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A Five Week Search

What do Arturo Toscanini, Woodrow Wilson, Martha Graham, and Albert Einstein have in common? They all appeared at Carnegie Hall. As part of Carnegie Hall’s ongoing Digital Archives Project, you can uncover this information and discover a whole lot more, thanks to the new online performance history search feature added to the History section of our website.

Starting in July, we shared five exceptional facets of Carnegie Hall’s history with our Facebook and Twitter communities. In case you were enjoying your vacation so much that you forgot to check in, we’ve gathered all five weeks of featured searches for you to explore. Enjoy!

#1: Composer Week

Explore the concert programs of all of the concerts that Gustav Mahler conducted at Carnegie Hall, starting in 1908.

FB History Gershwin
In September 1935, George Gershwin inscribed this standard publicity photo of himself to Carnegie Hall house manager John J. Totten in appreciation for Totten allowing him to rent the Hall when rehearsing his opera Porgy and Bess for its out-of-town opening in Boston later that month. 

In 1928, Maurice Ravel conducted the New York Symphony Orchestra here. 

Camille Saint-Saëns made his US debut at Carnegie Hall on November 3, 1906, and performed here five times that month. 

Richard Strauss performed here seven times in 1904. 

Sergei Prokofiev performed here 14 times from 1918–1933, and the first was a concert during which Liberty Bonds and war souvenirs were auctioned . 

#2: Fight for Your Rights Week

FB History Suffragettes
Here are some suffragettes in 1909. Between 1908 and 1919, there were many meetings held at Carnegie Hall both for and against women’s suffrage. 

FB History Booker T Washington
Booker T. Washington spoke at Carnegie Hall a number of times. Who can you spot just behind him on stage in this 1906 photo from a Tuskegee Institute benefit event?

Explore the programs of Marcus Garvey’s appearances here.

Explore the concert programs of Marian Anderson through 1941 in our performance history search.

#3: President's Week

The fourth and final time that President Woodrow Wilson appeared at Carnegie Hall was in 1919, giving a report regarding the Treaty of Versailles. 

President Grover Cleveland appeared here six times in his lifetime.

FB History Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt appeared here 28 times in his lifetime, including this 1912 Civic Forum appearance, where he spoke on the topic of "The Right of the People to Rule." 

President Herbert Hoover spoke at Madison Square Garden on October 31, 1932, and Carnegie Hall was the overflow location with the speech broadcast through loudspeakers above the stage. At 10:44 PM, Hoover arrived and addressed the overflow crowd in person. 

While still a senator, Warren Harding appeared here in 1916 at the Second World Court Congress. Harding appeared here twice.

#4: Jazz Week

On Christmas Day 1938, Louis Armstrong made his Carnegie Hall debut as a singer with Paul Whiteman and His All American Band on a program called Eighth Experiment in Modern American Music.

Paul Whiteman debuted here in 1924. His second appearance here marked George Gershwin’s first, who performed Rhapsody in Blue with Whiteman’s orchestra on April 21, 1924.

FB History Goodman
Benny Goodman made his Carnegie Hall debut on January 16, 1938, marking the first time people sat in a concert hall to hear swing music rather than dance to it. His band was also one of the first racially integrated groups to perform in front of a paying audience.

Lena Horne made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1941, billed as “Helena Horne” on the program. Check out the program, which also features Art Tatum and other legends.

#5: Debut Week

Violinist Yehudi Menuhin made his Carnegie Hall debut on December 12, 1927, at the age of 11, playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

Igor Stravinsky made his United States premiere at Carnegie Hall on January 8, 1925, conducting an all-Stravinsky program with the New York Philharmonic.

FB History Toscanini
Arturo Toscanini made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1921, conducting the orchestra of La Scala. 

Leopold Stokowski made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1914, conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1891 on a program with the New York Symphony Orchestra. He performed here a total of 89 times.

Tenor Enrico Caruso made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1918 at a Liberty Loan Rally and Concert. 


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