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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1889/06/00 Dankmar Adler Architect Excavation begins on Andrew Carnegie's Music Hall. Total cost of the land and construction will total to $1 million.
1889/06/00 William Burnett Tuthill Architect Excavation begins on Andrew Carnegie's Music Hall. Total cost of the land and construction will total to $1 million.
1890/05/13 Andrew Carnegie Owner Mrs Carnegie lays the cornerstone of Andrew Carnegie's Music Hall with a trowel that is later inscribed and plated in silver by Tiffany and Co.
1891/05/05 Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Conductor Tchaikovsky conducts a new composition, Marche Solennelle, at the Opening Night of the Music Hall. Actually, it was his Coronation March for Tsar Alexander III. He assumed the American audience would not know the difference, but they recognized it.
1891/05/07 Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Conductor Tchaikovsky conducts his Suite No 3 during the Music Hall's Opening Festival. The festival lasted 5 days with tickets ranging in price from $1 to $2.
1896/00/00 Booker T Washington Speaker Booker T Washington speaks at Carnegie Hall. He will make 16 more appearance by 1915.
1896/02/13 25-year-old soprano Sissieretta Jones becomes the first African American artist to perform in Carnegie Hall's main auditorium. Jones was joined by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
1906/01/23 John D Rockefeller Audience member Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Arabella Huntington Audience Member Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Joseph Hodges Choate Speaker Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Morris Ketchum Jesup Audience Member Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Booker T Washington Speaker Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Clarence Hungerford Mackay Audience Member Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Mark Twain Speaker Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 Henry Villard Audience Member Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/01/23 George Foster Peabody Audience Member Booker T Washington and others including Mark Twain, Joseph Hodges Choate, and Robert Curtis Ogden lecture at Carnegie Hall in honor of Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee. Tuskegee Institute's Silver Jubilee
1906/04/19 Frederick Dent Grant Host Mark Twain gives a "Farewell" lecture at Carnegie Hall for the benefit of the Robert Fulton Memorial Association. Seats cost $1.50, $1.00 and $.50. He begins the lecture with a plea for donations for the citizens of San Francisco. Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
1906/04/19 Mark Twain Speaker Mark Twain gives a "Farewell" lecture at Carnegie Hall for the benefit of the Robert Fulton Memorial Association. Seats cost $1.50, $1.00 and $.50. He begins the lecture with a plea for donations for the citizens of San Francisco. Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
1912/05/02 James Reese Europe and his Clef Club Orchestra present a Concert of Negro Music (Jazz in its earliest form) at Carnegie Hall. The New York Sun noted the integration of the audience, which was large and thoroughly well mixed, but united in its applause.
1917/10/27 Jascha Heifetz Musician Violinist Jascha Heifetz makes his American debut at Carnegie Hall.
1920/00/00 Contralto Marian Anderson makes her first performance at the Carnegie Hall. She will go on to appear more than 50 times.
1923/03/27 Civil rights leader Marcus Garvey speaks at a "Concert and Meeting" at Carnegie Hall. Speaking to audiences five times between 1919 and 1924, four of these events were meetings of the Universal Negro Improvement Association.
1924/02/05 Tenor Roland Hayes becomes the first Black American artist to give a full-length recital at Carnegie Hall. Hayes will make 40 performances over almost five decades.
1927/11/11 Alvin Cullum York Vocation On Armistice Day, Alvin York speaks to a packed audience at Carnegie Hall about the importance of his work and the benighted souls who stand in his way, comparing the Fentress county elite to a pair of mules working against each other.
1928/04/27 W C Handy Performer W C Handy presents Fats Waller playing the piano and organ.
1928/04/27 W C Handy Musician W C Handy, the cornetist and composer often called the Father of the Blues, brings his orchestra and Jubilee Singers to Carnegie Hall for a concert of jazz, plantation songs and concert music. St Louis Blues
1928/04/27 Fats Waller Performer W C Handy presents Fats Waller playing the piano and organ.
1928/12/13 Walter Johannes Damrosch Conductor Gershwin premieres "An American in Paris" at Carnegie Hall, with Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic. An American in Paris
1928/12/13 George Gershwin Composer Gershwin premieres "An American in Paris" at Carnegie Hall, with Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic. An American in Paris
1929/11/05 Paul Robeson Performer Baritone Paul Robeson makes his Carnegie Hall debut, his first of a dozen appearances at the Hall that span nearly three decades.
