Carnegie Hall Celebrates 125 Years of Great Performances

Carnegie Hall (Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto)

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

It may be an old joke, but if you don’t know the real answer (57th Street and Seventh Avenue) it’s time to find out, as the famed concert venue is now celebrating its 125th anniversary. First opened on May 5, 1891, the hall has become synonymous with the height of artistic achievement, a performance space for masters of their craft and a goal to which others aspire. Named for Andrew Carnegie, who funded its construction, the hall was originally intended as a home for the Oratorio Society of New York and the New York Symphony Society, but it has since become much more.

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For those new to Carnegie Hall, it has three performance stages, offering a range of musical and comedic performances throughout the year. For the biggest shows there is the Isaac Stern / Perelman Auditorium (the “main hall” that seats approximately 2,800), for midsize events there is Zankel Hall (a more modern stage which seats approximately 600), and for the most intimate shows, the Weill Recital Hall (which seats approximately 270). Over the years, the hall has presented concerts from musicians across genres and some of the world’s top comedians, bridging the best of high and popular culture. Jazz musicians like Miles Davis and Benny Goldwater have chosen the venue for historic live albums, as have rockers and bluesmen from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Frank Zappa to Ryan Adams. Classical music is a regular fixture, and comics like Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK have also performed there.

So whether your taste is more Gustav Mahler or Liza Minnelli, Carnegie Hall has something for everyone, and with the 125th anniversary celebration underway there’s never been a better time to plan a visit. Check out the calendar to see the full list of upcoming events and dig into the new anniversary resources to learn more about the institution’s rich history. You can even submit your own stories and share what experiences at Carnegie Hall have meant to you. And if all this has you motivated to want to perform there yourself someday, well, you know what you have to do…

Happy 125th anniversary to Carnegie Hall from The Clyde Fitch Report!

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