The White Light Festival focuses on the spiritual resonance of music from different cultures. The festival’s first show is on October 21 at Avery Fisher Hall with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. A White Light highlight will be the New York premiere of Desdemona, a new stage work by Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison, Malian composer-singer Rokia Traoré and director Peter Sellars. Additional performances, discussions, and even a visual art installation, will be presented as well. The popular White Light Lounges will also return, giving audience members a chance to linger after the performance and discuss their shared experience with the performers and fellow concert-goers. The Festival will present 38 artists and companies from 16 countries in eight venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus. For more information, visit whitelightfestival.org.