Musical Concerts as Fund-Raisers in 1896

Hospital Concert To Be Given at Staub’s Theatre May 6th.  Legion Band, Y. M. C. A. and Others to Lend Assistance.  Charity Event of the Year

That the general public has become interested in the hospital movement is attested by the recent offers of assistance, which have been recently received by the ladies, who have the movement in charge.

The chairman of the committee on quarters received the following letter which is in itself explanatory:

“Dear Madam: — I am instructed by the board of directors to extend to the Ladies’ Hospital committee the use of the association parlors for their meetings on the first and third Wednesday morning of each month, until they have secured permanent quarters.

“In so doing the board takes pleasure in being thus helpful to so worthy a movement.

H. A. Baldwin
Gen’l. Sec’y Y. M. C. A.

Not only has the Young Men’s Christian association offered the use of its rooms to the committee, but a grand concert is now being arranged for every expense incidental to which is to be donated.  The Legion band and orchestra with the assistance of several prominent local musicians will furnish the program.

Mr. Staub will turn his house over to the ladies.  The printing and advertising will be done free gratis.  In fact, everything necessary will be given to the enterprise.

It is proposed to make it the leading musical event of the season, and from present indications the affair will be a success.  The date fixed for the concert is Tuesday evening, April [sic] 12th.  It is expected that fully $500 will be realized and this will be put into the hospital fund.

The ladies who are interested in the movement will meet in the Y. M. C. A. rooms at 9 o’clock on the morning of May 6th, at which time all details and final arrangements for the concert will be consummated.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, April 28, 1896, page 8



Show your sympathy for the afflicted by attending concert at Staub’s Tuesday evening, May 12, for benefit of new hospital building fund.  Admission 50¢.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 9, 1896, page 2


Concert To-Night.  Musical at Staub’s for Benefit of the City Hospital

The Legion band assisted by some of the best musical talent of the city will give a rich concert at Staub’s theatre tonight for the benefit of the new city hospital that he [sic] ladies of the Hospital Building and Promoting Board are striving so hard to secure.  The concert promises to be a brilliant success.  The tickets have been selling fast and many more will be sold today.  They can be secured at Lieber Bros. and no extra charge for reserved seats.  Much of society will burn out and the audience will be large and select.

The program arranged for the occasion is as follows:

1. (a) March — “King Cotton,” Sousa.  (b) Overture — “Welcome,” Catlin.
2. Soprano Solo — “Ave Verum,” Bizet, Miss Mooney, Organ, Piano and Violin Obligato.
3. (a) Gaxotte — “Loving Hearts,” Tobani.  (b) Characteristic Piece — “Goblin’s Frolic,” O’Neil.  Synopsis:  Assembly of the goblins, the dance begins; they become tired and fall asleep; “The Goblin’s Dream,” sudden awakening, the dance is resumed.  Finale.
4. Male Quartette — “Waltz Song,” Marble City Quartette.
5. (a) March “Yellow Fellow — Rogers.  (b) Xylophone Solo, “Thema,” with variations — Wm. Kibby.
6. “Fantasia,” “Faust.” — Gounod.
7. Bass Solo — “Come Quaff with Me,” W. C. Sanders.
8. Musical Episode — “A Hunt in the Black Forest,” Voelka.  Synopsis:  Break of day; singing of birds; crowing of rooster; huntsmen call to arise; chimes in the distance; huntsmens [sic] horns in the distance to assemble.  They mount and start call a halt and ismount [sic] as they arrive at the Forest Blacksmith’s shop; the smith at work; call to assemble; they assemble, drink and sing a champagne song; the mount and start again; the hounds scent game; after game; firing of guns; barking of hounds, etc., homeward bound.
9. Soprano Solo — “A Mystery,” Garratt, Miss Mooney.
10. March — “Manhattan Beach,” Sousa.  (b) Potpourri — “Scotland Gems,” Coffin

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 12, 1896, page 3


Hospital Benefit Given last Evening Was a Great Success.  Legion Band, Assisted by Local Talent, Presents an Excellent Program

The hospital benefit concert given by the Legion band last evening was indeed a great success the house being comfortably filled and the concert of a very high grade.

The band, as usual, did all that could be expected of them, their renditions being excellent.  By the concert given last evening the members of the band have scored another hit with the lovers of music in the city.  The band is recognized as being the best in the city and one of the best in the south and their readiness to assist in all benefits and the like has won for them the admiration and support of the city.

Sousa’s “King Cotton,” and “Manhattan Beach” were executed in a manner that caught the adience [sic], but the greatest feature of the evening was the musical episode, “A Hunt in the Black Forest.”  This was one of the best pieces ever given by the band.  The singing of the birds, crowing of the rooster, chimes, calls and the gallop of the huntsmen were all conducted by Will Kibby who made a great hit by his specialties.

