Metropolitan Fair – Organ Concert in Aid of the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Event Information

South Baptist Church

George Frederick Bristow

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
23 September 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM

Program Details

William Scharfenberg, Chairman, Committee on Music of Subscription Committee on Organ Concerts (sic).

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Krondiamanten, Die
Composer(s): Auber
Participants:  George Frederick Bristow
aka Gentle lark; Lo! Here the gentle lark
Composer(s): Bishop
Composer(s): Elder [organ]
Participants:  Robert Elder [organ]
Composer(s): Elder [organ]
Participants:  Robert Elder [organ]
aka Wedding music
Composer(s): Hopkins
Participants:  Charles Jerome Hopkins
Composer(s): Hopkins
Participants:  Charles Jerome Hopkins


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 09 March 1864.

Announcement: New York Post, 11 March 1864, 2.
“A concert in behalf of the Sanitary Fair will soon be given at one of the leading churches of New York, at which some three hundred vocal and instrumental performers, including our best resident musical talent will assist.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 March 1864.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 March 1864, 7.
Time, price, performers.
Review: New York Post, 15 March 1864, 2.

“The organ concert given at the South Baptist Church in Twenty-first street, last evening, for the benefit of the Sanitary Commission, was in most respects a musical success. The audience was appreciative and enthusiastic, but not quite so numerous as the programme and the charitable object should have commanded. The vocal portion of the concert was sustained very creditably by Miss Colman and the well-disciplined choir of the South Church, and comprised two or three solo and chants excellently rendered. Miss Colman’s ‘Gentle Lark,’ as seconded by Mr. Bristow’s flute-like accompaniment upon the organ was a chief feature of the evening.

The organists present were Messrs. Bristow, Hopkins, Hardenbrook and Elder, each of whom won the applause and admiration of the audience by their skilful [sic] manipulation of the instrument. Perhaps the most remarkable performances were those of Mr. Elder, the blind organist of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, who most happily rendered a Fugue in C minor, of his own composition, and also during the evening charmed the audience with a series of brilliant variations upon familiar airs. Mr. Hopkins’s ‘Wedding Music’ and ‘Don Pasquale’ were applauded, as also was Mr. Bristow’s fine performance of Auber’s overture ‘Crown Diamonds.’

Although not as costly an instrument as many others in this city, the new organ of the South Baptist Church is one of the finest in New York, and by professionals has been pronounced as excellent. The edifice is perhaps disproportionately small for so powerful an organ, but when manipulated artistically, and with discrimination, the instrument has few equals among our city organs.”