Brooklyn Academy of Music Unveiling Event

January 22, 1861

Alternate Title Inauguration of Brooklyn Academy of Music
Production Language Italian
Country of Origin United States
Description The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s great unveiling took place on January 15, 1861, just four months before the Civil War erupted. As national tensions were percolating, BAM’s opening night featured arias and songs from some of the most popular German and Italian Romantic composers, such as Weber, Bellini, Mozart, Verdi, and Donizetti. Here is an excerpt from Simeon B. Chittenden’s opening night speech:
“We wanted a great place where men of all parties and creeds can meet on common ground in time of need and time of danger, to devise measures of local beneficence and philanthropy; or to lay on the altar of our country, all personal or party considerations, that we may unite together as one man to redeem the nation.”
Identifier 1861s.00115