Carnegie Hall Celebrates 120th Anniversary with James Taylor

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Carnegie Hall rang in it’s 120th anniversary by presenting a Gala Concert led by music icon, James Taylor. Last night’s star studded event was just part one in a four part “Perspectives” series that is dedicated to the long and illustrious career of Taylor.

The one-night-only gala took place in the Isaac Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Taylor[/lastfm] leading us through a journey that highlighted the historic events that have taken place over the last 120 years. Special guests included Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Sting, Barbara Cook, and the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.

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The cast of stars who shared the stage with Taylor paid tribute to many of the performers who graced the stages of Carnegie Hall in the past. Bette Middler paid homage to vaudeville star Sophie Tucker, Dianne Reeves recounted the jazz stylings of Billie Holiday, and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sting[/lastfm] performed a rendition of “Penny Lane” from British invaders, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm].

Steve Martin provided comic relief while James Taylor brought the night to a close with his take on Judy Garland‘s “Over the Rainbow.”

Tickets for the Gala were pricey, ranging from $200 to as high as $5,000. Before you shake your fist in the air with anger, remember this prestigious even was benefiting Carnegie Hall‘s artistic and education programs.

If you missed out on the one-night-only gala with James Taylor, don’t worry. It’s just part one of a four part “Perspectives” series that will continue through the rest of the spring.

It will also be well within your price range, so you can breathe easy.

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