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Friday, February 24, 2012

Carnegie Hall – Five Dollar Shows and Beyond

Looking for an occasion to see a show on the cheap at the legendary and beautiful Carnegie Hall? The Big Adventure suggests checking out The National Festive Chorus this coming Monday, February 27th at Carnegie Hall. Making classical music accessible for all, The National Festival Chorus pools chorus and solo work with the country’s leading opera companies and vocal ensembles. Highbrow, indeed!
Sure, a show like that sounds fine and dandy, but what's makes this worth mentioning is that you can use the code "feb13500" at the other side of this link to get tickets for just five dollars. Certainly an awesome deal for an enjoyable night of music in a kind of magical place for just $5. Monday, 2/27 at 8 PM.
Busy Monday? Perhaps The Carnegie Hall Tour is more your speed. Doting docents will enamor you with tales of the Hall’s construction and legacy of great artists who have performed.  Plus, Carnegie is even hosting a Big 120th-Anniversary Tour throughout this year. Tours are offered around Mid-day just about every day. 57th Street & 7th Avenue.

Can’t visit anytime soon? Here are five facts about Carnegie Hall that you did not know. Some Carnegie Hall Trivia to prep you for your voyages to the city’s most loved auditorium:
  • Tchaikovsky took the stage to perform on opening night over 120 years ago - May 5th 1891
  • The main hall was renamed for the late iconic violinist Isaac Stern in 1997 and seats roughly 2,800 people making it about twice this size of the larger Broadway theaters. The smaller concert halls are the Zankel Hall (599 seats) and Wall Recital Hall (268)
  • Stern Hall – world famous for its beauty and acoustics - is insanely tall. Visitors to the top balcony must climb a whopping 105 steps
  • The Beatles played Carnegie Hall twice in one day on their first NYC visit on Feb 12th, 1964. Bafflingly, the concert was not recorded due to unsuccessful negotiations with the American Federation of Musicians
  • Conductor Walter Damrosch is the artist who has made the most performances at Carnegie Hall with nearly 850 concert appearances under his cummerbund
  • Despite conventional wisdom and urban malarky, If anyone ask you how to get Carnegie Hall, the real answer involves taking N, Q, R train to 57th Street


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