Performance Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 7 PM

Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Jazz icon Chick Corea joins Lang Lang—assisted by his dynamic protégé, 14-year-old Maxim Lando—for a rarely heard two-piano version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue performed between three pianists and The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick-Nézet-Séguin. There’s also more classic New York romance and grit with Bernstein’s music for the film On the Waterfront and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.


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

  • Maxim Lando, 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

At a Glance

The Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall’s 2017–2018 season celebrates American music, New York City, and Leonard Bernstein, whose 100th birthday is being honored worldwide this season.

The program starts with the Symphonic Suite from Bernstein’s only film score, Elia Kazan’s Academy Award–winning On the Waterfront, which explores the gritty side of New York’s docks. The concert concludes with Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from the beloved musical West Side Story, the famous story of star-crossed lovers—a retelling of Romeo and Juliet for the 20th century.

Bernstein brilliantly combined classical and jazz styles in many of his scores. So, too, did his great precursor George Gershwin, nowhere more so than in Rhapsody in Blue. The piece created a sensation at its 1924 premiere in New York at a concert presented by the legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman with Gershwin as piano soloist. Tonight, three soloists share the spotlight: Lang Lang is joined by legendary jazz artist Chick Corea and 14-year-old Maxim Lando, an alumnus of the Lang Foundation’s Young Scholars Program.

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. 

Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC
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