By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on October 01, 2009 12:30 PM
According to many classical music buffs, with New York’s Carnegie Hall opening its season tonight, Thursday, October 1, the fall cultural season in the city has officially begun. Kicking off the 119th season is Opening Night with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Daniele Gatti, with the renowned Evgeny Kissin on piano. The program includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, and Debussy’s La Mer; as well as the New York premiere of John Williams’ On Willows and Birches. (Yes, that John Williams; let no one say that the man who wrote the “Star Wars” theme isn’t diverse.) While Carnegie Hall is of course best known for classical music, it offers a surprisingly wide repertoire of events for all tastes. When December rolls around, do you crave loud, glitzy holiday cheer? Celebrate with The New York Pops on December 19, conducted by John Morris Russell. Looking for something a little more cutting edge? Try out "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture,” from Oct. 21-Nov. 10. Carnegie Hall has teamed up with other cultural institutions to present a lineup of music, exhibitions and theater, ranging from marionettes to art exhibits. Jazz, children’s programs, and even tap, courtesy of Savion Glover (April 14) are all on the menu as well (who knew?), so check out Carnegie Hall this season--it might surprise you.