White Light Festival: Word Made Flesh

imageThe superb Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, led by conductor Neeme Järvi, arrives in New York for a special White Light Festival program featuring music by Veljo Tormis, Arvo Part, Mozart and Sibelius, on Sunday, November 10 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

(Photo: Mait Jüriado)


White Light on Film

In addition to the live performance events, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival is presenting two films later this week. "The End of Time" from director Peter Mettler encourages viewers to ruminate on the nature of time, on our constantly evolving universe and bodily transience. This ephemeral journey moves from scientists probing the attributes of time at a particle accelerator to volcanic eruptions, funeral rites, deteriorating urban landscapes, and an observatory that can see ten billion years into the past. (November 9)

For “Into Great Silence,” filmmaker Philip Gröning contacted the Carthusian monks nestled deep in the French Alps about creating a documentary way back in 1984. Sixteen years later they called him back. To capture this rare footage, which resulted in a Sundance Special Jury Prize, Gröning entered this still point of the turning world alone, filming the solitary and contemplative lifestyle of the Carthusians to record an experience of timelessness and silence in which boundaries between movie theater and monastery dissolve. (November 10)


White Light Festival: Akram Khan’s DESH

Akram Khan’s Olivier Award–winning solo work, DESH, is the story of a transplanted artist seeking identity and balance in an unstable world, presented at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in its U.S. premiere. Bengali for “homeland,” DESH uses mercurial choreography and fantastical animation to explore the land of Khan’s ancestors, our collective frailty in the face of natural forces, and the dreams and stories that help us survive and grow. Two performances only: November 6 and 7 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.


White Light Festival: Cleveland Orchestra performs Beethoven and Messiaen

The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Lincoln Center for a special one-night only performance in the White Light Festival on Monday. The concert, led by their music director Franz Welser-Most, features Messiaen’s “Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine” and Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” and “Mass in C Major.” Learn more here.


White Light Festival: The Manganiyar Seduction returns

This week, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents “The Manganiyar Seduction,” an event filled with ecstatic eruption of sound, light, and color, returning for three concerts after its successful 2010 presentation. Reviewing those concerts, The New York Times extolled: “I found it impossible to sit still, so buoyant and compelling were the work’s lively rhythmic currents. And after a thunderous finale, during which the set’s lights coursed in waves like a Broadway billboard or a football-stadium display, the instantaneous ovation that followed was as tumultuous as what had come just before.”

Learn more about these performances, running October 31-November 2, here.

(Photo: Stephanie Berger)


Tonight: “Up-close” at White Light Festival

Composer and filmmaker Michel van der Aa is featured in today’s New York Times about his life and work, including “Up-close,” his cello concerto/film mystery which receives its first US performance tonight at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Why does he use film with music? The artist says: “I kept on getting ideas that I couldn’t just say in music.” Read more here, and see the concert tonight.

(Photo: Maikel Samuels)


White Light Festival: Le Concert d’Astree presents rare Handel opera

Tomorrow evening, Le Concert d’Astrée and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm present a rare, one-night only presentation of Handel’s “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo,” the predecessor to his more popularly know English-language opera “Acis and Galatea” at Alice Tully Hall. Learn more here about this highlight event during the 2013 White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.

(Photo: Emmanuelle Haïm. Credit: Simon Fowler)


Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival begins

Dig deeper into Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival 2013, which kicks off tonight, with articles on music, film, spirituality, ecstasy, perception, and more.


White Light Festival kicks off with free concert tonight

imageThe vocal and sacred steel gospel group The Campbell Brothers have been bringing the deep gospel-blues sounds of Sacred Steel out of the church sanctuary and into concert halls and clubs for more than two decades, thrilling audiences from Lincoln Center Out of Doors to the Hollywood Bowl. They bring their powerful sound to the David Rubenstein Atrium for a Target® Free Thursdays performance tonight, which also kicks off the 2013 White Light Festival. More information here.


White Light Festival: Discover Michel van der Aa

imageRising Dutch composer Michel van der Aa is becoming known for his use of technology with classical music. Not only is he a composer, but he’s also a flimmaker, often creating films used in presentation with his musical creations. This Monday, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents a special evening of his music, including the Grawemeyer Award-winning cello concerto Up-Close.

Learn more about Michel van der Aa via this web documentary from his publisher Boosey & Hawkes. Also, take a moment to check out this other video of Up-close in action.

(Photo: Marco Borggreve)