Carnegie Hall

performing arts building in New York City

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States, located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park. Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891, it is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music.

Quotes about Carnegie Hall edit

  • "It spreads,'" the campaign-carried on
    by long-distance telephone,
    with "Saint Diogenes
    supreme commander."
    At the fifty-ninth minute
    of the eleventh hour, a rescuer

    makes room for Mr. Carnegie's
    music hall, which by degrees
    became (becomes)
    our music stronghold
    (accented on the "ne," as
    perhaps you don't have to be told).

    Paderewski's "palladian
    majesty" made it a fane;
    Tschaikovsky, of course,
    on the opening
    night, 1891;
    and Gilels, a master, playing.

    With Andrew C. and Mr. R..,
    "our spearhead, Mr. Star"-
    in music, Stern
    has grown forensic,
    and by civic piety
    has saved our city panic;

    rescuer of a music hall
    menaced by the "cannibal
    of real estate" - bulldozing potentate,
    land-grabber, the human crab
    left cowering like a neonate.

    As Venice "in defense of children"
    has forbidden for the citizen,
    by "a tradition of
    noble behavior,
    dress too strangely shaped or scant,"
    posterity may impute error

    to our demolishers of glory. Jean Cocteau's "Preface
    to the Past" contains the phrase
    "When very young my dream
    was of pure glory."
    Must he say "was" of his "light
    dream," which confirms our glittering story?

    They need their old brown home. Cellist,
    violinist, pianist
    used to unmusical
    massive masonry-have found
    reasons to return. Fantasias

    of praise and rushings to the front
    dog the performer. We hunt
    you down, Saint Diogenes
    are thanking you for glittering,
    for rushing to the rescue
    as if you'd heard yourself performing.

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