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White Light Festival, Free Thursdays, Dialogues and More Set for Lincoln Center, Oct 2012


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Lincoln Center Dialogues Wednesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 10

Lincoln Center Dialogue, the breakfast series that provides an opportunity to hear key leaders discuss significant issues facing American society today, returns for its second season in the David Rubenstein Atrium. Three conversations moderated by Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy will focus on leadership, in the university, museum, and public policy areas. Each Dialogue session will be aired by WNET, WLIW, and NJ Network. Proceeds from these events will support the more than 400 performances produced and presented each year by Lincoln Center, as well as Lincoln Center’s audience development and accessibility initiatives. Tickets: visit Seating is limited in this intimate venue.

Wednesday, October 3

Lincoln Center Dialogue

John Sexton, President, New York University

Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University

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

Leadership challenges at major universities.

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 am (breakfast); 8 to 9 am (discussion), 61 W. 62nd St.

Wednesday, October 10

Lincoln Center Dialogue

Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

Issue faced in running museums.

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 am (breakfast); 8 to 9 am (discussion), 61 W. 62nd St.

The final 2012 Lincoln Center Dialogue will take place on November 7.

Lincoln Center Dialogue Fall 2012 is sponsored by American Express.

Thursday, October 4; Saturday, October 6; Thursday, October 11

Target®Free Thursdays takes place every Thursday night at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Meet the Artist Saturdays is an outgrowth of Lincoln Center’s long-running Meet the Artists School Series and takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 11 am and includes opportunities for questions and answers; most involve audience participation. The free series gives young audiences and their families the opportunity to experience the arts firsthand with world-class performers.

ADMISSION IS FREE. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The David Rubenstein Atrium is located on Manhattan’s Upper Westside at Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. The ‘wichcraft cafe, serving food and drinks, is open. For more information, visit

Thursday, October 4
Ne(x)tworks: John Cage's Variations IV
Special guest: Luke DuBois on video

Works being performed include:

Music for… (1984-87)
various solos from Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1958)
Four6 (1992)
Aria (1958) (performed by vocalist Joan La Barbara)
Variations II (1961)
Experiences II (1948)
Atlas Eclipticalis (1961)

The Atrium's theatrical lighting and DuBois' video projections will also occur based on chance operations. Audience members are encouraged and expected to exist in the space as they wish: sitting, standing, roaming, creating your own version of the event in the process.

David Rubenstein Atrium at 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 6
NewSong Music: Songwriting workshop
World class singers and songwriters inspire kids (and kids at heart) to harness creativity through writing their own tunes.
Presented in collaboration with NewSong Music
David Rubenstein Atrium at 11:00 am

Thursday, October 11
O Sole Trio: From Prima Donna to Post-Madonna – How Italy and Italian-Americans influenced American Popular Music

Erin Shields, soprano
Giuseppe Spoletini, baritone
David Shenton, violin and piano

David Rubenstein Atrium at 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 18

The third White Light Festival, the multi-disciplinary festival which focuses on music’s unmatched capacity to illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives, begins with a FREE EVENT featuring Indian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia in a program of ghazal—sensual poetry about unrequited love and passion—and Punjabi folk songs. Combining classical Indian music with such cultural styles as Portuguese fado and African blues, her music expresses the evolution of an artist who embraces both Indian tradition and global influence.

Thursday, October 18 FREE*

Kiran Ahluwalia, vocals

Rez Abbasi, acoustic and electric guitar

Nikku Nayar, electric bass

Nitin Mitta, tabla

Rob Curto, accordion

David Rubenstein Atrium at 8:30 pm (61 W. 62nd St.)

*Target®Free Thursdays event

Friday, October 19

Les Arts Florissants+, led by William Christie (harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, teacher, and founder of the renowned early music ensemble), will return to Alice Tully Hall with a program offering three of Charpentier’s rarely-performed and richly textured sacred motets.

