CARTER--Elliott. Carnegie Hall celebrates the life and achievements of one of the greatest composers of our time, Elliott Carter, who passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon. Carter, a tectonic force in the shaping of American musical life, often related that his first memories of Carnegie Hall were as a child -- as a guest of composer Charles Ives -- and Carter's 103 years beautifully parallel the development of our 121-year-old Hall. It was a great honor to our Hall that Carter served as our Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair in the 2008-2009 season and marked his 100th birthday with the New York premiere of "Interventions" with conductor James Levine, pianist Daniel Barenboim, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage, receiving a birthday cake on stage at the end of the performance. Though we will miss seeing his radiant smile and impish eyes in our Hall, we salute his legacy which at Carnegie Hall alone encompassed over 199 performances of 90 works beginning in 1951 and continuing long into the future. With deepest respect and admiration from the entire Carnegie Hall family. Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 7, 2012