Celebrate Carnegie Hall Anniversary with Jascha Heifetz Playing Tchaikovsky

Today Carnegie Hall celebrates its 120th anniversary. Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and financed by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the famed concert venue opened its doors in 1891, right between West 56th and 57th Streets in New York City. Since then, Carnegie Hall has gained a reputation for its unrivaled acoustics (some have called it the “Stradivarius of the Concert World”) and pretty much every important musical figure of the 20th century played there.

The hall will celebrate its anniversary with a gala featuring Yo-Yo Ma. But we’re taking another tack and highlighting a vintage clip from the 1947 film Carnegie Hall.  Directed by Edgar Ulmer, this sequence gives you Jascha Heifetz, the famed violinist, playing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto. Heifetz played Carnegie Hall for the first time in 1917, when he was only 16 years old. This clip, filmed 30 years later at the same great concert hall, has been viewed 1.5 million times…

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