Documenting Teresa Carreño

Odd Fellows' Hall (May 17, 1864)


Carreño gave a Grand concert at Odd Fellows' Hall for the benefit of the sick and wounded in Washington, under sanction of Acting Surgeon General Barnes.


Advertisement: Daily National Intelligencer, 16 May 1864, 3.

Advertisement: Daily National Intelligencer, 17 May 1864, 3.

Review: Daily National Intelligencer, 19 May 1864, 3.

Review: Daily National Intelligencer, 20 May 1864, 3.


Daily National Intelligencer, May 16, 1864.

We invite the attention of our readers to Teresa Carreno’s announcement of a grand concert for the benefit of our sick and wounded in Washington from the recent battles, to be given under the sanction of Acting Surgeon General Barnes. Ad for May 17, 1864 concert. 


Daily National Intelligencer, May 17, 1864.

Concert this evening. Teresa Carreno’s concert this evening, at Odd Fellows’ Hall, will prove an event of especial interest. The fame of this wonderful child and the brilliancy of her genius permit us to anticipate an enjoyment of the most pleasurable and elevated character. The proceeds of this entertainment are to be appropriated to the comfort and alleviation of the wounded and suffering soldiers now from the field of strife and battle. The programme presented is of the highest order, comprising several works of the great masters--operatic gems, with English song and Scotch ballads. Her accompaning [sic] artists are among the most distinguished.


Daily National Intelligencer, May 19, 1864.

Teresa Carreno’s Concert. This wonderful child, only ten years of age, is almost a prodigy. Her concerts are given at Odd Fellows’ Hall, and her success fully justifies the highest commendation. She is enchanting. What the secret is of her power we know not, but it almost surpasses belief that one so young should produce effects so astonishing. She is well sustained by other artists. 


Daily National Intelligencer, May 20, 1864.

Teresa Carreno. Do our good people know that this extraordinary child is giving concerts in our city? Do they know that her performances fill with admiration and awe the minds and hearts of her listeners? Do they know that she is not merely a child, but a great pianist, who renders music with the great soul which God has given her?

No pen can do justice in describing the beautiful playing of this perfect artist. She must be heard and seen to be fully appreciated; and it is then only we can realize that she possesses the skill of a Gottschalk and the soul of a Mendelssohn. Although led to expect a great deal from representations of her abilities by competent judges, we confess to being completely surprised when we heard her. Her playing goes right to one’s heart, and is marked by a modesty which is always characteristic of real genius; and we believe it impossible for any one possessing the most ordinary musical appreciation to see and hear her without feeling his heart go out to her as to one to be loved and cherished. The educated musician must feel that he listens to something of God’s own special creation. No amount of mechanical application could have produced such perfection of music even if it had dated from her birth. The Almighty alone can cause this marvellous perfection attained at so early an age. We earnestly recommend our readers to attend her last farewell concert on Saturday evening at Odd Fellows’ Hall. The artists who accompany her are among our most able. Let a just appreciation of such rarely combined talent be recognized by giving Teresa a crowded and elegant house.


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