Western and Middle Eastern musicians come together with the music of Bach in this rapturous close to the second White Light Festival. Ensemble Sarband, a group long dedicated to musically bridging East and West, joins a choir, saxophonists, and a string quartet in Arabic and jazz arrangements of Bach’s Passions, combining them with early Christian chant. This extraordinary cultural cooperation is framed by the meditative dance ritual of Sufi whirling dervishes from Turkey’s Mevlevi Order. Art transcends hate: passio becomes compassio.
“Touching the bounds of ecstasy.”
—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Pre-performance discussion with Vladimir Ivanoff and John Schaefer at 6:15 in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse