Journey to the East links two unique figures across the centuries: acclaimed early-music interpreter Jordi Savall and St. Francis Xavier, the 16th-century Jesuit missionary who traveled from the court of Lisbon to Mozambique, India, Malaysia, Japan, and China. In this epic musical journey, narrated by John Douglas Thompson, Savall directs Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and guest musicians as they trace the rich array of percussion, melodic instruments, and vocal styles Francis Xavier would have encountered on his route.
“Jordi Savall is one of those elect musicians whose curiosity, scholarship, probity and expressiveness give pleasure in everything he plays.”– Chicago Tribune
“Vividly performed, and their variety is beguiling.”– Guardian (U.K.) on Journey to the East
Unplug to Reconnect
This performance is phone-free
Help us to create a phone-free experience at this performance. After you scan your ticket at the venue, you will have the option to lock your cellphones, smart watches, etc. in a Yondr case. You will keep this case with you throughout the performance, and you will be able to unlock it upon exiting.
By removing digital distractions, we hope to enhance your experience and allow everyone to connect in a meaningful way.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Guest Services at 212.875.5456 or [email protected].
- Large-print programs
- Captioning with English subtitles
- Braille programs
- Wheelchair-accessible seating
- Assistive listening devices
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall
John Douglas Thompson, narrator
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
(Japan) Junko Ueda, voice and biwa; Ichiro Seki, shakuhachi; Masako Hirao, bass viol; Hiroyuki Koinuma, shinobue and nokan
(India) Prabhu Edouard, tablas
(Afghanistan) Daud Sadozai, sarod
Sung in Spanish, German, Latin, Provençal, Japanese, and Chinese with English supertitles
Two hours, including intermission
Pre-performance talk with Jordi Savall at 6:15 pm in Alice Tully Hall
Keep the White Light spirit alive with a White Light Lounge following this performance. This reception is exclusive to White Light Festival ticketholders - come mingle with the artists and your fellow concertgoers while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine.
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