Sacred Concert

Event Information

Madison Avenue Baptist Church

William Berge

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo), Choral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 April 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

24 Mar 1864, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Rossini
Composer(s): Knight
Text Author: Willard
Participants:  John Rogers Thomas
aka Angels ever bright and fair
Composer(s): Handel
Text Author: Morell [librettist]
Participants:  Sophie Mozart
aka Letzte Rose
Composer(s): Traditional
Text Author: Moore
Participants:  William Berge


Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 March 1864.
“Intermediate, Mr. Berge will give a grand exhibition of the splendid organ of the church.”
Announcement: New-York Times, 24 March 1864, 4.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 24 March 1864, 7.

Review: New York Post, 25 March 1864, 4.

“A grand sacred concert was given last night at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, the most prominent singers being Mrs. J. M. Mozart, Mrs. H. W. Colver, Mrs. J. H. Barclay, Mr. Geary and Mr. J. R. Thomas, the whole under the leadership of Mr. William Bergé, the accomplished organist of St. Francis Xavier’s Church. Rossini’s Stabat Mater was advertised, and as this glorious work is generally well appreciated there was naturally a very good attendance. Prior to the rendering of the oratorio Mr. Thomas sang ‘Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep,’ and received a deserved encore. It was followed by ‘Angels Ever Bright and Fair,’ sung by Mrs. Mozart. Bergé performed a voluntary on the organ, exhibiting the different stops of the instrument, in his usual felicitous manner, and playing for the encore ‘The Last Rose of Summer.’ The oratorio immediately followed and was very fairly given.”