The guest conductor for the opening? no less than Russian composer Tchaikovsky. In years to come, artists can brag “I played at Carnegie Hall!”
Notable Events ……….
• June 15, 1892• Sissieretta Jones becomes the first African-American to sing in the Hall.
• January 16, 1938• A sold-out swing and jazz concert includes The Benny Goodman Orchestra and Count Basie; it will be called “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history.”
• May 6, 1955• A variety benefit concert includes Bill Haley and his Comets, the first rockers to play there.
The Carnegie family sells the hall in 1925; it’s sold to NYC in the 1960s. ( Website )