Beginning on April 25, Carnegie Hall celebrates its 100th birthday with an 11-day centennial festival of commissions, exhibitions, recitals, and concerts.

Highlights included a solo recital by soprano Kathleen Battle on April 27, the debut of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, led by trumpeter Jon Faddis, on April 28, and the world premiere on May 2 of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 5, a Carnegie Hall commission, by the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Christoph von Dohnányi.

The festival concluded on May 5 with a full day of concerts, beginning with a Centennial Choralfest led by Robert Shaw, and culminating in a live PBS broadcast featuring Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Marilyn Horne, Plácido Domingo, Samuel Ramey, Isaac Stern, Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Alfred Brendel, and the New York Philharmonic conducted by James Levine and Zubin Mehta.

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