Mary H. Cooke Benefit

Event Information

Irving Hall

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
16 August 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Sep 1866, Evening

Program Details

Mary H. Cooke was the daughter of the composer-director John P. Cooke.

Fanny Stockton was scheduled to perform, but was indisposed.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Schumann
Participants:  Louis Jacoby [piano]


Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 September 1866, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 14 September 1866, 5.
Announcement: New-York Times, 14 September 1866, 4.
Review: New York Herald, 15 September 1866, 5.

“The inclemency of the weather last evening considerably thinned the audience at this concert. Miss Rosa Cooke and Mr. George Simpson were the principal vocalists, and Master B. Mollenhauer and Mr. Colby the most noteworthy instrumentalists. Mr. Louis Jacoby played one of Schumann’s piano pieces in a style which would have driven the composer crazy had he heard it. He drowned sense, meaning, expression, everything with the pedal, which he kept down from beginning to end. Aside from that, his tone is turgid and cumbersome and he mystifies his hearers completely, not playing one coherent passage. Miss Rosa Cooke and her sister and Mr. Simpson sang very well. The former has an excellent, well-cultivated voice and should be heard more frequently in concert and opera.”