Carnegie Hall


Written By VAMONDE

Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions

Carnegie Hall is located in Midtown Manhattan. The renowned concert hall was built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891. It was designed by William Burnet Tuthill and is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical and popular music. 

Carnegie Hall has its own artistic programming, development, and marketing departments, and presents about 250 performances each season. It is also rented out to performing groups and individual artists. The hall has not had a resident company since 1962, after the New York Philharmonic moved to Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall.

Carnegie Hall has 3,671 seats, divided among its three auditoriums. The main hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman stage, as well as Zankel Hall, and Weill recital hall. 

Originally known simply as "Music Hall" (the words "Music Hall founded by Andrew Carnegie" still appear on the façade above the marquee). The hall became known as "Carnegie" only after the builders were able to convince Andrew Carnegie to be the namesake.

Many legendary jazz and popular music performers have performed at Carnegie Hall since its original inception. Notable names include Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Violetta Villas, Judy Garland, Ike & Tina Turner, Paul Robeson, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

It wasn't until February 12, 1964 when The Beatles performed two shows here during their first trip to the United States that rock'n'roll acts were regularly welcomed to Carnegie.

carnegie hall & bric house

Bric House partners with Carnegie Hall for their Neighborhood Concert Series. One concert, in particular, included a musical group called Matuto. The group combines Brazilian folk music with American bluegrass. Matuto is Brazilian slang for “country boy." The Bric House performance featured new works written and performed by youth in collaboration with Matuto as part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program.

Matuto beautifully embraces Brazilian forró rhythms and the folk traditions of the American South, with instruments that include accordion, guitar, bass, triangle, and zabumba, a bass drum often used in Brazilian music. 

Another Neighborhood Concert Series with Carnegie Hall included Kiran Ahluwalia. Kiran Ahluwalia uses vocal traditions of India and Pakistan by infusing them with the guitar blues from the Sahara as well as Jazz. All of Ahluwalia's vocals are backed by an eclectic band led by her husband, Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi. 

The harmonium, tabla, and electric bass provide splashes of instrumental color, uniting with Ahluwalia's voice to create intoxicating music that is both rhapsodic and ecstatic. 

Cover photo credit: Troy Tolley via Flickr

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