The next letter in our A to Z of Carnegie Hall series is T—for "Tchaikovsky."
With Opening Night of our 2012–2013 season happening on Wednesday, it is apt to remember that on May 5, 1891, Carnegie Hall opened its doors for the first time, Tchaikovsky ushering in a new standard for the presentation of live music and public events in New York City. Here, Carnegie Hall's Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the Hall's first Opening Night, using some of the earliest and rarest artifacts from the Archives.
Gino Francesconi explores the connections between Carnegie Hall, New York, and Tchaikovsky. He reveals how—amidst the turmoil of the decline of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s—Carnegie Hall was earmarked to become the guardian of many irreplaceable Tchaikovsky artifacts, including the Bible in which the great composer hid some flowers at Niagara Falls.
Since its US premiere here by Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra in 1894, Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony has been performed nearly 250 times at Carnegie Hall. Gino Francesconi relates how Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" and Carnegie Hall are closely connected.
Gino Francesconi discusses Tchaikovsky's diligence in signing autographs during his visit to America to open Carnegie Hall in 1891.
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