Richard Coker Concert

Event Information

Niblo's Concert Saloon

George W. Colby

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 October 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 Apr 1865, 8:00 PM

Program Details

This concert was originally scheduled for Monday, April 25, but was postponed because of Lincoln’s assassination. The pianist Blanch Carpenter was originally scheduled to perform, but could not appear and was replaced by Colby.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Thomas
Participants:  John Rogers Thomas
aka Favorite ballads ; Ballads and warblings; Beautiful ballads
Participants:  George Simpson


Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 April 1865.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 April 1865.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 April 1865.

     Gives new date.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 24 April 1865, 7.

      “In consequence of the nation’s bereavement Master Richard Coker’s Grand Concert is postponed to Thursday, April 27. Tickets sold for Monday are good for Thursday.”

Review: New-York Times, 28 April 1865, 4.

     “Niblo’s Saloon.—Master Richard Coker, who lately was the principal soprano of Trinity Choir, gave an exceedingly pleasant concert at this establishment last evening. He has a charming voice, and his morceaux were in every instance encored. The same favor was bestowed upon Mr. George Simpson, and Mr. J. R. Thomas—most excellent concert vocalists. The new ballad, by the last named gentleman, ‘Beautiful Isle of the Sea,’ is one of his most charming compositions.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 28 April 1865, 8.

     “The first concert of Master Coker took place at Niblo’s Saloon last evening.  A large and fashionable audience was present, though the Saloon was not as crowded as it should have been.  Master Coker was of course the chief star of attraction, as he well deserved to be, for his voice is very fine, a rich-toned, pure, and melodious soprano, which we have rarely heard excelled, if equaled.  He sings with charming taste, and with a sense and a sentiment which could be hardly expected from one of his tender years.  Master Coker is certainly better worth hearing than two-thirds of our lady concert singers.  He has no affection, no silly tremolando.  His is straightforward singing, a clear, sustained tone, pure melody, and a simple pathos which affects every one, which won the sympathy of all and gained for every piece, a hearty and unanimous encore.  Master Ellard also has a charming voice and sings in excellent taste.  The duet between the two little vocalists gave general delight and was loudly encored.  Mr. George Simpson sang two ballads, very sweetly and effectively and fully sustained his excellent reputation.  Mr. J. R. Thomas was as he always is, a marked point of attraction.  His rich, unctuous, and finely cultivated voice rolled through the Saloon with a full sonority such as is rarely heard.  Miss Blanche Carpenter, the pianist, being unable to appear, her place was very ably filled by Mr. Colby the conductor, who performed several pieces most acceptably.  The Concert was in every respect, successful, and Master Coker’s Second Concert on Saturday evening, next, the 29th, will probably be very fully attended.”