Carnegie Hall has long been the center stage for music, arts, and culture, not just for New York, but for the world. The performance center, formerly known as “Music Hall” until it was renamed in 1893 to pay tribute to the man who paid for the building’s construction. Since its opening day of May 5, 1891 the Hall has become a goal for budding musicians. Though initially a space for classical music, Carnegie Hall grew to accept all genres as its audience and performers expanded. Famously, the Beatles performed two shows on the inaugural visit to the United States in 1964. The British band’s shows were a landmark for the venue, jumpstarting the booking of rock and non-classical musicians.
There are three unique performance spaces within the venue, each of different size and stature. Most well known is the Isaac Stern Auditorium, which fits an audience of just over 2,000 people. The Stern Auditorium is massive and impressive, with a glorious white and gold arch hovering over the stage. The seating extends deep into the hall, stretching high into its tall ceilings as well. Stern hosts the iconic stage on which famous musicians have performed and made trailblazing efforts for the world of music. Additionally, this space hosted the New York Philharmonic for 70 years. Second in size is Zankel Hall, able to fit just under 600 guests this Hall was home to recitals, performances, and even cinema showings before finally gaining its new title and reopening in September of 2003. The most intimate of spaces is Weill Recital Hall with a mere 268 seats. The small hall boasts a beautiful navy and white contrast along with a smaller stage than the other performance halls.
With the free Rose Museum to explore and a countless list of talent rotating in and out of the complex, it’s no wonder how Carnegie Hall became the magnificent music mecca it is. To see who will be gracing one of these three stages, check out the Carnegie Hall event calendar or drop by their box office. Carnegie
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