Performance Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 7 PM

Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
It’s a gala opening night for the ages when The Philadelphia Orchestra and its superstar Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin launch Carnegie Hall’s 2017–2018 with a concert of American classics. Few works are as quintessentially New York as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and when the soloist is Lang Lang, the sparks fly. The energy, romance, and grit of New York is also portrayed in Bernstein’s music for the film On the Waterfront and his Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.


  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
  • Lang Lang, Piano


  • BERNSTEIN On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite
  • GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
  • BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
Lang Lang, Piano | London Symphony Orchestra

Gala Leadership

Gala Lead Chairmen
Mercedes T. Bass
Hope and Robert F. Smith

Gala Chairmen Committee
Len and Emily Blavatnik
Aisha and Gbenga Oyebode
Annette de la Renta
Sana H. Sabbagh
Beatrice Santo Domingo
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
Margaret and Ian Smith
Joan and Sanford I. Weill

Corporate Chairman
Dennis M. Nally
Retired Chairman,
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Gala Details

5:30 PM  
Cocktail Reception
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall
7 PM  
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
8:30 PM  
Gala Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street

Black Tie


Gala Benefit Tickets
Gala benefit tickets include prime concert seating and the option of attending either a pre-concert Cocktail Reception in the Rohatyn Room ($1,000 per person), or post-concert Gala Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street (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. 

Opening Night Gala benefit tickets directly support Carnegie Hall's artistic and music education programming. 

Donor On Sale Monday, 7/10/2017 11:00 AM    




Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC
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