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October 08, 2014

White Light Festival 2014: Mavis Staples Solo Concert, November 4

White Light Festival

Contact: Kate Merlino

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Legendary Singer to Perform Latest Release, One True Vine


New York, NY, October 7, 2014 — Mavis Staples, hailed as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone, will perform a solo concert on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 7:30 pm in Alice Tully Hall as part of the 5th season of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.


Tickets, starting at $45, are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street.


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.  Staples, who began her career in 1950 singing gospel with The Staple Singers, a group founded by her father, has in recent years moved from the pop and R&B-influenced music of her middle years to a more spiritually focused sound. Her latest release, One True Vine, was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and includes songs by Tweedy, “Pops” Staples, Nick Lowe, and others. One True Vine is a deeply spiritual showcase for a voice that remains full of nuance, power, and emotion. According to critics, “Mavis Staples musters a new kind of gentle power on her new album and remains a towering talent” (The Telegraph, UK) and “One True Vine is as introspective and diffident as a gospel album can be. Bravely and intimately, it leaves room for doubt.” (The New York Times).


Staples, whose life and career are a testament to the power of faith, is the recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Heritage Fellowship Award.  She has been named one of the 100


Greatest Women of Rock and Roll by VH1. The Staple Singers scored several top hits in the 1960s and ‘70s, including “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself”—both of which Rolling Stone magazine named among the top 500 songs of all time. Ms. Staples has collaborated with artists including Bob Dylan, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers; she performed before many of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches; and sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton. She appeared at Lincoln Center in 2012 at the Lincoln Center Festival tribute to Curtis Mayfield and in 2013’s American Songbook series.


In 2010, Ms. Staples released You Are Not Alone, which won a Grammy Award for best Americana album.  It also was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. 


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White Light Festival 2014 is sponsored by Time Warner Inc.


Additional support is provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


Endowment support is provided by the American Express Cultural Preservation Fund


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


Movado is the Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center


United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center


WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center


William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center


White Light Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, 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 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities.  For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.


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Mavis Staples
Caption: Mavis Staples will perform at Alice Tully Hall on November 4, 2014 as a part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.
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