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Can’t-Miss Carnegie Hall Events

As the old joke goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” The origin of this witticism has been debated for some time. While we may never get a consensus about its first appearance, we do know that it popped up at some point in the mid-1950s. In the nearly seven decades since, the legendary status of this musical institution has only grown. It is one of the world’s premier performance spaces, and if you’re fortunate enough to live in the Midtown condos at The Centrale, you don’t need to practice at all to get there—you only have to walk 15 blocks. Here’s a rundown of some outstanding events coming to the famed concert hall over the next few months. 

New York Youth Symphony: Harmony Zhu

On November 17, famed 13-year-old piano prodigy Harmony Zhu will perform one of Beethoven’s masterworks along with the New York Youth Symphony. It will be Zhu’s debut at Carnegie Hall and will certainly be the first of many performances she will give there. In addition, the program for the evening will also include a world premiere from renowned composer Marco-Adrián Ramos and a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Tickets here

The Cecilia Chorus of New York

The legendary, century-tested, and award-winning Cecilia Chorus of New York will be joined by an orchestra and soloists to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on December 14. If you’re looking for a holiday-themed program at Carnegie, this is it. There are 150 members of the Cecilia Chorus; their voices are remarkably powerful, and the Stern Auditorium is the ideal venue for this performance. Tickets here

Oratorio Society of New York

Speaking of powerful choral performances, on the evening of December 19, renowned choral music conductor Kent Tritle will bring George Frideric Handel’s Messiah to Carnegie Hall. Performances of Messiah have been a New York holiday tradition since 1874. The Oratorio Society of New York, which has 200 members, has been around for well over a century and is one of the most acclaimed choral institutions there is. With Tritle at the helm, this year’s Messiah is sure to be a very special event. Tickets here

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