Official Opening Ceremonies of the Metropolitan Fair Building in Union Square

Event Information

Venue(s):
Metropolitan Fair Union Square Music Hall

Conductor(s):
Joseph Noll
Franz Rietzel [cond.-comp.fl-vn]

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Choral, Orchestral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
23 February 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Apr 1864, 6:00 PM

Program Details

Rietzel & Noll, directors of the orchestra. Mr. A. Paur, choral dir.

The concert was performed in two parts.

Performers and/or Works Performed

2)
aka Freischutz overture
Composer(s): Weber
3)
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Text Author: Eichendorff
4)
aka Grand duet on the violin
Composer(s): Paganini
5)
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
7)
aka Merry Wives of Windsor
Composer(s): Nicolai
8)
Composer(s): Palestrina [Prenestino, etc.]
9)
Composer(s): Unknown composer
10)
aka March; Fest march; Festmarsch; Grand march; Tannhauser. Freudig begrussen wir die edle Halle. Allegro
Composer(s): Wagner

Citations

1)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 April 1864.

2)
Announcement: New-York Times, 05 April 1864, 1.
“A select orchestra of from thirty to forty of the best musicians of the City will perform every night from 7 to 10 o’clock, under the direction of Messrs. Reitzel [sic] & Noll, at the Union-square Music Hall (East end.)   Price of admission, 50 cents.
The following extra performance will take place during the present week, to commence at 6 o’clock P.M. . . .

Wednesday, April 6.—The Celebrated Amateur Vocal Society, known as the German Liederkranz, under the direction of Mr. A. Paur, together with several eminent Solo Performers.”
3)
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 05 April 1864.

4)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 April 1864, 7.

5)
: Strong, George Templeton. New-York Historical Society. The Diaries of George Templeton Strong, 1863-1869: Musical Excerpts from the MSs, transcribed by Mary Simonson. ed. by Christopher Bruhn., 06 April 1864.
“Orchestra played the Overture to the Freyschutz (blessed be the memory of its composer) [at the opening of the Union Square department of the Fair].  Who dreamed two years ago that the Sanitary Commission would ever make such a noise in the world?”
6)
Review: New-York Times, 07 April 1864, 8.
“The Fair building on Union-square was formally opened with appropriate ceremonies and a grand concert by the German Liederkranz, assisted by Mr. E. Mollenhauer and a select orchestra of forty performers.  The exercises commenced by a selection from the national airs, given by the band. . . .
The programme of the concert was carried out in full, the music, both instrumental and vocal, being beyond all praise.”
7)
Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 30 April 1864, 232.
Gives the program.  “The opening ceremonies of the Union Square department . . . included a concert by ‘German Liederkranz.’”