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Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 7 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Hans van der Woerd, Yuja Wang by Julia Wesely.
Welcome the joyous return of live performances with Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala. The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin launches our exciting season with a performance that includes Shostakovich’s rousing Piano Concerto No. 2—featuring superstar pianist Yuja Wang—and Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5. Beethoven’s love of nature inspired Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht, a powerful reflection on climate change, while Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout honors frontline workers and the human spirit’s resilience in the time of the pandemic. The evening is completed by the ever-popular Overture to Bernstein’s Candide. Celebrate the return of the music you love where it sounds best: Carnegie Hall. 

Part of: Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR and Webcasts on medici.tv

This event will also be live streamed on Carnegie Hall’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano



SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide

IMAN HABIBI Jeder Baum spricht

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. 

Gala Details


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

Gala Chairmen Committee
Len and Emily Blavatnik
Annette de la Renta
Maral and Sarkis Jebejian
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Beatrice Santo Domingo
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
S. Donald Sussman
Joan and Sanford I. Weill

Corporate Chairmen
Dennis M. Nally, Retired Chairman, PwC
Roy Weathers, Vice Chairman, PwC
Brad Silver, New York Office Managing Partner, PwC

Veronica Atkins
Larry Gagosian
Bruce and Suzie Kovner
Terry and Tina Lundgren
Marvin S. Rosen, Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig
Richard A. Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig
Elizabeth Segerstrom
Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler
Ian and Margaret Smith

Marcelo Claure, CEO SoftBank Group International, and Jordan Claure
Steven J. Kimble, Deloitte
Tom and Leslie Maheras
The Marc Haas Foundation
Beth and Joshua Nash
Xiaoshan Ren
Phyllis Rosenthal
Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman
David S. Winter
Judy Francis Zankel

Linda and Earle Altman
Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari
Richard and Barbara Debs
Michael and Linda Donovan
Mame Huntsman and Evan Morgan
IAC Foundation
J.P. Morgan
McKinsey & Company
Whitney and Clarke Murphy
Judith Resnick
Linda J. Wachner

AECOM Tishman
Aryeh and Elana Bourkoff
Judy and Tony Evnin
Kauff McGuire & Margolis LLP
Andrew J. Martin-Weber
Jean and Melanie Salata
Steinway & Sons
TF Cornerstone
Igor Tulchinsky

Marco Argenti
Lana and Michael Beaury
Olivier and Desiree Berggruen
The Bialkin Family Foundation
Naomi and Stephen Breman
Noreen and Ken Buckfire
Ien and Jennifer Cheng
Kam Chuhan
Angela Chun and Jennifer Chun
Michael Comins
Tomoko Hamada Dougan
Dr. Esuna Dugarova
Whitney Frances Falk
Alan Fleischmann and Dafna Tapiero
Dr. Ana M. Franceschi
Alexander Goldberg
Jean Golden
Charlotte Gollubier
Eric Grubman and Elizabeth Compton
Anne and John Hall
Hermione Foundation, Laura J. Sloate Trustee
Adriana Herrera
Judith M. Hoffman
Tom and Maren Hood
Mary I. and John E. Hull
Merit E. Janow and Peter Young
Stella and Robert Jones
Sophie and Nathan Kahn
Lena Kaplan
Mary and Howard Kelberg
Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon
Mary E. Klein
Felicitas Kort
Christopher Leake
Frank Lee
The Leonard Bernstein Office
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer
Patrick and Svetlana McDonough, Anna Kahn
Peg Alston Fine Arts
Cynthia Perl
Maria C. Quinn
Emily K. Rafferty
James Roe
Dr. Thomas W Roush and Mrs. LaVon Kellner Roush
Stephen Rutenberg
Suki Sandler
Sapphire Hill Global Partners
Mrs. Gerald Schoenfeld
Cynthia and Thomas Sculco
Gil Shiva
Lee Shlifer
The Shubert Organization, Inc.
Kathryn Steinberg
Robert A. M. Stern
Shining Sung
Betty and David Tananbaum
Diana and Rafael Viñoly
Caio Zapata
Anonymous (3)

Listing complete as of September 28, 2021


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Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

Opening Night Gala Dinner Sponsor: Kirkland & Ellis LLP


The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, ...

