Concert Halls & Classical Concert Venues in New York
New York City
New York City's concert halls offer some of the best entertainment in the world. There are many different venues showcasing every conceivable type of performance. Below is a list of some of the major concert halls and a brief description of each.
TYPTip on dress: Although there generally are no official dress codes at any of the New York theaters there are still some widely accepted customs. When attending the orchestra, a concert or opera at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall, men usually wear a jacket and tie and woman usually wear a cocktail dress or elegant pant suit. In recent years fewer people dress in formal evening clothes to such events, but shorts, T-shirts or sweat pants are out of place, especially in the better seats. However, for gala performances, evening clothes are the norm.
For other events, such as concerts at Madison Square Garden or more contemporary performances, you can generally wear whatever you like.
Getting Tickets: Each theater listed below has its own box office where you can purchase tickets - generally the least expensive way to buy tickets. In addition many theater take phone orders or offer tickets through Ticket Master or Telecharge (See TICKETS). If you are having a hard time finding tickets you can call a ticket broker (See TICKETS), though brokers can very expensive.
For more information about New York's Concert Halls, and to find out what is being performed in them, pick-up a copy of Time-Out New York, The Village Voice, or the Weekend section of the Friday edition of the NY Times and Arts and Leisure Section of the Sunday NY Times. You'll find them at any newsstand.
For symphony orchestras, chamber music, choral groups and other classical music groups, see ORCHESTRA.
Lincoln Center is the world's largest cultural complex. It contains theaters, production companies such as the New York Philharmonic, and the Juilliard School. The Center was created in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III to bring together the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic companies in one location.
|Visitor Services Fax||875-5330|
|Programs/Services for Disabled||875-5380|
|Concert Halls Booking Info||875-5003|
|Gallery at Lincoln Center||580-4673|
|Lincoln Ctr Prints & Posters||875-5018|
Alice Tully Hall, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
|Tickets by Fax||875-5060|
Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
|Tickets by Fax||875-5027|
Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Metropolitan Opera House, at Columbus Ave. and 64th St.
Damrosch Park Band Shell, at 63rd St. & Amsterdam
Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St.
New York State Theater, 20 Lincoln Ctr Plaza
Home to the New York City Opera & New York City Ballet
Film Society of Lincoln Center
from 62nd to 66th Sts. between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.
Great Performers at Lincoln Center
Annual concert series. Call hotline for dates and times of events
Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St.
between Broadway and Amsterdam Aves.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Rehearsal Studio
Website includes performance schedules, Visitor Services and links to Resident Companies' sites.
Subway: 66th St (Lincoln Center, 1, 9)
|The smallest of the Lincoln Center auditoriums. Usually used for chamber music, the hall is frequently taken over for speeches and religious meetings. Seating Chart, The Lincoln Center Complex|
|1941 Broadway, Lincoln Center NY 10023 65th St.,||Tel 212-721-6500|
|Guided tours available; since 1891 the hall has been host to the world's greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists. Weill Recital Hall is at 154 W. 57th St. Carnegie Hall seats 2,800 and the smaller Weill Recital Hall seats 250. The building was designed by William Burnet Tuthill and opened to great fanfare from New York society who adored its European Renaissance-style architecture. Andrew Carnegie funded its construction and its artistic legacy is set in stone. The website has information on the hall including what's new and notable, tickets, and a concert calendar. Take a virtual tour. Seating Chart|
|881 Seventh Ave., Midtown NY 10019 at 57th St.,||Admin 212-903-9600|
|Reservations ( Dining ):||212-903-9689;||Subscription:||212-903-9700|
|Box office open M-Sa 11-18; Su 12-18;on day of shows,until start of show. In lobby of Carnegie Hall. Map|
|All types of live music. Check Village Voice for concert schedule.Tickets also available through Ticketmaster. Schedule of Performances|
|17 Irving Pl., Gramercy Park NY 10003 at 15th Street,||Box Office 212-777-6800|
|Box office open Mon.-Sat. noon-6 p.m. Map|
|Lincoln Center is the world's largest cultural complex. It contains a number of theaters & concert hall and is home to the Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic & the Juilliard School. Schedule of Performances|
|70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Lincoln Center NY 10023||Tel 212-875-5000|
|The Philharmonic was founded in 1842 and since then, has performed over 400 world premieres including the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F in 1925 & the Stravinsky Symphony in 3 Movements in 1945. At first, the orchestra was composed of only men. In the 1960s, women began to join and today, the balance between the sexes is almost equal. Orchestral performances from September to June. Schedule of Performances|
|10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Lincoln Center NY 10023||Tel 212-721-6500|
|With 278 seats this hall is home to performances by the Juilliard School of Arts. Seating Chart, Map of the Lincoln Center Complex, Schedule of Performances.|
