Dedication of St. Teresa’s Church

Event Information

St. Teresa’s Catholic Church

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Record Information


Last Updated:
4 December 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Jun 1863, Morning

Program Details

Gustav Schmitz: Mass includes “Benedictus” and “Stabat Mater”.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Schmitz [organist/composer]
Composer(s): Schmitz [organist/composer]
Composer(s): Schmitz [organist/composer]


Review: New-York Times, 22 June 1863, 2.

“The solemn services incident to the dedication of St. Teresa’s (Catholic) Church, corner of Rutgers and Henry streets, yesterday morning, attracted an immense concourse of our Catholic fellow-citizens, Although [sic] an admission fee of half a dollar was charged, the vast edifice was crowded to excess, and hundreds, unable to gain admittance, thronged the streets in the vicinity. The services were characterized with all the pomp and ceremony of the Catholic ritual, and derived additional interest from the presence and address of the Most Reverend Archbishop Hughes. [Lists additional participating clergy.]…The music, which comprised a mass composed especially for the occasion, by Prof. Gustav Schmitz, was unusually fine, though somewhat extended, owing to the number of prominent artists who volunteered to assist. Among the voices most noted in the service were those of Mrs. Clark, of Brooklyn, soprano; Mrs. P.H. Carey, of New-York, soprano; Mrs. Holbrook, alto; Mr. Hubner, tenor; Mr. Hartmann, baritone. There was also a splendid chorus of sixteen voices. Prof. Schmitz presided at the organ. The solo by Mrs. P.H. Carey, in the ‘Benedictus’—selection from the ‘Stabat Mater’—was particularly pleasing, and the performance of the entire choir was unusually fine.”