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Lincoln Center Presents Kicks Off November 2012 Programming

The third season of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival continues in November with "The Spirit of the Body," a work by dancer/choreographer Malavika Sarukkai showcasing her exquisite interpretations of South India's classical dance, Bharatanatyam. Accompanied by four musicians from Madras, India, the performances are presented in the intimate setting of the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Thursday, November 1
Friday, November 2
Saturday, November 3

The Spirit of the Body

Yatra-Seeking: Malavika Sarukkai, choreographer and dancer

Chitrambari Krishnakumar, vocals

Srilatha Shamshuddin, nattuvangam

Balaji Azhwar, mridangam

Sai Shravanam Ramani, tabla

Srilakshmi Venkataramani, violin

Venkatesh Krishnan, lighting and sound

Co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center

Baryshnikov Arts Center at 8:30 (450 W. 37th St.)

White Light Lounges at the Baryshnikov Arts Center

This presentation of The Spirit of the Body is made possible in part by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


The first Target® Free Thursday in November presents all-round entertainer, pianist, rapper, and Guinness World Record-holder (for the longest concert by a solo artist), Chilly Gonzales playing the U.S. premiere of his Piano Concert No. 1, a new musical work for a 10-piece orchestra, commissioned by Lincoln Center. Two FREE performances.

Thursday, November 1

Target Free Thursdays

Chilly Gonzales: Piano Concerto No. 1 (U.S. premiere)

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 & 9:30 PM (61 W. 62nd St.)

Children and adults will enjoy this FREE Meet the Artist Saturday, where the Russian-American pianist, singer, and songwriter Sasha Papernik will perform a bilingual program of Russian and American folk music that represents her bicultural world as a first generation child of foreign parents in America.

Saturday, November 3

Meet the Artist Saturdays

Sasha Papernik, I Speak Music: Songs of a First Generation Russian-American

David Rubenstein Atrium at 11 AM (61 W. 62nd St.)

Meet the Artist Saturdays, sponsored by Neuberger Berman.
Major support for Meet the Artist Saturdays is provided by Betty and John Levin. Additional support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Member, Gale Brewer.

Endowment support is provided by The Walt Disney Company.


Conductor Matthias Pintscher will lead pianist Emanuel Ax, musicians from the New York Philharmonic, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, and tenor Russell Thomas in a chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler's wrenching Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a musical setting of poems about the transience of life. Although he completed the score in 1908, the composer did not live to hear it performed.

Sunday, November 4

Emanuel Ax, piano

Song of the Earth

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

Russell Thomas, tenor

Musicians of the New York Philharmonic

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E-flat minor BWV853, from the Well-tempered Clavier, Book I

Schoenberg: Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (chamber orchestra version)

Co-presented by Lincoln Center's White Light Festival and the New York Philharmonic

Emanuel Ax is the New York Philharmonic's Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

Rose Theater at 5 PM (Broadway at 60th St.)

White Light Lounge at the David Rubenstein Atrium (61 W. 62nd St.)


Lincoln Center Dialogue, the breakfast series that provides an opportunity to hear key leaders discuss significant issues facing American society today, will round out its second season in the David Rubenstein Atrium with a conversation focusing on the issues facing public policy leadership. Moderated by Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy, the session will be aired by WNET, WLIW, and NJ Network.

Wednesday, November 7

Lincoln Center Dialogue

Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Nan Keohane, Laurence S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs

Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, moderator

Topic: Public policy leadership

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 AM (61 W. 62nd St.)


November marks the launch of Poet-Linc, a fast-paced new poetry slam series in the Atrium featuring high school students from all five boroughs performing their original poetry to the theme "I have a voice." The kick-off on November 8th will introduce the judges of the poetry slams and five competing partner organizations. For the next five Wednesdays, the Atrium will be jam packed with poetry slam contests featuring students from our partner organizations as well as professional special guest poets. Three rounds of competitions will be judged by appointed members of the audience as well as by three selected judges. A Grand Slam performance on Target Free Thursdays' December 13th will determine the first-ever Lincoln Center Poet-Linc Grand Slam Champion. The series culminates with the publication of all the participants work in the chat book, Write Speak Art.

Poet-Linc is presented in Collaboration with Curtis High School, El Puente, Girls Write Now, Global Writes and SAYA!

Thursday, November 8

Target Free Thursdays

Poet-Linc Opening Night Performance

This special performance features poets Darian Dauchan, Erik Maldonado, and Shanelle Gabriel performing new original work.

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 PM (61 W. 62nd St.)

Poetry Slam Competition Rounds

Wednesdays on November 14, 21, and 28

David Rubenstein Atrium at 6:30 PM


Described as "one of the most highly original dance theatre companies in the world," Ireland's Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre will make its New York debut with the U.S. premiere of Rian. Named after musical director Liam Ó Maonlai's 2005 album, Rian is an exuberant evening-length work combining narrative, theater, contemporary dance, and traditional Irish music in a piece that suggests a communal pub gathering.

