Central Park Band Concert

Event Information

Central Park Mall

Harvey Bradley Dodworth

Price: Free

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Record Information


Last Updated:
2 November 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 Aug 1863, 4:00 PM

Program Details

Concert in three parts.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Park march, The; Central Park; Central Park music; Salutory park march; Salutary park march; Concert-Signal March; Proem; Attention; Introductory march
Composer(s): Dodworth
aka Gott und die Bajadere, Der; Dieu et la bayadere
Composer(s): Auber
aka Elly Mavourneen
Composer(s): Crouch [composer-cello]
aka Charivari potpouri; Chiravari pot pourri; Chiravari pot pouri
Composer(s): Hamm
aka Victory; March of victory; Friedrich Carl Siegesmarsch; Grand triumph
Composer(s): Bilse
aka Harmoniemusik; Military overture
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Composer(s): Halévy
Composer(s): Halévy
Composer(s): Basquit
aka mélange; melange
Composer(s): Balfe
aka Wilhelmsbad spring galop; Wilhemsband season galop; Saison gallop; Spring galop
Composer(s): Heller
aka National pot pouri; National potpourri; National medley; National airs
Composer(s): Dodworth


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 01 August 1863, 3.

Announcement: New-York Times, 01 August 1863, 3.
"There will be a concert in the Central Park. . . if the weather is fine."
Announcement: New York Herald, 02 August 1863, 4.

     THE PARK.--The Park has become the favorite rendezvous for all New York, and may now fairly be said to prove an unrivalled attraction. On Saturdays music of the highest order is discoursed to thousands who throng the Mall and Terrace to listen to the concert, while every species of flower that will bloom in our climate fills the air with fragrance. The natural beauty of the Park is enhanced by the skilful architecture of the arches and bridges which abound there. The lakes, with the swans and gondolas riding upon their rippled surface, go to complete a most pleasing andd attractive ensemble--one worthy of our great city.

      We would suggest that what is now known as 'The Central Park' should be called simply The Park--Central is by no means euphonious, and has no particular meaning in this instance. We have nothing worthy of the name save the Park. All other places in this city now known as parks are mere squares or commons. In Paris the Bois de Boulogne, being the favorite and most beautiful place of resort, is known throughout the city as 'The Bois,' although there are other such places in plenty in that bright, gay capital.

     In London Hyde Park, being the fashionable rendezvous, is known as 'The Park,' although there are others in the city. We should by all means drop the word 'Central,' and call our beautiful and favorite resort 'The Park.' It is indeed the Park of the world."