The Lincoln Center continuously pumps out unique and fascinating displays of musical and artistic expression. This fall shall be no different with the White Light Festival. The festival describes itself as a multidisciplinary presentation on music’s ability to illuminate life. With performances lasting over a month, there’s opportunity to enjoy and attend a wide variety of musical talent and cultural expression.
The festival kicks off on Saturday, October 4th with a rehearsal for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s St. Matthew Passion. The production has garnered such a wide following and overwhelming demand for tickets that they have opened their work to the public for this early viewing. The final production will be performed just a few days later at the festival. The performance director Peter Sellars’ production of Bach’s 1727 inspires much of the hype behind St. Matthew Passion.
Another excitedly anticipated performance is known as Ecstatic Journeys with Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali. Ecstatic Journeys centers around Islamic and Sufi poems performed by world-renowned vocalists. The production expects to bring a wonderful combination of familial tradition and cultural artistic creation for the Lincoln Center audience. With many more shows bringing musical influences from countries around the world, Ecstatic Journeys exemplifies the festival’s wide spread reach and presentation. A large part of what inspires the festival’s light is the search as to how music lifts the spirit and expands the mind and such a discovery must happen in a variety of ways in all the different social and spiritual pockets of our vast world.
The White Light Festival will put out a long list of similar, yet stand-alone performances from October 7-November 11th. With post-event hangouts and performances throughout the month known as lounges, there are plenty of chances for people to enjoy the splendor and talent emanating from this amazing exhibition of diverse talent and progressive thought. Like many of the great performances that happen in New York City, these will take place at the Lincoln Center.