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.
“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