In November 2007 several artistic venues around New York City celebrated the explosion of creativity taking place in Berlin, Germany with a 17-day "Berlin in Lights" festival. This concert at Carnegie Hall was one of the featured events. The Berliner Philharmoniker performs Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 9," under the direction of acclaimed music director and conductor, Sir Simon Rattle.
Other "Berlin in Lights" events are highlighted, including the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela performing Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra." This orchestra is a sister orchestra to the Berliner Philharmoniker.