Kick off the New York Philharmonic’s stellar 2023–24 season and celebrate Deborah Borda’s historic achievements as our Linda and Mitch Hart President & CEO at our Opening Gala. Superstar Yo-Yo Ma, a longtime NY Phil friend, takes the spotlight in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts beloved works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. This festive evening of music, dining, and dancing is sure to be unforgettable!

The NY Phil Opening Gala is sold out. Please contact the Office of Special Events at to be added to the waiting list or to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

The Opening Gala Concert with Yo-Yo Ma and Jaap van Zweden will be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
David Geffen Hall

6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:30 PM Concert
Dinner and After-Party Follow

Attire: Black Tie

Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien
Dvořák Cello Concerto

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Opening Gala

A cocktail reception, prime concert seating, festive dinner, and late-night drinks and dancing await!

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Concert & After-Party

Celebrate with drinks, dancing, and fun after the concert.

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Concert Only

Jaap van Zweden conducts this one-night-only event, featuring beloved cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Opening Gala Leadership Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs

Julie Andrews
Bradley Cooper
Renée Fleming
Frank Gehry
Carolina Herrera
Karen and Richard LeFrak
Yo-Yo Ma
John A. Paulson
Steinway & Sons
Jaap van Zweden
John Williams


GRoW @ Annenberg
Jennifer and Bud Gruenberg
Linda and Mitch Hart
Leni and Peter May
Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang
Barbara Tober
Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach
1 Anonymous Donor


Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin
Marijke and Lodewijk de Vink &
     Didi and Oscar S. Schafer
Barbara and Amos Hostetter
Harold Mitchell AC


Claudio X. González
The Hite Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Johnson
Christian A. Lange
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc
Mr. James L. and Mrs. Margo M. Nederlander
Joan and Joel I. Picket
Carol and Chuck Schaefer
Kay and Jackson Tai
Mary and James G. Wallach Foundation
Simon Yates and Kevin Roon


Elizabeth Bacot
Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass
Paul Bohm
Toos and Hira Daruvala
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Golnar Khosrowshahi
Honey M. Kurtz
Judith Little
Paul J. Sekhri and Mark Duvall Gude
Klara and Larry A. Silverstein
Tiger Baron Foundation
Sylvia Tóth and Francesco Fiorito


Vera Blinken
Charles C. Y. Chen
Dr. Raluca Dinu and Dr. Avi Katz
Barbara and Peter Georgescu
Guenther Greiner
Robert F. Hoerle
Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer
Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen
Leonard and Allison Stern
The John and Barbara Vogelstein Foundation


Deborah and Charles Adelman
Toby Lerner Ansin and Sanford Evans
Judy and Howard Berkowitz
David C. Bohnett
Michele and Martin Cohen
Kathleen and Jerrold Eberhardt
Bruce Horton, MD
Tian Ling and Diana Wang
Tom Roush and LaVon Kellner


Ronnie P. Ackman
The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation
David and Sheila Barrett
The Leonard Bernstein Office
Murat Beyazit
Maurizio Bianco and Elena Voltolina Bianco
Eric Blair-Joannou
Thomas and Heli Blum
Noreen and Ken Buckfire
Michael Cassidy
Judith and Stewart Colton
Alberto Cribiore
Dr. Irene Rosner David,
      in memory of Dr. Raphael David
Mary Ellen Dundon
Violet and Christopher Eagan
Patricia and Edward Falkenberg
Roy (Trey) D. Farmer III
Nancy Dotterer Field
Gerald and Sheree Friedman
Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons &
     Cynthia and Tom Sculco
Suzan Gordon
Taylor Hanex
Gurnee and Marjorie Hart
Hermione Foundation, Laura J. Sloate, Trustee
Tianyue Jiang
Joan Kahn
Young Joon Kim
Martin and Melanie Kirschner
Alan W. Kornberg
Nadia Kovarskava
Florence Lemle
Betty and John Levin
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lisanti
Guillermo Lombera
Dr. Pamela Marron
Trent and Marigny Martensen
Jonathan Martin
Jennifer McCausland
Diane Miller
Phyllis and Slade Mills
Lynn Nesbit
Susan Porter
Arthur and Susan Rebell
Marie Redetzki
Paula L. Root
Rebecca Rosow
Sana H. Sabbagh
Ellen and Peter Safir
Susan and Arnold Scharf
Smilow Foundation
Daisy M. Soros
Elizabeth and Peter Spielman
Nicholas Stephens
Laura Walker and Bert Wells
Ann Eden Woodward Foundation
Shanshan Xu
Dr. Laszlo Zaborszky
1 Anonymous Donor

as of September 5, 2023