Sunday Evening Concert: 4th

Event Information

Irving Hall

Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.50

Event Type:

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 December 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Sep 1866, 8:00 PM

Program Details

As per the New York Herald, Mr. J. Pollock is "from the Royal Opera of Dresden" and makes "his first appearance at these concerts."

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Symphony, no. 1; Prague symphony
Composer(s): Mozart
Composer(s): Wagner
aka Guglielmo Tell; William Tell; Introduction
Composer(s): Rossini
Composer(s): Mozart
Participants:  Bertha Johannsen;  J. H. Pollack
aka potpourri of Robert le diable
Composer(s): Stasny


Announcement: New York Herald, 20 September 1866, 3.

Brief; at conclusion of review for Thomas Popular Garden Concert: 90th.

"The symphony in D will probably be repeated at the Sunday concert at Irving Hall on the 23d inst. It is a treat which no musician, professional or amateur, should miss."

Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 September 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 September 1866, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 22 September 1866, 4.
Announcement: New York Herald, 23 September 1866, 5.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 23 September 1866.
Review: New-York Times, 24 September 1866, 5.

“Mr. Harrison’s Sunday evening concerts are justly attracting the attention of the musical community. The attendance last evening was in the highest degree satisfactory. The programme was excellent, and interpreted by Mr. Theodore Thomas’ fine orchestra, by Mme. Johannren [sic], Mr. J. Pollock and Mr. Elders, (oboe,) with Mr. Colby as conductor, left nothing to be desired [sic].”

Review: Courrier des États-Unis, 25 September 1866.

“The concert by Theodore Thomas on Sunday evening at Irving Hall was one of the most brilliant. The artists surpassed themselves and the performances were irreproachable. One noticed particularly the finale of Mozart’s Symphony in D, which was rendered with rare perfection. A chorus from Lohengrin, the overture from William Tell, and the allegretto of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony were warmly applauded. M. Pollack demonstrated an excellent baritone voice. Mme Johannsen sang a duet from The Magic Flute with him that was very successful. Finally, the evening ended with a brilliant fantasy on motifs from Robert le Diable. The audience was numerous, and they left delighted with the concert.”

Review: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 26 September 1866, 120.

 This concert attracted nearly 1500 people. (…) Mrs. Johannsen proved again that good education is the “life blood” in the presentation of any material. Mr. Pollack is well-trained as well; his performance, however, lacks understanding and individuality. A stay in the United States will help this gentleman in this regard.