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Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala
The Cleveland Orchestra

Thursday, October 3, 2019 7 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Franz Welser-Möst by Julia Wesely, Anne-Sophie Mutter by Harald Hoffmann / DG, Lynn Harrell by Andrew Stuart, Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta
There’s no better way to start your musical year than with the stunning musicianship and glamour of Carnegie's Hall Opening Night Gala. The Beethoven anniversary season gets off to a rousing start when an all-star trio joins The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, for the master’s Triple Concerto. This rarely heard work fascinates with its intricate interplay between soloists and amiable tone. This musical trip to old Vienna is rounded out by the richly orchestrated and deliciously melodic Concert Suite of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.

Part of: Beethoven Celebration and Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR

Tickets for this gala evening are limited. To make your reservation, please contact the Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or specialevents@carnegiehall.org.

The Cleveland Orchestra is also performing October 4.

Anne-Sophie Mutter is also performing January 30 and June 12.

Yefim Bronfman is also performing October 4 and April 21.


The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lynn Harrell, Cello
Yefim Bronfman, Piano


NICOLAI Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

BEETHOVEN Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto

R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Concert Suite


J. STRAUSS JR. Furioso-Polka quasi Galopp, Op. 260

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

Gala Details

Event Leadership

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

Gala Chairmen Committee
Len and Emily Blavatnik
Annette de la Renta
Sabrina W. Fung
Maral and Sarkis Jebejian
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Sana H. Sabbagh
Jean and Melanie Salata
Beatrice Santo Domingo
Elizabeth Segerstrom
Brian and Adria Sheth
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
Ian and Margaret Smith
S. Donald Sussman
Joan and Sanford I. Weill

Corporate Chairmen
Dennis M. Nally
Retired Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.
Roy Weathers
Vice Chairman and US Tax Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Lead Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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
8:30 PM Gala Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street

Black Tie

Event Reservations

Reserve online using the Gala RSVP link or contact the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at 212-903-9679.

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 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 that benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic 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.

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Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

Lead support for the Beethoven Celebration is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

Public support for Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

This concert showcases a variety of Viennese musical ideas and ideals, especially from the more serious classical side of such traditions. It begins with an overture and ends with a suite of waltzes. In between, conductor Franz Welser-Möst explores two of what many see as experiments by Beethoven on his way toward establishing the concerto as a Romantic art form. Tonight we hear the Triple Concerto, created for an unconventional trio of concerto soloists—violin, cello, and piano—followed by a delightful Romance for solo violin and orchestra. Both offer Beethoven in the midst of forging his way from the musical ideals of the Classical era into the larger-than-life emotionalism of 19th-century Romanticism, with form and fashion in equal measure. To end the concert, Mr. Welser-Möst leads a suite from Strauss’s “waltz opera” Der Rosenkavalier. Here, the old style of Viennese waltz music is mixed with edges of modernism, evoking nostalgia against the page-turning of time into a changing world.


The Cleveland Orchestra

Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of extraordinary ...

Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of extraordinary artistic excellence, creative music making, and community programming. The New York Times has declared it “the best in America” and “America’s most understatedly amazing orchestra” for the group’s virtuosity, humility, self-confidence, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion. Having celebrated its 100th birthday year in 2018, The Cleveland Orchestra is making its mark as a decidedly 21st-century ensemble, dedicated to serving its hometown and the art of music with focused traditions and innovative initiatives.

The 2019–2020 season features a festival that explores art and censorship, centered around Berg’s opera Lulu (May 2020), as well as a pairing of works by Schubert and Prokofiev, including both well-known and rarely played pieces. Other recent festivals and opera presentations have included a made-for-Cleveland production of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (January 2019), The Ecstasy of Tristan and Isolde (April 2018), Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (May 2017), and an innovative presentation of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (May 2014, with encore performances in Cleveland and Europe in 2017). Earlier festival explorations saw Mr. Welser-Möst re-examining Beethoven’s symphonies (The Prometheus Project, presented in Cleveland, Vienna, and Tokyo), as well as pairings of Beethoven with Shostakovich and John Adams with Bruckner.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s partnership with Mr. Welser-Möst, begun in 2002 and entering its 18th year with the 2019–2020 season, has earned the ensemble unprecedented residencies in the US and around the world, including one at the Musikverein in Vienna—the first of its kind by an American orchestra—and regular performances at the Salzburg Festival. The orchestra and Mr. Welser-Möst traveled to Asia in spring 2019, and they return to Europe with performances in Vienna and Paris in spring 2020.

