Thomas Ryan in Boston - the 1850's

from Recollections of an old musician, pages 52-53:


Many of my pleasantest memories are connected with the workings of the [Musical] Fund Society. Mr. Webb was the first conductor, followed by “old Tom Comer.” The latter, a character in Boston, was well known and beloved. He was of Irish extraction and originally an actor. He had a passion for music—could compose a little, played the violin tolerably well, was leader of an orchestra in the Boston Museum for many years, and afterwards in the Boston Theatre.


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cite as

Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 52-53. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Thomas Ryan

Listening to

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Farewell Symphony
written by Haydn
performed by The Musical Society Boston

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1850's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 08 Dec 2015 20:39:09 +0000
Approved on Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:34:35 +0000