic] as, indeed, the unaided efforts of the numerous orchestra, under the bâton of so skilled a chief as Mr. Max Maretzek would have made it. The soloists were Mr. Randolfi, who was in excellent voice, and quite undaunted by an orchestra accompaniment; Mme. Varian-Hoffmann, whose experience in the concert-room does not always conceal the wear of her organ, and the Hess children, two accompanied little virtuosi, of whom the boy is a violinist of especial promise. Miss Nully Pieris was prevented from singing, by indisposition, and the small yacht wrought in flowers and intended for that lady was thrust for transmission upon Mr. Tilton, the stage-manager, who announced her sudden illness. Mr. Tilton was at first quite overwhelmed by the compliment, but he gathered strength enough, after reading aloud the card flying at the vessel’s stern, to state to the anxious assemblage that the efflorescent craft would reach the desired haven without delay.”