Grand Central’s sounds have remained mostly unchanged since it opened its doors: trains pulling in and out, departure announcements echoing through the concourse, and the ambient whisper and hustle of visitors enjoying the Terminal. We’re pleased to launch an official new soundtrack: music to accompany you wherever your journey takes you, on our brand new Spotify channel!
We’ve teamed up with some of the city’s most iconic musical performance institutions, such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to present the music of New York. Sure to perk up the ears of busy commuters, rushing New Yorkers, and visitors from all over the world, our curated playlists feature both contemporary and classical pieces in rapturous ode to the sounds that make this city great. Soon to come: themed playlists to help move you through your day, from your commute to the city, to hitting the gym at lunch, to shopping and a drink in the Terminal before your journey home.
To kick off the launch, we invite you to subscribe to this playlist of iconic piano music thoughtfully chosen by our collaborators at Steinway & Sons.
To find us, just search for the “Grand Central Terminal” profile on Spotify and subscribe, and choose the playlists that fit you best. We’ll be updating regularly to keep your journey fresh and in step with your life.
Steinway & Sons
Since 1853, Steinway & Sons has patented and crafted the finest collection of pianos, each made by hand. Each Steinway & Sons instrument is a masterpiece of artistry and a consummate work of art; every piano created has its own musical character and is as unique as the individual who plays it. Steinway & Sons’ Spotify playlist showcases diverse musical genres from across the globe and is delighted to collaborate with Grand Central Terminal to provide music for your journey — wherever it may take you.
For more than 60 years, Lincoln Center has been one of New York’s most iconic cultural landmarks—home to The Metropolitan Opera, The New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Lincoln Center’s Spotify playlist encompasses the full range of artistic expression exemplified on its stages year-round.
Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs through its Weill Music Institute, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists, and audiences. Carnegie Hall’s playlist showcases a snapshot of the 2020-2021 season’s highlights from the world’s greatest artists. Featuring some of the most magnificent orchestras, star conductors, virtuoso recitalists, brilliant jazz, pop, and folk artists, this playlist has something for everyone.
A program of The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. It showcases the diversity and richness of New York City’s music scene and selections from the Public Theater’s musical legacy. True to spirit, listeners to the Joe’s Pub playlist will be treated to lush covers, feel-good nostalgia rock, virtuosic gypsy jazz, salsa/funk/Caribbean fusion, and Carnatic grooves all once performed on the Joe’s Pub stage, as well as favorites from The Public’s musicals throughout the decades. It’s a feast for the ears.
With music at its core, the legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. This playlist features artists who’ve gotten their start or shined bright on the Apollo’s iconic stage.
The New School
Founded in 1919, The New School is a renowned institute of higher education dedicated to academic freedom, intellectual inquiry, and progressive scholarship. The New School is celebrated as a creative hub and leader in the advancement of new and experimental music across a range of styles and genres.
Radio City Music Hall
Home to the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall has hosted the best performances by some of the world’s greatest artists for nearly a century. A true New York City landmark, Radio City continues to inspire audiences with the wonders of live entertainment.
The Capitol Theater
Sit back and take a sonic journey into The Capitol Theatre’s hallowed ground. You’ll hear old favorites, classic tracks, and new music from artists who have rocked the venue’s legendary stage. Treat your ears to some tunes while you enjoy the ride to your next destination. Good vibes: guaranteed.