Urso Instrumental and Vocal Concert: 1st

Event Information

Irving Hall

Price: $.50; $1 reserved

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
2 October 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 Apr 1863, Evening

Program Details

originally announced for 04/21

originally announced for 04/21

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 April 1863, 7.

 Announces concert for 04/21. “The Celebrated Lady Violinist, has the honor to announce that after retirement of five years, devoted to the study of her art, she will give her First Grand concert in New-York, the cherished scene of her earlier triumphs.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 April 1863, 7.
Announces concert for 04/21.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 April 1863, 7.

 Announces concert for 04/21.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 16 April 1863, 7.

Announces concert for 04/27.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 April 1863, 7.

 Announces concert for 04/27.

Announcement: New York Post, 24 April 1863, 2.


Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 24 April 1863.


Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 April 1863, 7.

 “UNUSUAL ATTRACTIONS, embracing gems from the compositions of the GREATEST VIOLIN COMPOSERS, performed by CAMILLA URSO.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 April 1863, 7.


Announcement: New-York Times, 27 April 1863, 4.
“A programme of unusual attraction, in both vocal and instrumental works.”
Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 April 1863, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 April 1863, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 27 April 1863, 1.

 “This lady, celebrated when a child as a violinist, was some years since a great favorite here, and will no doubt attract a brilliant house to-night.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 April 1863, 7.


Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 27 April 1863.

 “Today at Irving Hall, the concert of the young queen of the violin, Mme Camilia Urso. The memories left by this artist when she was only an infant, made her reappearance among us an event which would doubly interest the dilettantes.”

Review: New York Herald, 28 April 1863, 6.

Mlle. Camilla Urso’s Concert last night at Irving Hall was an immense success. We have no space to mention in detail the performances; but wish to notice the really great success of the young artiste, who was immensely applauded.”

Review: New York Post, 28 April 1863, 2.

“Camilla Urso’s first concert, which occurred last night at Irving Hall, was fully attended and thoroughly successful. The lady’s playing shows that she has still those artistic qualities which are born and can never be acquired, while her defeats are only what practice and study will remove. It is a pleasure to her friends to learn that she proposes to devote herself with renewed ardor to her instrument. Mrs. Kempton, Mr. Thomas and Signor Abella aided in making the concert successful.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 29 April 1863, 4.

“Miss Camille Urso’s Concert.—It is related in the Grecian mythology books, that Minerva, on taking her first lesson in flute practice, made such ‘damnable faces,’ or in less Shakesperean or profane English, so ‘perked-up’ her beautiful classical, Cupid-bow lips, that, perceiving how distorted were her features, as reflected in a water-brook, she dashed the instrument to the ground, and thereafter ever refused to touch it. It would seem that the prejudice of the Goddess of Wisdom, as set forth in the old fable (which is a fable simply because it is true), has gone beyond flutes and extended to fiddles: for whoever heard of lovely woman in stooping to folly—stooping to the particular folly of seeking to rival Paganini with something more solid than a beard—a violin—under the chin? This question might have had some meaning or point a short time ago; but in the whirl of rapid changes which distinguishes this decade, it has now but little intent. Women are getting rapidly out of the old-fashioned feminine pens, or restrictions. They are becoming publicists in every possible form. We were particularly struck with their new position in the proprieties of war, as we saw them marching pari-passu with the veterans of many fights—accompanying the regiments yesterday through Broadway. Parallel with the same theory of changes in the attitudes of the sex before the public or crowds, do we find Camille Urso, playing on the violin;—which, time out of mind, has been deemed a masculine musical instrument. This young lady, nothing daunted by tradition or its inexorable laws, nothing caring whether it is graceful or not to put a violin under her fair chin, seizes on a Cremona, and works sonorous miracles. Unquestionably, one of the most extraordinary musical performances is to see and hear her execute formidable compositions on the gentleman’s musical instrument. These unusual Essays of Mlle. Urso were brilliantly displayed at Irving Hall at her concert. The entertainment passed off with exemplary success.”

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 16 May 1863, 29.

One of the “most attractive concerts of the past two weeks.”