CARNEGIE HALL CELEBRATES ITS 120TH BIRTHDAY WITH
BENEFIT CONCERT BY THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
ALAN GILBERT ON THURSDAY, MAY 5 AT 7:00 PM
Anniversary Concert Features Guest Soloists
Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Audra McDonald
Will Be Recorded for May 31 National Television Broadcast on
Broadcast in New York on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR
Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall, which
opened its doors for the first time on May 5, 1891,
celebrates its 120th anniversary with an all-star gala
benefit concert featuring the
Philharmonic under the baton of Music
Joining them will be pianist
as guest soloists in Beethoven's Triple Concerto, and
performing songs of Duke Ellington. Rounding out the program
will be Dvorák's
Overture and Gershwin's
An American in Paris, which had its premiere at
Carnegie Hall in 1928.
The Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Gala Concert will be
recorded for nationwide broadcast on PBS by THIRTEEN for
Performances on May 31, 2011. Classical 105.9 FM
WQXR in New York will also broadcast the concert and stream
it online at
wqxr.org at 8:00 p.m. EST.
In addition, saluting Carnegie Hall's 120th birthday, the
top of New York City's iconic Empire State Building will be
lit "Carnegie Hall red" on Tuesday evening, May 5.
The black-tie 120th Anniversary Concert Gala Benefit is
Mercedes and Sid R. Bass. Gala co-chairmen include Suzie and
Bruce Kovner, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Tina and Terry
Lundgren, and Annette and Oscar de la Renta. Honorary
chairmen include Sanford I. Weill, James D. Wolfensohn, and
Richard A. Debs. The gala will benefit Carnegie Hall's
artistic and education programs and includes a dinner-dance
at The Plaza with the artists following the concert. The
Gala Dinner-Dance will start at approximately 9:00 p.m. Gala
benefit tickets priced at $5000, $2500, and $1500?include
premier concert seating and the post-concert dinner at The
Plaza. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling
212-903-9679 or visiting
A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced from
$50?$180 are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by
calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800.
Carnegie Hall's 120th Anniversary Celebration
The Music Hall, founded by Andrew Carnegie, opened its doors
on May 5, 1891, and Carnegie Hall (as it was officially
renamed in the 1894?1895 season) celebrates its 120th
anniversary all year long with a number of special concerts
and events. Carnegie Hall launches its year-long celebration
with a special gala concert on
Tuesday, April 12: a one-night-only event hosted by
renowned singer/songwriter James Taylor and his special
guests Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Kevin
Pollak, Dianne Reeves, and Sting. All will pay tribute to
the Hall?' illustrious history, highlighting many of the
extraordinary musical and cultural events that have taken
place on its legendary stages over twelve decades.
Also in April, Harper Collins, in partnership with Carnegie
Treasures, a book by Pulitzer
Prize-winning music writer Tim Page, which tells the story
of Carnegie Hall's diverse lineage. Featuring more than 200
rare photographs and 30 removable facsimiles of collectible
memorabilia, the narrative recounts memorable appearances by
the many notable actors, dancers, writers, and public
figures to grace the stage in the past 120 years.
Extending into the 2011?2012 season, three fascinating
themes will provide context for Carnegie Hall's year-long
120th anniversary celebration: a focus on Pyotr Ilych
Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg, a look at New York at the
turn of the century, and an exploration of great classical
works written during the period in which Carnegie Hall was
The opening concerts of the 2011?2012 season will
appropriately focus on Tchaikovsky, the conductor/composer
who made his American conducting debut on the very first
opening night program May 5, 1891. Carnegie Hall's Opening
Night Gala on October 5, 2011 will feature one of St.
Petersburg's greatest cultural treasures the Mariinsky
Orchestra, led by Music Director Valery Gergiev, in a
program to include works by Tchaikovsky, as well as
Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. Maestro Gergiev and the
orchestra will perform four additional October concerts,
bringing their special sound to performances of
Tchaikovsky's symphonies, one through six, as well as music
by his successors.
Additional events focusing on Tchaikovsky and St. Petersburg
include a Carnegie Hall Discovery Day, a chamber concert by
Ensemble ACJW, and soprano Anna Netrebko in her New York
recital debut. Audiences will also be invited to delve into
aspects of Tchaikovsky's influences on other St. Petersburg
artists from Balanchine to Fabergé through presentations by
partner institutions, including The Harriman Institute at
Columbia University, The New York Public Library, Sotheby's,
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, The School of American
Ballet at Lincoln Center, and New York City Ballet, among
Complementing this look at Tchaikovsky and St. Petersburg,
leading museums around the city including The Morgan Library
and Museum, Museum of the City of New York, and The New-York
Historical Society will examine New York City at the turn of
the century through exhibits, lectures, and panel
discussions. A Carnegie Hall Discovery Day in November will
explore Carnegie Hall and its place in the history of New
York City. In addition, throughout the season, audiences are
invited to visit Carnegie Hall's newly refurbished
exhibition on the history of the Hall with more than 100 new
items on display in its Rose Museum. A complete schedule of
events at Carnegie Hall and partner institutions will be
announced in summer 2011.
Much of the breathtaking music heard at Carnegie Hall was
created in one astonishing era the era into which Carnegie
Hall was born. Beginning with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
of 1888 and leading up to the outbreak of World War I,
remarkable composers from around the world provided an
unprecedented outpouring of music. Throughout 2011-2012,
artists and ensembles will highlight works from this period
on their Carnegie Hall programs. The focus will feature
masterworks by Bruckner, Debussy, Dvorák, Mahler, Scriabin,
Sibelius, Strauss, Stravinsky, Wolf, and more.
Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Audra McDonald, Vocalist
Overture, Op. 92
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56
DUKE ELLINGTON "Solitude"
DUKE ELLINGTON "Sophisticated Lady"
DUKE ELLINGTON "On a Turquoise Cloud"
DUKE ELLINGTON "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That
An American in
Concert Tickets: $50?$180 (limited availability)
Gala Tickets: $5000, $2500, $1500
The television broadcast of this concert is supported by S.
Donald Sussman, with additional support to Carnegie Hall
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Major support for the
Performances broadcast is provided by The
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the National
Endowment for the Arts, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable
Trust, the Irene Diamond Fund, the Arlene and Milton D.
Berkman Philanthropic Fund, the Lillian Goldman Programming
Endowment, Victor and Sono Elmaleh, Vivian Milstein, the
Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation,
Joseph A. Wilson, and PBS, with additional funding in memory
of Virginia and Leonard Marx.
America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.