Sweet Baby James himself will be headlining the Tuesday, April 12 gala, and will be joined by special guests Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler and Sting. Carnegie Hall’s actual 120th birthday is on Thursday, May 5th, and the folks in charge promise that this affair will be way classier than their infamous off-key and liquor soaked 21st b-day bash back in 1912. They’re bringing it back home doing what they do best, with a New York Philharmonic concert led by Alan Gilbert, plus performances by Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, and Audra McDonald of works by Dvořák, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin. If you haven’t experienced performance at Carnegie Hall, either of these events are no brainers for an unforgettable first time.
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