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120 Years At Carnegie Hall

Cellist Pablo Casals, violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Harold Bauer and conductor Walter Damrosch in 1904. (Blaine Littell Collection of Walter Damrosch Memorabilia / Carnegie Hall Archives)

Carnegie Hall celebrates its 120th anniversary today. From its origins as a showpiece of industrialist Andrew Carnegie's philanthropy to its status now as one of the finest concert venues, this hall became a mecca for classical, jazz and pop artists — and fans — from all over the world. Archival images, collected in the new book Carnegie Hall Treasures, trace this incredible history.

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1868: Two decades before Carnegie Hall was built, the area was full of shacks and horse-drawn bus...

1891: The program from the first series of concerts ever given at Carnegie Hall. The series inclu...

1904: Richard Strauss' New York recital, a year before his opera Salome was closed down after one...

1904: A photo commemorating cellist Pablo Casals' first appearance at Carnegie Hall. Alongside vi...

1912: A concert to raise funds for the Colored Music Settlement School was conducted by James Ree...

1942: Jazz found a home early on at Carnegie Hall; a three-time visitor was Fats Waller, who in t...

1943: A flyer advertising violinist Isaac Stern's first Carnegie Hall recital. Decades later, Ste...

Time backstage for members of the New York Philharmonic to indulge in a quick game of chess. (Cou...

1963: Bob Dylan faces an empty house before his first concert as a Carnegie Hall headliner in Oct...

1964: A signed momento from The Beatles' two 35-minute sets at Carnegie Hall on February 12, a ni...

1983: A youthful Yo-Yo Ma and ebullient Emanuel Ax beam with pleasure during a duo recital. (Stev...

2009: An all-star team comprised of dozens of the 21st century's most exciting new music performe...

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