Carnegie Hall Anniversary Concert, Featuring Audra McDonald, Presented May 5

News   Carnegie Hall Anniversary Concert, Featuring Audra McDonald, Presented May 5
The May 5 concert celebrating Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary will be recorded for nationwide broadcast on PBS.

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Michael Wilson

WNET's "Great Performances" series will air the concert May 31. Classical 105.9 FM WQXR in New York will also broadcast the concert and stream it online at at 8 PM ET.

The 7 PM concert on May 5 features the New York Philharmonic under the baton of music director Alan Gilbert. Joining them are pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Yo-Yo Ma as guest soloists in Beethoven's "Triple Concerto." Multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald will perform the songs of Duke Ellington. Rounding out the program are Dvorák’s "Carnival Overture" and Gershwin's "An American in Paris," which had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1928.

To celebrate Carnegie Hall's 120th birthday, the top of New York City's Empire State Building will be lit “Carnegie Hall Red” May 5.

The gala benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs and includes a dinner-dance at The Plaza with the artists following the concert.

The Gala Dinner-Dance will start at approximately 9 PM.

Gala benefit tickets — priced at $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 — include premier concert seating and the post-concert dinner at The Plaza. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling (212) 903-9679 or visiting

A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $50-$180, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800. For more information visit

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