• Monday, Oct 3, 2011

    Carnegie Hall Releases 120th Anniversary App For iPhone And Android

    Original Content Features NYC Walking Tour Tracking Tchaikovsky’s 1891 Footsteps, Plus Exclusive Music and Video of Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, and More New Carnegie Hall Season Begins This Wednesday, October 5  

    Carnegie Hall today announced the release of its first app, the Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Mobile Application, developed for both iPhone and Android. Created by Carnegie Hall, the app invites users to revisit New York City in the 1890s—the era in which Carnegie Hall was born—and features original content plus exclusive audio and video recordings related to upcoming 120th anniversary programs at Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall opens its new season this Wednesday, October 5 with Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra in the first of five concerts devoted to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the famed Russian composer who opened Carnegie Hall in 1891.

    The Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Mobile App includes the following features:  

    • A fascinating “Tchaikovsky in New York” Walking Tour inviting users to follow in the footsteps of the famed conductor’s visit to New York City, drawing upon details from the diary he kept when he made his only trip to the United States at the invitation of Andrew Carnegie to open Carnegie Hall on May 5, 1891.

    • Exclusive music and video performances of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, available prior to release, courtesy of the Mariinsky Label.

    • Exclusive video interviews with Valery Gergiev discussing Tchaikovsky and the composer’s city of St. Petersburg, Russia.

    • Learn about some of the top composers from the era and listen to their music.

    • Learn about New York City at the turn of the century and the beginnings of Carnegie Hall.

    • Full listing of 120th anniversary events with links to purchase on the Carnegie Hall website.

    • Carnegie Hall Twitter and Blog feeds plus a link to follow Carnegie Hall on Facebook.
    The free Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Mobile App for iPhone and iPad is available to download now at carnegiehall.org/app and the Apple App Store. The app will be available at the Android Market in the coming weeks for all Android-enabled devices. Additional Carnegie Hall content will be added throughout the 2011–2012 season.

    (Click here for a short video featuring Carnegie Hall Archivist Gino Francesconi discussing the special connection between Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky, and New York.)

    Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary

    This fall, Carnegie Hall continues its 120th anniversary celebration with concerts, ballet, lectures, discussions, and more, exploring the vibrant world of music and the arts that flourished around the time of Carnegie Hall’s birth in 1891. The fall celebration begins with five concerts by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, October 5–11, launching Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 season with the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of the towering figures of classical music in the late nineteenth century who made his American debut conducting at Carnegie Hall’s very first opening night on May 5, 1891. The series kicks off with Carnegie Hall's 2011–2012 Opening Night Gala featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. Events to follow in October, November, and December at Carnegie Hall and at partner cultural institutions throughout New York City will explore two themes: "Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg" and "New York at the Turn of the Century." Both will provide insight on a pivotal moment in history when industrialization had taken hold in the United States and New York City was beginning to emerge as a cultural capital. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org/120.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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