First Musical Soiree of the 1864-1865 season

Event Information

Liederkranz Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
George [pianist] Nembach

Agricol Paur

Price: $.50 for non-members

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Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

16 Oct 1864, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Miss Hag was substituting for Adelaide Wollenhaupt, Herman Wollenhaupt’s sister, who was indisposed.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Tannhauser overture
Composer(s): Wagner
aka Beggar's child; Little mendicant
Composer(s): Gumbert
aka Lotus bloom
Composer(s): Lachner
Participants:  Miss Th. Hag
aka My own dear native home; My father's house; Fatherland for me
Composer(s): Gumbert
aka Gesange, men's voice, op. 192
Composer(s): Abt
aka Seasons
Composer(s): Haydn
Text Author: Swieten


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 09 October 1864.

Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 15 October 1864.
This season the Männerchor will not only be performing, but also local, well-known soloists.  In addition to the Sunday soirees, the Verein will also participate in three concerts of the Philharmonic Society, which will allow them to perform larger compositions for choir and orchestra.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 16 October 1864, 8.
Includes program.
Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 17 October 1864.
The four pianists who performed the overture from Tannhäuser are praised for their skill and precision, although the piece is not recommended as an opening number, because the arrangement is, according to Hector Berlioz, “overly tiring and exhausting” for the audience.  It will place the subsequent piece at a disadvantage of being hard to stay focused on.  The Beethoven Quartette was performed skillfully by Mosenthal, Thomas, Matzka and Bergner, to the point where the individual instruments seemed to be heard as a single one at times.  At the Liederkranz Soirees, more chamber music pieces should be performed, because the quartets and sonatas are the best educational tools for the masses.  Mr. F. Stein’s performance of the Gumbert Lied showed again that he is a fine singer for Lieder and in possession of a beautiful voice.  The Men’s Choir performed Abt’s “Stille Wasserose” with much expression and emotion.  Miss Th. Hag filled in for the indisposed Ad. Wollenhaupt and deserves recognition for doing so on short notice, performing Lachner’s “Lotusblume.”  The performances of the mixed choirs show the lively sense for the arts that obviously inspires the membership of the Gesangsverein.