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Carnegie Hall Opening Night 
130th Anniversary Season

A Virtual Gala Celebration
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:30 PM Online
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Experience a new kind of Carnegie Hall premiere with our first-ever Virtual Gala Celebration! Join the Carnegie Hall community in New York City, across the United States, and around the globe for Opening Night of our 130th Anniversary Season. Bringing all of us together through a shared love of music, this special evening will present inspiring performances—both new and from the Hall’s illustrious past—to honor its 130-year history and future. Celebrate the best in music with Carnegie Hall.

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Part of: Rhiannon Giddens Perspectives and Yannick Nézet-Séguin Perspectives

Watch the premiere event on  carnegiehall.org, or join us on YouTube or Facebook to take part in the festivities. Explore all the different ways you can watch our Opening Night Gala live stream in this step-by-step guide.

Carnegie Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions help ensure our continued legacy and ability to bring music to the widest possible audience. Please consider a contribution to Carnegie Hall’s Annual Fund, or explore exclusive gala donor benefits and opportunities.


Jon Batiste
Joyce DiDonato
Gustavo Dudamel
Michael Feinstein
Renée Fleming
Rhiannon Giddens and Our Native Daughters
Angélique Kidjo
Lang Lang
Wynton Marsalis
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
James Taylor
Michael Tilson Thomas
Habib Azar, Director

Special Thanks to Our Gala Supporters

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

Gala Chairmen Committee
Len and Emily Blavatnik
Maral and Sarkis Jebejian
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Jean and Melanie Salata
Beatrice Santo Domingo 
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
Ian and Margaret Smith
S. Donald Sussman
Joan and Sanford I. Weill

Corporate Chairman
Roy Weathers
Vice Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mame Huntsman and Evan Morgan
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
Richard A. Rosenbaum
Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig
Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler

Linda and Earle Altman
Veronica Atkins
Greg Durant, Deloitte
Steven J. Kimble, Deloitte
Terry and Tina Lundgren
Tom and Leslie Maheras
The Marc Haas Foundation
Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman
Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley
David S. Winter
Judy Francis Zankel

Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari
Michael and Linda Donovan
Judy and Tony Evnin
Larry Gagosian
Michael E. Liebowitz
McKinsey & Company
Whitney and Clarke Murphy
Beth and Joshua Nash
Cynthia and Thomas Sculco
Sarah and Howard Solomon
Linda J. Wachner

Fred and Diana Elghanayan
Tom and Madeline Elghanayan
Stella and Robert Jones
Kauff McGuire & Margolis LLP
Susan and Elihu Rose

AECOM Tishman
Lana and Michael Beaury
Ruth and Bruce Bier
Gail A. Binderman
Joan N. Borinstein and Gary M. Gartsman
Barbara G. Fleischman
Mary I. and John E. Hull
Lena Kaplan
A.G. Kelley
Mary E. Klein
Janice and Mickey Kupperman
The Leonard Bernstein Office
Hillie Mahoney
Eileen Mandel
Diane and Stanley Miller
John Morning
Dinny and Lester Morse
Ellen Perecman
Cynthia Perl
Emily K. Rafferty
Suki Sandler
Robert A. M. Stern
Susan S. Shiva Foundation
Betty and David Tananbaum
Barbara and Donald Tober
Anonymous (2)


Gala Reservations

We look forward to celebrating with you! By contributing to our first-ever virtual Opening Night, you not only support our artistic and education programs, but also help ensure that the legacy of Carnegie Hall today continues to define the Carnegie Hall of tomorrow. Together, we can maintain the tradition and momentum of past seasons’ Opening Night celebrations.

As a gala supporter, you will receive exclusive benefits that include private virtual cocktail receptions, an exclusive encore performance, special gift boxes, and name recognition on gala materials. To learn more about the various gala contribution levels and associated benefits, please visit the gala benefit page or contact Carnegie Hall’s Special Events office at 212-903-9679.


Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

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Opening Night Gala Supporting Sponsor: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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