Next White Light Festival, from Mahler and Stockhausen to Heiner Goebbels

Posted on: July 5, 2012

Lincoln Center’s third annual White Light Festival, scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 18, 2012 at several venues in New York City, will feature musicians, actors, dancers, and choirs from France, Ireland, Latvia, Turkey, India, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. Matthias Pintscher will lead members of the New York Philharmonic in a chamber version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, with singers Tamara Mumford and Russell Thomas, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. Percussionist Stuart Gerber and sound projectionist Joe Drew will re-create Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Friday Greeting as a sound installation in the Alice Tully Theater lobby, and the Hilliard Ensemble will perform Heiner Goebbels’s music-theater work I went to the house but did not enter, an exploration of aging that incorporates texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett. Mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink will give a recital devoted to songs by Dvořák, Schumann, and Mahler, with pianist Anthony Spiri, and the Latvian Radio Choir will be joined by the Sinfonietta Riga for an all-Arvo Pärt program and a solo “Baltic Voices” program featuring composers Knut Nystedt, Lasse Thoresen, Anders Hillborg, Eriks Ešenvalds, Ligeti, and Pärt. Other performers at the festival include the early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, Ireland’s Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, pianists Alexei Lubimov and Paul Lewis, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, the kathak/modern dance Akram Khan Company, organist Cameron Carpenter, and the classical Indian dancer Malavika Sarukkai.

Posted July 5, 2012