Peter Sellars, director of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s presentation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize earlier this year for his significant contributions to the world of music. In his acceptance speech from the ceremony in August, he spoke about the importance of music, explaining "music is what holds the world together.”

Watch this great profile video of master puppeteer Basil Twist, produced by The New Yorker last year around the time of the premiere of his new production of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” This acclaimed presentation showcasing his endless imagination comes to Lincoln Center in October as part of this year’s White Light Festival.

White Light Festival Preview: “Aural Journey Into the Spiritual” (New York Times)

This Fall, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival celebrates its fifth season, with programs ranging from opera to dance to pop music. The New York Times takes a look at this season’s offerings, noting such highlights as the production of Britten’s “Curlew River” with Ian Bostridge, Schubert’s “Winterreise” with Matthias Goerne, and the Berlin Philharmoniker’s staging of “St. Matthew Passion” at the Park Avenue Armory. Read more here:

White Light Festival contest - win free tickets!

Want to win free tickets to concerts at this season’s White Light Festival at Lincoln Center? “Like” our new Facebook page and you can enter to win tickets and other free items related to Festival events this Fall.

Tickets now on sale for Lincoln Center’s 2014-15 Great Performers season and White Light Festival!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Lincoln Center announces details of the fifth White Light Festival, October 6 through November 11, 2014. The multidisciplinary Festival spans 12 venues, and numerous musical traditions and genres. It will include 28 performances, films, and events and feature eight premieres, plus new works and debuts by artists and companies from the United States, Australia, Germany, Pakistan, Poland, the U.K. and South Africa - including the Lincoln Center debut of the Berliner PhilharmonikerThe White Light Festival, which takes its name from a quotation by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, is focused on the remarkable power of art to reveal the many dimensions of our interior lives. Other highlights this season: Brooklyn Rider with Dance Heginbotham; a production of Britten’s Curlew River with Ian Bostridge; Roomful of Teeth performing a new work by member and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw; Basil Twist’s production of The Rite of Spring with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; William Kentridge’s staging of Schubert’s Winterreise with Matthias GoernePakistani ensemble Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali performs Islamic and Sufi devotional music; Mavis Staples sings works from her album; Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig performs Bach and Bruckner; and more.

Read the announcement of the 2014 White Light Festival:

Congrats Peter Sellars, Polar Music Prize winner

Congrats to Peter Sellars, who is one of the recipients of the prestigious Polar Music Prize (along with Chuck Berry). Audiences can experience Sellars realization of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion this Fall when the Berliner Philharmoniker arrives in New York as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Read more here:

Thanks to all who joined us for the 2013 White Light Festival, Lincoln Center’s annual celebration of music’s capacity to illuminate the the spirit and dimensions of our interior lives. This year’s festival, which ran from October 24 to November 23, featured The Cleveland OrchestraMark Morris Dance GroupRokia Traore, and many more.

Highlights from Mark Morris Dance Group’s “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato at the the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, now through Saturday, November 24. (Photos: Kevin Yatarola)

"Darkness Visible": JACK Quartet at White Light Festival

What would it be like to listen to a string quartet in complete darkness? Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas tackled that concept in his String Quartet No. 3, “In The Dark,” which true to its name, will be performed by memory in total darkness by the JACK Quartet tomorrow night at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Read this article by Alex Ross of The New Yorker to learn more about Haas’s quartet and why the composer likes the concept of heightened awareness. (Illustration by Chad Hagen/The New Yorker).