White Light Festival 2011

The second White Light Festival is taking place October 20 - November 19, 2011 at white-light-Scriabin-2Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, New York City.

This multi-disciplinary festival uses the power of music as a springboard for exploration down other paths.

The Opening Night performance is:

Bassekou Kouyate – A new voice from a Mali tradition performs with his band, displaying virtuosity with the rhythmic Malian lute called the ngoni.

The Festival then presents the rich, unique blend of:

Gidon Kremer and Homage to J.S. Bach – Violinist Gidon Kremer performs Bach and other works with Giedre Dirvanauskaite on cello and Andrius Zlabys at the piano.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – The London Symphony Orchestra performs with Sir Colin Davis, conductor.

The Orchestra will also perform Benjamin Britten‛s War Requiem with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

Necessary Weather – A silent study in movement and light, conceived and choreographed by Dana Reitz, who dances with Sara Rudner. Lighting is by Jennifer Tipton and costume design by Santo Loquasto.

The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer – The rarely seen silent classic from 1928 is being screened with new music by Adrian Utley and Will Gregory, Charles Hazlewood conducting.

Duality of Light, An installation by Lynette Wallworth – Visitors enter the lobby of Alice Tully Hall, one at a time, through a long, dark corridor of sound.

Desdemona – A musical-dramatic collaboration between Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, director Peter Sellars, and Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré.

Spectral Scriabin – An all-Scriabin program by Eteri Andjaparidze, pianist, with Jennifer Tipton‛s lighting.

Four QuartetsBritish actor Stephen Dillane performs T.S. Eliot‛s Four Quartets in its entirety, followed by the Miró Quartet’s interpretation of the Beethoven Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.

Huelgas Ensemble of Belgium – The renowned early-music choral group led by Flemish conductor Paul Van Nevel performs sacred music selections, Included are Perotinus, Machaut, Cicona and Matteo Da Perugia, and anonymous works from England, Spain, Italy and Cyprus.

Lux AeternaSchola Cantorumwhite-light-JoanofArc de Venezuela with María Guinand, director, presenting work program of spiritual music from Spanish-language cultures throughout six hundred years of music.

Wind of the SpiritOlivier Latry, organist, presents an All-Messiaen program.

What Makes It Great?Rob Kapilow presents the gamelan, a kind of orchestra built around tuned percussion instruments such as xylophones and gongs, which filled the Islamic courts of Java. Kapilow interprets these sounds for the Western ear with the help of New York’s own Gamelan Kusuma Laras.

Late Night Elegies – Pianist Stephen Prutsman performs a wide range of classical works for solo piano.

Closing Night:

Passio Compassio: J.S. Bach and Sufi MysticismEnsemble Sarband, joined by whirling dervishes from Istanbul in the Muslim Mevlevi tradition, draws startling connections between J.S. Bach’s Passions and the Sufi mystics. with Modern String Quartet, Vocanima Köln and music director Vladimir Ivanoff.

The program also includes two Conversations: The Self, and Soul Music.

For more information, go to www.whitelightfestival.org.

White Light Festival 2011
October 20 - November 19, 2011

Alice Tully Hall, Star Theater
Avery Fisher Hall
Broadway at 65th Street
New York City

Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street
New York City

Baryshnikov Arts Center
Jerome Robbins Theater
450 W 37th Street
New York City

Clark Studio Theater
165 W. 65th Street, 7th Floor
New York City

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 W 65th Street, 10th Floor
New York City