1935/08/00 DuBose Heyward Lyricist Porgy and Bess premieres, a private show at Carnegie Hall with a running time of about 3 and a half hours Porgy and Bess
1935/08/00 Dorothy Heyward Lyricist Porgy and Bess premieres, a private show at Carnegie Hall with a running time of about 3 and a half hours Porgy and Bess
1935/08/00 George Gershwin Music Porgy and Bess premieres, a private show at Carnegie Hall with a running time of about 3 and a half hours Porgy and Bess
1938/01/16 Benny Goodman Performer Benny Goodman brings swing music to Carnegie Hall. Goodman's trio was one of the first racially integrated groups to perform regularly in public venues.
1942/01/14 Fats Waller Performer Fats Waller with trumpeter Oran "Hot Lips" Page headlines a concert at Carnegie Hall.
1943/01/23 Duke Ellington Performer Duke Ellington makes his debut at the hall. His new approach to jazz composition leads to a series of annual Carnegie Hall concerts.
1947/09/29 Ella Fitzgerald Performer Before a sold-out crowd, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald bring bebop to Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1947/09/29 Dizzy Gillespie Musician Charlie Parker joins Dizzy Gillespie for a reunion of their groundbreaking quintet. The frenetic energy of bebop was a radical departure from swing and sparked open hostility in some musical circles.
1947/09/29 Dizzy Gillespie Performer Before a sold-out crowd, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald bring bebop to Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1948/03/27 Billie Holiday Performer Billie Holiday, recently released from prison on a drug charge only days earlier, performs at Carnegie Hallher first public performance in nearly a year.
1950/10/01 Mahalia Jackson Performer Gospel singer and civil rights advocate Mahalia Jackson makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
1952/11/14 Duke Ellington Performer Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Ahmad Jamal play two shows (8:15pm and 11:45pm) at Carnegie Hall.
1952/11/14 Billie Holiday Performer Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Ahmad Jamal play two shows (8:15pm and 11:45pm) at Carnegie Hall.
1952/11/14 Ahmad Jamal Performer Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Ahmad Jamal play two shows (8:15pm and 11:45pm) at Carnegie Hall.
1952/11/14 Dizzy Gillespie Performer Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Ahmad Jamal play two shows (8:15pm and 11:45pm) at Carnegie Hall.
1955/05/06 Bill Haley and His Comets Performers Bill Haley and his Comets play in a variety benefit concert on 6 May 1955. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
1955/10/29 At midnight, Carnegie Hall's first full length rock 'n' roll concert features Earl Gaines with "It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)," Etta James singing "Wallflower," Bo Diddley performing "Diddley Daddy" and Big Joe Turner with "Shake, Rattle and Roll."
1957/11/29 Ray Charles Performer A midnight jazz concert features a legendary collaboration between pianist Thelonious Monk and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and performances by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins.
1957/11/29 Chet Baker Performer A midnight jazz concert features a legendary collaboration between pianist Thelonious Monk and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and performances by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins.
1957/11/29 John Coltrane Performer A midnight jazz concert features a legendary collaboration between pianist Thelonious Monk and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and performances by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins.
1957/11/29 Dizzy Gillespie Performer A midnight jazz concert features a legendary collaboration between pianist Thelonious Monk and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and performances by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins.
1957/11/29 Billie Holiday Performer A midnight jazz concert features a legendary collaboration between pianist Thelonious Monk and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and performances by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Chet Baker and Sonny Rollins.
1960/05/08 Civil rights activist and folk-music legend Odetta is recorded by Vanguard Records at Carnegie Hall. She perfomed 19 times at the hall before her death in 2008.
1961/04/23 Judy Garland Performer Judy Garland sings at Carnegie Hall Judy Garland Plays Carnegie Hall
1964/02/12 The Beatles Performers The Beatles play Carnegie Hall in front of two thousand fans. Beatlemania Arrives in the US
1965/02/28 Soprano Leontyne Price makes her Carnegie Hall recital. Price gave the first of her 45 Carnegie Hall performances in 1954 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
1968/02/23 Martin Luther King Jr Speaker In his last major public address, Dr Martin Luther King Jr is the keynote speaker at a Carnegie Hall benefit to mark the 100th birthday of W E B DuBois.
1982/04/27 John Cheever Life John Cheever receives the National Medal for Literature at Carnegie Hall. Colleagues are shocked by Cheever's ravaged appearance after months of cancer treatment.
1993/02/26 Gene Pitney Performer Gene Pitney plays Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Particulars for Carnegie Hall:
Sight Category Building
Criteria Historic Event
Owner Local
Historic Use Music Facility
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Performing Arts
Architectural Style Renaissance Revival



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Carnegie Hall
Registry Address: 7th Ave., 56th to 57th Sts.
Registry Number: 66000535
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Local
Architect: Tuthill,William; Adler,Dankmar
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Performing arts
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1891
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Music facility
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Music facility

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