Performance Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 7 PM

Carnegie Hall's
Opening Night Gala
New York Philharmonic

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Here’s an opening night at Carnegie Hall you will remember all your life. In what is indeed a gala event, Evgeny Kissin joins the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert for Tchaikovsky’s immortal Piano Concerto No. 1 to launch the 2015–2016 season. Gilbert and the orchestra also perform the world premiere of a Carnegie Hall commission by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg and Ravel’s sumptuously orchestrated Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.


  • New York Philharmonic
    Alan Gilbert, Music Director and Conductor
  • Evgeny Kissin, Piano


  • MAGNUS LINDBERG Vivo (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
  • RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2


TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 (Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso—Allegro con spirito)
Herbert von Karajon, Conductor | Evgeny Kissin, Piano | Berliner Philharmoniker
Deutsche Grammophon

Carnegie Hall is delighted to open our 125th Anniversary season with a thrilling evening of classical works and a world premier performed by the fantastic New York Philharmonic and piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin under the baton of Alan Gilbert. This landmark performance will be followed by an elegant black-tie gala dinner on Carnegie Hall's Weill Terrace and Terrace Room above the concert hall.

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 Weill Terrace (starting at $6,000 per person) and Weill Terrace Room ($3,000 per person).

Please reserve online via the upper-right-hand link 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. Early reservations are encouraged as dinner seating availability is limited. 

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



Gala Chairs

Gala Lead Chairman
Beatrice Santo Domingo

Gala Chairmen
Mercedes T. Bass
Annette de la Renta
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
Marie-Josèe and Henry Kravis
The Marc Haas Foundation
Sana H. Sabbagh
Lauren and Andrès Santo Domingo
Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
Hope and Robert F. Smith
Margaret and Ian Smith
Joan and Sanford I. Weill 

Gala Details

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

Black Tie
Perspectives: Evgeny Kissin
PriceWaterhouseCoopers 60x100 extra header space GIF
Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC
Major support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
This performance is part of Perspectives: Evgeny Kissin.

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