Josef Hofmann’s Golden Jubilee Concert
Born in 1876 near Cracow (Poland), Josef Hofmann gave his Golden Jubilee concert on November 28, 1937 at the Metropolitn Opera House., it was recorded and on the LP Columbia Masterworks ML 4929 we can read :
“The MET filled with an audience of 4,000 assembled to pay tribute to Josef Hofmann, who appeared on the same stage where, as a boy of 11, he made his American debut on Nov.29, 1887”
Josef Hofmann gave his first private concert in New York on November 28, 1887 at the Wallack Theater in New York City, and it was followed by a series of concerts at the Metropolitn Opera House which impresses us with the variety of works played : he was only 11 years old.
The program of the first Metropolitn Opera House was :
Metropolitn Opera House : November 29, 1887
Berlioz : Overture , “Carneval Romaine”
Beethoven : Concerto in C (No1)
SAINT-SAENS : “Phaeton” Symphonic Poem
Rameau : Variations
Mendelssohn : Overture, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Hofmann : Berceuse
Chopin : Nocturne, Waltz
Weber-Liszt : Polacca for piano and orchestra
More on this Golden Jubilee Concert by Marc Ainley.