Mina Geary Benefit and Annual Ballad Concert

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Price: $.50; $1

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
26 August 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

07 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Benefit for Mina Geary.

"Comin' thro' the rye" was an encore.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka There is a little bird that sings
Composer(s): Balfe
Participants:  Sophie Mozart
aka Thou art so near and yet so far ; Beloved star; Thou art so near
Composer(s): Reichardt [composer]
Text Author: Oxenford
Participants:  Gustavus Geary
Composer(s): Barnard
Composer(s): Macfarren [composer]
Participants:  Mina Geary
aka Coming through the rye
Text Author: Burns
Participants:  Mina Geary


Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 December 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 04 January 1867.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 January 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 08 January 1867, 7.

“A very large and highly fashionable audience was present at Steinway Hall last evening, to ‘assist’ at the annual ballad concert of Miss Mina Geary. The programme was a very select one, being made up of the compositions of Balfe, Reichart, Claribel, and other popular composers. Miss Mina, the beneficiary, rendered in most charming McFaneu’s [sic] song, ‘The Beating of My Own Heart,’ in which she was encored and in responses gave a unique rendering of ‘Comin’ Thro’ The Rye,’ for which she received well merited applause. Mr. Gustavus Geary gave Reichart’s ‘Thou Art So Near and Yet So Far’ in a manner that deserved the encore he received. The gem of the evening in the vocal line was Miss Sophie Mozart’s rendition of Balfe’s bird song, ‘Sweetheart,’ which was honored with a unanimous request for repetition. George W. Morgan made the hall organ give out the harmonies of the overture to ‘William Tell,’ and Mr. Johannes Senia [sic] exhibited his faculty for coaxing melody out of his wood and straw instrument. Altogether, the concert was a success, both financially and musically.”