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Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

May 3, 2010

Here’s a stunning  example of ‘music meets technology’ to achieve a sublime artistic result. Composer Eric Whitacre had people submit videos of themselves singing the individual parts of his hauntingly beautiful choral composition Lux Aurumque (Light of Gold).  He awarded scholarships to the top people in every section, and they will perform with him in New York at a live concert.  The singers come from twelve countries: Austria, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The music is simply ravishing.

See and hear Eric Whitacre’s YouTube choir performing Lux Aurumque.

Naxos will release a CD of Eric Whitacre’s choral music, including Lux Aurumque, on CD in June 2010:

WHITACRE Choral Music
Elora Festival Singers • Noel Edison, conductor

Eric Whitacre’s dedication to the beauty of sound, paired with exquisite texts, results in a poetic combination that creates a unique sonic experience. These works are existential choral moments, beautifully crafted, and harmonised to express a compressed moment in time. Such sublime sonorities transcend descriptions such as ‘warm’, ‘glistening’ or ‘shimmering’, although these features of his choral works do suggest affinities with the sound worlds of Arvo Pärt or John Tavener, for instance. However, Whitacre’s fluid lines and blossoming harmonies give his music its own highly personal and irresistible magic.


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