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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Carnegie Hall

The Music Hall founded by Andrew Carnegie in New York City opened on May 5, 1891 with a concert conducted by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It quickly became known simply as "Carnegie Hall," in honor of its donor.

Among musicians, appearing at Carnegie Hall is the test of greatness. Famous soloists such as Isaac Stern and Artur Rubenstein have played there and as well as famous orchestras led by famous conductors such as the Boston Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. There is a famous saying that goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!"

In 1986, Carnegie Hall was in serious need of renovation and it was feared that the building would be torn down. However, thanks to many generous donors and the leadership of Isaac Stern, it was saved and the Main Hall and Recital Hall were refurbished. In 2003, a new concert space was opened on the lower level, returning the Hall to its founder's vision of three great halls of varying sizes under one roof.

Today, Carnegie Hall presents more than 190 concerts each year, from orchestral performances, chamber music, recitals and choral music to folk, world, musical theatre and jazz. Continually building on its tradition of excellence and innovation, Carnegie Hall remains one of the world's premier concert venues.

Naomi Lewin spoke with Gino Francesconi, Museum Director and Archivist for Carnegie Hall. Here are some exerpts from their conversation.

Lots and lots of people have performed at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall means different things to different people

Antonin Dvorak and his Symphony from the New World

Carnegie Hall is unique because of the many types of people who appeared there

Music heard in this episode:

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, third movement
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
Gershwin: American in Paris
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Overture
Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing
Cesar Espejo: Airs Tziganes

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This Week's Quiz!

Who conducted the first performance at Carnegie Hall?

 Sergei Rachmaninoff

 Andre Previn

 Arturo Toscanini

 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 Leonard Bernstein

Folk music, jazz and pop music are performed at Carnegie Hall as well as classical pieces.

 True

 False

What famous work by Dvorak was first performed at Carnegie Hall?

 Symphony No. 9

 Slavonic Dances

 Cello Concerto

 Piano Concerto

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Carnegie Hall

The Music Hall founded by Andrew Carnegie in New York City opened on May 5, 1891 with a concert conducted by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It quickly became known simply as "Carnegie Hall," in honor of its donor.

Among musicians, appearing at Carnegie Hall is the test of greatness. Famous soloists such as Isaac Stern and Artur Rubenstein have played there and as well as famous orchestras led by famous conductors such as the Boston Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. There is a famous saying that goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!"

In 1986, Carnegie Hall was in serious need of renovation and it was feared that the building would be torn down. However, thanks to many generous donors and the leadership of Isaac Stern, it was saved and the Main Hall and Recital Hall were refurbished. In 2003, a new concert space was opened on the lower level, returning the Hall to its founder's vision of three great halls of varying sizes under one roof.

Today, Carnegie Hall presents more than 190 concerts each year, from orchestral performances, chamber music, recitals and choral music to folk, world, musical theatre and jazz. Continually building on its tradition of excellence and innovation, Carnegie Hall remains one of the world's premier concert venues.

Naomi Lewin spoke with Gino Francesconi, Museum Director and Archivist for Carnegie Hall. Here are some exerpts from their conversation.

Lots and lots of people have performed at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall means different things to different people

Antonin Dvorak and his Symphony from the New World

Carnegie Hall is unique because of the many types of people who appeared there

Music heard in this episode:

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, third movement
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
Gershwin: American in Paris
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Overture
Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing
Cesar Espejo: Airs Tziganes

More shows about Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

About Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ballet
The Nutcracker
Traditional Christmas Classical Music

Learn more about Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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This Week's Quiz!

Who conducted the first performance at Carnegie Hall?

 Sergei Rachmaninoff

 Andre Previn

 Arturo Toscanini

 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 Leonard Bernstein

Folk music, jazz and pop music are performed at Carnegie Hall as well as classical pieces.

 True

 False

What famous work by Dvorak was first performed at Carnegie Hall?

 Symphony No. 9

 Slavonic Dances

 Cello Concerto

 Piano Concerto