Carnegie Hall’s First-Ever Virtual Opening Night Gala Celebration Available to Stream for Next 90 Days

By Logan Martell

Carnegie Hall has made its opening night performance from October 8, 2020 available to stream for free on its Facebook and YouTube pages for the next 90 days.

The star-studded lineup of artists includes Joyce DiDonato, Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Feinstein, Renee Fleming, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, James Taylor, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Directed by Emmy Award-winner Habib Azar, the program included archival recordings from past performances.

While the concert is free, viewers are encouraged to make a donation to help keep the venue operating in this time of financial trouble, as well as support their artistic and educational programming. Bank of America, Carnegie Hall’s sponsor, has pledged to double any donations made to the venue, and will match gifts of up to $500,000.

“We are deeply grateful to all those who have stood by Carnegie Hall in recent months as we have all faced this unprecedented crisis brought on by COVID-19,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director in a press statement. “While this has been an incredibly difficult time, we also know it is important to take this time to celebrate this milestone season, reflecting not only on the history of our Hall, but also the many ways it will contribute to the lives of huge numbers of New Yorkers as well as others in the future. We especially want to thank the amazing artists who have collaborated with us on this first-ever virtual celebration, sharing their talents and reminding us why there is no place for music like Carnegie Hall, anywhere in the world.”