The soprano solo by Miss Georgia Mooney, as usual, pleased the crowd so much that she had to repond to an encore, Miss Mooney has been very much indisposed for several days and was not able to respond to her second number on the program.

The Marble City Quartette also acquitted themselves in a very creditable manner and responded to an encore.

Kibby’s Xylophone solo was also encored.

The program for the evening was as follows:

a. March — “King Cotton,” Sousa.  b. Overture — “Welcome,” Catlin.
Soprano Solo — “Elsas’ Dream,” Wagner, Miss Mooney.
a. Gavette — “Loving Hearts,” Tobani.  b. Characteristic Pieces — “Goblin’s Frolic,” O’Neill.  Synopsis:  Assembly of the Goblins: the dance begins; they become tired and fall asleep; the Goblin’s dream, sudden awakening; the dance is resumed; finale.
Male Quartette — “Waltz Song,” — Vogle — Marble City Quartette.
a. March “Yellow Fellow — Rodgers.  Dedicated to the “Stearn Bicycle.”  b. Xylophone solo — Thema with variations. — Lowe. Wm. Kibby.
Fantasia — “Faust” — Gounod.
Bass Solo — “Quaff with Me,” — Shield.  W. C. Sanders.
“A Hunt in the Black Forest”; break of day; singing birds; crowing rooster; huntsman’s call to arise; chimes in the distance; huntsmans’ horns in distance to assemble; they mount and start; call to halt and dismount as they arrive at the forest blacksmith shop; the smith at work; call to assemble; they assemle [sic]; drink and sing the campaign song; they mount and start again; the hounds scent game after game; firing of guns, barking of hounds, etc., homeward bound.
Soprano solo — “A Mystery,” — Garratt, Miss Mooney.
a. March — “Manhattan Beach” — Sousa.  b. Potpourri — “Scotland Gems,” — Coffin.

A neat sum was realized by the concert and the hospital committee wish to thank Prof. Garratt for the band and Mr. Staub and Mr. Swepson for donation of opera house, gas, etc.

The credit for the concert, is however due principally to Prof. Charles P. Garratt, as he was the organizer of the scheme and perfect the arrangements.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, May 13, 1896, page 4


Two Benefit Concerts To Be Given by Ladies of the Hospital Board

The ladies of the Hospital Board have decided to give two grand benefit entertainments at Lake Ottosee,  Friday September 4.

The board met yesterday morning to hear the report of the committees that were to confer with the street railroad companies to see what help they would offer.  The reports were exceedingly encouraging.  Mr. C. C. Howell, agent of the Knoxville company, offered to donate to the hospital the entire proceeds of all his lines from 12 o’clock at noon on the day of the concerts until the cars stop running at night.  Mr. Skeding superintendent of the Citizens’ company tendered Lake Ottosee park free and half the proceeds of teh Park street care line for the whole day.

No report was made from the West Knoxville company, but they will donate a per cent of the proceeds of the day or else will make a liberal contribution.

On that day two young ladies will ride upon each of the Knoxville company’s cars and will receive all fares collected by the conductor.  In addition to the regular car fare, a small admission fee will be charged to the lake and the gates here will be kept by gate keepers furnished by the committee of secret societies.

The entertainment will be given in the afternoon and at night.  There is school only in the forenoon and the children can attend both entertainments.  The ladies want them to ride all through the afternoon and evening.  The elder people will be expected too and all Knoxville should go and express a practical interest in the good movement.  It has not yet been decided what the nature of the afternoon entertainment shall be but the public can rest assured that the ladies will give them something rich.  The entertainment at night will be musical and Prof. Frank Nelson has kindly consented to arrange the program.  This in itself assures a rare treat.

This will be first affair given direct by the ladies of the Hospital Board for the benefit of the hospital and they ought to receive large encouragement.  The plan was suggested by Mrs. Dr. McCreary.  The board holds its next regular meeting Wednesday, September 2, at one o’clock at the Y. M. C. A. rooms.  A full attendance is expected.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, August 25, 1896, page 6


Another Hospital Scheme.  Home Talent Opera Proposed as a Revenue Bringer

Chattanooga is soon to have an opera production by home talent.  It will be the beautiful “Zelena,” which is owned and controlled by J. A. Beall.  The opera is to be given for the benefit of the second battalion, N. G. S. T., which is located at Chattanooga.  The proceeds will be contributed to the armory fund of the battalion.

Mr. Beall is at present in Jacksonville, Fla., giving his opera for the benefit of the Jacksonville Light Infantry, the crack military organization of that state.

It has been suggested that Mr. Beall be induced to come to Knoxville, at the conclusion of his engagement at Chattanooga, and present his opera under the auspices of the hospital board.  Experience has taught that home talent operas always draw a crowd in Knoxville and are successful financial as otherwise.

In the event two or three performances were given it is conceded that the ladies could easily make $500 for the hospital fund.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, September 30, 1896, page 5


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