HistoryCarnegie Hall was built in 1891 by industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, for whom the hall is named. Interestingly, the stone Italianate building was designed by architect, William Burnet Tuthill, an amateur cellist. His knowledge of music undoubtedly led to the venue's unrivaled (at the time) acoustics. The building, with its striking façade of terra cotta and iron-spotted brick is decorated in a Florentine renaissance style. Particularly noteworthy is the foyer, with its arched openings and Corinthian pilasters. Carnegie Hall opened on May 5, 1891, with a concert by maestro, Walter Damrosh and composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Ownership of the building stayed in the Carnegie family until 1925, when Mr. Carnegie's widow, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, sold the concert hall to real estate developer, Robert E. Simon, Sr. Carnegie Hall was threatened with demolition in the mid-1950s, when the New York Philharmonic, the hall’s primary tenant, rejected an offer to purchase the building from Robert E. Simon, Jr., and announced their intent to move to Lincoln Center, which was then in the planning stages. The building was saved when a grass-roots effort, headed by violinist Isaac Stern, led to its purchase by the city of New York in 1960.
The BuildingCarnegie Hall is made up of three concert halls: The Main Hall or Isaac Stern Hall / Perelman Stage - Seats 2804 persons on five levels. Zankel Hall - Seats 599 persons. Originally a recital hall, it was also a theatrical venue and a cinema before being restored to an auditorium in 2003. Weill Recital Hall - Seats 268 persons. This smallest of the halls was originally called the Carnegie Chamber Music Hall before being renamed the Weill Recital Hall in 1987, in honor of the Chairman of the Board of Carnegie Hall, Sanford I. Weill, and his wife, Joan.
Live at Carnegie Hall!Performing at Carnegie Hall has been, and continues to be, a highlight of any performer's career. The prestigious concert hall has presented over 50,000 performances in its long and varied history, including such diverse artists as Maria Callas, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, and Gustav Mahler. World premieres at Carnegie Hall have included Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (the "New World” Symphony) and George Gershwin's "An American in Paris." The hall was also the home of the New York Philharmonic for decades, until the symphony moved to Lincoln Center in 1962. Today, although it has no resident company, the annual Carnegie Hall season includes well over 100 performances, presenting some of the finest classical, jazz, world music, and popular artists in the world each season.
Visiting Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall is easily accessible by taxi, bus, and subway from all parts of New York City. It is also a short walk away from many of New York's finest hotels. Tickets to performances may be purchased online from the Carnegie Hall site. In addition to performances, visitors to Carnegie Hall may tour the facility on guided tours, which include back stage, dressing rooms, and rehearsal halls. During the season, the tours run three times per day Monday through Friday.
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