Cercle Français de L’Harmonie Annual Masquerade Ball: 1st

Event Information

Irving Hall

Adolphe Gaffre

Record Information


Last Updated:
22 August 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

18 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Event included a grand historical procession and march in costume.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 10 January 1867, 7.

“Full Orchestra…Astonishing Developments…Marches &c.”

Advertisement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 10 January 1867.

“With a large orchestra . . . Fantasie Quadrilles . . .  and comic marches.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 January 1867.
Announcement: New York Post, 15 January 1867.
Announcement: New-York Times, 15 January 1867, 4.

“Many new and attractive features will be introduced.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 18 January 1867.

“Perfumed Fountains, Grand Orchestra with Solos.”

Review: New York Herald, 19 January 1867, 4.

“The Cercle Francais de l’Harmonie gave their first masked ball at Irving Hall last evening. As a successful pageant and a pleasant reunion the gathering will rank with many of the carnavalistic soirées whereof ballgoers hold record. Dancing commenced at ten o’clock and continued until four o’clock this morning, the sole respite granted to the dancers being that required for supper. At midnight a cortege, embracing a number of historical characters, invaded the tastefully decorated ballroom, and paraded to and fro, to the great delight of the lookers in the galleries. All masks being subsequently removed, the programme of quadrilles, waltzes and mazourkas was resumed, and the joyous crowd of monks and nuns, demons and queens, harlequins and courtiers mingled again in the maze, until the approach of dawn put musicians and guests to flight, each expressing the hope to meet again on some future and equally delightful occasion.”

Review: New-York Times, 19 January 1867, 5.

“CERCLE FRANCAIS DE L’HARMONIE.—Our German residents have for many years led the van of social recreation, but this year, the French have taken the initiative, and last night, at Harrison’s beautiful Irving Hall, gave a grand masked ball which was really elegant in every department and outwork. The hall was filled by 11 o’clock with a gay and festive set of maskers, who held high carnival till the early hours of this morning. The walls were grostesquely decorated, a fountain of cologne water perfumed the air, choice music marked the swift speeding of the hours, a well-arranged supper sustained the inner man (and an occasional woman,) and a season of absolute enjoyment was at the disposal of the happy hundreds who conjointly form the harmonious Cercle Francais.”