1820 – 1887 

Connection outside the show

Henry Kleber produced concerts with local and national artist. His concert with singer Jenny Lind caused a near riot in Pittsburgh. Lind-o-mania swept Pittsburgh in spring of 1851, when Henry booked the Swedish Nightingale for Tuesday nights of concerts on April 25 and 26, 1851 at Pittsburgh’s new Masonic Hall. About 15,000 tickets were sold, through an auction, at average prices of $7.50 (about $194 today). Thousands of people flocked into Pittsburgh from the surrounding towns in hopes of getting a seat at the concert. 

On the evening of the 25th, an immense crowd surrounded the Masonic Hall completely unnerving Jenny Lind. The Morning Post estimated the crowd outside the theater at about 7,000 to 8,000 people. 

Despite the intense noise from the crowd, Lind gave a great performance. The Morning Post paper wrote “Her voice is sweet as a warbling of birds.” But the second show was never held. In fear of the crazed Pittsburgh mob, Jenny Lind fled Pittsburgh in the middle of the night.