Friday, October 19

Les Arts Florissants

William Christie, conductor

Élodie Fonnard, Rachel Redmond, Virginie Thomas, sopranos

Violaine Lucas, mezzo-soprano

Marcio Soares Holanda, Reinoud Van Mechelen, high tenors

Benjamin Alunni, Thibaut Lenaerts, tenors

Pierre Bessière, Geoffroy Buffière, bass

All-Charpentier program:

Caecilia virgo et martyr, H.413 (“Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr”)

Motet pour les trépassés à 8: Plainte des âmes du purgatoire, H.311 (“Miseremini mei”)

Filius prodigus, H.399 (“The Prodigal Son”)

Pre-concert lecture by Benjamin Sosland at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

(165 W, 65th St., 10th floor)

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

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

+White Light Festival / Great Performers event

Saturday, October 20

English pianist Paul Lewis+performs the final installment of his two year project surveying Franz Schubert’s mature piano works. The Guardian (London) wrote, “Paul Lewis’ exploration of Schubert’s late piano music and song cycles is one of the most compelling concert series of the moment.” His latest Schubert CD was chosen as Gramophone’s Recording of the Month for February 2012. Lewis will play the composer’s final three sonatas for his Lincoln Center recital.

Saturday, October 20

Poet of the Piano

Paul Lewis, piano

All-Schubert program:

Sonata in C minor, D.958

Sonata in A major, D.959

Sonata in B-flat major, D.960

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

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

+White Light Festival/Great Performers

Monday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 24

The Symphonic Masters series opens with London Symphony Orchestra. Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev returns to Avery Fisher Hall for two Great Performers concerts with the acclaimed Orchestra for two all-Brahms concerts that spotlight two distinguished soloists. Grammy Award-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes plays the Brahms Violin Concerto for the opening program on October 22, and Tchaikovsky Competition First Prize winner Denis Matsuev, whose “…technique begins where others end” (Gramophone), follows with a performance of Piano Concerto No. 1 on October 24.

Monday, October 22
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
All-Brahms program:
Tragic Overture

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Pre-concert lecture by Christopher H. Gibbs at 6:45 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

(165 W. 65th St., 10th floor)

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

Wednesday, October 24

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Denis Matsuev, piano

All-Brahms program:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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

Tuesday, October 23, and Wednesday, October 24

White Light Festival continues with the New York premiere of British choreographer Akram Khan’s Vertical Road brings together performers from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for a dance piece of “rare intelligence and artistry” (Financial Times). Winner of the U.K.’s 12th Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography, Vertical Road is set against a commissioned score by long-time collaborator Nitin Sawhney, and inspired by the works of Persian philosopher Rumi and Sufi traditions.

Vertical Road (New York premiere)

Akram Khan Company

Akram Khan, artistic director and choreographer

Nitin Sawhney, composer

Jesper Kongshaug, lighting design

Kimie Nakano, costume design

Farooq Chaudhry, producer

Fabiana Piccioli, technical director

Set conceived by Akram Khan, Kimie Nakano, and Jesper Kongshaug

Rose Theater at 7:30 pm (Broadway at 60th St.)

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

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

Thursday, October 25

Recently appointed the inaugural Associate Artists of London’s Wigmore Hall, the Takács Quartet comes back to Lincoln Center after two remarkable concerts at Mostly Mozart Festival 2011, including a sold-out Little Night Music recital in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. The Quartet appears twice on this year’s Great Performers series, starting with an evening that features the distinguished virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin in Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. The Takács returns on March 20, 2013 with Garrick Ohlsson for the Brahms Piano Quintet in a program that also includes works by Haydn and Brahms.

Thursday, October 25

Takács Quartet

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5

Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

Alice Tully Hall at 7:30 pm

(Broadway at 65th St.)

Thursday, October 25

White Light Festival continues with an artist who hails from Tsingtao, China, a coastal city on the Yellow Sea: Wang Li, a virtuoso of the jaw harp, thought to be one of the oldest instruments in the world. The New York Times wrote of a recent performance, “The rhythms of sharply pinging, clicking notes sometimes suggested electronic dance music; ghostly overtone melodies signed up above. It was deeply solitary music, quietly spellbinding.”

Thursday, October 25

Higher Vibrations

Wang Li, jaw harps and calabash flute

The Allen Room at 8pm (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.)

