“The Sacred Veil may be the single most important musical contribution in our time, perhaps in any time, to a non-religious, as well as non-political—perhaps we might say non-teleological understanding of death and loss. Its length and difficulty may preclude it from inclusion in your average funeral, but to experience it in performance with 40… continued
A film crew from Bruzz TV went behind the scenes in rehearsal with Eric and the Brussels Philharmonic. Watch the musicians rehearse Deep Field followed by an interview with Eric ahead of the performances on February 21 and 22.
“Voices from 120 countries unite in one of the most powerful moments in composer Eric Whitacre’s film Deep Field. After the viewer travels through the cosmos via a stunning array of Hubble Space Telescope images, the time comes to return to Earth. At that moment, 8,000 voices ring out above Whitacre’s moving orchestra music. They represent… continued
“In “The Sacred Veil,” Whitacre and the Master Chorale memorably celebrate the precarious beauty of life, offering the welcome consolation of art and a momentary stay against our collective fate.” Read the full review on the LA Times website.
Ahead of the premiere of his new work – The Sacred Veil, Eric spoke to Craig L Byrd of Cultural Attaché about writing with dear friend and poet Tony Silvestri and dealing with grief. Read the full article on CulturalAttache.co.
Presenting the final two concerts of the ‘Open to the World’ concert series, Eric joins Bel Canto Choir and talented guest artists at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic for a programme featuring works and arrangements by Whitacre including Fly to Paradise, Lux Aurumque, Glow and Hurt, as well as the first performances of the revised version of The Boy Who Laughed at… continued
California’s largest mass sing – Big Sing California on Saturday July 21 – inspired thousands of singers across the state to join together in song. Margaret Ecker wrote of her experience: But what exactly comprised the awesomeness? I couldn’t stop thinking about it, trying to figure it out. To say that deep breathing calmed our… continued
Eric’s sacred choral music is the focus of this article in The Economist’s June/July 1843 magazine. Read the full piece here.
“Whitacre works in a variety of forms, but he is best known for his choral music, and Saturday’s concert, which Whitacre conducted with minimalist grace, featured pieces that employed the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus in ways both conventional and purely atmospheric.” Read the full review on TulsaWorld.com.
“Yet the most dramatic and interesting composition of the five was artist-in-residence Eric Whitacre’s “I Fall,” a West Coast premiere and part of a larger work-in-progress, “The Sacred Veil.” As led by Whitacre, “I Fall” had the voices sliding upward in microtones, then downward ever so slightly, eventually falling deep into the bass section as… continued
Ahead of his performances in Hong Kong next week, Eric has spoken to Interlude about his composition techniques, inspirations and more. Read the full article on the Interlude website.
WBOY covers the inaugural West Virginia High School Choral Festival. Watch on WBOY.com.