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.
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.