Carnegie Hall Celebrates 120th Anniversary with James Taylor

Carnegie Hall rang in it’s 120th anniversary by presenting a Gala Concert led by music icon, James Taylor. Last night’s star studded event was just part one in a four part “Perspectives” series that is dedicated to the long and illustrious career of Taylor.

The one-night-only gala took place in the Isaac Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Taylor[/lastfm] leading us through a journey that highlighted the historic events that have taken place over the last 120 years. Special guests included Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Sting, Barbara Cook, and the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

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The cast of stars who shared the stage with Taylor paid tribute to many of the performers who graced the stages of Carnegie Hall in the past. Bette Middler paid homage to vaudeville star Sophie Tucker, Dianne Reeves recounted the jazz stylings of Billie Holiday, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sting[/lastfm] performed a rendition of “Penny Lane” from British invaders, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm].

Steve Martin provided comic relief while James Taylor brought the night to a close with his take on Judy Garland‘s “Over the Rainbow.”

Tickets for the Gala were pricey, ranging from $200 to as high as $5,000. Before you shake your fist in the air with anger, remember this prestigious even was benefiting Carnegie Hall‘s artistic and education programs.

If you missed out on the one-night-only gala with James Taylor, don’t worry. It’s just part one of a four part “Perspectives” series that will continue through the rest of the spring.

It will also be well within your price range, so you can breathe easy.

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Perspectives: James Taylor at Carnegie Hall Event Info

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James Taylor will perform three additional shows as part of the “Perspectives” series this Spring following his Gala Event last night. Those dates are April 20th, May 6th, and May 9th.

The April 20th is titled James Taylor: Roots and takes place in the Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage. As the title suggests, the show will take an in depth look at Taylor‘s early musical influences which include bluegrass, blues, Celtic music, and more.

James Taylor: Guitar Conversations takes place on Friday, May 6th in in Zankel Hall. This night will be devoted to the guitar and the impact it has had on Taylor‘s career. A few all star guests are expected to accompany Taylor on stage as well.

The “Perspectives” series comes to a close in the Stern Auditorium on Monday, May 9th with Quintessential James Taylor and His Band. Taylor will be joined on stage by his band and perform a collection of his greatest hits.

Ticket prices aren’t steep, which means you should probably look into investing into this once in a lifetime event. Check out the Carnegie Hall website for further event details and ticket prices.

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May 26, 1974: James Taylor at Carnegie Hall

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James Taylor is no stranger to Carnegie Hall. He performed a 25 song set with the help of over a dozen other musicians. The performance was to promote his fifth album, Walking Man, which actually became his only studio album to NOT be certified Gold. None the less, several tracks from the album have become fan favorites at his shows.

The first song he played off of Walking Man that night was “Me and My Guitar.”

Watch James Taylor perform “Me and My Guitar” at the Beacon Theater in 1998!
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Bill Haley & His Comets

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Bill Haley & His Comets were an important part of spreading rock ‘n’ roll to the masses in the 1950’s and some consider them to be as revolutionary in their time as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were to to their own. Haley‘s biggest hit, “Rock Around The Clock,” is also considered one of the most important rock ‘n’ roll records in history.

Bill Haley & His Comets also made history as the first rock ‘n’ roll act to play at Carnegie Hall on May 6, 1955.

Watch a clip of Bill Haley & His Comets on The Ed Sullivan Show!
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The Beatles Play Carnegie Hall… Twice!

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The Beatles invaded the United States on February 7, 1964 and would perform on The Ed Sullivan Show two days later.. They would also play Carnegie Hall twice in the same day! Negotiations to record the performance were never agreed to, so only those in attendance were privileged to the show.

Watch The Beatles Perform “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on The Ed Sullivan Show!
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Carnegie Hall’s 2011-2012 Season: An Introduction

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Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, introduces the highlights of Carnegie Hall‘s 2011-2012 season.

Have a look through Carnegie Hall‘s 2011-2012 digital brochure HERE and see if any of their events peek your interest!

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