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Digital Annual Report

The 2016–2017 season was another exciting and defining year in Carnegie Hall’s storied history—a history that you help us write anew each and every year.

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Season Highlights | 125 Commissions Project | Digital Reach | Weill Music Institute
Ensemble Connect | SupportFinancials | Thank You


Once again, a Carnegie Hall festival was a major event on the cultural landscape. For two and a half weeks in February, La Serenissima: Music and Arts of the Venetian Republic celebrated the dazzling artistic legacy of the unique city-state. 

  • There were 13 concerts in Carnegie Hall featuring such artists as Jordi Savall, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Italiano, and others.
  • More than a dozen citywide partner institutions presented more than 18 events, including exhibitions, talks, films, and more.

Series curated by internationally acclaimed artists provided wonderful musical journeys for concertgoers throughout the year.

  • Steve Reich, the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, celebrated his 80th birthday by curating Three Generations, a four-concert series that explored the evolution of music from the mid–20th century to today.
  • Daniel Barenboim marked the 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut leading the Staatskapelle Berlin in a complete cycle of Bruckner’s numbered symphonies paired with music by Mozart, which he conducted from the keyboard.
  • Sir Simon Rattle returned for the second season of his two-year Perspectives series, including his final New York appearances as music director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. 



Digital Reach

Carnegie Hall’s mission of bringing the gift of music to the greatest number of people was served during the 2016–2017 season through myriad digital initiatives.

  • Carnegie Hall and WQXR-FM, in partnership with WFMT Radio Networks, launched the sixth year of the Carnegie Hall Live series with a broadcast of the Opening Night Gala. Listen On Demand
  • WQXR and Carnegie Hall also hosted live conversations on Twitter with participants using the hashtag #CHLive.
  • The partnership with medici.tv entered its third season with five webcasts that reached more than 1.7 million viewers. Watch On Demand
  • The Google Cultural Institute remained a vital part of Carnegie Hall’s digital programming with exhibitions that complemented the season’s programming and more. View Exhibit: "An Evening of Fashion & Music at Carnegie Hall"
  • Carnegie Hall’s dedication to sharing the transformative power of music was presented in “Because the Arts Matter,” a digital fundraising campaign on the Carnegie Hall website and social media channels.
  • Carnegie Hall entered its second season as an Apple Music curator. Apple Music subscribers listened to playlists that explored Carnegie Hall season programming, sampled rare historical recordings, and enjoyed guest-curated playlists.


Weill Music Institute

More than half a million people in New York City, across the US, and around the globe enjoyed a remarkable range of music education and social impact programs from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) during the 2016–2017 season. WMI’s national and international partnerships, New York City school and community initiatives, innovative offerings at Carnegie Hall, and online curricula, videos, and other resources spread the joy of music throughout the season.

Young Musicians

Social Impact

Family and Community

Students and Teachers





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Thank You

Thank you for joining us last year and imagining a future for Carnegie Hall that knows no walls, borders, or boundaries. Whether you attended a concert, engaged with the Hall online, participated in one of our programs, or supported our mission with a generous contribution, you were an invaluable part of our success. We look forward to building the future alongside you in 2018 and beyond.

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