Carnegie Hall Celebrates Its 125th Birthday with Scotland Sweepstakes

We are happy to be working with Carnegie Hall this year as a sponsor of the parade. Andrew Carnegie is one of the Great Scots that built America, and to be working with his legacy is a very proud moment for us. We look forward to a long and wonderful relationship with them.

Throughout its 2015–2016 season, Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary of its opening. Carnegie Hall is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s New York Tartan Day Parade, as a salute to Andrew Carnegie’s heritage. As part of the season long celebration, Carnegie Hall is sending one lucky couple back to where its founder was born, the beautiful town of Dunfermline, Scotland.

The online contest can be accessed by visiting

The grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare for two from Newark / New York to Edinburgh, Scotland, courtesy of United Airlines®
  • Complimentary three-night stay at The Balmoral, a luxurious hotel in the heart of Edinburgh
  • Private tour of the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline
  • Brunch with Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi

<br\>The contest closes April 30, and the winner will be randomly selected on May 5, 2016—the 125th anniversary of Carnegie Hall’s opening.

About Carnegie Hall

Since it opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest artists. From Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, and Bartók to George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, and The Beatles, music-making by a long list of artists representing the best of every genre has filled Carnegie Hall over the years. The Hall’s unique history has grown out of its stunning acoustics, the beauty of its three concert halls, and its location in New York City, where it has played a central role in elevating the city into one of the world’s great cultural capitals.

Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was inspired to build Carnegie Hall by his new wife, Louise, who sang in the Oratorio Society of New York. While on a honeymoon cruise to Scotland in 1887, Louise along with Walter Damrosch—conductor of the New York Symphony Society and Oratorio Society, also on his way to Europe—asked Carnegie to create a new home for music in New York City. The hall was designed by William Burnet Tuthill, a professional architect and cellist (and fellow Oratorio Society member), who had never built a concert hall before.

When the Hall’s cornerstone was laid in 1890, Carnegie proclaimed that “it is probable that this Hall will intertwine itself with the history of our country.” This was true from the start when it opened on May 5, 1891 with a spectacular concert featuring famed Russian composer Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, conducting his own music in his American debut. Since then, its walls have echoed with applause not only for the greatest classical, jazz, and popular musicians, but also for the foremost comedians, authors, social crusaders, world figures, and orators of our time.

It seems inconceivable now that Carnegie Hall, having fallen into disrepair in the late 1950s, was once slated for demotion. The building was saved only when bought in 1960 by the City of New York after a major campaign led by renowned violinist Isaac Stern and key civic leaders. The Hall was soon designated as a National Historic Landmark, and, after a series of significant building-wide renovations over the last thirty years, has been rejuvenated and transformed into one of the greatest homes for music and music education in the world today.

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