The Beatles At Carnegie Hall

30 Nov

I recently strolled by Carnegie Hall while on my way to my dentist. This window caught my eye:

“What? The Beatles at Carnegie Hall?” I wondered. “I must learn more!”

According to the Carnegie Hall website:

Between performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made their Carnegie Hall debut, playing two 35-minute concerts on February 12, 1964. They never appeared at the Hall again. Until now.

From October 8 through December 17, the Fab Four return when Carnegie Hall presents The Beatles: Hidden Gallery, an exhibition in Zankel Hall of more than 30 recently discovered candid images of the seminal rock group, photographed in 1963 and 1964 by British photographer and award-winning cinematographer Paul Berriff. These intimate photographs—shot in England around the time of the group’s Carnegie Hall debut—showcase the young band on the cusp of super-stardom, just prior to the worldwide eruption of Beatlemania.

In 1963—when Berriff was only 16 years old—he was granted a coveted place on several backstage-pass lists by the managers of local Yorkshire theaters. In addition to The Beatles, he regularly found himself behind-the-scenes at numerous concerts, up close to many musicians of the day, including Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, and Queen. He returned to photograph The Beatles again in 1964. He captured many candid moments with the type of backstage access that later became impossible. As the group became more popular, photo shoots were restricted to a small cadre of pre-approved professional photographers.

Although it seems hard to believe, Berriff forgot about his photos and the negatives lay stored in a small box until he rediscovered them while clearing out his attic in 2009. Among them were nearly 40 images of The Beatles, seen by the public for the first time last year.

The exhibit is now open to ticketed audience members for all events in Zankel Hall through December 17.

In addition, the exhibit is open to the public on four consecutive Saturdays in November and December from 10:30 AM through 12:30 PM. Admission is free, with tickets available at the Box Office beginning at 10 AM each Saturday.

Saturday, November 26
Saturday, December 3
Saturday, December 10
Saturday, December 17

Hurry – one of the viewing days has passed – but there are 3 more…

This is what dreams are made of: “he rediscovered them while clearing out his attic in 2009.”

I can’t wait to go see these photographs.

Here’s more info:

October 8 – December 17
Zankel Hall: Parterre and Mezzanine Levels (open to patrons attending events in Zankel Hall)

Free public viewing (tickets required) on November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Free tickets will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office beginning at 10:00 AM each Saturday.

Carnegie Hall is located at:

881 Seventh Avenue @ West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

By the way, I have always loved this building.

Again, from the Carnegie Hall website:

Before Andrew Carnegie commissioned him to build one, New York City architect William Burnet Tuthill had never designed a concert hall. Clearly, his lack of experience was no detriment: not only did Tuthill conceive an elegant building, but his work also—and most notably—gave Carnegie Hall its legendary sound.”

You can read more about the architecture here.

Long before I ever dreamed of living in New York City, I had this poster, from a Chicago album box set

hanging on my bright yellow bedroom wall.

Right above my fish tank. 🙂

Little did I know back in 1976, that in my future I’d be walking past this grand building every time I’d go see my dentist!

But I do!

And Hubby and I will be at Carnege Hall, on one of these upcoming Saturdays, to view these Beatle photographs.

You can also learn more about the photographic collection here.

And, you can watch this short clip of photographer Paul Barreff discussing his images.




5 Responses to “The Beatles At Carnegie Hall”

  1. Hubby November 30, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Did somebody say “Beatles”??!!

    Nice story! Talk about cash in the attic! I’m looking forward to viewing the photos.

    • sallanscorner November 30, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      I am looking forward to going with you! How I wish one day I could open a box “from the attic” and find it to be full of some sort of treasure!!

  2. Jeff November 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Ok, I’m jealous!


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