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Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala
San Francisco Symphony

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 7 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Michael Tilson Thomas by Spencer Lowell, Renée Fleming by Andrew Eccles, Audra McDonald by Allison Michael Orenstein
This is a Carnegie Hall Opening Night you will never forget. A pair of vocal superstars—Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald—join Perspectives artist Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for an evening of favorites from opera and music theater. To add to the festive occasion, there's exhilarating orchestral music by Gershwin and Liszt's whirling waltz.

Part of: Perspectives: Michael Tilson Thomas and Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR


For information about limited availability Opening Night Gala benefit tickets, which include either a pre-concert reception or post-concert black tie dinner, please call our Special Events Office at 212-903-9679.  Tickets start at $1,000. 

San Francisco Symphony is also performing October 4

Michael Tilson Thomas is also performing October 4March 5March 6May 1, and May 2.

Renée Fleming is also performing March 19.



San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Renée Fleming, Soprano
Audra McDonald, Soprano


GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
GERSHWIN "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess
VILLA-LOBOS Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 (arr. Mark Volkert)
LISZT Mephisto Waltz No. 1
BOCK/HARNICK "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me
GUETTEL "Fable" from The Light in the Piazza
STEPHEN SONDHEIM / RODGERS "Children Will Listen" from Into the Woods / "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" from South Pacific (arr. Rob Fisher; orch. Bruce Coughlin)
NYRO “Save the Country” (arr. Michael Tilson Thomas; orch. Bruce Coughlin)
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

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
Sabrina W. Fung
Sana H. Sabbagh
Melanie and Jean Salata
Beatrice Santo Domingo
Brian and Adria Sheth
David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita
Ian and Margaret Smith
S. Donald Sussman
Joan and Sanford I. Weill

Corporate Chairmen
Dennis M. Nally
Retired Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.
Roy Weathers
Vice Chairman and US Tax Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. 

Event Details

Your Choice of Either:

5:30 PM Cocktail Reception
Rohatyn Room, Carnegie Hall

7 PM Concert
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall


7 PM Concert
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

8:30 PM Gala Dinner
Cipriani 42nd Street

Black Tie

Reservation Details

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. All ticket and table prices include a partially tax-deductible donation benefitting Carnegie Hall’s artist and music education programming.

Please note that exact seating assignments for the concert and dinner will not be determined until the month of the event. We regret that benefit tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged.

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Interview with Michael Tilson Thomas

Listen to Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala concert on WQXR.
Michael Tilson Thomas Discusses Opening Night
Perspectives artist Michael Tilson Thomas discusses his 2018–2019 Carnegie Hall Opening Night program with vocal superstars Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, and the San Francisco Symphony.

Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

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