Lincoln Center’s fifth annual White Light Festival kicks off in one week, starting with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s ritualization of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” The orchestra’s music director Sir Simon Rattle has said this staging is “the single most important thing we ever did here.” Discover more about this year’s festival here.

Lincoln Center’s fifth annual White Light Festival kicks off in one week, starting with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s ritualization of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” The orchestra’s music director Sir Simon Rattle has said this staging is “the single most important thing we ever did here.” Discover more about this year’s festival here.

The New York Times on the Berliner Philharmoniker

The New York Times takes a look at one of the world’s greatest and most influential orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, ahead of their appearances in New York at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. ”This orchestra is willing and able to throw themselves into the music in a way which I have almost no words to describe to you,” says the acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Read the profile here and learn more about Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival events here.

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

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: http://bit.ly/NYTWLF14Preview

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. http://bit.ly/WLFfbContest

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: 
http://bit.ly/17jRgpx

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: http://nyti.ms/1isAWfe

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.