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200th Anniversary of Trinitario Huerta (1800-1874) playing concerts in the United States beginning on May 15, 1824

by: Randy Osborne - Published 09/27/2023 11:57 AM and updated 09/27/2023 12:55 PM

Trinitario Huerta, who was born on June 8, 1800 in Orihuela, Spain, became the first virtuoso Classical guitarist to cross the Atlantic Ocean to perform his works in 4 cities of the New World having arrived on April 26, 1824 in New England and performing his first concert at the City Hotel on May 15, 1824, in New York. 

At this time in Buenos Aires, Argentina the first music store was just a year old, having been begun by Esteban Massini who arrived on December 7, 1822 and opened it in March of 1823.

All immigrants from wherever fought for the jobs in these cities of the New World.

Trinitario Huerta went on to play with great success in the New England cities, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Saratoga Springs, NY. for a period of two years until 1826.

In his farewell concert on January 2, 1826 the tickets were $2. a piece or an equivalent of $65. per ticket for his extraordinary sensitivity.

He became the toast of the town in many cites of Europe, having been recognized as a formidable virtuoso with his concerts everywhere that he performed, eventually being known as the "Paganini of the guitar", though Paganini should have been known as the "Huerta of the violin", as I'm prejudiced to say.

There are over 2 dozen of his works performed on Youtube, I encourage all to hear his creativity.

Today, September 30, 2023 I have added an 1828 Program Poster of an English concert done about 2 years after his return on Friday June 12, 1828, held at a Music Festival at the Theatre Royal at Covent - Garden in London. Trinitario Huerta was to perform a "Capriccio" on the guitar.


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