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: http://nyti.ms/1isAWfe
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).
"Is it my destiny to grow toward the unknown?" Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré, last seen at Lincoln Center in Peter Sellars’s Desdemona, poses this question on her acclaimed new album, Beautiful Africa. Singing in Bambara, French, and English, Traoré brings to life her beloved homeland in the midst of political uncertainty, celebrating the strength of the human spirit and a hope that prevails in a special concert at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival tonight. (Photo: Frank Socha)
Capturing the timeless transcendence of the human voice, the Tallis Scholars highlight the hallowed works of John Taverner, who served as choirmaster of Christ Church, Oxford, during the reign of Henry VIII. The a cappella ensemble arrives at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival on November 16, moving gracefully through the ages, incorporating contemporary work by Arvo Pärt and a Lincoln Center commission by New York composer Nico Muhly. (Photo: Clive Barda)
Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci makes a rare New York appearance in Era la notte, a one-woman show featuring arias by Monteverdi and others, November 13 and 14 at the White Light Festival. “Unconventional and intense, [she] has become a specialist in the intimate affair, comfortable and potent in the early music repertory,” says the New York Times.