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

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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).

 

Rokia Traoré Returns to Lincoln Center

image"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)

 

Tallis Scholars at White Light Festival

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)

 

Stunning photo from dress rehearsal for White Light Festival’s “Era la notte” featuring soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, with performances tonight and tomorrow.
(Photo: Loll Willems)

Stunning photo from dress rehearsal for White Light Festival’s “Era la notte” featuring soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, with performances tonight and tomorrow.

(Photo: Loll Willems)

Era la notte: one-woman show at White Light Festival

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

 

"L’Allegro" a "classic" and "masterpiece"

imageMark Morris’s masterpiece “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” celebrates its 25th anniversary at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, November 21-23. The New York Times notes the occasion with a feature noting it features “choreography that speaks to the soul.” Read more about the work here.

 

St. Thomas Boy’s Choir at White Light Festival

My days spent in sorrow, God ends nevertheless with joy. The wisdom of the ages is imparted through the pure voices of youth in this rare stateside appearance by the legendary St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, Bach’s own choir, along with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra. The 800-year-old ensemble visits the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, in the heart of Times Square on Tuesday, November 12, to present two intimate Bach cantatas followed by Vivaldi’s triumphal Gloriaand Magnificat. (Photo: Gert Mothes)

 

"It’s a Matter of Time": Special White Light Festival event

Join us tomorrow for a free, 90-minute discussion with leading artists and scientists as we explore the concept of time and its relationship with music. This White Light Festival conversation will be moderated by John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, and will include a live performance of Steve Reich’s iconic time-shifting piece Clapping Music.

What does science teach us about the dimension of time? How do we, as individuals and audience members, experience time? How do artists illustrate time in their work? For this multidisciplinary panel, consider time as interpreted by Buddhist psychotherapist Sylvia Boorstein, cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Casasanto, composer Georg Friedrich Haas, author and physicist Alan Lightman, and film director Peter Mettler.

December 9 at 4:30pm
FREE
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Lincoln Center