30 Mar 2012
New York City
Keynote Speakers (Q&A): Morten Lauridsen, filmmaker Michael Stillwater, and Eric Whitacre
Opening the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) weekend, 'Shining Light: An Illuminating Festival of Concerts Celebrating Composer Morten Lauridsen", including a night of film, a Saturday afternoon Lincoln Center performance of Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and a Sunday evening Carnegie Hall performance of both Lauridsen and Whitacre's music, conducted by Eric Whitacre and accompanied on piano by Morten Lauridsen.
Recognized as one of the greatest living composers, Morten Lauridsen spends his summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. A National Medal of Arts recipient, his choral opus, Lux Aeterna, received multi-Grammy nominations with performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Polyphony.
Inspired by the silence of nature, Lauridsen composes works of timeless beauty on his island home in the Pacific Northwest. Through the eyes of other composers, conductors, singers and music students, the story of Lauridsen unfolds- and his music is performed- by Volti, Con Anima, SF Choral Society, and Aberdeen (Scotland) University Choral Society, together with soundtracks from Polyphony, the Dale Warland Singers, and The Singers/Minnesota Choral Artists. Filmed in the United States and United Kingdom, 'Shining Night' gives viewers a look into the private life of a most remarkable artist considered a genius in the field of musical creation.
For tickets: http://www.dciny.org/shining-night.html