Looking for something fun to do in New York City this fall? Lincoln Center’s fifth White Light Festival is set to run October 7 through November 11. The multidisciplinary Festival will cover 12 venues, and "numerous musical traditions and genres," we hear.
Visitors will be able to attend 30 performances, films, and events—including eight premieres—as well as new works and debuts by artists and companies from the U.S., Australia, Germany, Pakistan, Poland, the U.K. and South Africa — including the Lincoln Center debut of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Other Festival components include pre- and post-performance artist discussions and the popular post-performance White Light Lounges, where performers and audience members can meet.
|Winterreise comes to White Light Festival November 11 at Alice Tully Hall. Photo by Lukas Beck.|
The Festival opens on October 7 with the U.S. premiere of Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s monumental masterpiece St. Matthew Passion at Park Avenue Armory, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Rundfunkchor Berlin, in a co-presentation with Park Avenue Armory. There will be a pre-festival discussion with Simon Halsey and Peter Sellars on October 6 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
The Festival will wrap up on November 11 with the New York premiere of Lincoln Center’s commission of the acclaimed South African director and artist William Kentridge’s Winterreise, Franz Schubert’s haunting song cycle for voice and piano. Winterreise has a unique visual and staged environment, including 24 animated films to complement the cycle’s 24 songs, and will be performed by German baritone Matthias Goerne, one of the foremost interpreters of Schubert song.
Tickets for the 2014 White Light Festival are available online at WhiteLightFestival.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or visiting the Avery Fisher or Alice Tully Hall box offices at Broadway and 65th Street.