Deutscher Liederkranz: 2nd Summer Night’s Festival

Event Information

Jones's Wood

Adolf Bernstein [cond./composer]

Price: $1.00

Event Type:
Choral, Orchestral

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 May 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

10 Aug 1865, Evening

Program Details

The event “continued during the whole night until the rising of the sun.” (NYH 08/11/65).

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Pilgrim's Chorus
Composer(s): Wagner
Participants:  Deutscher Liederkranz
aka Gesange, men's voice, op. 192
Composer(s): Abt
Composer(s): Frey
Composer(s): Spohr


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 06 August 1865.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 07 August 1865.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 09 August 1865.
Review: New York Herald, 11 August 1865, 1.

"The German Liederkranz, one of the oldest and most prominent German musical societies in this country, celebrated, at Jones’ Wood, last night, another summer night’s festival—the second of the present season—which was a select and brilliant affair. . . .

          The festival commenced rather late.  At about three-quarters past eight o’clock the orchestra gave the signal for the dance. . . .

          . . . The festivities were continued during the whole night until the rising of the sun, and were brought to a successful and satisfactory conclusion.

          The Liederkranz is composed of some eight hundred members, of whom about one hundred are active singers male and female (Gemischte Chorus), who during the night rendered several favorite choruses and songs, among others the Pilgrim Chorus, From Tannhauser, by Wagner (Pilgrim chorus); Das stille Wasserrose, of Abt, by the male chorus; ‘First Sign of Love,’ of Frey, by the male chorus, and the ‘Hunter’s Song,’ of Spohr.

          These compositions were rendered with great success.  The orchestra was under the efficient leadership of Mr. Bernstein.”

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 11 August 1865, 8.

Due to the weather conditions, the event was not as well attended as usual. However, there were still twice as many people present than for other ordinary summer festivals.