Having planned it with his wife Louise and friend Walter Damrosch, Andrew Carnegie funded the construction of the new music hall that eventually bore his name. A staunch advocate for world peace, he appeared on “his” stage several times in that guise. Unlike any other Carnegie gift at that time, Andrew did not follow his “Carnegie Formula,” which sought other contributors (today’s matching gift). Rather, he continued to pay Carnegie Hall’s deficits alone until his death in 1919.
“It is built to stand for ages, and during these ages it is probable that this hall will intertwine itself with the history of our country. All good causes may find here a platform.”
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Andrew Carnegie at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall’s performance history database covers more than 50,000 concerts and events that occurred at Carnegie Hall from its opening in 1891 to the present. Explore events related to Andrew Carnegie (these links will open in a new tab with the performance history search tools):
- First Appearance: Robert Burns Anniversary Festival, January 25, 1892
- Final Appearance: Address by Charles W. Eliot, January 24, 1913
- Detailed Appearance History