Conductor Peter Tiboris to Use Leonard Bernstein’s Baton at Special Carnegie Hall Concert

By David Salazar

Conductor Peter Tiboris is set to conduct a concert of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 using Leonard Bernstein’s iconic ivory baton.

Tiboris will lead the New England Symphony Ensemble in a performance presented by MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

The concert, scheduled for Jan. 7, 2024, will take place 40 years after Tiboris, who founded MidAmerica Productions in 1983, conducted his first concert in New York. He purchased Bernstein’s baton at Sotheby’s in December 1997, weeks after the composer / conductor’s death.

”I met Leonard Bernstein on two occasions,” Tiboris said in an official press statement. ‘The tears were streaming down my face and [our conversations] took my breath away.”

The concert also marks the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven’s iconic symphony, which had its debut on May 7, 1824 in Vienna.

The other half of the performance will feature John Rutter conducting his “Magnificat,” which is also celebrating the 24th anniversary of its world premiere in 1990.