100 Years Ago: Belgian Benefit Held at Griffin Opera House

The Intelligencer July 15, 1915 (page 3)

“Belgian Benefit Fund Concert. Concert at Belleville Last Night By New York Artists. There was not such a large attendance last night at the Griffin Opera House as either the concert itself or the cause in which it was held deserved. The programme was carried out by the Mackenzie Concert Co., the performers giving their services on behalf of the Belgian Benefit Relief Fund. Those who were not present were the losers, for from the point of view of talent the concert left nothing to be desired. …

Variety to the programme was afforded by a selection on the bagpipes by Pipe-Major Johnstone, who showed himself a master of the instrument; while the 15th Regiment Band played ‘Poet and Peasant’ overture in a manner which gained them unstinted applause.”