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Eric Whitacre

Composer, Conductor, Lecturer

Newbury Spring Festival

Newbury Spring Festival

On 15 May 2014, Eric and the Eric Whitacre Singers will perform in the beautiful setting of Douai Abbey.
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Koblenz, 13 July 2014

Koblenz, 13 July 2014

Eric and the Eric Whitacre Singers will perform at Rhein-Mosel-Halle on 13th July 2014. Local singers are invited to attend a workshop on 12th July and to perform at the concert.
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New Sheet Music Available

New Sheet Music Available

Sainte-Chapelle for SSATB is now available to purchase in Europe and will be available in the US very soon. Watch this space…


Psalm 137 "By the Waters of Babylon"

Psalm 137 "By the Waters of Babylon"

Eric’s newest piece, a setting of Psalm 137 written for David Skinner and the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, was premiered in the College Chapel on 16 November.

Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre

Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre

30 March 2014,  Avery Fisher Hall, New York
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Buckingham Palace Performance

Buckingham Palace Performance

Virtual Choir 4 “Fly To Paradise” premiered in the gardens of Buckingham Palace as part of the Coronation Festival. Eric conducted the 8,409-voice strong Virtual Choir, the Bach Choir and soloist Hila Plitmann. See the photos.


March 11, 2014

Ah, Copyright…

With all the talk in my last post about being denied the rights to set Shel Silverstein’s poetry to music – his estate won’t allow it – I was suddenly reminded of three of my pieces that almost didn’t survive because of the same problem: Cloudburst, Water Night and A Boy and a Girl. I… continued


January 31, 2014

First Sketches on “Hurt”

Made some first sketches this afternoon of an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s Hurt. Hard to hear all the biting dissonances when I play it on piano, but I think this is really going to work with voices. The Eric Whitacre Singers will premiere it on March 24th as part of the continued


January 28, 2014

Chicago Workshop, February 4th

The Northwestern University workshop I will give February 4th – free to the public – is completely full, no more tickets. THANK YOU to student Lori Heckman who personally responded to all 700 attendees. And thank you to my dear friend Dr. Stephen Alltop for hosting the event and for bringing his excellent continued

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January 27, 2014

Out Of The Bag

Safe to say that this was one of the most influential moments of my life.

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April 15, 2014

What does the chord cluster mean to you?

Whilst Eric was in Minneapolis last week, he spoke to Brian Newman of MPR about choral music and creating a community via the internet. Some clips are available via the MPR Choral Stream YouTube channel. What does the chord cluster mean to you? What is the role of the choir in creating community?

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April 09, 2014

Conversation, Questions and Answers at UCLA

Join Eric for an evening of Conversation, Questions at Answers at UCLA on Tuesday 15th April at 6:30pm. In association with the Choral Excellence Association and the Herb Alpert School of Music, Eric will be giving a short talk followed by questions from the audience at Schoenberg Hall. Tickets for the event are free but must be… continued

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April 07, 2014

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 5 2014

Prior to his week-long residency with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale, Eric spoke to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about his inspiration and upcoming performances. Eric will take to the stage of Orchestra Hall on 10 & 11 April 2014 alongside Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann. Read the full article on… continued

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April 03, 2014


March 21, 2014

Rehearsals under way for Reimagine at Union Chapel

Eric has begun rehearsals for Reimagine at Union Chapel on Monday 24th March. Yesterday he was joined by the wonderful Laura Mvula, Marius Beck, Ksenija Sidorova and Joby Burgess, as well as the Eric Whitacre Singers, to work on a selection of new arrangements. Here’s a sneak peek… To watch a… continued

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About Eric

Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release... view full bio