A young man once asked a stranger on the streets of New York,” Sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” and the man answered, “Practice, Practice, Practice”. No music hall in New York City has so much legend attached to its very existence as Carnegie Hall. It has for generations been a cultural icon and symbolized the best of the best.
Designed by architect and cellist William Burnet Tuthill and built by Steel Tycoon turned philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891, it is one of the most famous venues in the United States for classical and popular music, renowned for its beauty and history, but especially the acoustics. Carnegie Hall has its own artistic programming, development, and marketing departments, and presents about 250 performances each season, hosting everything from Jazz, Blues, Rock and Roll to the Classics. Carnegie Hall is composed of three theaters the largest being the Isaac Stern Auditorium / Ronald O. Perelman Stage which is what most visitors know as “Carnegie Hall”. A third-floor Auditorium called the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall and underneath the building the new Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall.
The largest hall at Carnegie Hall has been the premier classical music performance space in the United States since its opening in 1891, showcasing the world’s greatest soloists, conductors, and ensembles. The hall was dedicated to the Isaac Stern Auditorium in 1996, and the stage was dedicated to the Ronald O. Perelman Stage in 2006. Throughout its century-plus history, space has been the forum for important jazz events, historic lectures, noted educational forums, and much more. Renovated in 1986, the auditorium’s striking curvilinear design allows the stage to become a focal point embraced by five levels of seating which accommodates up to 2,804 people. Some would say there is not a bad seat in the house. The auditorium’s renowned acoustics have made it a favorite of audiences and performers alike. “It has been said that the hall itself is an instrument,” said the late Isaac Stern. “It takes what you do and makes it larger than life.” Legend has it that you can hear a pin drop on the stage from the very last row of seats in the house.
Carnegie Hall is located at the corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, box office 212-247-7800