Thursday, November 8
Friday, November 9
Saturday, November 10

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (New York debut)

Rian (U.S. premiere)

Michael Keegan-Dolan, director and choreographer

Liam Ó Maonlaí, music director

Adam Silverman, lighting design

Sabine Dargent, set design

Doey Lüthi, costume design

Denis Clohessy, sound design

Philip Feeney, assistant music director

Co-produced by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Sadler's Wells, London

The international touring of Rian by Fabulous Beast is supported by Culture Ireland.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at 7:30 PM (John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St.)

White Light Lounges on November 9 and 10 at the David Rubenstein Atrium (61 W. 62nd St.)

Rian is made possible in part by endowment support from the American Express Cultural Preservation Fund.

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


Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov's "unusually broad range of specialties" (The New York Times) will be on display in a program titled "The Unanswered Journey," featuring works from Liszt to Pärt and Chopin to Ustvolskaya.

Thursday, November 8

Alexei Lubimov, piano

The Unanswered Journey

Liszt: Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort, S.203

Chopin: Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45

Arvo Pärt: Partita, Op. 2

Liszt: Nuages gris, S.199

Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonata No. 5

Mozart: Adagio in C major, K.617a

Mahler (arr. Singer): Trauermarsch, from Symphony No. 5

Liszt: Sursum corda, from Années de pèlerinage, troisième année

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at 10:30 PM (165 W, 65th St., 10th floor)


Irish folk/rock musician Liam Ó Maonlaí steps away from his post as music director for the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre's production of Rian to perform a solo concert with friends. Hailed by U2's lead singer Bono as "the best white boy soul singer on the planet," Ó Maonlaí is best known as the lead singer/pianist for the Celtic band Hothouse Flowers.

Friday, November 9

Céilí: Liam Ó Maonlaí and Friends

Liam Ó Maonlaí, piano and vocals

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at 10:30 PM (165 W, 65th St., 10th floor)


French master pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to the Great Performers series for his first solo recital in nearly 15 years. Long regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of French piano repertoire, Thibaudet will perform an all-Debussy program to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Saturday, November 10

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

All-Debussy program

Préludes, Book 2

Suite bergamasque


Alice Tully Hall at 7:30 PM (Broadway at 65th St.)


"I've rarely seen anything that melds music, staging, texts, and performance so perfectly into a meditation on humanity's 20th (and 21st) century blues," said The Times (London) about the 2008 premiere of Heiner Goebbels' music/theater work I went to the house but did not enter at the Edinburgh Festival. Incorporating four works by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett, composer and director Goebbels explores the disappointment and melancholy of aging.

Tuesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 14

The Hilliard Ensemble

I went to the house but did not enter

Heiner Goebbels, conception, music, and director
Klaus Grünberg, lighting design and staging

Florence von Gerkan, costume design

Willi Bopp, sound design

Texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett

Heiner Goebbels: I went to the house but did not enter

Originally produced by Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

Rose Theater at 7:30 PM (Broadway at 60th St.)
Post-performance discussion on November 13 with Heiner Goebbels in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Large Rehearsal Room

White Light Lounge on November 13 at the David Rubenstein Atrium (61 W. 62nd St.)

White Light Lounge on November 14 in American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson (Broadway at 65th St.)

This presentation of I went to the house but did not enter is made possible in part by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


In a special concert bridging both Great Performers' Art of the Song series and the White Light Festival, the acclaimed Argentinian mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink will give a rare U.S. recital of works by Schumann, Mahler, and Dvo?ák with pianist Anthony Spiri.

Wednesday, November 14

Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano

Anthony Spiri, piano

Earthly and Heavenly Life

Schumann: Sechs Gedichte von N. Lenau und Requiem, Op. 90

Mahler: Frühlingsmorgen

Mahler: Das irdische Leben

Mahler: Das himmlische Leben

Dvo?ák: Oblak a mrákota jest vukol Neho ("Clouds and Darkness"), from Biblické písne

Dvo?ák: Slyš, ó Bože, slyš modlitbu mou ("Give ear to my prayer"), from Biblické písne

Dvo?ák: Hospodin jest muj pastýr ("The Lord is my shepherd"), from Biblické písne

Dvo?ák: Pri rekách babylonských ("By the rivers of Babylon"), from Biblické písne

Dvo?ák: Zpívejte Hospodinu písen novou ("O sing unto the Lord a new song"), from Biblické písne

Mahler: Ich atmet' einen linden Duft, from Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder, from Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Liebst du um Schönheit, from Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Um Mitternacht, from Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, from Rückert-Lieder

Alice Tully Hall at 7:30 PM (Broadway at 65th St.)

White Light Lounge in American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson


Thursday, November 15
Target Free Thursdays

Jogja Hip Hop Foundation
David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 (61 W. 62nd St.)
18th-century spells and mantras slip organically into glittering breakbeats as Indonesia's foremost crew stands in the cultural cross-hairs, rapping across language and other borders.
Presented in collaboration with Center StageSM - a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Latvian Radio Choir-one of Europe's top professional chamber choirs-makes its U.S. debut in November with two White Light Festival concerts. Under the baton of Sigvards K?ava, the first evening includes a performance of Ligeti's Lux aeterna, the work immortalized in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The renowned Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste will lead the choir in a second concert featuring an all-Arvo Pärt program.

