- a famous concert hall in New York (opened 1891); endowed by Andrew Carnegie
A concert hall, world-famous for its acoustics, in New York City.
Carnegie Hall was the home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. When the orchestra announced in 1959 that it was moving to a new building, plans were made to tear Carnegie Hall down. Because of the efforts of the violinist Isaac Stern and other artists, however, it has been preserved as a concert hall.
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