Initially called the Music Hall, Carnegie Hall officially opened to New Yorkers on May 5th in 1891.
The building was designed by William Burnet Tuthill and funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to give a home to The New York Philharmonic. The orchestra had its home there from the venue's inception until its relocation to Lincoln Center in 1962.
For the inaugural night, a concert was conducted by Maestro Walter Damrosch and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Known for its classical music programme, the venue has also hosted a wide variety of acts performing different genres, including The Beach Boys, Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Billie Holiday, Bill Withers, Dizzy Gillespie, Youssou N'Dour, Souad Massi, Caetano Veloso, Zakir Hussain, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Mellie Mel, Björk, and Jay Z.
More than 46,000 performances have been held at Carnegie Hall in all three auditoriums.