Sunday Evening Concert: 17th

Event Information

Steinway Hall

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

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $.50; $1 reserved

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Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
10 January 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Dec 1866, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka The Hebrides; Fingal's Cave; Staffa, Fingal’s Cave; Fingalshöhle; Ouvertüre zur einsamen Insel
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
aka Siege of Corinth; Siege of Erwith
Composer(s): Rossini
Composer(s): Hérold
aka Africaine potpourri
Composer(s): Meyerbeer
aka The Standard Bearer; The Standard Watch; Der Fahnenträger; Der Fahnen Träger; The Warrior Bard
Composer(s): Lindpaintner
aka Festmarsch, orch, Vienna and Paris, for centenary of Schiller’s birth; Festmarsch zu Schillers 100jähriger Geburtsfeier, Meyerbeer; Schillermarsch
Composer(s): Liszt
Participants:  Bernardus Böckelmann
Composer(s): Chopin
Participants:  Bernardus Böckelmann
Composer(s): Raff
Participants:  Bernardus Böckelmann


Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 December 1866.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 December 1866, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 22 December 1866, 4.

"Sunday Concert.--The seventeenth Sunday concert will take place, as usual, at Steinway Hall tomorrow evening. Mr. Chandon, the new German basso, and Mr. Kopta, the violinist, are the solo performers. [Lists part of the program.]"

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 22 December 1866.
Review: New-York Times, 24 December 1866, 5.

“The seventeenth Sunday concert was given last evening at Steinway Hall. Nothwithstanding the dreary and depressing weather, the attendance was large. Mr. THOMAS’ orchestra played six pieces, to the entire satisfaction of all present. The vocalist was Mr. CHANDON—a gentleman with a deep and sympathetic bass voice, which he uses well. He is somewhat deficient in spirit, being slumberous in style, and too dependent on the accompaniment. He is, nevertheless, a valuable accession to our concert forces. The solo violinist was again Mr. WENZEL KOPTA, whose technical skill and taste we have on other occasions praised heartily. He played finely last night, and was encored and applauded in the most demonstrative manner. Mr. KOPTA is a virtuoso in every sense of the word.”

Review: New-Yorker Musik-Zeitung, 26 December 1866, 329.

[Works Bockelman played are mentioned] Chandon with his beautiful, strong and pleasant voice sang some of his songs in such a spirited fashion that the audience was enthused. Boekelman seemed much more comfortable in front of an audience than in earlier concerts and his success is progressing. Unfortunately he will have to suit the taste of the audience and choose pieces that are popular until he is known enough to venture out into the direction of the new music. Boekelman has all the elements of a fine artist and will certainly make his way in the United States. 

Review: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 30 December 1866, 4.

(…) The programs of these Sunday concerts are mostly impeccable. However, it is suggested to occasionally include the melodious symphonies of Haydn, who seems to be generally neglected in concert programs. The beauty of Haydn’s compositions is soothing to the ears of connoisseurs and laypeople; especially after a long week of work.

Noticeable among the soloists was the bassist Chandon. His voice is full and well-trained, and it is hoped he will appear in big opera parts in the future.