A successful performance of the Beethoven's 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall received a standing ovation!!
praised by "New York Concert Review" as "...especially impressive. Conducting from memory, he demonstrated his deep knowledge of the score with unflagging energy and intense concentration. He was dynamic, confident, and completely engaged for the entire 75 minutes".
"New York Concert Review" praised as "the playing overall was polished and the ensemble remarkably unified, as if they had been together for a long period of time...a highly satisfying performance". "New York Culture Examiner" reported "Maestro Hirai made a remarkable Carnegie Hall debut in front of an audience of about 3,000 people who recognized his outstanding job with the New York Festival Orchestra."