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Great Performances: Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert

Airs Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Conductor Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic during a special Carnegie Hall 120th anniversary concert.

Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald performs during the special Carnegie Hall 120th anniversary concert.
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Above: Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald performs during the special Carnegie Hall 120th anniversary concert.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs during the special Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary concert.
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Above: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs during the special Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary concert.

Carnegie Hall commemorates its 120th anniversary on "Great Performances" with an all-star gala concert featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic.

Special guests pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham, and the four-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald perform works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Duke Ellington, Antonin Dvořák and George Gershwin.

The eclectic, crowd-pleasing program is set to include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56, performed by Ax, Ma, and Shaham, a selection of Duke Ellington songs – including “Solitude,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “On a Turquoise Cloud,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing” — performed by McDonald, and full performances of Antonin Dvořák’s "Carnival Overture" and George Gershwin’s "An American in Paris."

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Above: On May 5, 2011, Carnegie Hall commemorated its 120th anniversary with an all-star gala concert featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and special guests pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham, and the four-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald.

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