Germania Musical Society, Mercantile Library Hall, Boston, May 31, 1952
The concert included a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Bronze plaque, Beethoven Maennerchor, New York, New York
Fritz Merseburger created this plaque in honor of outgoing president Philip Lenges, November 24, 1923.
Committee ribbon, Beethoven Maennerchor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Founded in 1891; Members of the committee wore this ribbon for the 25th anniversary celebrations on October 21-23, 1916.
Beethoven Maennerchor, San Antonio, Texas
Envelope with logo of the Beethoven Maennerchor, San Antonio, Texas
Members of the Maennerchor were invited for an evening of light entertainment followed by dancing at Beethoven Hall, Sunday, March 9, 1919. The society and the Beethoven Hall are still in existence.
Beethoven Maennerchor, Ilion, New York, July 19, 1914
According to a historical website, this organization began in 1899 as the Frohsieu Singing Society and then changed its name to the Beethoven Maennerchor in 1902. The society’s main objectives were to “promote German song, foster the use of German language, literature, German customs, and genuine good sociability.” In 1905 the society joined the Central New York Singing Band and on four different occasions received prizes in singing competitions in Troy, Syracuse, and Albany.
The Beethoven Quintette Club, Boston, ca. 1873
This club, established in 1873, was one of four prominent musical organizations in Boston that included the Harvard Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Quintette Club, and the Boston Orchestral Club. A writer for an issue of Metronome: A Monthly Review of Music for that year described the club as “fast gaining popularity by its fine performances of classical as well as the lighter order of orchestral music.” The members of the quintet included C.N. Allen (an “elegant violinist”), Wolf Fries, Henry Heindl, John Mullaley, and W. Rietzel.
Wall plaque, The Beethoven D.Q. Club, 1895
This plaque commemorated the tenth anniversary of the club, which was founded in Manhattan in 1885. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac published in 1912, the club had 14 members that year.
the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra, New York
Postcard, the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra, New York, Georges Zaslawsky, conductor; Arthur Honegger, guest conductor
On the back of this postcard is a concert schedule for the 1928-29 season, including a Beethoven cycle that took place on five Saturday afternoons from November through March.
Concert ticket, The Beethoven Society of Yale College
Academy of Music, Brooklyn, November 20, 1869
A musical society established at Yale in 1812 developed into the Beethoven Society, which was later joined by the Glee Club. There was also a competing group called “The Beethoven Bummers” whose function was to poke fund at the more serious Beethoven Society.
Concert program, The Beethoven Society, Hartford, Connecticut
Allyn Hall, December 25, 1865
For this concert, the Beethoven Society joined with the Germania Orchestra of Boston to perform Handel’s Messiah. The soloist was Euphrosyn Parepa, a British soprano.
Recital program card, Beethoven School of Music, Meadville, Pennsylvania, May 18, 1894
The student featured on this program was Maude Raydure (1874-1955).
Concert program, The Beethoven Association, Town Hall, New York, New York, Town, December 12, 1938
In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, the association organized a concert in commemoration of Maurice Ravel, who died in 1937.
Program booklets, Beethoven Club, Hanover, Pennsylvania
The Beethoven Club in Hanover was founded in 1892. These booklets document the club’s activities in 1920-21 and 1946-47
Beethoven Society, New York, Brooch, gold plate, enamel, diamonds
This brooch was given to the president of the society, Mrs. James Daniel Mortimer, of 390 West End Ave., New York City, on April 28, 1917. The society sponsored teas, breakfasts, dancing, and concerts beginning in 1913.