Mr. Dempster’s Musical Entertainment

Event Information

Irving Hall

Price: $.50; $1 reserved

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
24 February 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Oct 1863, Evening

Program Details

Princess, The (six songs from Tennyson’s poem, including “The Bugle song,” “Tears, idle tears,” “Sweet and low,” “Kissed again with tears” [“As thro’ the Land”], “Thy Voice is heard through rolling drums,” “Ask me no more”)

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unidentified
Text Author: Tennyson
Composer(s): Dempster
Text Author: Longfellow
aka Song of the Indian hunter
Composer(s): Dempster
Text Author: Cook [lyricist]
Composer(s): Dempster
Text Author: Tennyson


Announcement: New York Herald, 03 October 1863, 3.
Dempster has just returned from Europe with new songs.  He is a popular ballad singer.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 October 1863.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 05 October 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 October 1863, 7.
“MR. DEMPSTER, After an absence of several years, will give his first MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT . . . In which he will introduce the songs from MR. TENNYSON’S POEM—THE PRINCESS.”
Review: New York Post, 07 October 1863, 2.
“Mr. Dempster’s return was greeted by a large audience. . . . He gave an excellent programme of his favorite songs, and his voice, retaining its sweetness and freshness, showed no sign of any change for the worse since his former visit to this country.”
Announcement: New York Clipper, 10 October 1863, 203.

“Mr. Dempster has ‘come again.’ We have missed his voice for several years, during which time he has been in foreign parts. Hearing of the great prosperity of our theatres, and concerts, and shows, notwithstanding our struggle with the rebels, the singer wishes to have a hand in the pickings, and announces a concert for Tuesday evening; Oct. 6th, at Irving Hall. He used to sing with a great deal of taste and feeling, and if old Father Time has dealt kindly with him since he left us, Dempster’s entertainments may prove as pleasing as they were ‘once upon a time.’ He goes it alone, singing everything himself, ‘without no connivance’ with other parties.”