Carnegie Hall is Manhattan’s biggest concert venues. It is located on Seventh Ave stretching over to 57th St and two blocks just south of Central Park. It is known as the most admired venues in the world for popular music today and classical music from our time in history.
This beautifully designed piece of art has been the host to more than 50,000 events over the period of its long history. Visitors are welcomed to the restored landmark to embark with one of three concert stages, history archives and the Rose Museum. Its homes to many of the world’s finest orchestras, today’s pop music and chamber music and recitals.
History of the Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall was designed by architect William Tuthill and built by Andrea Carnegie in 1891. It first opened in May of 1891 with its first concert by Walter Damrosh and Peter Tchaikovsky, maestro and composer. The building itself was one of the largest in New York City at its time with built in masonry that supported the Florentine style design. Corinthian pilasters in the foyer were one of the key points to catch the eyes by many.
The hall housed performing arts groups with its last residency back in 1962 when New York Philharmonic moved to the Avery Hall in 1973. Until the early 1920’s, ownership stayed in the Carnegie family when Mrs.’s Carnegie sold the hall to Robert Simon, real estate developer. There were plans on moving the hall in the 1950’s but was unable to find a buyer until the 1960’s when New York City purchased the building.
There are three concert halls with the Main Hall seating over 2800 people on 5 different levels. The Zankel Hall was originally an auditorium with renovations turning it into a 599 person cinema and recital hall and then back to an auditorium in the late 1990’s. The Weill Recital Hall is the smallest of the three halls seating only 268 people. It was originally called the Carnegies Chamber of Music Hall until 1986.
Performances at the Hall
There have been more than 50,000 live performances. Performing at Carnegie Hall is one of any artist’s main achievements to make their name during their career. Judy Garland, Dvorak’s Sympathy 9 and Dr. Martin Luther King all made an appearance during their career. For more than a century now Carnegie Hall has been the only place where artists have kept the tradition in performing at the world’s most famous concert hall.
Visiting Carnegie Hall
You can access Carnegie Hall by subway, taxi and bus. Easy accessibility from all parts of New York City is available. You can purchase tickets to live events by purchasing online at www.carnegiehall.org. There are many performances, fine dining venues, café’s and banquets for private events. Guided tours and the Rose Museum are two great ways to educate yourself with the history of the hall. If this is your first time at the hall the website gives detailed information on what to expect for your first visit.
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