Teresa Carreño Concert: 1st

Event Information

Irving Hall

Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
29 December 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Nov 1862, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Fantaise de Moïse; Fantasia on Moise; Mose in Egitto
Composer(s): Thalberg
Participants:  (Maria) Teresa Carreño (piano)
Composer(s): Döhler
Participants:  (Maria) Teresa Carreño (piano)
Composer(s): Gottschalk
Participants:  (Maria) Teresa Carreño (piano)
aka Semiramis
Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Elena Angri
Composer(s): Verdi
aka No, no, no
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Participants:  Elena Angri
Composer(s): Vieuxtemps


: Lawrence, Vera Brodsky. Strong on Music, Vol. 3, 0000, 527.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 November 1862, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 November 1862, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 November 1862, 7.
Gives name as “Teresa Careni.”
Announcement: New York Post, 13 November 1862.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 November 1862, 7.
Gives name as “Teresa Careno.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 17 November 1862, 4.
“The child pianiste, Teresa Carreño, whose performances have attracted so much attention, gives her first grand concert.”
Announcement: New-York Times, 17 November 1862, 8.
Says Carreño will make her début, but recently mentioned her musical soirée at the same venue. “Without any of the precocious smartness of a prodigy, here is a little chit who can play some of the most difficult music of the modern school, and play it, too, with expression, elegance, intelligence and power.”
Advertisement: Courrier des États-Unis, 19 November 1862.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 November 1862, 7.
“The Child Pianist Eight Years of Age, whose astonishing performances on the Piano before the connoisseurs and dilettantes of New York have created the liveliest surprise and gratification.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 November 1862, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 23 November 1862, 7.
Performers, price.
Announcement: New-York Times, 24 November 1862, 5.
Gives the program, but first part of article is impossible to read. Castle is “the new and eminently successful tenor. . . .Thomas plays a couple of Vieuxtemp’s brilliant violin fantasias.”
Announcement: New York Post, 24 November 1862.
Lists the pieces Carreño will play.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 November 1862, 7.
Performers and program.
Announcement: New-York Times, 25 November 1862, 5.
Announcement: Courrier des États-Unis, 25 November 1862.
Carreño has been gifted by nature with an exceptional musicality. She possesses, at 8 years of age, all the seriousness of an experienced pianist, plus charm and graciousness.
Review: New-York Times, 28 November 1862, 5.

          “Irving Hall.-- Miss Theresa Carreño’s début, on Tuesday night, more than fulfilled the promise of her private performances, to which we have before referred.  She deserves to be ranked, not as a child-wonder, who at the age of eight years has vanquished nearly all the technical difficulties of the piano, but as an artist of first-class sensibility.  Her perception of musical meaning; the clearness with which she sees, and the delicate skill with which she executes passages that are ornate or obscure, belong only to the better rank of performers, and are in fact characteristics that cannot be attained by study. It is not difficult to trace in the charming face and graceful figure of this beautiful child the indications of an extraordinary nature, and music--as plainly--is one of its healthiest and most genuine manifestations. She has an instinct for art which leads her to its beauties, and overcomes all obstacles in her search for them. Three pieces–without counting the encores–so different in style as those on Miss Carreño's programme, would have taxed the powers of the best player. They were interpreted easily by the young lady–with abundant technical skill, good force and quality of tone, and the nicest of expression. Her success was of course complete, but not more so than the admirable merit of the performance justified.

          The concert in other respects was as such things always are under Mr. Harrison’s management–excellent. Madame D'Angri, the famous contralto, sang two pieces with faultless skill, and tumultuous success; Mr. Wm. Castle was in good voice and contributed his share to the pleasure of the occasion, and Messrs. Theodore Thomas and Signor Abella imparted completeness and artistic tone to the whole.”

Review: New York Herald, 01 December 1862, 5.

     “At Irving Hall, the child pianist, Teresa Carreno has appeared to large audiences with great success. Among those present were the connoisseurs and musical critics of the city. They loudly applauded the ease, skill and self-possession with which she executed a rondo of Hummel, the Prayer from ‘Moses in Egypt,’ as played by Thalberg, and other difficult morceaux. She is certainly a wonderful pianist for one of her years. Mme. D’Angri, Mr. Castle, the tenor,  and M. Abella lent the aid of their talents to the success of the ‘Carreno’ concert.”