Bateman and Harrison Wednesday Popular Concert: 6th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Manager / Director:
H. L. [impressario] Bateman
Lafayette F. Harrison

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.50; $1 reserved

Event Type:

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
11 December 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 Dec 1866, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Some of the citations record this as the fifth concert in the series; owing to an issue with scheduling on Mondays and Wednesdays, Music in Gotham counts this as the sixth. For an explanation of this discrepancy, see the program details of Bateman and Harrison Wednesday Popular Concert: 1st on 11/12/66.

Debut of Libbie Smith.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Saint-Lubin
Participants:  Wenzel Kopta
aka Dieblische Elster, Die
Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Libbie Smith [vocal]
aka Ye merry birds that sweetly sing; Ye pretty birds
Composer(s): Gumbert
Participants:  Libbie Smith [vocal]
aka Poet and peasant overture
Composer(s): Suppé
aka First flirtation; Kuren
Composer(s): Strauss


Announcement: New York Herald, 10 December 1866, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 10 December 1866, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 December 1866.
Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 11 December 1866.
Announcement: New York Herald, 12 December 1866, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 12 December 1866, 4.

Part of long paragraph announcing several different performances.

"To-night, at the same establishment [Steinway Hall], the fifth [sic] popular Wednesday evening concert of the series projected, and successfully carried out by Messrs. Bateman and Harrison, will be given. The solo artists are Miss Libbie Smith, soprano, and Mr. Wenzel Kopta, (violin, whose success we have already recorded.) Mr. Theodore Thomas and his orchestra will, as usual, assist on the occasion. We are glad to note that these entertainments are steadily growing in public favor. Their object is to propagate a rational knowledge of music, and, with due encouragement, this end will certainly be accomplished."

Review: New York Herald, 13 December 1866, 5.

“A tolerably large audience gathered at last evening’s popular concert. [Lists performers.] Mr. Kopta played a very difficult fantasia by Remenyi, on the Huguenots, and another on Lucia, by St. Luben, with marvelous dexterity but little breadth of tone. Miss Libbie Smith, whose voice is fresh, sufficiently powerful, but who lacks much of the culture and practice essential to a thorough singer, gave a cavatina from La Gazza Ladra and Gombert’s Ye Merry Birds, with good effect. Among the pieces executed by the orchestra, the overture to the Poet and Peasant, and Die Ersten Curen, one of Strauss’ most charming waltzes, were the most deservedly appreciated.”