50 | / ći da po tom kriterijumu prednjači u odnosu na moderniji Linkoln centar , koji je obgrlio institucije kao što suNjujorška filharmonija, Metropoliten opera i Njujorški balet. Ali koliki jeputkoji trebadapređe muzičardabi uopštestigaodoglavne dvoraneKarnegi hola?O tome govori urbana legenda prerasla u vic, koji jepotomdoživeobezbroj verzija. Glasine kažu da je pešak na 57. ulici zaustavio JašuHajfeca i upitao ga: „Da li bistemimogli reći kakodadođemdo Karnegi hola?“. „Mogu“, odgovorio je violinista, „vežbajte“. Ova šala postala je deo folklora... Kao da je isti savet poslušala i Beogradska filharmonija kada je 2014. godine uspela da dođe do istorijskog nastupa u ovoj dvorani. Zamislite samo kako je bilo našim muzičarima, prvojgeneracijifilharmoničarakoji sunastupili naameričkom kontinentuugotovo stogodišnjoj tradiciji institucije, danapokonugledaju plakat svog orkestra na zgradi čuvenog Karnegija! Tog zlatnog oktobra, finale prve američke turneje u istoriji orkestra bilo je upravo tu, na svetom mestu svakog muzičara. Koncert je otpočeo intoniranjem srpskehimne, aovacije svetskepublikedugonisudozvolileBeogradskoj filharmoniji da siđe sabine Šternauditorijuma. Malo je drugih uspeha koji su uspeli da zasene ovaj. To je jednostavnoKarnegi hol – If you canmake it there, you’ll make it anywhere... TheCarnegieHallbuilding,despitebeing among the lowest in Midtown NewYork, preserves within its walls morethanacenturyandaquarterof American andworld history. This fact exudes fromeachof itsbricks, the rstofwhichwas laid in 1890, during a time when wealthy people had splendidvisions. And thus AndrewCarnegiecreatedabuilding thatwould, over time, becomeavibrant andpulsatingarchiveof the world’s most important events, and not just in themusic world. Imagine how it all began, when the grand opening ceremony in 1891 was conducted by none other than Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky! After that came only ever more famous names and historical events. Dvořák’s New WorldSymphonyhad itsworldpremierehere; RichardStraussconductedhisSymphoniaDomesticaandGustavMahlerhid SymphonyNo. 2. Performanceswere givenbyArthur Rubinstein, PabloCasals, JaschaHeifetz, EnricoCaruso,VladimirHorowitz, LeonardBernstein, Isaac Stern, Maria Callas... the list is extremely long. But“Carnegie”isknown inparticular foropening its doors to all styles and cultures. That’s how its history came to include the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, CharlieParker, EllaFitzgerald, BillyHoliday, all theway to theBeatles, BobDylan, Led Zeppelin, FrankZappa, theRollingStonesand DavidBowie. And that’snot all! Speakershere have also includedWinston Churchill,WoodrowWilsonandTheodoreRoosevelt,withtopics addressed such as women’s voting rights, whileChaplinhada lmpremiere, Einsteinreceived amedal andHemingway spoke at the AmericanWriters’Congress. However, let’snotfoolourselvesintothinkingthat everythingwent smoothly.Thebuildingwas theseatof theNewYorkPhilharmonic until 1962, when the orchestrawas relocated to the newly built Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall was threatenedwith demolition and theconstructionof a skyscraper.Through the e orts of violinist Isaac Stern and other musicians brought together by him, a law was passed that saved Carnegie Hall. It was taken over by the City of NewYork, after which a non-pro t corporationwas foundedwith the aim of further managing the hall. As a thank you to the famous violinist, the main hall of thisbuildingwas later renamed theSternAuditorium. Thisbeautyof ahall, housed inabuilding close toCentral Park, has 2,804 seats. Enticing redsatinseating is arrangedon ve levels. It is extremely high, and if you nd yourself seatedon the topbalcony, youwill have to negotiate 137 steps. And even if you are sitting so high up, perfect acoustics will enable you to hear everything as if you were right in front of the stage. It is precisely the high quality of sound that sets this hall apart, and in terms of that criterion it could be said to be superior to themoremodern LincolnCenter, which has been “embraced” by institutions like the NewYorkPhilharmonic, theMetropolitanOpera and the NewYork Ballet. But how far is the route that a musician has to take to even reach the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall? There is an urban legend about this, which grew into a joke that has sincemorphed into countless versions. It is rumoured that a pedestrian on 57th Street stopped JaschaHeifetz andasked“Couldyou tellmehowtoget toCarnegieHall?”,“I can,”repliedtheviolinist,“Practise!”This jokebecame part of folklore... It is as though the Belgrade PhilharmonicOrchestraheededthesameadvicewhen itmanaged tomake its historic appearance inthishall in2014. Just imaginehow it was for our musicians, the rst generation of Belgrade philharmonic musicians to performontheAmericancontinent inthealmost 100-year traditionof this institution, to nally see a poster of their orchestra on the famous Carnegie! That golden October, the nale of the rst American tour in the history of this orchestra was right here in the Holy Grail of every musician. The concert began with an intonation of the Serbian national anthem, and the standing ovations of the international audience prevented the Belgrade Philharmonic’s artists from leaving the stage of the Stern auditorium for a long time. There are fewother successes that have succeeded in overshadowing this one. That’s simply Carnegie Hall – If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere ... Beogradska filharmonija u Karnegi holu The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall