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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

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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

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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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January 25, 2014

The Best

Now THIS needs a choral cover. Doing this ASAP.

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January 24, 2014

Classical Music is Dead? Whatever.

Just read yet another article in Slate about the “death of classical music”. These proclamations make me laugh because from where I am standing, “classical music” is THRIVING. So many people (young people especially) hungry and passionate for music and art that has deep meaning, singing in choirs, playing in bands and orchestras, attending… continued

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December 02, 2013

Hurt

Yesterday I posted that I was beginning work on an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” and many people responded by saying they prefer the Johnny Cash cover over Trent’s original. I love both versions. I find the Johnny Cash cover especially heartbreaking because he was so close to the end of his life… continued

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November 15, 2013

Bravo, Everyone!

Disney Virtual Honor Choir Participants, We asked for a lot this time: excellent singing, good sound, super-clean video. Every video I heard was at an astonishingly high level, worthy of inclusion. You all delivered beyond my wildest dreams. I am so, so proud of all of you. In the end, Disney was able to use… continued

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November 13, 2013

John Tavener 1944-2013

The great John Tavener has died today. A tremendous loss for the musical world. His music was filled with innocence and mystery, a rare and wonderful thing in our modern, cynical times. My own writing was deeply influenced by the spacious, deeply authentic sound worlds that he created; I will forever be in his… continued

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November 01, 2013

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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