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Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala
San Francisco Symphony

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 7 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Michael Tilson Thomas by Spencer Lowell, Renée Fleming by Jonathan Tichler, Audra McDonald by Autumn de Wilde
This is a Carnegie Hall Opening Night you will never forget. A pair of vocal superstars—Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald—join Perspectives artist Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for an evening of favorites from opera and music theater. To add to the festive occasion, there’s exhilarating orchestral music by Gershwin and Ravel’s lushly scored waltz.

Part of: Perspectives: Michael Tilson Thomas

Gala reservations are now open. Reserve online or contact the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at 212-903-9679. See details below.


San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Renée Fleming, Soprano
Audra McDonald, Vocalist


GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
RAVEL La valse
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
Plus songs, arias, and duets from opera and music theater

Gala Details

Event Leadership

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

Event Details

Your Choice of Either:

5:30 PM Cocktail Reception
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall

7 PM Concert
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


7 PM Concert
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

8:30 PM Gala Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street

Black Tie

Reservation Details

Individual tickets include prime seating for the Concert and entry to either the pre-concert Cocktail Reception ($1,000) or the post-concert Gala Dinner (starting at $1,500). Tables (starting at $20,000) include the very best seating for the Concert and a table at the post-concert Gala Dinner. All ticket and table prices include a partially tax-deductible donation benefitting Carnegie Hall’s artist and music education programming.

Please note that exact seating assignments for the concert and dinner will not be determined until the month of the event. We regret that benefit tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged.


Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

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