Carnegie Hall burst onto the international stage when Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky—the world's most illustrious and popular musician—stepped out to conduct at its first Opening Night in 1891.
In our Opening Night Gala for the 2011–2012 season and throughout the month of October, we focus on Tchaikovsky himself. Valery Gergiev and his great Mariinsky Orchestra bring their special sound to performances of the composer's symphonies, one through six, as well as music by his remarkable successors. And delve into aspects of Tchaikovsky's influences on other St. Petersburg artists—from Balanchine to Fabergé—at our partner organizations.
In this video, Maestro Gergiev reveals the importance of understanding the theatricality in Tchaikovsky's symphonies.
Carnegie Hall's 2011–2012 Season: Gergiev on