For a choral singer, there is perhaps no bigger thrill than performing for the composer of the piece of music you’re singing. Carolina Voices’ Festival Singers and the Wingate University Singers had that once-in-a lifetime opportunity in early April with renowned composer, conductor and Grammy Award-winning musician, Eric Whitacre. Read the article in full on the Charlotte Viewpoint website.
“The last pieces on the program were more rarely heard gems: Whitacre’s miniature cello concerto,The River Cam (played with heft and heart-strumming delivery by Anthony Ross), and two selections from Whitacre’s choral work in-progress, Songs of Immortality. These last two selections, loaded with intense emotion and the special vibrancy of new works, showed deeper aspects of the… continued
“Whitacre demonstrated that his gifts for the voice could translate well to the sound of a string orchestra: An arrangement of his breakthrough 1995 choral work, “Water Night,” was hypnotic, while his cello concerto, “The River Cam” (commissioned by cellist Julian Lloyd Webber), was made powerful by the deeply emotional performance of cellist Anthony Ross,… continued
Prior to his week-long residency with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale, Eric spoke to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about his inspiration and upcoming performances. Eric will take to the stage of Orchestra Hall on 10 & 11 April 2014 alongside Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann. Read the full article on… continued
“Davidson’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’s ‘Hurt’, made popular by Johnny Cash, was particularly astounding. It ranged from delicate to breathtakingly fierce, leaving the audience dumb struck.” Read the full article on the Islington Now website.
“The atmospheric grandeur of the Union Chapel’s Victorian-gothic congregation hall was the most befitting setting for the unusual, and very beautiful, choral harmonies of the Eric Whitacre Singers on Monday night.” Read the full article on The Upcoming’s website.
“the talents of his singers, applied to these intricately crafted arrangements, and delivered in the acoustic deliciousness of the Union Chapel, left us open-mouthed” Read the full review on the PSN website.
Eric and Hila Plitmann (award-winning soprano and wife to Eric) spoke to Tracey McClure of the Vatican English Service Radio whilst in Rome before performing at the Voices of Faith event at the Vatican. You can find more information on the event on The Official Vatican Network Website.
“That spring to the step and the wave to the hands shows what a master Whitacre is at conducting people and their talents.” Read the full article on the Muncie Free Press website.
Eric’s Virtual Choir has made it into Classic FM’s 50 moments that rocks the classical music world. Read the full article on the Classic FM website.
“He shared his early dream of being a member of Depeche Mode, his obsessive nature with the pieces he’s working on (which right now includes a choral cover of Trent Reznor’s Hurt that we’re excited to hear), and the tonal changes in his work from an idyllic world-view to a more real place. At one point, he… continued
RTVE recently featured Eric’s Virtual Choir alongside Gotye’s YouTube Orchestra and The Johnny Cash Project in a programme looking at the ever-expanding reach of the internet and social media. You can watch the programme and read the related article on the RTVE website.