“The highlight of the afternoon was Whitacre’s breakthrough choral piece Cloudburst, sung here by the combined forces of the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus and conducted from memory by Whitacre, spotlit in the centre of the stage. Written when he was only 21, it sets a text adapted from Octavio Paz about rain coming to a… continued
“The highlight of this concert was the premiere of ‘Deep Field’ for which we were required to download an interactive app. Deep Field is inspired by the first images produced by the Hubble Telescope, infinite galaxies containing billions of planets millions of light years away. To evoke this – where space is stretched – strings… continued
“The quality of the music-making, the ambiance and the involvement of the audience waves a particular flag for the future of contemporary music in many people’s eyes.” **** review, Bachtrack
Which conductor of yester-year do you most wish you could have worked with? What single thing would improve the format of the classical concert? What’s the first record you bought? What do you sing in the shower? Just some of the questions Eric answered in the most recent edition of Facing the Music.
Follow his appearance at the Oxford Union, Eric spoke to the Oxford Culture Review about Paradise Lost, classical music as a genre and looking forward to what’s next.
Eric was honored to be a part of one of Instagram’s new @music features. “I spend a lot of time taking photos up – at the sky, at trees, at flowers, at buildings,” Read the article on the Instagram blog.
‘there was a lot of terrific music, much of it quite absorbing, bouncing about in mood from soothing to stimulating, sad to silly. And the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale did exceptional things with all of it.’ Rob Hubbard for the Twin Cities Pioneer Press
‘an especially intriguing and rewarding concert’ ‘At intermission, an audience member said, “This is what all concerts here should be: interesting new music.”’ Michael Anthony for the Minneapolis Star Tribune
“With Marius Beck on vocals and the delicate choral backing, what was a strong track and a statement-making music video becomes a nuanced, tender heartbreak of a song.” Read the full article on Entertainment Weekly.
For an exclusive preview of Eric’s and Marius Beck’s performance of Wrecking Ball from iTunes Festival, visit Classic FM Online.
“Our favourite dashing-blonde choral conductor and his choir turned guinea pigs in a huge experiment looking at the health benefits of singing in (and even just listening to) a choir. There were electrodes, latex gloves and LOTS of saliva…” Read the full article on Classic FM Online.
Following Eric’s Q&A with students at Stanford University last week, read Leena Yin’s recap of the evening on the Stanford Arts Review website.