It was a pivotal moment in history. Industrialization had taken hold of the United States. New York City was emerging as an international capital. And in 1891, its cultural gem—Carnegie Hall—opened its doors with a superstar of classical music on its stage.
Carnegie Hall Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the Hall's first opening night, using some of the earliest and rarest artifacts.
Tchaikovsky conducted his "Marche Solennelle" at the opening night concert on May 5, 1891. Although told the contrary, he was impressed that US audiences were so familiar with his music.
Images courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.