A Brief History of DAR Constitution Hall

President Clinton



Ground was broken for DAR Constitution Hall on June 22, 1928. The cornerstone was laid by Mrs. Calvin Coolidge on October 30, 1928, using the trowel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone at the Capital in 1793. Mrs. Herbert Hoover was the guest speaker at the formal dedication on April 19, 1929. The first musical event in the hall was on November 2, 1929 and featured Anna Case, Efrem Zimbalist, Sophie Braslau, and Hans Barth.

Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended events at DAR Constitution Hall.

The National Symphony was founded at the Hall in 1930 and called it home for 41 years.

The National Geographic Film Series was presented at the Hall for over 40 years.

Until the 1950s the Hall had a glass ceiling and a view of the stars.

During World War II the DAR loaned their complex of buildings to the Red Cross to support the war effort.

The Hall has hosted numerous television events including the Country Music Association Awards, HBO Specials with Eddie Murphy and Whitney Houston, Jeopardy!, and the National Sports Awards.

Past Performers

Ali, Muhammad
Allen, Peter
Allen, Tim
Anderson, Harry
Anderson, Laurie
Anderson, Marian
Angely, Ernest
Anton, Susan
Armatrading, Joan
Arnold, Eddy
Arrau, Claudio
Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Atlanta Symphony
Avalon, Frankie
Aznavour, Charles
Bartoli, Cecelia
Bad Company
Baez, Joan
Bailey, Pearl
Baker, Anita
Ballet Folklorico De Mexico
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Beach Boys
Bee Gees
Belafonte, Harry
Benson, George
Big Bird
Bikel, Theodore
Bolshoi Ballet
Boston Symphony Orchestra
British Royal Philharmonic
Brokaw, Tom
Brown, James
Brown, Jackson
Buchwald, Art
Buffet, Jimmy
Caballe, Montserrat
Callas, Maria

Carlin, George
Carter, Betty
Chapin, Harry
Chapin-Carpenter, Mary
Charles, Ray
Clark, Roy
Clayderman, Richard
Cleveland Symphony
Cliburn, Van
Cole, Natalie
Collins, Judy
Colvin, Shawn
Cosby, Bill
Cronkite, Walter
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Dalai Lama
Dangerfield, Rodney
Davis, Betty
Davis, Sammy, Jr.
Denver, John
Detroit Symphony
Doobie Brothers
Dylan, Bob
Earth, Wind and Fire
Ellington, Duke
Ellington, Mercer
Fitzgerald, Ella
Fleetwood Mac
Ford Motor Company
Franklin, Aretha
Garcia, Jerry
Gillespie, Dizzy
Grant, Amy
Hamlisch, Marvin
Helsinki Philharmonic
Hope, Bob
Horne, Lena
Horne, Marilyn
Horowitz, Vladimir
Houston Symphony
Houston, Whitney
Ives, Burl
Japanese Symphony

Joel, Billy
John, Elton
Kawasaki Motors
Kenny G
King, B.B.
Korean Air
Knight, Gladys
Labelle, Patti
Leno, Jay
London Philharmonic
London Symphony
Menuhin, Yehudi
Moiseyev Dance Company
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Moscow Philharmonic
Mouskouri, Nana
National Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic
Nilsson, Birgit
Ormandy, Eugene
Pavorotti, Luciano
Philadelphia Symphony
Pittsburgh Symphony
Previn, Andre
Price, Leontyne
Pryor, Richard
Raitt, Bonnie
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Rogers, Kenny
Rostropovich, Miraslav
Rubenstein, Artur
Segovia, Andre
Sinatra, Frank
Sills, Beverly
Springsteen, Bruce
Stern, Isaac
Vienna Boys Choir
Virsky, Ukranian State Dance
White House
World Bank
Zappa, Frank

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