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Send in Your Story to Help Carnegie Hall Celebrate 125 Years


If only these walls could talk! In celebration of its 125th anniversary, performers and the public are invited to submit their favorite Carnegie Hall stories through a simple form at The website will act as a digital collage displaying how Carnegie Hall has shaped the lives of people of all different ages, cultures, and musical backgrounds and in turn, how those people have contributed to Carnegie Hall’s legacy.

Visitors to the site can share and enjoy stories in five different categories: fondest memory; first visit; most inspiring experience; most unusual experience; and favorite concert. Those contributing stories can be as creative as they like in uploading their own stories, which can include, but are not limited to, a range of original content created through YouTube and Soundcloud. Throughout this summer and the 2015-2016 season, curated stories-of-the-week will be featured on Carnegie Hall’s blog and social media channels.

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