Documenting Teresa Carreño

Irving Hall (December 13, 1862)


Carreño performed a morning concert at 12 pm for families, schools, and children. Assisting artists included: Mrs. Jenny Kempton, Mr. William Castle, Mr. Theodore Thomas, and Signor Abella. Cost of tickets was $.50, half price for children.


Advertisement: New York Times, 10 December 1862, 7.

ReviewNew York Times, 12 December 1862, 7.

ReviewNew York Tribune, 15 December 1862, 5.


Kijas, Anna


New York Times, December 10, 1862. 

On Saturday, at 12 o'clock. (And positively her last appearance,) Miss Carreno's only morning concert, for the accomodation of families, schools and children.

Dwight's Journal of Music, December 13, 1862. 

The last of the Carreno concerts will take place this evening at Irving Hall. Miss Carreno is a great attraction and her playing is so wonderful that many have questioned the correctness of her age. A certificate from the Spanish consul certifies that she is but eight years of age.—The care and correctness with which she performs the difficult compositions of Prudent, Liszt, Thalberg, and others, is perfectly wonderful. She has been assisted by Mme. D’Angri, Mrs. Jenny Kempton, Miss Salembier, Castle the new tenor, Theo. Thomas, violinist, and Eben, flutist. Mr. Harrison, the enterprising manager, and owner of Irving Hall, has had the privilege of presenting this new artist (?) to the public and he has been amply repaid.

New York Tribune, December 15, 1862.

The latest novelty offered by Mr. Harrison is in the shape of a little girl, Teresa Careno [sic]. This most remarkable child is only eight years of age, and yet plays on the piano in a style sufficiently advanced to be agreeable to good ears. She essays pieces of an ambitious structure. The mechanical difficulties which she vanquishes, partially or wholly, are the least part of her merit. It is the expression, which she throws into the work before her. Phrasing, as it is technically termed, is an art possessed but by few adults in song or playing, and yet this child has a remarkable taste that way. Of course, a child cannot be expected to play as well as a skilled adult; but given, the extremely youthful years of the little pianist, it is a most remarkable and interesting performance.

New York Times, December 15, 1862.

Miss Teresa Carreno, the child pianist, gave a successful matinée at Irving Hall on Saturday, being assisted therat by Mrs. Jenny Kempton, Mr. Wm. Castle, Mr. Theodore Thomas, and Signore Abella as conductor. The little lady arrives at the advanced age of nine years on Monday next, and the event will be celebrated by a grand evening concert at the Academy of Music. A large number of artists will contribute their services to the occasion, which there is hardly a doubt will be brilliantly successful. Miss Carreno will subsequently leave New York for a tour in the Provinces.


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