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September 21, 2018

White Light Festival Classical Music Advisory

Lincoln Center

White Light Festival

Classical Music Advisory


Festival Features Performances by Luminary Artists, Premieres,

and Collaborative, Multimedia Experiences


  • The world premiere of Framing Time with pianist Pedja Muzijevic and choreographer/dancer Cesc Gelabert, a meditation on music, light, and movement set to Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories for solo piano


  • William Christie and Les Arts Florissants revisit Haydn’s monumental oratorio The Creation; violinist Hilary Hahn plays solo Bach; Takács Quartet celebrates Schubert, and more


  • The U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, based on two Noh plays as translated by Ezra Pound and directed by Peter Sellars, featuring countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and dancer and choreographer Nora Kimball-Mentzos


This year’s 2018 White Light Festival will run from October 16 through November 18. The multidisciplinary festival will feature events presented in six venues across the city, including world, U.S., and New York premieres. The ninth annual international festival will explore transcendence, interior illumination, and the communal impulse as exhibited through artistic expression across continents and centuries.


Framing Time combines music, movement, and light in a performance of Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories for solo piano. For this world premiere production, co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center, pianist Pedja Muzijevic performs Feldman’s spare, poetic work alongside captivating movement from Spanish choreographer and dancer Cesc Gelabert.


The human voice steps into the light in a concert version of The Creation, Haydn’s triumphal oratorio depicting the birth of the universe, presented by Les Arts Florissants under William Christie. In a more intimate a cappella offering, the Latvian Radio Choir pairs transcendent Mahler with contemporary Latvian composers at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin.


Violinist Hilary Hahn revisits Bach’s captivating sonatas and partitas in a solo recital at Alice Tully Hall, and the Takács Quartet introduces their new violinist Harumi Rhodes in an exploration of Schubert with guest cellist David Requiro.


The festival closes with the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars. Based on two Noh plays, the hypnotic work creates a shimmering world of supernatural encounters, given voice by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and embodied by dancer Nora Kimball-Mentzos.


Tickets for the 2018 White Light Festival are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).


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Classical Music Programs listed in chronological order

Bios of artists are available at the Lincoln Center press site, here.

Details on the full White Light Festival lineup may be found at


Takács Quartet

Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm

Takács Quartet

David Requiro, guest cello

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956


Alice Tully Hall

A White Light Lounge follows this performance


Widely considered one of the world’s finest string quartets, the Takács Quartet celebrates Schubert in its first Lincoln Center appearance with new violinist Harumi Rhodes. The quartet is joined by cellist David Requiro in a sublime exploration of Schubert’s revelatory Cello Quintet, paired with Webern’s late-Romantic Langsamer Satz, one of the composer’s earliest works.


There will be a pre-concert lecture by Boston University music professor Andrew Shenton at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


This performance is also part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers.


Hilary Hahn

Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 pm          

Hilary Hahn, solo violin

All-Bach program

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002

Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004


Alice Tully Hall

A White Light Lounge follows this performance


Bach’s works for solo violin are demanding as well as spiritual, and in her first White Light Festival appearance, Grammy Award-winning Hilary Hahn explores the sonatas and partitas in the minor keys, reflecting and expanding upon the works offered in her acclaimed debut recording, Hilary Hahn plays Bach.


This performance is also part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers.


Framing Time (World premiere)

Thursday–Friday, November 1–2 at 8:00 pm

Pedja Muzijevic, piano

Cesc Gelabert, choreographer and performer

Morton Feldman, composer

Burke Brown, set and lighting design

Lydia Azzopardi, costume design

Feldman: Triadic Memories for piano solo (1981)


Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater

A White Light Lounge follows the Friday performance


Framing Time is a quietly thrilling meditation on music, light, and movement centered on Morton Feldman’s 1981 solo piano work, Triadic Memories. For this world premiere production at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Feldman’s spare, mystical piano work—described by the composer as the “biggest butterfly in captivity”—merges with an intricate color and light interplay, joined by dance and sculptural elements. Vividly rendered by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, the shifting colors and elastic tempos of Feldman’s painterly music are transformed into acute, poetic movement by Spanish choreographer and dancer Cesc Gelabert, with set and lighting design by Burke Brown.


