National Piano-Forte Association and Conservatory for Musical Instruction Monthly Concert: 3rd

Event Information

Academy of Music

Price: $.50; $1 reserved; $5 (4 seats) or $10 (8 seats) private boxes

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo), Choral, Orchestral

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

04 Mar 1865, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Overture to Martha and Bernard Bretto’s violin solo not included in listed program.

The program also included a 5 minute intermission “to allow all who wish to leave before the finale.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Guglielmo Tell; William Tell; Introduction
Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Orchestra, unidentified
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Participants:  Eugénie de Lussan
Composer(s): Romberg
Composer(s): Mollenhauer [viola-vn]
Composer(s): Liszt
Participants:  Frank Gilder
Composer(s): Schuberth
Participants:  Otto [bass] Fleming
Composer(s): Koenig
aka Flucht von indianischen Kriegern
Composer(s): Mollenhauer [viola-vn]
aka Grand march triumphale
Composer(s): Mollenhauer [viola-vn]
Participants:  Orchestra, unidentified
aka ballade
Composer(s): Verdi
Participants:  F. Mortimer [tenor] Hill
Composer(s): Saint-Lubin
aka Chimney sweep
Composer(s): Verdi
aka Leonore overture, unidentified
Composer(s): Beethoven
Participants:  Orchestra, unidentified


Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 February 1865.

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 06 February 1865.

Announcement: New York Post, 01 March 1865.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 01 March 1865.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 04 March 1865.

     For those interested in an orchestral class at the conservatory, $5 for ten-week class; also, openings for classes in vocal music and violin.

Announcement: New York Post, 04 March 1865.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 04 March 1865.

     Complete program and full text of finale.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 04 March 1865, 8.

     “The third monthly concert of the National Conservatory takes place this evening at the Academy of Music.  The list of performers displays a vast array of talent.  The first concerts were given in the large Hall of Cooper Institute, but it was found too small to contain those desiring to be present.  The Academy of Music has therefore been chosen for the third concert.  Those who would get seats, should go early.”

Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 04 March 1865.

     The “words of the closing hymn are printed.”

Review: New York Post, 06 March 1865.

     “A very large audience, crowding the Academy of Music in every part, attended the concert of the ‘National Conservatory.’ The program was long, and of varied merit. Several amateurs did the best they could with their limited means and cultivation; two of them, Miss Lizzie Allen and Mr. F. M. Hill, showing artistic ability. The gentlemen connected with the Conservatory, as professors, also gave their assistance, and very valuable it was. Mr. Edward Mollenhauer, who directed the whole entertainment, played an exquisite composition for the violin, in which, abandoning the set form of concert solos, he depicts with his instrument, backed up by orchestral accompaniment, an Indian narrative of war, peace, midnight and morning. It was played with all the exquisite taste which has made this gentleman one of our most popular violinists, and its agreeable melody was enhanced by the style of its performance. Master Bernard Mollenhauer [sic], a thorough chip of the old block, also played a violin solo, evincing the most marked improvement and an approximation to his father’s style which argues a dynasty of Mollenhauer violinists. The orchestra played the overtures to ‘William Tell’ and ‘Martha’ and a spirited ‘Triumphal March,’ composed by Mollenhauer, and dedicated to General Grant. The concert concluded with a patriotic song to the music of the Russian National Hymn.

     The business management of this entertainment was, by the way, most disgraceful. Persons who had secured private boxes arrived to find them occupied by strangers who had crowded in and refused to get out. The utmost confusion prevailed. The ushers were small boys, who were unequal to the task of appeasing the indignant multitude; but we are assured by those in charge that at no other concert to be given henceforth by the National Conservatory will such a state of things be allowed to exist.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 06 March 1865, 4.

     “The house was crowded to overflowing.  It was impossible to pierce the dense throng which blocked every avenue to the interior.”