Documenting Teresa Carreño

Boston Music Hall (January 17, 1863)


Carreño performed in three of the Gilmore Grand Concerts in Boston with Mme. Anna Bishop. This included two concerts on Saturday: a Grand Matinee Musicale in the afternoon with Mme. Anna Bishop (3 pm) and an evening concert (7:30 pm). These were followed by an evening concert on Sunday (7:30 pm). Both evening concerts also featured an orchestra with fifty performers.

Carreño performed her own Polka-CapriceGrande Fantaisie sur "Moise", op. 33 (Thalberg, Sigismond), and Jerusalem (Gottschalk, Louis M.). For an encore, she played her own version of the Star Spangled Banner. Tickets cost $0.50.


AdvertisementBoston Evening Transcript, 13 January 1863, 3.

AdvertisementBoston Evening Transcript, 16 January 1863, 2.

Advertisement: Boston Daily Advertiser, 14-16 January 1863, 1.

Review: Evening Saturday Gazette, 17 January 1863, 3. [incorrect date, should be January 18] 


Boston Evening Transcript, January 13, 1863.

Boston Music Hall. Madame Anna Bishop's Farewell Concerts. Irresistible Attraction! 

Three more opportunities of hearing the most wonderful Pianist that the world has ever produced, Teresa Carreno, a child only nine years old, whose performance of the most difficult works of the great masters has not only excited the wildest enthusiasm of her audience, but has also awakened the supposition that there is something supernatrual, mysterious, miraculous--something beyond the power of language to describe--in the genius with which she is inspired. Such is the effect upon her hearers that people sit in silent wonder while she performs, and at the close of each piece even the more reserved and dignified give way to the most boisterous and fantasitc demonstrations of turbulent, but true, heart-felt and heart-given applause. 

This musical magnet, this beautiful star which has burst upon the world in artistic purity and perfection, is without a rival in the present age, and is without a parallel in all which history has recorded of human ability and accomplishment in the annals of music. 

Mr. Gilmore most respectfully announces that he has secured the services of the gifted Teresa for three grand concerts, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Evening, and Sunday Evening next, and that even the enormous sum which it has cost him to accomplish this engagement could not deter or prevent him from presenting to the public, at his own risk, a novelty, a treat, a most intraculous human bud of artistic excellence, by whose great genius and little fingers he must acknowledge himself completely captivated and bewildered. 

The announcment of three concerts, in such rapid succession, even with the great attraction offered for these entertainments, would seem to be an experiment of some danger, but the consideration that there is a population of perhaps, five hundred thousand persons, including the neighboring towns and cities, whose musical representatives  may be numbered by tens of thousands, and the more important fact, that these may be the only opportunities the public will have of hearing the charming and idolized Teresa Carreno, and the world-renowned Madame Anna Bishop, in Boston, seems to afford sufficient evidence, at least to the satisfaciton of the Manager in this enterprise, that he is safe in undertaking. 

The manager heartily regrets the announcement of Madame Anna Bishop's farewell, who in consequence of prior engagments [sic] cannot possibly appear in Boston except at the concerts already announced during the season. 

The best selections of the most distinguished solo performers, and a Grand Orchestra, will be added to the above attractions, and it is hoped that these entertainments, which are positively the last concerts to be given by Mr. Gilmore for the season--except a short series upon a plan and for a purpose which shall be explained in a card upon the programme to be distributed in the Hall on Saturday next--will terminate to the high gratification of the music-loving people. 

Tickets, with reserved seats, 50 cents; to be had at Ditson & Co's Music Store. Sale commencing at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. 

No speculation in tickets permitted. Doors open in the Afternoon at 2, Concert at 3 o'clock; in the Evening opened at 6 1/2, Concert at 7 1/2. 


Boston Daily Advertiser, January 14 - 16, 1863.

Bishop!!! Carreno!!! Boston Music Hall. Three Grand Concerts, under the management of P. S. Gilmore. Carreno!! Bishop!! Grand Matinee Musicale, Saturday Afternoon, Jan. 17, commencing at 3. Teresa Carreno, Mad. Anna Bishop, and all the principle artists. Saturday Evening, January 17, Mad. Anna Bishop, Teresa Carreno, Grand Orchestra of Fifty Performers. Jullien’s Great Exhibition Quadrille Golden Robin Polka.

Sunday Evening, Jan 18, Grand Sacred Concert. Positively the Last! Mad. Anna Bishop, Teresa Carreno, Fr. Rudolphsen.

Selections from Stabat Mater, Prayer from Moses in Egypt.

Tickets 50 cents, with reserved seats for sale at Ditson & Co's Music Store.


Evening Saturday Gazette, January 17, 1863 [incorrect date given, should be January 18, 1863]

Gilmore’s Concerts.--Mr. Gilmore’s Concerts yesterday afternoon and evening were well attended--how could they be otherwise when such attractions were offered? Carreno [sic], the little pianist, astonished and delighted the audience by her wonderful skill, and Madame Bishop rendered nicely the parts of the programme entrusted to her. The orchestra showed the care and drilling of their able conductor, and in short everything went off smoothly and acceptably. Our readers must not forget the concert this evening, when Carreno [sic] and Madame Bishop will make their last appearance in Boston. Mr. Gilmore has issued the following card: Having been connected with the gallant 24th Regiment for a year, the most of which time was passed in the Department of North Carolina, and having experienced some of the pleasures and hardships of a soldier’s life, I can in some degree appreciate the necessity, on the part of those “at home,” of doing all that effort can accomplish for the benefit of those who are in the field, more particularly for the comfort of the sick and wounded, who are far away from friends and home, and to whose comfort too much attention cannot be paid. It is therefore proposed to give a Series of Concerts, the profits to be divided amongst the regiments in Gen. Foster’s Department, and appropriated to such purpose as may be decided upon by a Committee of Gentlemen representing those regiments, whose names will hereafter appear, and the interest and co-operation of the numerous relatives and friends of Boston’s brave sons is most warmly solicited in this undertaking. Whatever risk Mr. Gilmore may be willing to run on his own account, in giving his Concerts without subscription or security against loss, he cannot undertake this enterprise without a sufficient guarantee that the pecuniary result will be worthy of the object for which the Concerts are proposed. Mr. Gilmore has the fullest confidence that the lady friends of the regiments in question will interest themselves to procure subscribers, and that they will even succeed in selling the entire number of tickets for the series previous to the first Concert.


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