Main: How do you get to the Carnegie Hall?

Today we cel­e­brate the open­ing of Andrew Carnegie’s Music Hall in New York — now sim­ply known as The Carnegie Hall — on this day in 1891. Built at 881 Sev­enth Avenue, at the edge of Goat Hill, a short dis­tance from Cen­tral Park, the Hall soon dropped the “Music Hall” name as it con­veyed the wrong impres­sion to Vic­to­ri­an soci­ety — for here was a pre­mi­um venue for clas­si­cal music.

The open­ing pro­gramme on May 5, 1891, was the first night of a 5‑day open­ing fes­ti­val under the baton of Wal­ter Dam­rosch and no less a fig­ure than Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Fol­low­ing the play­ing of “Amer­i­ca”, Open­ing Night began with Beethoven’s Leonore Over­ture No 3, con­duct­ed by Dam­rosch. Tchaikovsky then stepped up to the podi­um and con­duct­ed his Fes­ti­val Coro­na­tion March, before Dam­rosch con­clud­ed the evening with a per­for­mance of the Te Deum by Hec­tor Berlioz.

Today we’ll hear the clas­si­cal works that fea­tured in that open­ing night pro­gramme, along with oth­er works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Berlioz.

And the answer to “How do you get to the Carnegie Hall”? “Prac­tice, prac­tice, prac­tice!” of course!

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic, 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK, for the lat­est install­ments in our excit­ing radio adven­tures from ZBS Foun­da­tion. We kick off with Part 3 of Jack Flan­ders’ Amaz­ing Voy­age to The White Cas­tle and in the sec­ond part of the hour, we con­clude our mys­te­ri­ous 2‑part adven­ture, The Insid­er Lounge.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:
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