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This Day in the Arts: May 5

1891:

The Music Hall in New York (now known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky appearing as guest conductor.

1901:

Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Blind Willie McTell is born in Thomson, Georgia; one of his most famous songs, “Statesboro Blues,” has been recorded by artists such as Taj Mahal and The Allman Brothers Band.


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