- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Carnegie Hall will celebrate its 125th-anniversary with a gala concert on May 5, 2016, featuring Renee Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang and Yo-Yo Ma.

The program also will include Martina Arroyo, Audra McDonald, Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax and James Taylor, Carnegie Hall said Wednesday. As part of the anniversary, Carnegie announced plans to commission 125 new compositions over five years.

Carnegie’s 2015-16 season opens Oct. 7 with Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of a Magnus Lindberg composition, Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe” Suite No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with Evgeny Kissin.

Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies from Nov. 17-21. Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ “Elektra” with Christine Goerke on Oct. 21.

Rosanne Cash will curate a four-concert series.

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