Friday, November 16

Latvian Radio Choir (U.S. debut)

Baltic Voices

Sigvards K?ava, conductor (U.S. debut)

Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach

Lasse Thoresen: Ombres et images

Anders Hillborg: muo:aa:yiy::oum

?riks Ešenvalds: Légende de la femme emmurée

Ligeti: Lux aeterna

Arvo Pärt: …which was the son of…

P?teris Vasks: Ziles zina ("Message of a Bird")

Church of St. Mary the Virgin at 7:30 PM (145 W. 46th St.)

White Light Lounge at Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Saturday, November 17

Latvian Radio Choir

Sinfonietta Riga

Adam's Lament

Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor

All-Arvo Pärt program

Berliner Messe

Te Deum


Adam's Lament

Alice Tully Hall at 7:30 PM (Broadway at 65th St.)

White Light Lounge in American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson


John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, hosts a pair of FREE weekend discussions with leading artists, authors, and thinkers surveying the physical and metaphysical aspects of the self. Limited seated is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, November 17

Panel: The Body and the Self

John Schaefer, moderator

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse from 4:30 to 6 PM (165 W, 65th St., 10th floor)

Sunday, November 18

Panel: The Self and Music

John Schaefer, moderator

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse from 3 to 4:30 PM (165 W, 65th St., 10th floor)


Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in Mahler's moving expression of the struggle between life and death for the closing concert of the White Light Festival. Written during a time of personal tragedy that included the death of his daughter and the discovery of a heart defect, the composer never heard his Ninth Symphony performed. The maestro will lead the Orchestra in a second concert on the Great Performers series the following night: Alban Berg's Wozzeck, an opera-in-concert with one of the work's widely-acclaimed masters in the title role, tenor Simon Keenlyside.

Sunday, November 18

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

On Departing

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Avery Fisher Hall at 5 PM (Broadway at 65th St.)

Monday, November 19

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Aidan Oliver, assistant conductor

Simon Keenlyside, Wozzeck

Angela Denoke, Marie

Hubert Francis, Drum Major

Joshua Ellicott, Andres

Peter Hoare, Captain

Tijl Faveyts, Doctor

Henry Waddington, First Apprentice

Eddie Wade, Second Apprentice

Harry Nicoll, Idiot

Anna Burford, Margret

Westminster Choir

Joe Miller, director

The American Boychoir

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, music director

Members of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

David Milnes, director
Berg: Wozzeck, Op. 7

Avery Fisher Hall at 8 PM (Broadway at 65th St.)

Pre-concert lecture by Robert Marx at 6:45 PM

These programs are supported by the Leon Levy Fund for Symphonic Masters.

Symphonic Masters is made possible in part by endowment support from UBS.

This presentation is made possible in part by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


Composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow begins his 16th season of What Makes It Great? with an exploration of the first of Mendelssohn's two Piano Trios, the Piano Trio in D minor. It will be performed by the winners of the inaugural Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, the Claremont Trio, the only trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Monday, November 19

What Makes It Great?

Rob Kapilow, commentator

Claremont Trio

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

Walter Reade Theater at 7:30 PM (165 W. 65th St.)


Tuesday, November 20
Art Baron & Friends in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
Sponsored by Target Free Thursdays

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 PM (61 W. 62nd St.)

Art Baron is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, who has performed with artists ranging from Duke Ellington to Elliot Sharpe, James Taylor to B.B. King. He has also performed with legendary musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Cab Calloway, and as a member of the Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Band. He is a composer and arranger, and has had several commissions, including for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the MOBI New Music Ensemble, the New York Composers' Orchestra, and dance ensembles including Martita Goshen's Earthworks. Currently, he leads The Duke's Men, an ensemble of Ellington alumni, and is a mainstay with 'Art Baron & Friends' at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.
Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Monday, November 26

Winter's Eve at the Atrium

¡Retumba! David Rubenstein Atrium at 7 PM (61 W. 62nd St.)

¡Retumba! is a unique, all-female Caribbean dance and music ensemble that celebrates the human spirit with universal rhythms and resounding music that stirs the rich culture of Latin-European to Afro-Caribbean origins into a feast of folkloric music that can be enjoyed by everyone. This marks the third year in a row that the David Rubenstein Atrium has participated in the Lincoln Square BID's annual Winter's Eve festival.

Thursday, November 29
Target Free Thursdays

Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers (AFSD)

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 PM (61 W. 62nd St.)

Exceptional dancers from one of the most prestigious performing arts and education partnerships in the country perform an exciting repertoire of works from emerging and established choreographers.

Comprised of students enrolled in The Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts Program and The Ailey School's Professional Division, these students come from all over the world to train and perfect their craft, spend their senior year touring with AFSD, giving 8-12 outreach performances annually in the tri-state area. Trained in the Ailey-style of dance, the AFSD students will perform works that integrate Ballet, Horton, Graham-based modern, Jazz, West-African, Dunham technique, and Hip-Hop to present fresh inspiring works.
Presented in collaboration with Fordham University

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