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October 02, 2019

Lincoln Center Presents First Phone-Free Classical Music Performances Using Yondr

White Light Festival


Lincoln Center Presents First Phone-Free

Classical Music Performances Using Yondr


Patented System Secures Devices,

Inviting Audiences to Connect Totally Free from Digital Distraction



New York, NY — (October 2, 2019) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced that select performances during the White Light Festival’s 10th anniversary season will offer audiences Yondr, a service that creates phone-free experiences.


While use of Yondr is growing in pop music, theater, and comedy, the Lincoln Center performances mark the first-ever utilization for classical music concerts.


The system places cell phones and other smart devices in a secured pouch for the duration of the performance, allowing us to connect more fully, undistracted by our own and other’s digital devices. 


“The promise of a hyper-connected existence through technology has, in many ways, made us far less connected to ourselves, to one another, and—importantly—to what can be deeply moving, communal experiences offered by live performing arts,” said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center. “Music offers us a way into the broad range of human experience, across generations and cultures. Central to the White Light Festival’s mission is connecting us deeply to what we all have in common.”


“I’m struck every day by the communities created in our halls, theaters, and outside across the campus,” said Henry Timms, President and CEO of Lincoln Center. “Our aim with this experiment is to strengthen and connect that community in new ways.”


Audiences will secure their phones in?Yondr pouches before entering the hall and keep the pouches with them throughout the performance. The service is free to any ticket holder. There will be a designated “phone use area in the lobby where patrons can access their devices should they need to. Each of the performances will be followed by a White Light Lounge, during which audiences may mingle with artists and fellow concertgoers while enjoying enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or sparkling water.


Limited tickets are still available for 2019 White Light Festival performances by visiting, calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).


White Light Festival 2019 Performances Utilizing Yondr 

Full Festival program available here. Images and artist biographers available here.


Journey to the East

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm 

Alice Tully Hall


Jordi Savall, director

John Douglas Thompson, narrator

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Hespèrion XXI

(Japan) Junko Ueda, voice and biwa; Ichiro Seki, shakuhachi; Masako Hirao, bass viol; Hiroyuki Koinuma, shinobue and nokan 
(India) Prabhu Edouard, tablas?
(Afghanistan) Daud Sadozai, sarod
Sung in Spanish, German, Latin, Provençal, Japanese, and Chinese with English supertitles

Performance length: Two hours, including intermission


Journey to the East links two unique figures across the centuries: acclaimed early-music interpreter Jordi Savall and St. Francis Xavier, the 16th-century Jesuit missionary who traveled from the court of Lisbon to Mozambique, India, Malaysia, Japan, and China. In this epic musical journey, narrated by John Douglas Thompson, Savall directs Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and guest musicians as they trace the rich array of percussion, melodic instruments, and vocal styles Francis Xavier would have encountered on his route. Journey to the East is based on Savall’s 2008 album Francis Xavier: The Route to the Orient, created from a program marking the 500th anniversary of Xavier’s birth. Savall returns to the White Light Festival following presentations of The Cycles of Life: A Musical Exploration of the Balkans in 2013 and The Routes of Slavery, also narrated by Thompson, in 2017.


There will be a pre-concert discussion with Jordi Savall and Ara Guzelimian at 6:15 pm onstage in Alice Tully Hall.


Mahler Songs

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall


Christian Gerhaher, baritone

Gerold Huber, piano

All-Mahler program

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn



Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber have a 30-year partnership that began in their schooldays. Since then, the pair have devoted themselves to lied interpretation through performances, recordings and by teachingThis lyrical evening moves from the disenchanted wanderer of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (“Songs of a Wayfarer”) to selected folkloric poetry settings of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (“The Boy’s Magic Horn”), concluding with the eternally poignant Kindertotenlieder. Together, Gerhaher and Huber have recorded the Schubert, Schumann, and Mahler cycles for Sony Musicas well as a new recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin that was released in autumn 2017. The duo’s third Schumann CD, also including the Kerner Songs, was released in autumn 2018. Gerhaher portrayed Jesus in Peter Sellars’s much-acclaimed St. Matthew Passion featured in the 2014 White Light Festival.


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


Stabat Mater

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm 

Alice Tully Hall


Britten Sinfonia

The Sixteen, choir

Harry Christophers, conductor

All-James MacMillan program

Miserere (U.S. premiere)

Stabat Mater (U.S. premiere)


Performance length: 70 minutes, no intermission


Sir James MacMillan, the preeminent Scottish composer of our time, draws upon his Celtic heritage and Catholic faith to compose modern-day sacred works that transcend the concert hallThis all-MacMillan program, performed by the Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers, features the U.S. premieres of MacMillan’s haunting Miserere and his monumental new Stabat Mater, a devastating hymn of a mother’s anguishThis Stabat Mater is the first musical work ever to be streamed live from the Sistine Chapel and was released on the Coro label in March 2017. Britten Sinfonia previously performed in the U.S. premiere production of Netia Jones’s Curlew River at the 2014 White Light Festival.


There will be a pre-concert talk with James MacMillan and Andrew Shenton at 6:15 p.m. in the Opera Learning Center (Rose building, 6th floor).


James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.


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



Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm 

Alice Tully Hall


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Jonathan Cohen, conductor and harpsichord

Katherine Watson, soprano

Rowan Pierce, soprano

Iestyn Davies, countertenor

PergolesiStabat Mater

VivaldiGloria in D major, RV 589

Sung in Latin with English supertitles


Performance length: 90 minutes, including intermission


The unparalleled period-instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and its Choir present a stirring program of Baroque masterworks. Featuring British conductor and harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen and radiant vocal soloists, including countertenor Iestyn Davies (Guardian, U.K.), the concert begins with Pergolesi’s exquisite Stabat Mater, a profoundly moving portrait of a mother’s agony resolving in melodic grace. The second half of the program emerges from the depths with Vivaldi’s joyful Gloria, an exuberant hymn of praise.


There will be a pre-concert lecture by scholar Benjamin D. Sosland at 6:15 p.m. in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


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



About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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 thousands of 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 at 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.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at?[email protected]?or 212.875.5375.




The White Light Festival 2019 is made possible by The Shubert Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, The Joelson Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Great Performers Circle, Lincoln Center Spotlight,

Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center


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


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center




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For more information, please contact:

Isabel Sinistore

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Jenni Klauder

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Michelle Tabnick

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