The Music Hall at Snug Harbor is the second oldest existing concert hall in New York City, second to Carnegie Hall only by a few months. Remaining true to the Greek Revival tradition, the Music Hall is marked by its mighty ionic columns and harmonious architectural elements. However, due to its round-arched doorways and windows, second-story bands of windows, and the articulation of wall surfaces, the Music Hall design could be more accurately described as Beaux-Arts or Renaissance Revival.
The interior of the Music Hall, encourages a marriage between an ancient Roman architectural tradition, the proscenium arch, and the Greek myth of Orpheus. The proscenium arch has a dual nature, that is both functional and decorative. Functionally, the arch restricts viewers from seeing behind the scenes. Decoratively, the arch tells the story of Orpheus, the mythological Greek poet, musician, or “father of songs.”
In May of 2012, the Music Hall hosted nine-time Grammy Award winner, Norah Jones. Her performance was not only a precursor to her North American tour for Little Broken Hearts, it was the perfect kick-off for Snug Harbor’s year-long celebration of 120 years of the Music Hall.
Following the highly successfully, Norah Jones concert, the Music Hall hosted the British band, the xx, where visitors experienced innovative and pulsing sounds complimented by dazzling set designs. Their powerfully modern instrumentals were reflected on the exterior of the Music Hall through a light show.