Press Release

October 01, 2014

White Light Festival 2014: St. Matthew Passion, October 7-8

White Light Festival

White Light Festival 2014


Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue

Co-presented by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and Park Avenue Armory

St. Matthew Passion (U.S. Premiere production)

Sung in German with English supertitles

Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle, conductor

Peter Sellars, director

Mark Padmore, tenor

Christian Gerhaher, baritone

Camilla Tilling, soprano

Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano

Topi Lehtipuu, tenor

Eric Owens, bass-baritone

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey, chorus master

Boy Choristers of St. Thomas Church

John Scott, Chorus Master

Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

There will be a pre-festival discussion with Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey, led by Jane Moss, on Monday, October 6 at 6:30 PM in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


Lincoln Center and Park Avenue Armory would like to thank Carnegie Hall for its collaboration in making possible these Berliner Philharmoniker performances.


The Berliner Philharmoniker residency in New York City is made possible by a leadership gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, and Marina Kellen French.

The White Light Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of a staged performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, directed by Peter Sellars at Park Avenue Armory, with the Berliner Philharmoniker led by Sir Simon Rattle, and the Rundfunkchor Berlin led by Simon Halsey, joined by a stellar cast of singers including tenor Mark Padmore and baritone Christian Gerhaher. Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey will discuss the production and their insights about St. Matthew Passion with Jane Moss on Monday, October 6 at 6:30 PM in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


Considered to be one of sacred music’s greatest masterpieces, the work sets the Passion story from the Gospel of Matthew to music incorporating chorales and arias throughout. Sellars staged the work to great acclaim in the famed home of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Berlin Philharmonie. For these performances, a stage and seating installation modeled on the Philharmonie’s unique in-the-round seating configuration will be constructed inside the Armory’s cavernous Wade Thompson Drill Hall, creating a theatrical immediacy and intimacy between the audience and performers not possible in traditional concert halls.


>> http://whitelightfestival.org/events/st-matthew-passion

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St. Matthew Passion; Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: Mark Padmore, Evangelist and Camilla Tilling (soprano); Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St. Matthew Passion; Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: (back-front) Eric Owens (bass-baritone) and Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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Caption: Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St. Matthew Passion; Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: Topi Lehtipuu, tenor (center); Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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Caption: Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano) and Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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Caption: (L-R) Eric Owens (bass-baritone) and Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St. Matthew Passion; Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: Mark Padmore, Evangelist (seated, left) and Camilla Tilling (soprano); Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St. Matthew Passion; Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano); Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 6, 2014
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St. Matthew Passion; Berlin Philharmonic; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: (L-R) Eric Owens (bass-baritone) and Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Simon Rattle, conductor...
Caption: Christian Gerhaher, Jesus (standing in background left), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano) and Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle...
Caption: Christian Gerhaher, Jesus (standing, far left); (L-R) Mark Padmore, Evangelist, and Jörg Schneider, Judas; Camilla Tilling soprano (foreground). Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle...
Caption: Christian Gerhaher, Jesus (standing, far left); (L-R) Mark Padmore, Evangelist, and Jörg Schneider, Judas. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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Caption: Eric Owens, bass-baritone. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle...
Caption: Christian Gerhaher, Jesus; Berliner Philharmoniker; Simon Rattle, conductor; Rundfunkchor Berlin. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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Caption: "St Matthew Passion" at Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014 (L-R) Simon Rattle, conductor; Camilla Tilling, soprano, and Mark Padmore, Evangelist; Jörg Schneider, bass (foreground).
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St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle...
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St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle...
Caption: St Matthew Passion: Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Peter Sellars, director. Park Avenue Armory, October 7, 2014
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