“When the ladies undertake anything in earnest they generally succeed. This fact was [illeg.] last night, upon the occasion of the concert gotten up to procure funds in aid of the ‘Ladies Home for Sick and Wounded Soldiers.’ The Academy of Music was jammed from parquet to dome. We have seldom seen the house present a more brilliant appearance. We were not astonished to see the crowds. We expected a jam. The ladies sold the tickets. Added to the fact that the entertainment was of a charitable nature, there were immense additional attractions. A great number of popular artists had volunteered their services for this occasion, and, as the only return they could expect was the [illeg.] of the audience, we take pleasure in stating that one and all were warmly and deservedly applauded.
Mme. Virginia Lorini sang the cavatina from ‘Ernani,’ ‘Ernani Involami,’ and the aria, ‘Son Virgine vezzosa,’ from ‘Il Puritani,’ [sic] with immense success. We have seldom heard this artiste to greater advantage. She was in excellent voice, and executed her morceaux [?] admirably. Storms of applause greeted her efforts. We must say that we envy the Habaneras, who have engaged this favorite prima donna for the season. Mme. Lorini will undoubtedly add, during her engagement at the [illeg.], the prestige gained by American talent abroad.
Mme. Strakosch sang very successfully the ‘Rataplan.’ She received much applause. Mme. De Lussan, Miss Lucy Simons, Mrs. Jenny Kempton and Mrs. Mozart sang arias, foreign and patriotic, and received warm tokens of the approval of the public.
Herr Habelmann, the favorite tenor of Mr. Anschutz’s troupe of German artists, sang very sweetly a ballad, ‘Der Wanderer,’ by Feska [sic]. Herr Steinecke also sang a German ballad. Both artists were loudly applauded.
Messrs. S.B. Mills and Frank Gilder executed upon the piano mazurkas, galop [sic] and tarantella with their well known skill.
The Arion Vocal Society sang with admirable ensemble and effect ‘The Cavaliers’ Song,’ by Liszt. This effort was greatly applauded. We must not omit a word of praise as regards the orchestra, which executed so successfully the overture from Rossini’s ‘Guillaume Tell,’ and the brilliant polka redowa from Meyerbeer’s ‘Pardon de Ploermel.’
During the first and second parts of the concert Mr. de Cordova recited in his most happy style a new poem, written expressly for the occasion, entitled ‘The Soldier.’ This was certainly one of the most interesting portions of the entertainment. Mr. de Cordova was much applauded.
Much praise is due to Messrs. Abella and Muzio for their efficient accompaniment of the artists, as well as to Mr. Grafulla, who conducted the Seventh regiment Band [sic].”