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
In this video, Maestro Gergiev reveals the importance of
understanding the theatricality in Tchaikovsky's symphonies.
Carnegie Hall's 2011–2012 Season: Gergiev on