Seventh Regiment Armory
Claudio Solomon Grafulla
25 June 2012
Grafulla lives at No. 1 Stanton street (and tickets may be purchased there.)
“On Saturday evening last the Grand Hall in which the Seventh Regiment drills and rehearses its parade maneuvers, presented a brilliant array of beauty, fashion, and brave militaries in citizens dress, assembled to honor the bandmaster of that regiment at his complimentary concert, which closed the concert season. The band was at its greatest numerical strength, and was evidently determined to do credit and honor to a leader whom they all respect personally, and in his musical office.
The program consisted of twelve pieces, beside the usual wind up of ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ and the ‘Militayr Close,’ all of which were played with precision and spirit, and brilliant effect. Millard’s ballad ‘Let me Dream my Life Away,’ the Galop ascribed to C. Faust, and [‘The Beauties of the Opera,’ ascribed to Verdi, were the especial favorites of that promenading public. This last] contained the very piquant arrangement from ‘Crispino e la Comare,’ which invariably commands an encore, and was on this occasion, demanded vociferously and enthusiastically. We do not know which Verdi was intended by that programme announcement, but the Brothers Ricci assuredly composed ‘Crispino e la Comare,’ which formed the most attractive feature in ‘The Beauties of the Opera.’
The 7th Regiment Band surpasses any in strength in this country, and is certainly surpassed by none in correct and pleasing execution of all the music it attempts, whether it be military, operatic, or simple melody. The concert was highly successful in every respect, and was a fitting close to a series of musical entertainments which have afforded our citizens a large amount of pleasure.”