Benefit Bazaar for the Building Fund of St. Alban’s Church: Opening Night of Bazaar and Promenade Band Concerts

Event Information

Irving Hall

Manager / Director:
Friedrich Bernhard Helmsmüller

Claudio Solomon Grafulla

Price: $.50; $2 season ticket includes opening night

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
1 July 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

26 Apr 1865, 7:30 PM

Program Details

“Tattoo” was performed at 11 p.m. “Promenade Concerts will be given every evening by Grafulla’s and Helmsmüller’s bands, alternatively.”

For subsequent performances of this bazaar, see 04/27/65 – Bazaar and Promenade Band Concerts - Benefit for the Building Fund of St. Alban’s Church. Opening night was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 1865, but because of Lincoln’s assassination it was postponed to Wednesday, April 26, 1865.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Hymn of praise; Symphony, no. 2, op. 52, cantata; Symphony, no. 2, op. 52. Lobgesang
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy


Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 April 1865.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 April 1865.

     Advertises opening night as Tuesday, April 25, 1865.

Announcement: New York Herald, 24 April 1865, 5.

     “Postponement of St. Alban’s Concert. In consequence of the obsequies of our lamented Chief Magistrate, the opening of St. Alban’s Bazaar is postponed to Wednesday evening, April 26, at half-past seven o’clock.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 26 April 1865, 5.

     Announces Wednesday as opening night. “A Bazaar for the benefit of the building fund of St. Albans  Church of this city will be held at Irving Hall, commencing this evening (Wednesday) at 7½ o’clock, and continuing daily during the week from 12 m. to 11p. m. The entertainments will be very varied and interesting.  On the first evening, Mendelssohn’s celebrated ‘Lobegesang,’ or ‘Hymn of Praise,’ will be sung by distinguished amateurs, and a Promenade Concert will be given each evening by Grafulla’s fine band.  Before closing each night, the ‘Tattoo’ will be beaten by the 12th Regiment Drum Corps. Great exertions have been used to make this Bazaar a brilliant affair, and profitable to the funds of the church.”