In The News – Eric Whitacre https://ericwhitacre.com Composer, Conductor, Speaker Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:36:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Review: Big Sing California, LA Times https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/review-big-sing-california-la-times Sun, 29 Jul 2018 10:03:58 +0000 https://ericwhitacre.com/?p=31397 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 frayed nerves doesn’t go far enough. Nor does it do justice to say that singing together is better than shouting at each other, though it surely is. Nor that beauty nurtures our better angels.

After days of pondering, this is what has come to me: Harmonizing with thousands of strangers was a deeply felt, primitive refresher course in community. We experienced, full force, the fundamental urge to just get along. We were reminded of our human obligation to ensure a safe space for singing, metaphorically and literally, all together.

Read the full article in the LA Times.

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Eric rejoins Bel Canto Choir Vilnius https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/eric-rejoins-bel-canto-choir-vilnius Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:39:05 +0000 https://ericwhitacre.com/?p=31382 continued]]> 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 AurumqueGlow and Hurt, as well as the first performances of the revised version of The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus for choir, children’s chorus and piano. Vocalist and guitarist Marius Beck will perform with the choir for Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus, and Man of Constant Sorrow.

The concert series is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence.

Tickets are available now for December 9 and 10 at the Bel Canto website.

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Feature: 1843 magazine https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/feature-1843-magazine Fri, 01 Jun 2018 08:29:24 +0000 https://ericwhitacre.com/?p=30793 Eric’s sacred choral music is the focus of this article in The Economist’s June/July 1843 magazine. Read the full piece here.

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TulsaWorld, Review of Tulsa Symphony Concert https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/concert-reviews/tulsaworld-review-of-tulsa-symphony-concert Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:29:56 +0000 https://ericwhitacre.com/?p=30344 “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.

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Interview: Oxford Culture Review https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/features/oxford-culture-review Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:10:42 +0000 http://ericwhitacre.com/?p=28020 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.

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Musical Gesture and Musical Sound: An Interview with Eric Whitacre https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/features/musical-gesture-and-musical-sound-an-interview-with-eric-whitacre Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:59:08 +0000 http://ericwhitacre.com/?p=29061 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.

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WBOY MUSIC MONDAY: West Virginia University Inaugural HS Choral Festival feat. Eric Whitacre https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/tv/wboy-music-monday-west-virginia-university-inaugural-hs-choral-festival-feat-eric-whitacre Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:21:06 +0000 http://ericwhitacre.com/?p=28696 WBOY covers the inaugural West Virginia High School Choral Festival. Watch on WBOY.com.

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Prom 32, The Arts Desk – Cloudburst https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/concert-reviews/prom-32-the-arts-desk-cloudburst Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:43:06 +0000 http://ericwhitacre.com/?p=28261 continued]]> “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 parched land. The variety of textures, from solo moments to full tutti, were well handled by the large choir and the Spanish pronunciation was very convincing. But the piece is memorable above all for thecoup de theatre at the end, when the singers start clicking their fingers to simulate rainfall, which is then taken up by the audience to create a panoramic soundscape. This is a contemporary choral classic and deserves its reputation.”

The Arts Desk

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Prom 32, Spear’s – Deep Field https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/concert-reviews/prom-32-spears-deep-field Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:40:33 +0000 http://ericwhitacre.com/?p=28259 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 create a shimmering suspension of time. Ominous sounds and block chords reminiscent of Charles Ives’ ‘The Unanswered Question’ create an eerie vastness.

At a given time we played our app and every phone and iPad produced a harmonic mood board so we felt like we are lost in space. As each theme came to its end, we were left with the eternal residue of sound around the hall.”
Spear’s

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Prom 32, Bachtrack https://ericwhitacre.com/in-the-news/concert-reviews/prom-32-bachtrack Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:39:54 +0000 http://ericwhitacre.com/?p=28257 “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

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