Bateman and Harrison Wednesday Popular Concert: 9th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
H. L. [impressario] Bateman
Lafayette F. Harrison

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
George Washbourne Morgan
Henry Stephen Cutler
George W. Colby

Price: $.50; $1 reserved

Event Type:
Choral, Orchestral

Record Information


Last Updated:
12 December 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

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

Third appearance of Richard Coker; first appearance of Sgr. Strini.

Dr. Cutler conducted the Cecilian Choir (Society of St. Cecilia).

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 December 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 01 January 1867, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 03 January 1867.

“The eighth [sic] Wednesday Popular Concert took place here last evening. The attendance differed from the performance in being totally inadequate to the occasion. With a good orchestra, a superb choir of one hundred voices, and two soloists of merit, it would not be Utopian to expect a grand result. But this season all signs fail, and the finest concerts ever given in America are permitted to pass almost unnoticed. Of the orchestral features of the programme it is unnecessary to speak. They were brought out effectively by Mr. Theodore Thomas. The choruses and madrigals were sung magnificently by the Cecilian Choir, under the direction of Dr. Cutler. Such purity and power have never before been heard in this country. The soloists were Master Coker, chief soprano of the choir, and Signor Strini. Both were excellent. The gentleman’s voice is not strong, but he uses it with tact and taste, and possesses in an eminent degree the faculty of pleasing an audience. He was encored in the ‘Largo al factotum.’ Master Coker sang a difficult ballad ‘Sweet Nightingale’ with singular and most felicitous effect. His voice in fullness and quality has never been equaled. It filled the ample space of Messrs. Steinway’s beautiful hall to repletion. We know of no soprano except Parepa who could so thoroughly accomplish this result. The youngster’s bearing is interesting, and he evidently feels the purport of the words as well as the sentiment of the music. He is unquestionably the best concert singer now in the City.”