Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival is an annual celebration of humanity through multicultural music. The themes within its performances give insight to universal topics that bring us closer as a people. This year’s festival puts a strong focus on faith, as artists from all walks of life come together to share a journey that reminds us of those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. The festival will feature six different showcases with the last hosted by global music icon Jordi Savall. This Grammy Award-winning composer is an expert in classical and Renaissance music, and well known for popularizing viol instruments in contemporary recordings. As a well-traveled conductor, Savall continues to inspire and provoke nostalgia throughout performances that paint pictures using the sounds of peace.
On Nov. 15, audiences will gather for the musical storytelling of “Jordi Savall: The Routes of Slavery.” This show exhibits the power of triumph and resilience of the human spirit as musicians representing Africa, Europe and the Americas pay tribute to their ancestors’ legacy of culture and liberty. Jordi Savall will direct this event as other artists collaborate to illustrate memoirs of the enslaved people who remain unforgotten. Because this performance is so diverse, it symbolizes the connection that we are all living, remembering and celebrating as one. Through the messages interpreted from the performances, we are given an opportunity to discover different worlds of people who share the same joys, pains and dreams. This extraordinary collaboration is dedicated to giving thanks and paying respects to those who envisioned a world where this kind of togetherness is possible. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Here’s a peek at some of the other artists who will be on stage at “Jordi Savall: The Routes of Slavery.”