Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)). [2011-05-31], Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert

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Created: 2011


Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)). [2011-05-31], Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert
Summary: "On May 5, 2011, Carnegie Hall commemorated its 120th anniversary with an all-star gala concert featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and special guests pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham, and the four-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald. The eclectic, crowd-pleasing program included Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56, performed by Ax, Ma, and Shaham, a selection of Duke Ellington songs -- including 'Solitude,' 'Sophisticated Lady,' 'On a Turquoise Cloud,' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing' -- performed by McDonald, and full performances of Antonin Dvorak's Carnival Overture and George Gershwin's An American in Paris.

"Founded by industrialist and entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie, the venerable institution opened its doors as simply the 'Music Hall' on May 5, 1891, with none other than Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducting. It was renamed 'Carnegie Hall' in 1893 when Carnegie allowed the use of his name, and was ultimately designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. Each of the concert's selections has its own memorable association with the Hall. Dvorak conducted his Carnival Overture with the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall when he came to New York to assume his post as director of the National Conservatory of Music on October 21, 1892. Gershwin's An American in Paris was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, and conducted in the Hall by Walter Damrosch in the New York premiere on December 13, 1928. Ellington played his first historic Carnegie Hall concert on January 23, 1943, beginning an extraordinary series of concerts there of his long-form works.

"This program meets Peabody consideration because it documents and enshrines a legitimate historical milestone highlighting one of America's most enduring music institutions. Between its acoustic design and the caliber of artists who have graced its stage, Carnegie Hall has become synonymous with a standard of excellence. It is only fitting that the New York Philharmonic, and the city itself, pay tribute to America's most prestigious music hall."--2011 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: Carnegie Hall Corporation | WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) | Thirteen (Firm) | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

Persons Appearing: Audra McDonald (Vocalist) | Gil Shaham (Violin) | Yo-Yo Ma (Cello) | Emanuel Ax (Piano) | Alan Gilbert (Conductor) | New York Philharmonic

Broadcast Date: 2011-05-31