Sommernachts-fest zum Besten des deutschen Hospitals

Event Information

Jones's Wood
Landmann’s Hamilton Park

Carl Bergmann

Price: $.30 for men; $.25 for women

Event Type:
Choral, Orchestral

Record Information


Last Updated:
21 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 Sep 1866, 12:00 PM

Program Details

The parade began at 12 pm in Landmann’s Hamilton Park and the picnic and Sommernachts-fest began at 2 pm in Jones’ Wood.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Luther
Text Author: Luther
Composer(s): Wagner
Composer(s): Schuppert
Text Author: Vogl
aka Guglielmo Tell; William Tell; Introduction
Composer(s): Rossini
aka Marche aux flambeaux; Torch song; Torch dance; Fackeltanze
Composer(s): Meyerbeer


Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 01 September 1866, 6.

“Dance music by three orchestras.”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 03 September 1866, 6.
Review: New York Herald, 05 September 1866, 5.

“The ceremony of the laying of the corner stone of the new German Hospital, which has so long been delayed, took place on Monday…

A procession was formed at Landmann’s Hamilton park [sic], shortly before twelve o’clock, in the following order, and under the direction of the First Marshal E. O. Bernet, proceeded to the hospital ground:


New-York Turn Verein.

Turner Pupils’ Association.

German Vocal Societies.

Lodges and Benevolent Associations.

Humoristic Associations.

Company C, First regiment, Captain Schilling.

…After a speech, “the united singers of the German vocal societies thereupon rendered the well known German song ‘Eine feste Burg is unser Goss [sic],’ in honor of the occasion.

the picnic and concert at jones’ wood.

After the ceremony of the laying of the corner stone the societies proceeded to Jones’ Wood, where a picnic and summer night’s festival was held, which was a well patronized affair. On the centre platform a grand concert was given, under the direction of Mr. Carl Bergmann. The overture, Rienzi, of Wagner, was given first, then the united singers rendered the famous composition entitled ‘The German Sword’ (Das Deutsche Schwert), whereupon an oration was delivered by Dr. Deal, an editor of the Demokrat, who at length reviewed the career of the German nation and its continuous movement for national unity. By the orchestra the overture from William Tell and the Fackeltanz of Meyerbeer were subsequently performed, as efficiently as could be desired under the circumstances. The concert, as a whole, was a splendid and successful affair. After these musical proceedings the Turners of the New York Turn Verein entertained the visitors with a series of gymnastic feats, which were of quite an interesting character.

Some sixty German societies were engaged in the festivities, which were continued until late hour; but nothing occurred to disturb the proceedings.”