Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concert

Event Information

City Assembly Rooms

Manager / Director:
William [director-cond.] Hartmann

Carl Bergmann

Price: $1.00

Event Type:
Choral, Orchestral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
14 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

26 Nov 1864, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Lotti’s performance of the Faust aria was encored. Two choruses of Schumann’s Jagd Lieder was performed by the Arion society, accompanied by a quartet of French horns.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Wo such ein Feuer
Composer(s): Liszt
Text Author: Herwegh
Participants:  G. Herwegh
aka Salve, dimora casta e pura; Sei mir gegrüsst, du heil’ge Stätte; Romance
Composer(s): Gounod
Participants:  Guglielmo Lotti
aka Martha, oder Der Markt zu Richmond Martha, or The Market at Richmond
Composer(s): Flotow
Participants:  Guglielmo Lotti
aka Unversagt
Composer(s): Marschner
Participants:  Arion Gesangverein
aka Preludes, Les
Composer(s): Liszt
Composer(s): Schuberth
aka Jagerlied
Composer(s): Schumann
Participants:  Arion Gesangverein
aka Warrior's song
Composer(s): Abt
Participants:  Arion Gesangverein
Conductor: Bergmann, Carl
Composer(s): Weber
Participants:  Orchestra, unidentified


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 06 November 1864.
“Grand vocal and instrumental concert in the winter season.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 24 November 1864, 7.

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

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 24 November 1864, 5.

Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 25 November 1864.

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 25 November 1864, 6.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 26 November 1864, 4.

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 28 November 1864.
“Arion Society. – The Concert of this Society at the City Assembly rooms on Saturday drew a very large audience, which was critical because it was German, and enthusiastic because the concert was an admirable one in almost every respect. The overture to Weber’s ‘Oberon’ was given by the orchestra under Mr. Bergmann with a smoothness and spirit very unlike the following ‘Rheinweinlied,’ which the Society sang with little of their wonted skill. An air from Faust, by Mr. W. Lotti, was encored, and the fine tenor for his accomplished singer was heard to still better advantage in his second performance. Mr. C. Demuth—with the orchestra—played a difficult concert for pianoforte, by Hummel, with vigor and delicacy. The ‘Unversagt’ chorus by the Society more than atoned for their previous failure. The whole rendering of this difficult and beautiful chorus was most effective. So was Mr. H. Mollenhauer’s Souvenir de Hollande with the orchestra. We never heard anything from his violin cello more marvelously delicious. The remainder of the concert we were unable to hear.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 28 November 1864.
The concert was a huge success due to the high quality of the performance and also the large attendance, which was estimated at over a thousand people.  The hall was completely filled.  Mr. Demuth, a rather one-sided but diligent pianist, performed.  Mr. Lotti’s beautiful tenor voice sounded a lot nicer in the concert hall than in the opera house.  Liszt’s “Rheinweinlied” was new to us, and its performance was impressive and ingenious.  Schumann’s Hunting songs were less impressive and not performed as well as they deserve. After the concert, the members of the Arion Gesangsverein gathered for an evening’s entertainment at the Pythagoras restaurant, where the material delights were overshadowed by the artistic ones.