New York Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. It occupies the buildings between the West 56th Street and West 57th Street. The architecture of the building is designed by William Burnet Tuthill. It was originally built by a philanthropist called Andrew Carnegie. It is a high class concert hall for classical music. The building is made from masonry and features a Florentine renaissance style. The most notable characteristic of the Carnegie Hall is the foyer and arched openings. The Corinthian plaster is an impressive feature of the concert building.

The opening of Carnegie Hall took place on the 5th May 1891. Walter Damrosh and Peter Llyich Tchaikovsky lead the opening ceremony of the hall. The building continued to be owned by the Carnegie family until 1925. Mr. Carnegie’s widow offers to sell the concert hall to Robert e. Simon at a good price. Eventually, the ownership of the building was transferred to Simon. In the mid 1950s, the Philharmonic decided to move to Lincoln Center. When they couldn’t find a buyer, they wanted to demolish the building and replace it with another high rise building. However, the violinist Isaac Stem interrupts with their plan and prevents the building from being demolished. The state of New York purchased the building in 1960.

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The Building

Carnegie Hall is consists of 3 concert halls including Main Hall, Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall. The Main Hall can seat up to 2804 persons. There are five level of seats in the Main Hall. Zankel Hall can seat up to 599 persons. Zankel Hall is actually an auditorium. Before it becomes an auditorium, the Zankell Hall is used as a recital hall and cinema. Later, it was transformed into an auditorium. The restoration of the Zankel Hall into an auditorium took place in 1997. The Weill Recital Hall can seat up to 268 persons. It is the smallest hall in the Carnegie Hall. It was initially named as Carnegie Chamber Music Hall. In 1986, Carnegia Chamber Music Hall was renamed to Weill Hall, after the manager of the Carnegie Hall Foundation. Carnegie Hall Foundation is a non for profit foundation that manages and operate Carnegie Hall.

Live at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall has conducted more than fifty thousand performances since its opening. It highlights the career of many famous composers such as Maria Callas, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. The world premiers that were once featured in the Carnegie Hall include Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9. The premier entitled “An American in Paris” is also featured in the Carnegie Hall. Carnegia Hall is a theatre for the New York Philharmonic. The New York Philhamonic was relocated to Lincoln Center in 1962. Though the Carnegie Hall is not occupied by a company, it offers more than one hundred performances.

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Visiting Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall can be accessed through various transportation including bus, taxi and subway. The cheapest way to reach Carnegie Hall is by bus. If you want a faster trip, you can take the taxi. You can purchase the entrance ticket for the performance from the Carnegie Hall site. To order the ticket through telephone, you should call 212 247-7800. Customers can also purchased the ticket from the box office at the hall.

Carnegie Hall is equipped with several restaurants including Citigroup Café, and The Klaus Jacob Room. The restaurants are opened one hour before and after the performance. The Citigroup Café serves a variety of dishes including tapas, and light meals. You can order juices from the Citigroup Café. Citigroup Café has an airy dining area. The Klaus Jacob Room offers a wide range of desserts in a high class dining room.

Carnegie Hall is available for rental for special occasion such as wedding banquets, birthday parties and other large gathering.

Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Carnegie Hall. The tour is led by a staff of Carnegie Hall. The tour runs three times per day. The places that will be visit during the tour include back stage, dressing room, and rehearsal halls. You can sign up for the guided tour on weekdays. The guided tour is not available on weekend. The charge for the guided tour is $9 per adult. Seniors and children are qualified for a discount.

Carnegie Hall houses the Rose Museum. The Rose Museum is located on the second floor of the building. Rose Museum is opened in 1991. At the Rose Museum, you will find information on the history and past performances that took place in Carnegie Hall. You will also find information about the future planning for the Carnegie Hall. Admission for the Carnegie Hall is free of charge.

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The museum is a comprehensive archive of the history of Carnegie Hall. Researchers are welcomed to the Rose Museum. The Rose Museum has a collection of over 12,000 event programs that were organized at the Carnegie Hall in the past.

Before buying a ticket, you can check the calendar events at the Carnegie Hall site. Events that are available for purchase of ticket will have a Buy Tickets button. To buy the ticket, you should click on the Buy Tickets button. Carnegie Hall accepts all major credit cards for ticket payment. After the payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email is send to the email address provided by you. If you prefer for your ticket to be held for Will Call, it will only be available to you after you make payment at the box office. You need to produce your credit card when checking out.  Some of the seats cannot be purchased online. However, there will always be seats reserved for online customers. If you want to confirm the availability of the ticket, you can call 212-247-7800.

When a concert is held at Carnegie Hall, the box office is open 7 days per week. The box office is open from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. from Monday – Saturday. During Sunday, the box office is open at 12 p.m. During the holiday season, the box office is open at 11 a.m. If the performance took place at night, the box office will be open one and a half hour earlier than the usual time. The box office is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  To purchase a ticket through telephone call, you can call Carnegie ticket booth at 212-247-7800.

Contact Details:

Address: 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019-3210

Phone Numbers: 212-903-9600 Ticket Booth: 212-247-7800



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