The White Light Festival is an exploration of music’s power to illuminate our interior lives. From the powerful opening chords of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis to an exploration of light itself by Jennifer Tipton, to a meditation by Toni Morrison, Peter Sellars, and Rokia Traoré on the darkness of the soul that leads to the transcendence of love, the White Light Festival offers experiences of passionate beauty and occasions of profound insight into the many dimensions of our individual selves and the collective shared forces of the human condition.
The second annual festival which runs from October 20 – November 19th, offers the opportunity for you to become connected with artists and fellow concertgoers after performances at the White Light Lounges. Shows run almost everyday and feature everything from art installations to symphony orchestra performances.
The White Light Lounges are free and they include performances by Gidon Kremer, Necessary Weather, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Desdemona, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Spectral Scriabin, Four Quartets, Huelgas Ensemble, Wind of the Spirit, Huelgas Ensemble, What Makes It Great?, and Passio-Compassio.
The Festival closes with the bonding power of spiritual ecstasy as Ensemble Sarband, joined by whirling dervishes from the Muslim Mevlevi tradition, draws startling connections between J.S. Bach’s Passions and the Sufi mystics.
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White Light Festival
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023