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The Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall’s 119th Season

Susan and Ed Forst
Myra and Robert Kraft

Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala on Thursday, October 1, 2009 was attended by more than 600 guests and raised $3 million to directly support Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programming.

The gala included a pre-concert reception in the Rohatyn Room at Carnegie Hall; a concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniele Gatti with pianist Evgeny Kissin and harpist Ann Hobson Pilot; and a post-concert dinner in the Grand Ballroom at The Waldorf=Astoria.

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The Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall’s 119th Season.  Daniele Gatti conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring Evgeny Kissin, pianist.

Daniele Gatti conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Evgeny Kissin.

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1. On Thursday, October 1, 2009, Carnegie Hall opened its 119th season with a gala concert featuring conductor Daniele Gatti and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.
2. Opening Night Gala Chairs Robert and Myra Kraft, and Susan and Ed Forst with Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director, Clive Gillinson
3. Barbara Walters and Carnegie Hall Trustee Oscar de la Renta
4. Alexandra Lebethal, Muffie Potter Aston, and Gillian Miniter
5. Suzie and Bruce Kovner
6. Adrienne Vittadini and Marie-Josée Kravis with Carnegie Hall Trustee and Special Events Committee Chairman Laura Pomerantz
7. Lynn Nesbit and Barry Diller
8. Kenneth and Anna Zankel
9. Carnegie Hall Trustee Judy Francis Zankel, journalist Paula Zahn, and New York’s First Lady, Michelle Paige Paterson
10. Daniele Gatti conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
11. Conductor Daniele Gatti
12. Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot performs John Williams’s On Willows and Birches with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

13. Pianist Evgeny Kissin performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor.
14. Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf=Astoria.
15. Seren Ceylan and Carnegie Hall Notable Michael Shvo
16. Pianist Evgeny Kissin and Adrienne Arsht
17. Lloyd Blankfein and Len Blavatnik with Carnegie Hall Trustee Frederick Iseman
18. New York Region Managing Partner Brendan Dougher with guests of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Opening Night Gala Sponsor
19. Chairman of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees Sanford Weill and Joan Weill
20. Tina Lundgren, Carnegie Hall Trustee Terry J. Lundgren, and journalist Paula Zahn
21. Journalist Charlie Rose and Carnegie Hall Trustee Nicola Bulgari
22. Director Mike Nichols and Journalist Diane Sawyer
23. Barbara Walters, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and Carnegie Hall Trustee Mercedes T. Bass
24. Opening Night Gala Chairmen, sponsors, artists and Carnegie Hall Trustees

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Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall’s 118th Season