The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and distinguished recording and broadcast history. A series of CD recordings and Clasart Classic DVDs under the direction of Mr. Welser-Möst continues to add to an extensive and widely praised catalog of recordings made during the tenures of the ensemble’s earlier music directors. In addition, Cleveland Orchestra concerts are heard around the world online via weekly broadcasts and streaming on WCLV/ideastream in Cleveland.

Seven music directors—Nikolai Sokoloff, Artur Rodziński, Erich Leinsdorf, George Szell, Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Franz Welser-Möst—have guided and shaped the ensemble’s growth and sound since its founding in 1918. Through concerts at home and on tour, via radio broadcasts and a catalog of acclaimed recordings, The Cleveland Orchestra is heard today by a broad and growing group of fans around the world. Visit clevelandorchestra.com for more information.

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Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The 2019–2020 season marks his 18th year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of ...

Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The 2019–2020 season marks his 18th year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of this acclaimed partnership extending into the next decade. Under his direction, the orchestra has been repeatedly praised for its extraordinary music making, inventive programming, ongoing support for new musical works, and innovative approach to semi-staged and staged opera presentations. An imaginative approach to juxtaposing newer and older works in concert and as festivals has opened new dialogue and fresh insights for musicians and audiences alike.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Welser-Möst enjoys a particularly close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He has twice appeared on the podium for its celebrated New Year’s Concert, and regularly conducts the orchestra in subscription concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein, as well as on tours to Japan, China, Australia, and the US. In addition, Mr. Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra have performed together at historical memorial concerts in Sarajevo and Versailles. Guest-conducting appearances in the 2019–2020 season include performances of Strauss’s Die ägyptische Helena at Teatro alla Scala, and concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Welser-Möst is also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, where his work leading a series of opera performances has been widely acclaimed.

Mr. Welser-Möst’s recordings and videos have won major international awards and honors, including a Gramophone Award, Diapason d’Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations. With The Cleveland Orchestra, his recordings include a number of DVDs on the Clasart Classic label, featuring live performances of five of Bruckner’s symphonies, a multi-DVD set of major works by Brahms (featuring Yefim Bronfman and Julia Fischer as soloists), and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. A number of his Salzburg opera productions, including Der Rosenkavalier, have been released internationally on DVD by Unitel.

In June 2019, Mr. Welser-Möst was awarded the Gold Medal in the Arts by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts in recognition of his long-lasting impact on the international arts community. Other honors include the Pro Arte Europapreis for his advocacy and achievements as a musical ambassador, recognition from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, and the Kilenyi Medal from the Bruckner Society of America.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter has been an international figure in the world’s major concert halls for more than 40 years, making her mark on the classical music scene as soloist, mentor, and ...

Anne-Sophie Mutter has been an international figure in the world’s major concert halls for more than 40 years, making her mark on the classical music scene as soloist, mentor, and visionary. The four-time Grammy Award winner is equally committed to traditional works and the future of music, having given world premieres of 28 works by composers who include Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams. She also dedicates herself to supporting future generations of musicians through benefit projects and the world-renowned Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

Ms. Mutter’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to commemorating the 250th birthday of Beethoven, with performances of his Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, London, and Danish National symphony orchestras; West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; and San Francisco Symphony, among others. In January, she gives the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s new string quartet, Study on Beethoven, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the New York premiere of the work—which was commissioned by and dedicated to her—at Carnegie Hall. Also in January, Ms. Mutter returns to the US for a five-city recital tour, playing Beethoven sonatas with her longtime artistic partner Lambert Orkis.

