DCINY "Shining Light" celebrating composer Morten Lauridsen Mar 31-Apr 1

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents Shining Light, an extraordinary weekend of illuminating events. Encompassing a premiere film screening alongside major concerts at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, DCINY celebrates the life and music of National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, America's most frequently performed choral composer. DCINY will host the New York premiere of the documentary film Shining Night (March 30) and present major works by Lauridsen, who will be in residence throughout the weekend, in concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Artistic Director Jonathan Griffith (March 31), and at Carnegie Hall, also featuring music by composer and conductor Eric Whitacre (April 1). This will be a truly a “shining” weekend in tribute to a treasured composer called an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen (documentary film)
Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, Shining Night, a new film by Michael Stillwater, conveys the richness and breadth of composer Morten Lauridsen's life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks. The film received its world premiere in February at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs in advance of this DCINY New York premiere. Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout praises Lauridsen’s “radiantly beautiful music,” calling the film “a heartening rarity, a thoroughly intelligent classical-music program that strikes an appropriate balance between words and music.”

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the composer, filmmaker Michael Stillwater and Eric Whitacre.

Friday, March 30, 5:30pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street)
Tickets: $25/$15 via www.DCINY.org/shininglight

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