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Carnegie Hall Celebrates the Holidays with Festive Musical Offerings

Steven Reineke and The New York Pops
Joined by Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti
Perform a Special Program of
Holiday Favorites on December 17

New York String Orchestra
is Led by Jaime Laredo in its
Annual December 24 Concert

Photo by Richard Termine

(New York, NY, November 18, 2021)— Carnegie Hall celebrates the holiday season with two special programs this December. On Friday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. Tony Award winner Laura Benanti joins The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke offering a festive program of traditional carols and contemporary classics including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Special guests on the program include Benanti’s parents Linda Benanti and Martin Vidnovic as well as friends and collaborators Kate Mangiameli and Brandon Michael Nase.

The New York String Orchestra, an ensemble of remarkable young players from around the world who come together each December for a seminar of rehearsals and performance preparation, is conducted by Jaime Laredo for their annual Christmas Eve concert at Carnegie Hall. On Friday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., the program features Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro; Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, K. 136; Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings; and J. S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 featuring Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel (a current fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and winner of the Robert Frederick Smith Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition).

About Carnegie Hall

Since it opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest artists. From Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Mahler, and Bartók to George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, and The Beatles, music making by a long list of artists representing the best of every genre has filled Carnegie Hall over the years. The Hall’s unique history has grown out of its stunning acoustics, the beauty of its three concert halls, and its location in New York City, where it has played a central role in helping to elevate the city into one of the world’s great cultural capitals.

Carnegie Hall presents a wide range of performances each season on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and innovative Zankel Hall—including concert series curated by acclaimed artists and composers; citywide festivals featuring collaborations with leading NYC cultural institutions; orchestral performances, chamber music, new music concerts, and recitals; and the best in jazz, global, and popular music. Many concerts each season are heard by listeners worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live radio and digital broadcast series, produced in partnership with WQXR, and select concerts have been webcast on medici.tv.

Complementing these performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates wide-reaching music education and social impact programs that annually serve more than 800,000 people in the New York City area, nationally, and internationally, and even more through growing initiatives online. These programs play a central role in delivering on Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. For more information about Carnegie Hall, please visit carnegiehall.org.

Program Information

Friday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Laura Benanti, Guest Artist

with Special Guests
Linda Benanti
Kate Mangiameli
Brandon Michael Nase
Martin Vidnovic

Back Home for the Holidays

Sponsored by Mastercard, the Official Card of Carnegie Hall

Tickets $47–$145.

Monday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Jaime Laredo, Conductor
Rubén Rengel, Violin

ELGAR Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47
MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
J. S. BACH Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.

Tickets $30–$65.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

For events in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage presented by Carnegie Hall, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Weil Music Institute and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

Please note: to support a safe reopening for in-person events and in accordance with the advice of medical and public health experts, all artists, visitors, and staff will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter Carnegie Hall. While inside Carnegie Hall, all guests must wear a properly fitting mask over their nose and mouth except when eating or drinking in designated areas. 
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