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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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  • New York Concerti Sinfonietta 2 PM WRH
  • The 15th Annual Lucie Awards 7 PM ZH
  • Yale in New York 7:30 PM WRH
 30
  • Open Working Rehearsal: China NCPA Orchestra 3 PM SA/PS
  • China NCPA Orchestra 8 PM SA/PS
  • Cancelled: Ryan Cayabyab, Piano 8 PM WRH
 31
  • Global Artists Productions Variety Show 8 PM WRH
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  • Marc-André Hamelin, Piano 8 PM SA/PS
  • Mimesis Ensemble 8 PM WRH
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  • MasterVoices 7 PM SA/PS
  • Alexander Anisimov, Bass
    Beata Szalwinska, Piano
    7:30 PM WRH
  • Ensemble Signal 7:30 PM ZH
 3
  • The Orchestra Now 7:30 PM SA/PS
  • Neighborhood Concert: Plena Libre 7:30 PM Offsite
  • AGBU Performing Artists in Concert 8 PM WRH
  • Catherine Russell 9 PM ZH
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  • Golden Classical Music Awards Ceremony 1 PM WRH
  • InterHarmony Concert Series 8 PM WRH
  • Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod 8:30 PM ZH
 5
  • Golden Classical Music Awards Ceremony 1 PM WRH
  • Pathway to Paris 7 PM SA/PS
  • Seung-Hyun Lee, Soprano 7:30 PM WRH
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  • Oratorio Society of New York 8 PM SA/PS
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  • Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition Winners' Concert 7:30 PM WRH
  • Stoltzman Sounds! A Celebration 7:30 PM ZH
  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 8 PM SA/PS
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  • Open Working Rehearsal: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 10 AM SA/PS
  • Benefit Concert for GLP and the SLLC 7:30 PM WRH
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  • Juliann Ma, Piano 7:30 PM WRH
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  • Neighborhood Concert: Jason Danieley 3 PM Offsite
  • Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble Connect 5 PM Offsite
  • Concert Festival Winners' Recital 7:30 PM WRH
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  • Neighborhood Concert: Martha Redbone Roots Project 7 PM Offsite
  • The Children's Monologues 7:30 PM SA/PS
  • Musicians from Marlboro 8 PM WRH
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  • CAG Encores! 7:30 PM WRH
  • Ensemble Connect 7:30 PM Offsite
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  • Paul Lewis, Piano 7:30 PM ZH
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  • Charles Whitehead, Piano 2 PM WRH
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    Chris Reynolds, Piano
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  • Haochen Zhang, Piano 7:30 PM ZH
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    Casey Robards, Piano
    8 PM WRH
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  • Kimiko Ishizaka, Piano 2 PM WRH
  • New York Youth Symphony 2 PM SA/PS
  • Kościuszko Gala Concert 7:30 PM WRH
  • Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International 8:30 PM SA/PS
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  • 7th Annual Christmas in New York 8 PM SA/PS
  • New Asia Chamber Music Society with Zhang Fang, Piano 8 PM WRH
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  • East Coast International Competition Winners 8 PM WRH
  • Tour 11 AM Carnegie Hall Various Times
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  • Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting, Piano 8 PM WRH
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  • Claudette Peterson Vocal Studio And Friends 7:30 PM WRH
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  • United States Classical International Music Competition Series Winners Concert 1 PM WRH
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  • American Protégé Winners Recital 11:30 AM WRH
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  • American Protégé Winners Recital 7:30 PM WRH
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  • Distinguished Concerts Singers International 7 PM SA/PS
  • Jorge Saade, Violin
    Juan Carlos Escudero, Piano
    8 PM WRH
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  • Bomsori Kim, Violin 7:30 PM WRH
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  • Andreea Soare, Soprano 8 PM WRH
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  • Laura Alonso Padin, Soprano
    Yelena Kurdina, Piano
    8 PM WRH
Dec  1
  • Alexi Kenney, Violin
    Renana Gutman, Piano
    7:30 PM WRH
  • Neighborhood Concert: Kiran Ahluwalia 7:30 PM Offsite
  • Benefit Concert for The Natural Resources Defense Council & The Way of the Rain 8 PM SA/PS
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  • 14th Russian Music Competition 11:30 AM WRH
  • 14th Russian Music Competition 3:30 PM WRH
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 7 PM SA/PS
  • 14th Russian Music Competition 7:30 PM WRH
  • Parker Millsap
    Sara Watkins
    9 PM ZH

A Day in the Life of Carnegie Hall

There was a sold-out crowd at the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America’s (NYO-USA) concert at Carnegie Hall last July. By all accounts, the two-hour event was a resounding success. But what did it take to get the Hall ready? Here’s a rare look behind the scenes.


Morning

As the day begins, stagehands hang microphones, carefully position chairs and music stands, and roll out a glossy Steinway & Sons grand piano to center stage, where a piano tuner waits to inspect each string. Hall cleaners groom the iconic red carpet and seats that sweep Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

Elsewhere in the Hall, the video team meets to discuss the shots for the night’s live webcast on medici.tv. Camera angles are perfected with a cameraman positioned on the first tier. Along Seventh Avenue, the buses carrying all 114 orchestra members arrive, dropping them off in front of six NYO-USA posters on the side of the building.

Rehearsal

The stage is already set as NYO-USA musicians step out into the Hall for the very first time. Several bass players try to squeeze in one more sectional rehearsal, and the Hall erupts with dissonant fanfare as musicians warm up their fingers before conductor Charles Dutoit steps onto the podium to begin rehearsal.

Wonderstruck, many of these young musicians experience the Hall for the first time and can’t resist jumping up onto the podium to snap quick photos to share with family and friends.

Showtime!

As concert time approaches, ushers gather to discuss their stations for the evening while concertgoers pick up tickets from the box office. Once the house is open, everyone makes their way up the stairs before going in to find their seats.

Backstage the orchestra members are dressed and the instruments are tuned. Some musicians meditate quietly as others drill their scales among the pillars of instrument cases stacked along the walls. Minutes to showtime, the musicians board the elevator that will take them to the stage. While the lights dim and the Hall falls silent inside, outside the poster for that evening’s event is already being replaced with one for the next concert on the calendar.

The audience is still cheering as the orchestra exits the stage. Backstage is a buzz of celebration with hugs, happy tears, and flowers. Members of the orchestra line up to sign a card commemorating their Carnegie Hall debut. Maestro Dutoit steps to the side for a radio interview, offering his post-concert reflections. As the audience empties out of the Hall and musicians gradually exit out of the backstage door, stagehands clear the chairs and music stands, leaving Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage quiet once again. After all, who knows what tomorrow will bring?

This article first appeared in Carnegie Hall: 125 Years of an Iconic Music Venue’s Most Remarkable People and Memorable Events, available at carnegiehall.org/125th_Anniversary_Magazine.

All photos by Richard Termine