Band, Chamber (includes Solo), Choral
19 August 2010
“[T]he birthday of national independence was celebrated at the old Wigwam yesterday in the most enthusiastic manner. The large hall in which so many celebrations have been held was crowded in every part. . . .
A fine band was in attendance, and several songs, with piano accompaniment, were sung by a choir engaged for the occasion. The Old Folk’s Quartette were expected to be on hand, as was announced in the bills, but through some mismanagement the favorite choir did not appear.
The order of exercises began with the playing of the ‘Star spangled banner’ by the National Guard Band.
Grand Sachem Purdy then addressed the society. . . .
After music by the band, the Declaration of Independence was read by the Hon. Thos. C. Fields. Father Reed and his inimitable ‘Old folks’ quartette choir then sang the ‘Red, White and Blue’ with much effect, and on being loudly encored sang another popular melody. . . .
. . . Gustavus Geary, the well known and accomplished singer, was then introduced and sung, with piano accompaniment, a new and stirring patriotic melody. It was called ‘Mother, I am Come Home to Die,’ and was rendered so masterly that the house was fairly convulsed with delight. It reminded us of the pathetic melody ‘Sweet Bingen on the