Maria Brainerd’s Annual Concert

Event Information

Steinway Hall

Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]

Price: $1; $1.50 reserved

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
16 January 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Meyerbeer
Participants:  Maria Scoville Brainerd
Composer(s): Spohr
Participants:  Maria Scoville Brainerd


Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 16 February 1867.

Brief. "Miss Maria Brainard will give a concert at Steinway's Hall on Tuesday, assisted by Thomas's orchestra."

Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 February 1867.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 February 1867, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 19 February 1867, 5.

"Miss Brainard's [sic] Concert.--Miss Brainard [sic], who is a favorite with all portions of the public, and is esteemed as a fine singer in every department of music, takes her annual benefit concert at Steinway Hall to-night. The lady will give several of her best pieces and will receive the support of Mr. Theodore Thomas and his fine orchestra. She will be assisted in the vocal department by Signor Severini, Signor Strini, Mr. A. E. Pease, and Dr. Clare W. Beames at the piano."

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 20 February 1867.

“The success of Miss Maria Brainerd’s late concert was complimentary in every way to a resident singer of recognized culture and ability.  Her graceful delivery of Meyerbeer’s African romanza and Spohr’s quaint warble of “The Song and Maiden,” is to be recorded with praise.”

Review: New York Musical Gazette, 01 March 1867, 37.

“Miss Maria Brainerd’s Annual Concert was given Feb. 19th, at Steinway Hall.  She was assisted by Signor Severini, Signor Strini, Mr. A. H. Pease, and a fine orchestra under Theo. Thomas.  We are glad to record a fine success.  The audience was not only large, but in excellent spirits, and disposed to accord a hearty welcome to the long-time favorite.  That her performance was artistic and eminently satisfactory, it is quite unnecessary to state.  But we would take the occasion to protest against her long intervals of silence.  Her voice is too seldom heard.  Her style and method are far in advance of many of the foreign singers who are puffed into a brief notoriety by profuse advertising.  In our scramble for novelty, let us not lose sight of native talent, which we once took so much pride in encouraging.  The programme on this occasion was well selected, and the whole affair reflected credit upon the efficient conductor, Dr. Clare W. Beames.”