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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. 

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Gala reservations are now open. See details below.

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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

Gala Details

Event Leadership

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

Event Details
Your choice of either

5:30 PM  Cocktail Reception
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall

7 PM  Concert
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


7 PM  Concert
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

8:30 PM  Gala Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street

Black Tie


Event Reservations
Reserve online using the Gala RSVP link, or contact the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at SpecialEvents@carnegiehall.org or 212-903-9679.

Individual tickets include prime seating for the concert and entry to either the pre-concert cocktail reception ($1,000) or the post-concert gala dinner (starting at $1,500). Tables (starting at $20,000) include the very best seating for the concert and a table at the post-concert gala dinner.

With the health and safety of our audiences in mind, you may choose to decline attending the cocktail reception or the gala dinner and attend the concert only. As a gala supporter, your reservation will still include the best possible concert seating. All ticket and table prices include a partially tax-deductible donation benefitting Carnegie Hall’s artistic and educational programming.

Please note that exact seating assignments for the concert and dinner will not be determined until the month of the event. While the world continues to fight COVID-19, we are examining all aspects of the Carnegie Hall experience so that audiences, artists, visitors, staff, and volunteers are able to return with confidence. Up-to-date details on Carnegie Hall’s safety protocols, proof-of-vaccination policies, and ticket policies can be found here.


Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

Opening Night Gala Dinner Sponsor: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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