In October and November 2019, Ms. Mutter takes the Mutter Virtuosi—the ensemble of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation—on the ensemble’s debut tour of South America, playing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Vivaldi.

Last August, Ms. Mutter released her most recent recording, All Across the Stars, featuring new adaptations of selections from John Williams’s greatest film scores, prepared for her by Williams himself.

In March 2018, Ms. Mutter became the first German artist to receive Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural achievements. In June 2019, she received Sweden’s coveted Polar Music Prize. She has also been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, French Medal of the Legion of Honour, Bavarian Order of Merit, and Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, among numerous other honors.

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Lynn Harrell

American cellist Lynn Harrell’s half-century career has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists, displaying his skills and consummate artistry as a ...

American cellist Lynn Harrell’s half-century career has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists, displaying his skills and consummate artistry as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher around the world. He served as principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra for a half-dozen seasons prior to launching his illustrious solo career.

Performances in recent seasons have included engagements in the US with the Atlanta and Detroit symphony orchestras, and with The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Abroad, he has played alongside the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the China and Seoul philharmonic orchestras, the Duisburg Philharmonic, and the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira. He has toured with the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio throughout North America and Europe, performing at venues that have included Carnegie Hall, and has appeared at many of the world’s most esteemed music festivals, including Verbier, Aspen, La Jolla, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Salzburg, as well as the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and Scotia Festival of Music.

Throughout his career, Mr. Harrell has premiered a variety of important new works, including Augusta Reed Thomas’s Cello Concerto. In 1994, he appeared at the Vatican with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. As the Vatican’s first official commemoration of the Holocaust, this historic event was attended by both Pope John Paul II and the chief rabbi of Rome. That same year, Mr. Harrell appeared live at the Grammy Awards with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, performing an excerpt from their Grammy-nominated recording of the complete Beethoven string trios (Angel/EMI).

Mr. Harrell’s discography includes more than three dozen albums, including the complete Bach cello suites and the world-premiere recording of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 1, as well as additional concertos and an array of chamber works.

In 2010—along with his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale—Mr. Harrell founded the HEARTbeats Foundation. Based in Los Angeles, the foundation works to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from, the challenges of poverty and conflict. Mr. Harrell serves as a board officer and as an artist ambassador working directly with children. Visit lynnharrell.com for more information.

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Yefim Bronfman

Russian-American pianist Yefim Bronfman is regarded as one of today’s most talented piano virtuosos, praised for his technique and lyricism, and in demand for performances around the ...

Russian-American pianist Yefim Bronfman is regarded as one of today’s most talented piano virtuosos, praised for his technique and lyricism, and in demand for performances around the world. He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in April 1986, and has returned regularly since then for musical collaborations with the ensemble in Cleveland and on tour.

As a guest artist, Mr. Bronfman performs with the world’s most esteemed ensembles, from North America’s major orchestras to those of Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Israel, London, Paris, Vienna, and Zurich, among others. He is a frequent guest at international festivals, and has served as an artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, as well as artiste étoile in Switzerland.

A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Bronfman has collaborated with a number of noted string quartets, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with acclaimed recital partners who include Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Magdalena Kožená, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Pinchas Zukerman, and has regularly presented solo recitals across Asia, Europe, and North America.

Mr. Bronfman’s recordings are highly praised. He is featured on The Cleveland Orchestra’s recent DVD release performing both Brahms piano concertos with Franz Welser-Möst at Severance Hall. His album of Bartók’s three piano concertos won a 1997 Grammy Award, and his album featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto and his recording of Magnus Lindberg’s Second Piano Concerto both received Grammy nominations. His discography also includes the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas and concertos, Beethoven’s five piano concertos and Triple Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and sonatas by Bartók, Brahms, and Mozart recorded with Isaac Stern.

Yefim Bronfman was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. After moving to Israel with his family in 1973, he worked with Arie Vardi at Tel Aviv University. Following his family’s relocation to the United States in 1976, he studied at the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and Marlboro. His teachers included Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. In 1991, he returned to Russia for the first time since emigrating to perform a series of recitals with Isaac Stern. Visit yefimbronfman.com for more information.

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