April 2012 Culture Spot
by Alyssa Grossman, 04/02/2012
The legendary Carnegie Hall is, without a doubt, among the best-known cultural landmarks in New York City. Its three performance spaces—Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall—have hosted the finest artists in the world and presented countless orchestral concerts, solo recitals, chamber and popular music shows and more. Now, the venue dedicated to making music as accessible as possible goes one step further this month. To celebrate NYC & Company's naming Carnegie Hall its Culture Spot for April, patrons can get 15% off on Carnegie Hall Presents concert tickets and two-for-one admission for tours all month long.
The offer comes just in time for a power-packed month of performances. On April 5, the Vogler Quartet brings City audiences works by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Jacques Brel and Astor Piazzolla, accompanied by singer Ute Lemper and musician Stefan Malzew. On April 13, "Hollywood Award Winners," presented by The New York Pops and Essential Voices USA, pays tribute to Oscar-winning scores and songs, as well as to prolific composer John Williams, who recently turned 80. Film fanatics can expect to hear tracks from the likes of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gone with the Wind, Star Wars and Schindler's List. Families will want to join in on the fun on April 14, when The Pops returns to present the kid-friendly tribute "Jim Henson's Musical World." Puppetry adds another dimension to the Stern Auditorium's usual setup as performers salute the Muppets' creator. Then, on April 18, the European Union Youth Orchestra, accompanied by violinist Itzhak Perlman, brings some international flair to the concert hall. April also presents a chance to see stellar pianists such as Mitsuko Uchida (April 11), Richard Goode (April 25) and Garrick Ohlsson (April 29), as well as three top-notch acts: the Takács Quartet (April 13 and 14), the Brentano String Quartet (April 19) and the Pavel Haas Quartet (April 27). Mozart fans will be delighted by the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Musica Sacra chorus' version of "Requiem" on April 12. And the acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Sir Simon Rattle, performs on April 27.
But Carnegie Hall isn't just about the music. The venue's stunning design and one-of-a-kind acoustics have a history all their own. This season only, in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary, guests are invited on a special tour that travels back to the late 19th century, with the laying of the building's cornerstone. Guides provide a glimpse of the spot's rich past at 12:30pm on Wednesday and Friday and at 11:30am on Saturday. You'll discover secrets of the construction process, like the fact that architect William Burnet Tuthill had no experience building concert halls when Andrew Carnegie hired him for the job, and be taken through the very first season of performances, including opening night with Tchaikovsky. If you still haven't gotten your fill of history after a tour, visit the hall's Rose Museum, which provides a comprehensive look at performances past. There, you'll find old programs, photos, videos, manuscripts from musicals and posters signed by the artists themselves.
The savings on admission is valid April 1–30, 2012. To take advantage of this limited-time offer, present the discount coupon at the box office. Download the discount coupon via the link above; the coupon will also be available during the month of April at the Official NYC Information Centers in Midtown, Harlem and the Times Square Alliance and at the Official NYC Information Kiosks in Chinatown and at City Hall. The savings is subject to availability and may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Other restrictions may apply.
Learn more about Carnegie Hall. Annie Bergen, culture correspondent for nycgo.com, discusses the history of the performance venue with Gino Francesconi, director of Carnegie Hall's archives and Rose Museum. Listen to the podcast, below, or download the MP3 here (by right-clicking the link and selecting "Save Link As...").