Carnegie Hall will stay shut until the fall

Carnegie Hall will stay shut until the fall


norman lebrecht

February 18, 2021

The hall has just announced the cancellation of the next four months of events. It never opens in midsummer.

Carnegie Hall today announced that it will cancel all events in its three performance venues from April 6 through July 2021 due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

Carnegie Hall has been closed since March 13, 2020 in line with executive orders by New York City and New York State government officials, guidelines issued by the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the advice of health and medical experts, all designed to battle the spread of COVID-19.

As Carnegie Hall’s landmark building will now remain closed until the fall, the Hall’s planned Voices of Hope festival will move online and run from April 16–30, 2021. During the two-week festival, digital programming created by Carnegie Hall and partner institutions will examine the resilience of artists throughout history, exploring works they felt compelled to create in times of crisis and oppression. The festival’s online line-up will be announced in late March.

As health conditions continue to improve in New York City, planning is well underway for Carnegie Hall’s 2021–2022 season with future live programming slated to be announced in late spring 2021.

Work also continues toward convening the Hall’s three national youth ensembles—the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz—for an in-person residency this summer at Purchase College, State University of New York with strict health protocols in place. All program activities for summer 2021 are expected to take place in the New York area.



  • Greg Bottini says:

    Smart move….

  • Sol Siegel says:

    Not *quite* true that it never opens in midsummer. It past years it has hosted performances by the National Youth Orchestra of America, led by major conductors. (“Alpensinfonie” under Pappano in 2019, the last year it happened.) Last year’s appearance was cancelled, of course, and presumably so is this year’s.

  • Lang Lang says:

    Oh no. I was hoping to hear Yuja and Trifonov again, clearly there are absolutely no other artists (besides Lola) who are capable of playing there.

  • JussiB says:

    yes until the fall… of 2022.