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Opening Night Gala

Carnegie Hall celebrates the launch of each new season with a spectacular Opening Night Gala every fall! Featuring an electrifying performance by the greatest orchestras and soloists in the world, these black-tie evenings begin with gala guests toasting the season at an exclusive cocktail reception and crescendo to an elegant dinner.

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Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala
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2017 Opening Night

On October 4, Carnegie Hall launched its 2017–2018 season with our Opening Night Gala celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. The evening began with a thrilling performance led by Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra, Lang Lang, Chick Corea, and Maxim Lando. Following the concert, the gala festivities continued at Cipriani 42nd Street to create a quintessential New York evening. Our deepest appreciation goes to Gala Lead Chairmen Mercedes T. Bass and Hope and Robert Smith, as well as our entire Gala Chairmen Committee: Len and Emily Blavatnik, Aisha and Gbenga Oyebode, Annette de la Renta, Sana H. Sabbagh, Beatrice Santo Domingo, Brian and Adria Sheth, David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita, Margaret and Ian Smith, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill. We also are extraordinary grateful to Corporate Chairman Dennis M. Nally and our Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor PwC for the 14th consecutive season.

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