On the heels of a vivid dénoument from a yoga session last year, an epiphany struck Jane Moss — yoga as an interior sacred practice had become an essential respite from the cacophony of modern life. That singular moment of introspection and inspiration now culminates in her new creation: the White Light Festival, three weeks of artful music dedicated to sacred programming at a most secular performance arts institution — Lincoln Center in New York City — where Ms. Moss serves as vice president of programming.
According to Jane Moss, the festival is trying to achieve “focus on personal interior spaces where all music starts.” For a festival to be scheduled at all during the height of the fashionable fall season, much less a sacred one “devoted to spiritual expression and the illumination of our large interior universe,” is a bold and highly unusual move for Lincoln Center. The “relentlessly imaginative” Moss has gathered an array of incredible artists — the Hilliard Ensemble, the Westminster Cathedral Choir, Meredith Monk, the Tallis Scholars, and other notables — for an ambitious program shaped by advising author & theologian (and GladdeningLight fave) Karen Armstrong.
All around us, there is spiritual hunger in evidence. Some are drawn by artistic means to the secular corners toward the liminal divine.
(Note: source quotations from The New York Times)