New York City Concert Halls

As might be expected, New York has a large number of public and private concert halls. Many of these venues serve as sole presenters for a single orchestra or troupe, while others share their space for concerts and recitals with any number of performance artists and ensembles.

Perhaps the most well-known concert venue in New York City is Carnegie Hall, a city landmark built and funded in 1891 by the legendary steel magnate and philanthropist of the same name. The site some historical classical music concerts over the years, some of which have been preserved on LPs and CDs.

Additionally, there have been a number ofactually houses 3 separate venues. The main auditorium seats over 2,000, while Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall seat 599 and 268 respectively. Carnegie Hall has hosted iconic jazz, folk and popular music performers who have graced theses Carnegie’s stages as well.

Right across the street from Carnegie Hall is Steinway Hall, where it moved from 14th Street in 1925. The original site was a piano showroom, built in 1866 by William Steinway, and the hall was added as piano promotion vehicle soon after. Steinway Hall subsequently became one of the first concert halls in New York City.

At the new location a recording studio and broadcast equipment were added and Steinway Hall was soon hosting live performances on the radio. Steinway Hall has also been the home to a number of legendary classical musical performances, including a duo piano recital byVladimir Horowitz and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The site was registered as a historic and cultural landmark in 2001.
Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall are just a few of the concert venues in New York City, most notable perhaps for their historical legacy in addition to their tradition of hosting first-rate musical talent.

New York City historians, the Bowery Boys, have an some interesting podcasts about Carnegie Hall and Steinway & Sons as well as one about The Brooklyn Academy Of Music that’s filled with humorous and poignant anecdotes.

For more information about New York City concert halls, click on the links below.

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              • Thousands of artists, politicians, explorers and other intriguing characters from around the globe have graced BAM stages during the last 150 years.
              • Through our long-standing commitment to the highest quality in arts education, the Conservatory has the distinction of being one of the oldest and largest community music schools in the nation.
              • Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences.
              • A non-profit organization founded in 1961, the Chinese Music Ensemble is the oldest, largest and only full scale Chinese orchestra in the United States and the Americas. Its present membership of over forty musicians play practically every type of Chinese music and instruments.
              • Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall is well known for nurturing young performers and composers, and for supporting musical innovation by some of today’s most inspiring musical voices. In addition to cutting-edge new music, Merkin Concert Hall presents some of the best new talents in the classical world, celebrations of musical theater with Broadway’s top professionals and lively musical reviews for children and families.
              • FIAF is the destination for French culture in New York, presenting a unique mix of arts programs including music, dance, theater, cinéma, and visual arts.
              • The mission of The Joyce Theater Foundation is to serve and support the art of dance and choreography, promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression, and enhance the public interest in, and appreciation of, dance and the allied arts of music, design, and theater.
              • The mission of The Juilliard School is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.
              • 92Y’s renowned Concerts Program features today’s top musicians and composers in groundbreaking performances for the most coveted “edge of your seat” experience in New York.
              • In 1936, New York City Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia founded the High School of Music & Art in order to provide a facility where the most gifted and talented public school students of New York City could pursue their talents in art or music, while also completing a full academic program of instruction.
              • Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts center. Located on 16.3 acres in New York City, the Lincoln Center complex comprises 11 Resident Organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
              • New York City Center provides special services to the many companies that perform here annually. The jewels in City Center’s producing crown are the Encores!® Great American Musicals in Concert series, introduced in 1994 and the Fall for Dance Festival, introduced in 2004, both to critical and audience acclaim.
              • The mission of The New York Youth Symphony is to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities.
              • Kupferberg Center Performances provides an accessible and affordable facility to enrich the cultural environment of the region with classical and pop performances for general audiences, concerts and school residencies for children in kindergarten through high school, and family events.
              • A partnership between Steinway Hall and Third Street Music School Settlement has resulted in a new Piano Ensemble Program in which children and adults can experience the joys of group music making.
              • Symphony Space’s mission, as a pre-eminent multi-disciplinary performing arts center, is to offer artistic leadership that promotes innovation, excellence, engagement, and accessibility to artists and audiences alike.
              • The ISO makes it possible for any child to learn an instrument and perform in an ensemble of his/her peers. Accordingly, ISO ensembles share their music with the community, performing at senior centers, churches, parks, and schools.
            • Founded in 1921, The Town Hall is a non-profit National Historic site in the heart of NYC’s theatre district, with a line-up that features events ranging from world music, jazz, gospel, blues, folk, show tunes, political humor, theatre, dance, its critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year, and more.

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