Who conducted the orchestra at the opening festivities of the iconic Carnegie Hall in 1891?
– Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
– Leopold Stokowski
– Giuseppe Verdi
– Igor Stravinsky
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
When the Music Hall was nearing completion, Walter Damrosch began to consider the opening festivities. He knew that no one short of a legend would do as the opening conductor. In the 1890s, there was no name more legendary than Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. The famed Russian composer could not resist the lure of visiting the New World. Tchaikovsky would conduct five of his works during the opening festivities of the Music Hall. Source: CarnegieHall.org
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Russian, 25 April/7 May 1840 – 25 October/6 November 1893), often anglicized as Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer of the romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884, by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension.