Thomas Popular Garden Concert: 34th

Event Information

Terrace Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
7th Ave. between 58th and 59th Sts. Central Park Garden

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.25

Event Type:

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
15 November 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Jul 1866, 8:00 PM

Program Details

An announcement in the New York Herald states there is also a matinee concert on this day, but no other citation supports this. All of the advertisements list only this performance (at 8pm), and the reviews only reference the same. It seems that from this point onward in the Popular Garden series, Thomas gave up the double Saturday concerts (as were held on 06/23/66, 06/30/66, and 07/07/66).

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Lindpaintner
Composer(s): Gung'l
aka Jüdin, Die
Composer(s): Halévy
Composer(s): Kreutzer
aka Village swallows; Village swallows from Austria; Die Dorfschwalben
Composer(s): Strauss
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
aka Orpheus; Orphee aux enfers; Orpheus in the Underworld
Composer(s): Offenbach
aka Papageno polka
Composer(s): Stasny
Composer(s): Verdi
aka Düppeler Sturm-Marsch; Düppler Sturm; Duppeler Sturm; Prussian Army march; Sturin quickstep; Dueppel; Storming of the fortifications at Dueppel; Düppelmarsch; Düppel-Schanzen-Sturm-Marsch; Sturm; Doppler storm
Composer(s): Piefke


Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 July 1866, 7.
Advertisement: New York Post, 14 July 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 14 July 1866.
Announcement: New York Herald, 14 July 1866, 5.

Brief. "A grand matinee concert will be gievn to-day at Koch's Terrace Garden, by Mr. Theodore Thomas. A second concert will be given in the evening."

Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 July 1866, 7.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 14 July 1866, 6.

No program given.

Article: New-York Times, 15 July 1866, 4.

“The taste for popular music is increasing in this country with great rapidity. The vast number of people that flock to the Central Park on Saturday afternoons ‘to hear the music’ is proof of this. Thousands also flock to the Orchestral Gardens and to the Lion Park, where some of the finest works of the masters are performed in the open air, under the supervision of the best conductors in the City; for even Theodore Thomas and Carl Bergman [sic] do not consider themselves too great to give their services to the people at these places. This growth of the love for out-door concerts of this character, is to be attributed in great degree to the efforts of the German element of our population.  In Berlin and other German cities, popular music forms a much more prominent feature of life than with us; and the people give up time and business for its enjoyment. In this City, and indeed throughout the country, the greater part of our performers are Germans; and our German fellow-citizens always turn out in large numbers to the Parks and Gardens where music is given. The American people may well be grateful to the Germans for what they are doing for us in this direction.”

Review: New York Herald, 15 July 1866, 5.

“The alarming state of the thermometer for the past week seems not to have had any effect on the attendance at those popular and really excellent entertainments. Night after night the beautiful Terrace Garden is crowded, and the extraordinary number of visitors taxes the energies and resources of the six brothers Koch to the utmost. On Tuesday and Friday nights in particular there is always a jam, and many persons have to be turned away at the entrance. The classical character of the programmes on those nights will explain the cause of the increased attraction. Last night the gardens were illuminated as brilliantly as usual, and every nook and corner, even in the secluded arbors, had a circle of music loving visitors. [Lists program.]

Those pieces were all given in a style such as we might expect from such an orchestra and such a leader. After this eminently successful inauguration of garden concerts in the metropolis, we may expect to see them firmly established here every summer. They have already become as popular in New York as they are in Germany. If they were given on Sunday evenings, with a programme of sacred and classical music, they would supply a musical want long needed by those who are obliged to remain in the city during the heated term. It is too bad, certainly, that the working classes should not have some intellectual recreation of this kind on the only day of the week on which they can have an opportunity of enjoying it. The most austere Puritan cannot prove in what manner a sacred concert of this kind will violate the Sabbath.”