Thursday marked exactly 125 years since the opening of Carnegie Hall, and the venue celebrated its prestigious history with a star-studded benefit gala. Stephanie Simon reports.
The joint was really jumping for Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary gala. And why not? Superstars of all genres took to the stage to celebrate, all with a long history of performing here. including legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor, and Isabel Leonard and Renée Fleming from the world of opera.
Also wowing the packed house were classical music icons Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, who said the eclectic lineup reflects the hall's diverse history.
"It's a classic music thing. You know, they say, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, yes, that. But then there are many other gigs, acts that are not classical that have been here.
All of these stars very much at home here. In fact, the only here making a debut was host Richard Gere.
Despite the star power, Leonard says there were no egos. They just, well, showered the people they love with love.
We're all going, 'Oh my gosh, it's so nice to see you. Oh my gosh it's so nice to be on stage with you,'" Leonard said.
American songbook crooner Michael Feinstein feels the history.
"It has always been about the ghosts for me," Feinstein said. "Whenever I'm here, I think about Tchaikovsky being here on opening night."
In some ways, the biggest star here is the incredible sound. Many say Carnegie has perfect acoustics.
It certainly seemed so on this special night. And if somehow, you've never been to Carnegie Hall, maybe it's time to make your debut.