The historic 843-seat Music Hall, erected in 1885 by chocolate manufacturer William Wallace, is the oldest theater in Westchester County and one of only 6% of theaters in the United States built before 1900. 2010 marks the Music Hall’s 125th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of its rescue from the wrecking ball.
The Music Hall was built during Tarrytown’s “Millionaire’s Colony” era. Notable Tarrytown residents such as the Goulds, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts were patrons of the Music Hall, participating in its elaborate flowers shows, balls, and entertainment. Designed by distinguished architects Theodore DeLemos and August Cordes who also built New York City’s Grand Central Palace and the Macy’s building at Herald Square, the Music Hall’s facade is considered to be one of the finest examples of Queen Anne decorative brickwork in the county. The Music Hall was one of the first theaters to show silent films in 1901 and was the venue for several national causes, including women’s suffrage in 1915. Antonin Dvorak, Rafael Jossefy, Mae West, and Woodrow Wilson are among the first performers and speakers to grace the Music Hall stage.
Concert goers have always been treated to a wonderful experience at the Music Hall due to its excellent acoustics. Notable artists and groups who have performed and/or recorded in the Music Hall since 1980 include Joan Baez, Lewis Black, Chris Botti, David Bromberg, Dave Brubeck, The Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Savion Glover & TiDii, Nanci Griffith, Lionel Hampton, The Hubbard Street Dance Co., Kim Hunter, Joe Jackson, Lyle Lovett, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tito Puente, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Regan, Chita Rivera, Sonny Rollins, Lea Salonga, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Tesh, Richard Thompson, Gwen Verdon, Rufus Wainwright, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, and Dan Zanes to name just a few.
Smooth Jazz fans will notate Friday, June 1, 2012, when Fourplay will give their concert in this Music Hall.
Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St, Tarrytown, New York 10591