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Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Carnegie Hall presented
about 200 concerts in the 2008-2009 season, up 3 percent from the
previous year. Its stages were rented for an additional 600 events
in the 2008-2009 season. Carnegie Hall contains three distinct,
separate performance spaces: Isaac Stern AuditoriumCarnegie Hall's
main auditorium seats 2,804 on five levels. It was named for
violinist Isaac Stern in 1997. The Main Hall is enormously high,
and visitors to the top balcony must climb 137 steps. All but the
top level can be reached by elevator. The main hall was home to the
performances of the New York Philharmonic from 1892 until 1962.
Known as the most prestigious concert stage in the U.S., almost all
of the leading classical music, and more recently, popular music,
performers since 1891 have performed there. After years of heavy
wear and tear, the hall was extensively renovated in 1986 (see
below). Zankel Hall, which seats 599, is named for Judy and Arthur
Zankel. Originally called simply Recital Hall, this was the first
auditorium to open to the public in April 1891. Following
renovations made in 1896, it was renamed Carnegie Lyceum. It was
leased to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1898, converted
into a cinema around 1959, and was reclaimed for use as an
auditorium in 1997. The completely reconstructed Zankel Hall, which
is flexible and can be reconfigured in several different
arrangements, opened in the space in September 2003. Weill Recital
Hall, which seats 268, is named for Sanford I. Weill, the chairman
of Carnegie Hall's board, and his wife, Joan. This auditorium, in
use since the hall opened in 1891, was originally called Chamber
Music Hall (later Carnegie Chamber Music Hall); the name was
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