By Lucy Foster
5 August 2008

   On September 24th, 2008 Carnegie Hall will open its 118th season with guest performers soprano Dawn Upshaw, vocalist Christine Ebersole, baritone Thomas Hampson, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma along with the San Francisco Symphony for an evening of Bernstein classics. Under the baton of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the evenings All-Bernstein program will include selections from West Side Story, On the Town, Fancy Free, Songfest, Trouble in Tahiti, A Quiet Place, and Mass. Tickets for the opening night gala concert, to be held in the Stern Auditorium, range from $56–$190. Additional ticket options may be reserved for a pre-concert reception (5:30 PM) in the Rohatyn Room at Carnegie Hall and/or the Black-Tie Dinner (9:30–11 PM) held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Reservations can be made by calling Carnegie’s special events at 212–903–9682.
    The opening night gala program at Carnegie Hall kicks off a series of concerts along with the New York Philharmonic celebrating the 90th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth and his 50th anniversary as the music director of  the New York Philharmonic. The series, Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, will feature several citywide events from September 24th thru December 13, 2008 celebrating the career of Leonard Bernstein. More information on the series is available by visiting the Carnegie Hall website or the New York Philharmonic.