Carnegie Hall's Opening Night concert, scheduled for tonight—Wednesday, October 2—has regrettably been cancelled due to a strike by Carnegie Hall's stagehands, represented by IATSE / Local One (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).
Carnegie Hall has been engaged in talks with its stagehands for some time, working toward a new contract. Our disagreement has been centered on future operations of our new Education Wing and issues related to union jurisdiction within these facilities, created within the building's upper floors to house Carnegie Hall's expanding music education and community programs.
We're committed to resolving this issue and reaching an equitable agreement as quickly as possible, as we continue to transform our building to better meet our expanding public service mission. As these new spaces will not open until fall 2014, we urged the stagehands to continue our conversation. We're therefore disappointed that they nonetheless chose to strike at this time.
Information for Ticketholders:Our Opening Night performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra will unfortunately not be rescheduled. Concertgoers who purchased tickets with a credit card will receive automatic refunds. Those who purchased tickets with cash should call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.
The scheduled Opening Night Gala dinner, benefiting Carnegie Hall's artistic and educational programs, will still take place for gala patrons at The Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom, beginning at 6 PM.
Please note that all future performances currently remain on Carnegie Hall's schedule, pending resolution of this work stoppage. Ticketholders are encouraged to check carnegiehall.org for the most up-to-date information.
Ticketholders can direct all questions to CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.
Carnegie Hall sincerely regrets any inconvenience that this strike has caused its artists, valued concertgoers, and everyone with whom we work. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to Carnegie Hall soon.