White Light Lounge at the Atrium, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Friday, October 26

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter offers an evening of songs from her latest album, Ashes and Roses, for this White Light Festival show in Alice Tully Hall. A follow-up to her Grammy-nominated album the Age of Miracles, and blending pop, folk, and country, the concert reunites Carpenter with her frequent collaborator, pianist/producer Matt Rollings.

Friday, October 26

Ashes and Roses

Mary Chapin Carpenter

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

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

Saturday, October 27

The all-male Ensemble Basiani, hailed by The New York Times at its North American debut at Mostly Mozart Festival 2010, will return for a White Light Festival concert of folk, work, and sacred song that highlights the world’s oldest polyphonic music tradition: Georgian choral music. Named after a region in southwest Georgia, the young singers of Ensemble Basani are now considered members of Europe’s most exquisite vocal group, expressing a choral heritage inseparably bound to church, folk tradition, and national identity.

Saturday, October 27

Transcending Time
Ensemble Basiani

All-Traditional program:


Imeruli Mkhedruli



Khokhbis Kelivit Lamazi

Cheka Ramsa

Guruli perkhuli

Shen Khar Venakhi

Kvertkhi Ieses Dzirisagan

Angelosi Ghaghadebs

Ganatldi, Ganatldi

Ghirs Ars Cheshmaritad

Gvtismshobelo Kaltsulo

Dagatsatu Nebsit Tvisit

Shen Gigalobt





Naduri, Shemokmedura

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, at 7:30 pm (145 W. 46th St.)
White Light Lounge at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Sunday, October 28

Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan kicks off Great Performers’ Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts, a series that brings rising young artists from around the world to the stage of the Walter Reade Theater. Described as “…a major, major talent” by American Record Guide. Ms. Arghamanyan debuted with the Vienna Symphony and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra last season, and her first CD—of Rachmaninoff solo works—was released in November 2011. All one-hour Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts are followed by a reception where the audience can mingle with the artists.

Sunday, October 28

Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826

Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Rachmaninoff: Selections from Études-tableaux, Op. 33

Walter Reade Theater at 11 am

(165 W. 65th St.)

Sunday, October 28

In an unusual departure for an artist known for eclectic program choices that push the boundaries of organ repertoire, keyboard prodigy Cameron Carpenter will give an all-Bach concert offering some of the great composer’s seminal works as well as selections from the Well-tempered Clavier as part of the White Light Festival. A Juilliard School graduate, Carpenter’s outrageous fashion sensibilities alongside exceptional virtuosity have brought him unprecedented acclaim for an organist. He is the first to ever be nominated for a solo album Grammy Award.

Sunday, October 28

Immortal Bach

Cameron Carpenter, organ

Bach: Toccata in F major, BWV 540

Bach (arr. Carpenter): Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

Bach/Busoni (arr. Carpenter): Chorale Prelude “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen,” BWV 734

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 860, from the Well-tempered Clavier, Book I

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV 874, from the Well-tempered Clavier, Book II

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536

Bach/Carpenter: Free Ramble on the Bourrée from Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

Bach/Busoni (arr. Carpenter): Chaconne, BWV 1004

Alice Tully Hall at 5 pm

(Broadway at 65th St.)

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Analog Arts, a collective of artists living on three continents and engaged in a wide range of 20th century and new music projects,will close out the White Light schedule for month of October with a live performance/sound installation that explores the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Friday Greeting is the opening from Stockhausen’s opera Freitag aus Licht; Heaven’s Door is the fourth hour from the composer’s Sound cycle, written for the 24 hours in a day; and Cosmic Pulses is the 13th hour, the last piece of completely electronic music that Stockhausen wrote.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stockhausen: Friday Greeting (New York premiere) – begins at 6:45 in the Alice Tully Hall lobby and concludes there post-concert

Alice Tully Hall Lobby at 6:45 (Broadway at 65th St.)

Cosmic Pulses

Analog Arts

Stuart Gerber, percussion

Joe Drew, sound projection

All-Stockhausen program:

Heaven’s Door (New York premiere)

Cosmic Pulses

Alice Tully Hall at 7:30 pm

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

Tickets for Great Performers and White Light performances are available online at and, by phone via CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, or in person at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office and Avery Fisher Hall Box Office65th Street and Broadway.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (LCPA) 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 5,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 10 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.


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