Performance Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 7 PM

Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The dynamic Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony of Venezuela open Carnegie Hall’s 2016–2017 season with music for the dance. Ravel’s La valse, commissioned by impresario Sergei Diaghilev, is a lushly scored waltz that morphs into a whirling dance of death. There was a riot when Le sacre du printemps, also commissioned by Diaghilev, premiered in 1913, but the savage rhythms and startling dissonance that pushed that audience to fury now drives audiences to their feet as they spontaneously stand and cheer this undisputed 20th-century masterpiece. This is a gala evening you will never forget.


  • Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor


  • RAVEL La valse
  • STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps
  • Selected dances from around the world


STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps
Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor | Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Gala Leadership

Gala Lead Chairmen
Mercedes T. Bass
Hope and Robert F. Smith 

Gala Chairmen Committee
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Sana H. Sabbagh
Beatrice Santo Domingo
Margaret and Ian Smith 

Corporate Chairman
Dennis M. Nally
Retired Chairman,
PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.  





Gala Details

5:30 PM  
Cocktail Reception
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall
7 PM  
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
8:30 PM  
Dinner and Dancing
Grand Ballroom, Waldorf Astoria
Black Tie

Gala Benefit Tickets
Gala benefit tickets include prime concert seating and the option of attending either a pre-concert Cocktail Reception in the Rohatyn Room ($1,000 per person), or post-concert Dinner and Dancing in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria (individual tickets starting at $1,500 and tables starting at $15,000). All ticket and table prices include a partially tax-deductible donation. 

Please reserve online via the link on the upper-right-hand corner of this page or contact the Special Events office at 212-903-9679. Please note that exact concert and seated dinner assignments will not be determined until the month of the event. We regret that Gala Benefit tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged. 

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

Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC
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