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Watch Paula Zahn’s interview on THIRTEEN’s Sunday Arts with Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center and Director of the White Light Festival.


All over New York there are little glass boxes with hatchets inside that say ‘In Case of Emergency Break Glass,’” said Mr. Sellars, who lives in Los Angeles. “That’s the ‘Matthew Passion.’ It’s meant to be used in really extreme moments in your life. When you need to reach for something, the ‘Matthew Passion’ is there.
—  Peter Sellars on the St. Matthew Passion of Bach

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 Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Rokia Traore, and many more.

  • Indian Summer - Live
  • Jónsi & Alex
  • Riceboy Sleeps Live @ White Light Festival

Riceboy Sleeps is sometimes the only way I can put the thoughts in my head to rest at night. Still one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard.

Perfect background music for the first Tennessee thunderstorm of the season. Thunderstorms mean Spring is on the way and I get giddy just thinking about it. Such a sweet sound.


Site SPOTTED. Lincoln Center | White Lights Festival. With both responsive design and a new minimalist movement taking hold in web design today, this site for the 2013 White LIghts Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center is a fine example of solid design at work. From the simple homepage with a dynamic vertical roll of striking event photography to the hidden event subnavigation bar at the site’s left margin, the content is perfectly organized and presented. Very few page types here (another good idea for both aesthetic continuity and site functionality). Copy in all cases is straight-forward and easy-to-digest. Darker color palette for the site in general and featured photographs adds dramatic effect as well as allows the information to stand out. Definitely worth checking out. And while you’re on the site, why not order a few sets of tickets? A little culture is always good for soul…


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.


Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, running October 24 through November 23, 2013, focuses on artistic expression’s powerful capacity to illuminate the many dimension of our interior lives. The fourth annual White Light Festival, will feature a particular emphasis on the power of voice. Spanning numerous musical traditions, genres, and disciplines, the Festival will offer 23 performances of music, dance and theater, as well as films and events featuring seven premieres and debuts by artists and companies from more than a dozen countries, including France, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, the U.K., Mali, Estonia, Italy, Austria, Canada and the U.S.  New to this edition of the Festival is White Light on Film, film screenings followed by discussions with their directors. Other Festival components include: a panel discussion focused on the subject of time, pre- and post-performance artist discussions, and the popular post-performance White Light Lounges.

Highlights include the US premiere of Akram Khan’s DESH, the US premiere of Michel van der Aa’s mysterious cello concerto and film Up-close, the US premiere of Era la notte featuring soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, the New York premiere of Jordi Savall’s The Cycles of Life, performances by the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Thomas Boy’s Choir, the Tallis Scholars, the Jack Quartet, Le Concert d’Astrée with Emmanuelle Haïm and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and Festival encores of The Manganiyar Seduction, and Mark Morris’s L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

Explore and learn more about the 2013 White Light Festival here.
Read the press release detailing all the events of the Festival here.



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 Philharmoniker. The 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 Goerne; Pakistani 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

This Monday, Lincoln Center presents a free live stream panel featuring director Peter Sellars and Rundfunkchor Berlin’s chief conductor Simon Halsey, as they discuss Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and their presentation of it with the Berliner Philharmoniker at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.

Watch here at 6:30pm ET: http://bit.ly/LC-SMP


With last night’s performance of William Kentridge’s Winterreise featuring Matthias Goerne, Lincoln Center’s fifth White Light Festival comes to a close. It’s been a tremendous journey, featuring the Berliner Philharmoniker and Berlin Radio Chorus, Basil Twist, Ian Bostridge, Roomful of Teeth, Mavis Staples, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali, Cantus, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and more.


Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival opened last night with a sold-out presentation of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker (berlinphil), along with singers Mark Padmore, Christian Gerhaher, Magdalena Kožená, Camilla Tilling, Eric Owens and more  at the Park Avenue Armory (parkavenuearmory). For this unique “ritualization” by director Peter Sellars, a recreation of Berlin’s famous Philharmonie stage was developed, with singers sometimes placed amidst audience members. Reviewing the opening performance, The New York Times called it a “magnificent performance…searing and sublime…I have seldom felt so much a participant in the musical drama of this staggering masterpiece.”

Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival continues through November 11

(Photos by Richard Termine/Lincoln Center)