|60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Lincoln Center NY||Information 212-799-0263|
|Rock concerts, holiday events, TV specials & the Rockettes grace the stage of this 6200-seat art deco theater. Under the guidance of Cablevision's Marc Lustberg, The Music Hall was recently renovated in order to preserve its beautiful architecture & decor, but new it enjoys some of the most modern sound, light & staging technology available. This building, designed by Edward Durell Stone, opened in 1932 & almost closed in 1978 until New Yorkers made it a landmark. Take a virtual tour & order tickets online at their website. Real tours available too. Click here to see a seating chart, here to see a map of Rockefeller Center & here to see a pictures from: 50th Street, 6th Avenue & the South East Corner. Schedule of Performances|
|1260 Sixth Ave., Rockefeller Center NY 10020 at 5oth St.,||Customer Services 212-632-4039|
|Box office at 50th St & Ave. of the Americas is open Mo-Sa 10-20 & Su 11-20. Map|
|Symphony Space offers a wide variety of performances from world music & symphonies to short story readings by film & stage stars. Schedule of Performances|
|2537 Broadway, Upper West Side NY 10025 95th St.,||Tel 212-864-5400|
|Box office open Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Map|
|With a variety of performances ranging from music & dance, to poetry readings & public forums, the 92nd Street Y is an important cultural hub of New York City. Seating Chart, Schedule of Performances>Schedule of Performances|
|1395 Lexington Ave., Carnegie Hill NY 10128||General Info 212-996-1100|
|This elegant, French-style mansion was built in 1914 for industrialist Henry Clay Frick, one of America's greatest art collectors. Inside, a rich collection of Western paintings, sculpture and decorative art graces the 16 exhibit galleries. Click here to see a schedule of performances.|
|1 E. 70th St., Lenox Hill NY 10021 betw Madison & Fifth Avenues,||Tel 212-288-0700|
|The Theater at Madison Square Garden seats up to 5,600 people; it is best known for the rock concerts held there, and now & again holds award shows such as VH1 & Fashion Awards. Seating Chart|
|Seventh Ave., West Village NY 10121 betw 33rd & 31st St,||Tel 212-465-6741|
|Temple Emanu-El is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world, containing a library of 12,000 books and media items on Jewish life and history, and The Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica. Visitors are welcome. Click here to see a schedule of performances.|
|1 E. 65th St., Lenox Hill NY 10021 Fifth Avenue,||Tel 212-744-1400|
|The only President born in New York City, "Teddie" lived here until he was 15 years old. The house was demolished in 1916, but the property was purchased after Roosevelt's death in 1919 and a replica of the home was built in its place. Today it contains five rooms furnished with period artifacts, two museum galleries and a bookstore.|
|28 E. 20th St., Flatiron District NY 10003||Tel 212-260-1616|
|Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm from Tuesday through Saturday. The House is closed on all Federal holidays. Map|
|This concert hall features musical performances: jazz, folk, classical. It was designed by McKim, Mead and White and opened in 1921. With a little over 1,000 seats, this space is intimate and the acoustics are great no matter where your seat is.|
|123 W. 43rd St., Theater District NY 10036 6th/7th Ave.,||Tel 212-840-2824|
|Hours vary according to performance schedule. Call for more info. Map|
|Theater, dance and music performances. The center is composed of two theaters. Theater 1 seats a little over 900 people and Theater 2 seats about 250.|
|199 Chambers St., Tribeca NY 10007 Greenwich Ave./West St..,||Tel 212-346-8500|
|Hours open depends on performance schedules. Call box office for show times. Map|
|Construction on this magnificent cathedral began in 1892, and to date the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine remains unfinished. The mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the cathedral also hosts a number of public programs, including concerts, dance recitals, readings, exhibits, a poetry program and public tours.|
|1047 Amsterdam Ave., Morningside Heights NY 10025 at 112th St.,||Admin 212-316-7490|
|General Info:||212-316-7540;||Tour Info:||212-932-7347|
|74 bells ranging from 10 to 41,000 pounds are played at noon on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.|
|91 Claremont Ave., Morningside Heights NY 10027 betw 120th & 122nd St,||Tel 212-222-5900|
|Call for services/concert schedules. The Carillon can be visited Su 12:30-16 with $1 admission. Map|
|Known for year-round classical musical concert calendar; architectural tours available for this landmark NYC church. Space rental for meetings of 10-10,000 people. Website very informative.|
|109 E. 50th St., Midtown NY 10022||Tel 212-378-0200|
|St. Bartholomew?s offers services of worship 7 days a week, 365 days a year Map|
|A church who finds itself in an interesting location...under a corner of the Citicorp Building! Known for it's Jazz Ministry & other performances. See website for details. Made it into Top Ten Guide to NYC '99's Top Ten Churches & Synagogues.|
|619 Lexington Ave., Midtown NY 10022||Tel 212-935-2200|
|Trinity Church has been a Manhattan landmark since before there was a Manhattan. It was established in 1697 by the charter of King William III, and today's Gothic Revival structure is actually the third building to be located here. Click here for a Location|
|74 Trinity Pl., Financial District NY 10006 Broadway & Wall St,||Tel 212-602-0800|