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Berlin in Lights

November 2–18, 2007

In November 2007, Carnegie Hall presented its first major international festival, Berlin in Lights. With more than 50 performances and events presented at the Hall and partner venues across New York City, Berlin in Lights invited audiences to explore the culture of a fascinating city, reborn since the reunification of Germany. A multitude of offerings that encompassed music, film, art, and architecture unfolded over the course of 17 days, creating a vivid snapshot of Berlin—a city that has largely reshaped its identity through culture.

Wonderful musical performances were at the center of Berlin in Lights, beginning with an eight-day residency by Sir Simon Rattle and the stellar Berliner Philharmoniker. Electrifying concerts by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, orchestral and chamber music performances, neighborhood concerts, and extensive education programs that engaged hundreds of students in creative learning projects collectively ensured that both the festival and world-class music making reached wide and far across the city.

Berlin in Lights enjoyed both an enthusiastic audience response and widespread critical acclaim. The festival encouraged Carnegie Hall’s regular concertgoers to explore an array of art forms, while newcomers to the Hall joined in the discovery of Berlin’s numerous cultural treasures.

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Festival Partners

American Academy in Berlin
Center for Architecture
German Consulate General in New York
Goethe-Institut New York
Guggenheim Museum
MoMA

Neue Galerie New York
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
Thirteen/WNET New York
WNYC
World Music Institute

The Berlin in Lights festival is made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

Major funding has also been provided by Mercedes and Sid Bass, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from Martha and Bob Lipp, Fundación Mercantil (Venezuela), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding provided by Axel Springer AG, GWFF USA Inc., and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

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