Co-presented by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and Baryshnikov Arts Center


Latvian Radio Choir

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm

Latvian Radio Choir

Sigvards Klava, conductor

Eriks Ešenvalds: Stars

Mahler (arr. Clytus Gottwald): Die zwei blauen Augen

Santa Ratniece: Chu Dal (“Quiet water”)

Mahler (arr. Clytus Gottwald): Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Valentin Silvestrov: Diptych

Juris Karlsons: Cum Oramus (World premiere)

Mahler (arr. Gérard Pesson): Adagietto

Eriks Ešenvalds: A Drop in the Ocean


Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 West 46th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)

A White Light Lounge follows this performance


Known around the world for its miraculous sound and imaginative programs, the Latvian Radio Choir returns to the White Light Festival for a luminous evening of a cappella music at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Pairing transcendent Mahler with contemporary Latvian composers—including a world premiere by Juris Karlsons—and a beautiful meditation by visionary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, the choir moves seamlessly between Latvian, Old Slavonic, Tibetan, German, and English texts to illuminate a universal yearning for inner peace. The Latvian Radio Choir and artistic director Sigvards Klava made their U.S. debuts at the White Light Festival in 2012.


The Creation

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie, conductor

Sandrine Piau, soprano

Hugo Hymas, tenor

Alex Rosen, bass

Haydn:  Die Schöpfung (“The Creation”)

Sung in German with English supertitles


Alice Tully Hall

A White Light Lounge follows this performance


Baroque music exponent William Christie, founder of the exceptional period-instrument orchestra and choir Les Arts Florissants, is no less a master of Viennese Classicism. The superlative ensemble and its esteemed director return to the White Light Festival with Haydn’s Creation, the triumphal oratorio featuring a trio of archangel soloists and a chorus of jubilant angels. Using text from the Bible and Milton’s Paradise Lost, Haydn brilliantly depicts the birth of the universe through the emergence of stormy seas, radiant sky, sprightly fauna, and awestruck humanity. Christie and Les Arts Florissants released a two-disc recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung on Virgin Classics in 2007. Les Arts Florissants presented a highly praised interpretation of Handel’s Theodora in the 2015 White Light Festival and performed Charpentier motets in the 2012 White Light Festival.


There will be a pre-concert lecture by Benjamin D. Sosland, founding director of Juilliard Historical Performance, at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


This performance is also part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers.


Only the Sound Remains (U.S. premiere)

Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 18 at 5:00 pm

Kaija Saariaho, composer

Peter Sellars, director

Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Nora Kimball-Mentzos, dancer and choreographer

Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, conductor

Theatre of Voices


Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Camilla Hoitenga, flute; Heikki Parviainen, percussion

Julie Mehretu, set designer

Robby Duiveman, costume designer

James F. Ingalls, lighting designer

Christophe Lebreton, sound designer

Sung in English with supertitles


Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall


In Kaija Saariaho’s hypnotic chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, based on translations by Ezra Pound and Ernest Fenollosa of two Noh plays, a ghost and an angel emerge from a world of light and shadow. Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky gives voice to these supernatural hosts and bass-baritone Davóne Tines embodies their mortal counterparts in this U.S. premiere directed by Peter Sellars. Transformed by the visionary artwork of artist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Julie Mehretu, this world reverberates and shimmers with spectral power and features a celestial dance by Nora Kimball-Mentzos. Only the Sound Remains received its world premiere at the Dutch National Opera in March 2016.


There will be a pre-performance discussion with Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, and Ara Guzelimian on Sunday, November 18 at 3:45 pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio.


A co-production of Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Finnish National Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Real, and Canadian Opera Company. As one of the original co-commissioners of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains, the Canadian Opera Company is proud to support the North American premiere of this work at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.


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The White Light Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


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The White Light Festival 2018 is made possible by The Shubert Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, The Joelson Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.


Public Support is provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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