Performance Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 7 PM

125th Anniversary Gala

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Carnegie Hall’s season-long 125th anniversary reaches its pinnacle on May 5—exactly 125 years to the day that the Hall first opened its doors in 1891. Many of our exceptional Artist Trustees and other special guests come together for a night of musical collaboration not to be seen anywhere else.


  • Martina Arroyo
  • Emanuel Ax
  • Michael Feinstein
  • Renée Fleming
  • Marilyn Horne
  • Lang Lang
  • Isabel Leonard
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • James Taylor
  • Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
  • Oratorio Society of New York
    ·· Kent Tritle, Music Director
  • Richard Gere, Host

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. 

Gala Chairs

Gala Lead Chairman
Mercedes T. Bass

Gala ChairmenCommittee
Blavatnik Family Foundation
Annette de la Renta 
Susan and Ed Forst
Frederick Iseman
JJR Foundation
Robert K. Kraft
Jenny and John Paulson
Sana H. Sabbagh
Beatrice Santo Domingo
Mrs. Henry T. Segerstrom
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita 
Hope and Robert F. Smith 
Sir Martin and Lady Cristiana Sorrell
S. Donald Sussman 
Joan and Sanford I. Weill 

Corporate Chairman
Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman, Bank of America 


Gala Details

5:30 PM  
Cocktail Party
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall
7 PM  
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
9 PM  
Gala Dinner-Dance
Grand Ballroom, The Waldorf Astoria

Gala benefit tickets include prime concert seating and the option of attending a pre-concert Cocktail Party in the Rohatyn Room ($1,000 per person), or a post-concert Gala Dinner-Dance 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. 

125th Anniversary Gala benefit tickets directly support Carnegie Hall's artistic and music education programs. 




Gala Lead Chairman: Mercedes T. Bass
Gala Sponsors: Bank of America and South Coast Plaza
BOA/South Coast Plaza event page
Gala Dinner Sponsor: LVMH
Special thanks to Hope and Robert F. Smith for their additional leadership gift for the 125th Anniversary Gala in support of Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs.