Performance Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 7 PM

Carnegie Hall’s
Opening Night Gala
Berliner Philharmoniker

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The legendary Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, opens Carnegie Hall’s 2014–2015 season in a thrilling concert of Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Symphonic Dances, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Anne-Sophie Mutter, and the electrifying closing scenes from Stravinsky’s Firebird.


  • Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin


  • RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances
  • BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
  • STRAVINSKY Closing Scenes from The Firebird


Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances (Lento assai)
Berliner Philharmoniker | Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor

At a Glance

Tonight’s concert features three masterworks in the Romantic tradition: a virtuosic violin concerto from the mid-19th century and two Russian works from the 20th. Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 represents the lyricism, spontaneity, and organic structure we immediately associate with the Romantic sensibility. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and the final scenes from Stravinsky’s Firebird demonstrate the unusual, often spectacular things that can happen when a 19th-century aesthetic is thrown into a 20th-century context and powered by a modern orchestra. Completed in 1910, The Firebird is Stravinsky’s resplendent goodbye to the Rimsky-Korsakov tradition of his youth before his plunge into the modernism of Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, though premonitions of both these ballets can be found in the rhythmic and harmonic innovations of The Firebird’s final pages. In the haunting nostalgia of the Symphonic Dances, from 30 years later, Rachmaninoff demonstrates his unbending loyalty to 19th-century Russian sensibility. Indeed, the Symphonic Dances are arguably the last authentic Romantic work in the Russian symphonic tradition.

Gala Details

Gala Lead Chairman
Marina Kellen French


Gala Chairmen
Mercedes T. Bass
Annette and Oscar de la Renta
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis
The Marc Haas Foundation
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert
Beatrice Santo Domingo
Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
Margaret and Ian Smith
S. Donald Sussman
Joan and Sanford I. Weill 


5:30 PM  
Cocktail Reception
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall
7 PM  
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
8:30 PM  
Gala Dinner
Weill Terrace and Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall

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The Opening Night of our 2014-2015 season heralds a new chapter in Carnegie Hall's illustrious history. With the upcoming opening of the Resnick Education Wing, a state-of-the-art center for music education and home to the Weill Music Institute, music will now resound in every Carnegie Hall building.

We commence this historic moment by celebrating our Gala Dinner on the Weill Terrace and Terrace Room. To put a brilliant artistic mark on the evening, we welcome the legendary Berliner Philharmoniker - conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter - back to the Carnegie Hall stage for its first Opening Night appearance in over a decade.


Gala Benefit Tickets
Gala benefit tickets include prime concert seating and the option of attending either a pre-concert reception ($1,250 per person) or a post-concert dinner in Carnegie Hall's new Weill Terrace and Terrace Room (starting at $3,000 per person).

Please reserve online via the link on the upper right corner of this page or contact the Special Events office at 212-903-9679. Please note that exact concert and dinner seating assignments will not be determined until the month of the event.

Opening Night Gala benefit tickets directly support Carnegie Hall's artistic and education programs.

Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC
The Carnegie Hall presentations of the Berliner Philharmoniker are made possible by a leadership gift from Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.
This performance is part of Non-Subscription Events, and Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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