Teresa Carreño Private Musical Soiree

Event Information


Henry Draper

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
29 December 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Apr 1864, Evening

Program Details

Mr. H. Draper, dir.

No venue is mentioned. Carreño performed later at Dodworth’s Hall, on Friday, April 15, 1864.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Sleepwalker
Composer(s): Bellini
Participants:  Annie [soprano] Mixsell
Composer(s): Gounod
Participants:  John Farley


Review: New York Post, 11 April 1864, 2.
“Teresa Carreno gave on Saturday evening a private soirée to the Press and musical connoisseurs of New York, preliminary to the series of concerts announced by this charming little pianist to begin at Dodworth’s next Friday evening.  Major-General Dix was one of the invited guests, and he gave on this occasion an example of attentive and respectful listening which auditors generally would do well to imitate.  Teresa herself performed several pieces in a manner which showed a vast improvement in her art since she had last appeared in public.  Vocal performances by Mrs. Kempton, Miss Mixsell, and Messrs. Falrey [sic], Draper and Chase, agreeably diversified the entertainment, which owed much of its pleasure the gentlemanly management of Mr. H. Draper.”
Review: New-York Times, 11 April 1864, 4.
Carreño, aged ten, is a “wonderfully gifted child pianist.  The interval of some months since her last performance has been diligently employed in improving her physique and perfecting her almost unrivaled powers of execution. . . . [I]n Teresa Carreno we see a precociously learned thoughtfulness of style that cannot be taught, and will not be drowned in the most terrific application of forte, and which Mme. De Stael ascribes as the specialty  of the German musical mind.  But in Teresa Carreno this underlying gift is relieved and alternated by that sympathetic vivacity which belongs to her sex and her childhood, and which enlivens the deeper moods of her inspiration, and popularizes their brooding German tendencies. . . .
    . . . Mme. Maxsell, debutante, delighted the company with the richness and brilliancy of her voice.  Her rendering of the cavatina, from ‘La Sonnambula,’ was a great treat.  Mrs. Kempton acquitted herself, as she always does, meritoriously.  Mr. Farley, the new tenor, an artist of rare promise, electrified the circle with the gem from ‘Faust.’  Several excellently rendered quartets formed a happy feature of the evening.  Mr. Draper, the Baritone, directed Teresa’s entertainment with his usual good taste.”