Carnegie Hall will reopen in fall, but no orchestras before 2022

Carnegie Hall will reopen in fall, but no orchestras before 2022


norman lebrecht

June 09, 2021

Carnegie Hall will reopen its doors in October after a 19-month Covid closure.

But the program will be small-scale and sporadic, it was announced last night.

The first recital will be on October 9 with tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch. The first large orchestra will be the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Susanna Malkki on January 6.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko will be the first international orchestra on January 31.


  • andrew says:

    Have you decapitated Yuja Wang in the accompanying image?

  • John Kelly says:

    Yes, a pretty disappointing season. The Vienna Phil are coming (with Gergiev………..zzzzzz) and the Maryinsky orchestra (with Gergiev………zzzzzzzzz!) the RPO are doing one night. The Phillies and BSO will be back (thank heaven) and the best news is a few programs by the NYPO in a decent acoustic.

    • NYMike says:

      Yep – and no RCOAmsterdam and Berlin.

      • John Kelly says:

        To be fair, there are some wonderful solo piano recitals as well as vocal and violin/piano programs with very distinguished artists. The BPO haven’t even announced their “home season” as COVID continues to ravage Germany and other European nations.

  • Jasper says:

    Didn’t Deborah Borda indicate that the NY Phil will perform some of its concerts at Carnegie Hall during the 2021-22 season while Geffen Hall is being rehabbed?

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    We will look back on all this as ‘the lost years’. And it will be years.

  • Zachary Binx says:

    With vaccines widely available I think it’s time to get back to business as usual. Nobody want to go to small-scale concerts after an entire year of small-scale concerts.

    • Saxon says:

      It will take time to roll out the vaccine programme. But we are reaching the stage where we are going to have to get back to normal.

  • Steven Reineke says:

    Actually, the first large orchestra back onstage at Carnegie Hall will be The New York Pops in December followed by concerts in February, March, and their annual gala in April. We typically perform a 5 concert subscription series in the hall each year to sold out houses. Its the largest and most lucrative subscription series that Carnegie Hall has.