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, connection, and excitement through music in the Philadelphia region, across the country, and around the world. Through innovative programming, robust educational initiatives, and an ongoing commitment to the communities that it serves, the ensemble is on a path to create an expansive future for classical music, and to further the place of the arts in an open and democratic society.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is now in his 10th season as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His connection to the ensemble’s musicians has been praised by both concertgoers and critics, and he is embraced by the musicians of the orchestra, audiences, and the community.

The Philadelphia Orchestra takes great pride in its hometown, performing for the people of Philadelphia year-round, from Verizon Hall to community centers, The Mann Center to Penn’s Landing, classrooms to hospitals, and over the airwaves and online.

In March 2020, in response to the cancellation of concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra launched the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra, a portal that hosted video and audio of performances for free on its website and social media platforms. In September 2020, the orchestra announced Our World NOW, its reimagined season of concerts filmed without audiences and presented on its Digital Stage. The orchestra also inaugurated free offerings: HearTOGETHER, a series on racial and social justice; educational activities; and Our City, Your Orchestra, a series of small ensemble performances from locations throughout the Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s award-winning education and community initiatives engage more than 50,000 students, families, and community members of all ages through programs such as PlayINs, side-by-sides, PopUP concerts, Free Neighborhood Concerts, School Concerts, the School Partnership Program and School Ensemble Program, and All City Orchestra Fellowships.

Through concerts, tours, residencies, and recordings, the orchestra is a global ambassador. It performs annually at Carnegie Hall, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. The orchestra also has a rich touring history, having first performed outside Philadelphia in its earliest days. In 1973, it became the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China, launching a five-decade commitment of people-to-people exchange.

The orchestra also makes live recordings available on popular digital music services and as part of the Listen On Demand section of its website. Under Yannick’s leadership, the orchestra returned to recording, with 10 celebrated releases on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. The orchestra also reaches thousands of radio listeners with weekly broadcasts on WRTI-FM and SiriusXM. For more information, please visit philorch.org.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is currently in his 10th season as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he became the third music director of the Metropolitan ...

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is currently in his 10th season as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he became the third music director of the Metropolitan Opera in 2018. Yannick, who holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair, is an inspired leader of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His intensely collaborative style, deeply rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm have been heralded by critics and audiences alike. The New York Times has called him “phenomenal,” adding that “the ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogenous richness, has never sounded better.”

Yannick has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most thrilling talents of his generation. He has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal since 2000, and in 2017 he became an honorary member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also served as music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and is now an honorary conductor. He has made wildly successful appearances with the world’s most revered ensembles and at many of the leading opera houses. Yannick signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2018; under his leadership, The Philadelphia Orchestra returned to recording with 10 releases on that label.

A native of Montreal, Yannick studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at Montreal’s Conservatoire de Musique du Québec and continued his studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini; he also studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. Among Yannick’s honors are an appointment as Companion of the Order of Canada; Companion to the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec; an Officer of the Order of Quebec; an Officer of the Order of Montreal; Musical America’s 2016 Artist of the Year; ECHO Klassik’s 2014 Conductor of the Year; a Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Canada’s National Arts Centre Award; the Virginia Parker Prize; the Prix Denise-Pelletier; the Oskar Morawetz Award; and honorary doctorates from the Université du Quebec, Curtis Institute of Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, McGill University, Université de Montréal, and University of Pennsylvania.
To read Yannick’s full bio, please visit philorch.org/conductor.

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Yuja Wang

Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist is celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating  ...

Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist is celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence. Her yearly schedule features recitals and concert series, as well as residencies and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. She made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2008 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and her subscription debut the following year.

Ms. Wang’s recent highlights include a yearlong Artist Spotlight at the Barbican Centre in London, where she curated and performed in four distinct events: the first London performance of John Adams’s newest piano concerto (which she premiered in spring 2019) titled Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel; recitals featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer; and a solo recital. She also toured China with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting concerts in Macau, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Wuhan; joined Mr. Capuçon for a recital tour at venues that included the Philharmonie de Paris and Vienna’s Konzerthaus; gave an extensive solo-recital tour throughout North America and Europe, including at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and was soloist with some of the leading orchestras of North America, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Gimeno, and the San Francisco Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Ms. Wang studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at Calgary’s Mount Royal College before moving to the United States to study with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music. Her international breakthrough came in 2007, when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She later signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. She was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010 and was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year in 2017.

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