Opening week of Carnegie Hall. A highlight of Tchaikovsky's visit. The New York Times review of the performance of his Third Suite. May 8,
The Playbill for opening week of Carnegie Hall, May 1891, then called
Music Hall in which Tchaikovsky took part..
Carnegie Hall as it appeared on opening day May 5, 1891:
In April of 1991 we were regaled with an exhibit at Carnegie Hall of some
of the artifacts pertaining to Tchaikovsky's visit to New York in 1891 and
the opening of Carnegie Hall...
Interior of Carnegie Hall, opening night, May 5, 1891.
January 15, 1891, Tchaikovsky accepts invitation offered him to appear
in New York for the opening concerts of Carnegie Hall.
April 18, 1891 boards the steamer La Bretagne at Le Havre and departs
April 26, 1891...arrives in New York, entourage awaits him as he is
brought to the Hotel Normandie, 38th street and Broadway...(the Hotel
Normandie was torn down in 1920..the office building now in its place
still carries the name "Normandie".)
April 28----Taken to photographer Napoleon Sarony at Union Square to
have some photos taken.
Marvels how people can live on the 13th floor!
May 5----opening concert...Tchaikovsky conducts his "Marche
Solonelle"...which he had written in 1882 for the Emperors coronation.
May 8----Tchaikovsky presents his two a cappella choruses.."Pater
Noster" and "Legend"..
On April 6/19 1891 Tchaikovsky sailed to America from Le Havre for New York on board the steamer "La Bretagne". The trip took eight days.
Furst Bismarck (1) - ship images
On May 9/21 1891 Tchaikovsky boarded the "Furst Bismarck" to Hamburg on
his return trip to Europe.