Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

05-05 CarnegieOn May 5, 1891, Carnegie Hall held its very first concert, the opening night program featuring the American conducting debut of the great Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducting his own work. Funded by Scottish steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, the hall was intended as a home for the Oratorio Society of New York and also served as home for the New York Philharmonic until its move to Lincoln Center seven decades later. One of the most prestigious concert venues on earth, Carnegie Hall has hosted such luminaries as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Marian Anderson, Benny Goodman, Rosa Ponselle, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Horowitz, Judy Garland, The Beatles, Dolly Parton, Led Zeppelin, and Barbara Cook.

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