Experience Cole Porter’s Beloved Piano, “High Society”

May 7, 2019 - January 2020

Please be advised: The piano will be temporarily off display from Thursday, Aug. 29Tuesday, Sept. 3.

We've got a delightful guest at New-York Historical: The 1907 Steinway piano that once belonged to Cole Porter. The American songsmith extraordinaire composed many of his classic tunes on these very ivories, including “Anything Goes,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” We're thrilled to be hosting the piano—nicknamed High Society—while its usual home, the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York, undergoes renovations.

To celebrate, we've got one more musical event in August: Multi-talented New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg will be playing a selection of Porter standards and other American classics in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History on Aug. 16, starting at 6:30 pm. Swing by and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime musical experience as you stroll around the Museum's ground floor during our Pay-what-you-wish Fridays Nights

Seating in the gallery is limited to 40 guests, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Standing is welcome.

In addition to the piano, another memorable artifact from the Waldorf Astoria collection will be on display: John F. Kennedy’s famed rocking chair from the lavish Presidential suite.

Anbang Insurance Group, owner of the world-renowned Waldorf Astoria New York, is collaborating with the New-York Historical Society on this installation.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor. 



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