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Tchaikovsky Comes to New York

One of the themes of our upcoming 120th anniversary celebration is Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg, with programs that explore Tchaikovsky’s influence on other St. Petersburg artists, from Balanchine to Fabergé. On social media in the weeks that lead up to our Opening Night on October 5, we turn our focus to Tchaikovsky in New York, as his first trip to the United States was in 1891 to conduct at Carnegie Hall’s original opening night celebration.

 “Amazing people, these Americans! Compared with Paris, where, at every approach, in every stranger’s kindness one feels an attempt at exploitation, the frankness, sincerity, and generosity of this city, its hospitality without hidden motives and its eagerness to oblige and win approval are simply astonishing and, at the same time, touching.”
—Tchaikovsky's diary, April 28, 1891                 

Tchaikovsky kept a record of his experiences in diaries throughout his life, and the diary from his time in New York reveals his surprise and appreciation of the star treatment he received from American audiences. We will delve into excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s diary on Facebook and Twitter to explore New York and Carnegie Hall from his perspective, so follow us on social media to read more.

Additionally, our 120th Anniversary Mobile App, which will be released early next month, includes a walking tour of sites that Tchaikovsky visited during his stay in New York City, complete with then-and-now images. Stay tuned for more information about how to download this free app for iPhone and Android so you can follow in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky.

 “All in all, New York, American customs, American hospitality, the very sights of the city, and the unusual comforts of the surroundings—all this is quite to my liking, and if I were younger, I would probably derive great pleasure from staying in this interesting, youthful country.”
—Letter written by Tchaikovsky, April 30, 1891                 

 Carnegie Hall, 1891 


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