On October 1st, Carnegie Hall opened its 2014–2015 season with a sold-out gala benefit concert featuring the Berliner Philharmoniker and Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. The program included Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist Anne-Sophie Mutter as well as Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s closing scenes from The Firebird. The gala, which was attended by 560 guests, raised a record-setting over $5 million in support of Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programming.
The black-tie Opening Night Gala marked the first public celebration on Carnegie Hall’s new Weill Terrace and Terrace Room with a post-concert dinner in the spaces within the Hall’s new Resnick Education Wing located on the Hall’s upper floors (opened in September 2014). Marina Kellen Frenchwas the Gala Lead Chairman, with Gala Chairs Mercedes T. Bass, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, The Marc Haas Foundation, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, Beatrice Santo Domingo, Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman, David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita, Margaret and Ian Smith, S. Donald Sussman, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill. PwC served as the Opening Night Gala Sponsor for the 11th consecutive season, and Dennis M. Nally was the Corporate Chairman for the event.
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