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On October 28, Lincoln Center launches a new annual fall event, called the White Light Festival, which will focus, in the words of Vice President of Programming Jane Moss, on "music's transcendent capacity to illuminate our larger interior universe." The inaugural edition focuses on the spiritual aspects of multicultural traditions spanning Eastern and Western genres, including Baltic choral music, Icelandic indie-rock, Chinese dance, American singer-songwriters and Russian pianists.

With live and delayed audio Web casts from the festival and coverage of key musicians and ensembles, WQXR and Q2 throw back the veil of the introspective and contemplative White Light sound worlds. In so doing, we hope you will join us in a broader discussion and share with us your thoughts on the meaning of the spiritual in music.

WQXR/Q2's coverage of the White Light Festival:

Alexi Lubimov’s November 11 Late-Night Elegy: The Messenger recital featuring piano repertoire from C.P.E. Bach and Chopin to Arvo Pärt and John Cage will stream on Q2:

  • Thursday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m.
  • As a special episode of Hammered! on Monday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
  • As a special episode of Cued Up on Q2 on Sunday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m

The Latvian National Choir’s November 12 Late-Night Elegy: Baltic Dreams concert featuring an a cappella performance of works by Martin, Pärt and Tormis will stream on Q2: 

  • Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. 
  • As a special episode of Cued Up on Q2 on Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m

Alexei Lubimov’s November 13 Late-Night Elegy: Impromptus recital featuring the complete Schubert Impromptus will be recorded for future broadcast on WQXR.

On Monday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 presents a LIVE AUDIO WEBCAST hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer of Credo, a collaboration between members of Sigur Rós, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra from the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. 

Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung III performed on November 16 by Paul Jacobs and the Clarion Choir led by Steven Fox will celebrate the re-inauguration of Alice Tully Hall’s newly-restored Kuhn organ. The performance will air as part of American Public Media's "Pipedreams" on WQXR in March 2011 as part of a week-long celebration of Bach's birthday.