• Monday, Aug 22, 2011

    Carnegie Hall Opens 2011–2012 Season with Gala Benefit Concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra, led by Music Director Valery Gergiev, on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 PM 

    Concert Continues Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Year Celebration, Launching
    Month-Long Focus on Tchaikovsky, Who Conducted Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night in 1891

    All-Russian Program Includes Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Performing
    Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme
     

    Carnegie Hall opens its 2011–2012 season with a gala benefit concert featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra, Music Director Valery Gergiev, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The all-Russian program includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring guest soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The concert continues Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary year celebration, launching an October focus on St. Petersburg and Tchaikovsky—the great Russian composer who made his American debut conducting Carnegie Hall’s very first opening night in 1891—with events at Carnegie Hall and throughout New York City through partnerships with several other cultural organizations.

    The black tie Opening Night Gala event is co-chaired by Mercedes and Sid Bass; Yoko Nagae Ceschina; Frederick Iseman; Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis; Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer / Tishman Speyer; Joan and Sanford I. Weill; and Ann Ziff. Honorary chairmen include The Honorable John R. Beyrle, Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation, and His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. For the eighth consecutive season, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the Opening Night Gala sponsor. The gala benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs and includes a dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert. Gala benefit tickets—priced at $5000, $2500, and $1500—include premier concert seating and the post-concert dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria. Benefit tickets, priced at $1000, include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.

    A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $49–$154, are currently available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.

    Following their Opening Night performance, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Maestro Gergiev return for four additional concerts, October 6–11, which include a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies and the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with guest soloist Daniil Trifonov, Grand Prize Winner of this summer’s XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. These concerts anchor “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg,” the extended anniversary focus on the composer, which, in addition to music, explores his influence on the culture and artists of St. Petersburg, Russia, with additional events throughout the city. Partners for “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg” include The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Musica Sacra at the The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York City Ballet, New York Public Library, The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, and Sotheby’s auction house.

    Click here to watch an interview with Valery Gergiev on Tchaikovsky, as he reveals the importance of understanding the theatricality in Tchaikovsky's symphonies.


    Program Information
    Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA
    OPENING NIGHT GALA

    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
    Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

    CARNEGIE HALL’S OPENING NIGHT GALA

    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33
    NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Op. 35

    Opening Night Gala Sponsor: PwC

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Gala Benefit tickets, priced at $5000, $2500, and $1500, include concert seating and the post-concert dinner in The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom; those priced at $1000 include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.

    A limited number of concert tickets priced $49–$154 are now available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.
     


     
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