“Making his Melbourne debut last weekend, Whitacre conducted a program of orchestral and choral music in Monash University’s Robert Blackwood Hall for an audience that was by turns thrilled, delighted, moved and amused, but never less than completely enthralled.”
“Overall his show was a delight. The choir sang beautifully, and the orchestra were seamless. Watching Eric Whitacre conduct was mesmerizing: it was like watching some strange bird dance in the wild,... continued
Eric talks about his introduction to music, the Virtual Choir and gives an in-depth look at some of his pieces.
You can watch the full interview on Youtube.
“Light and Gold – The Music of Eric Whitacre proved to be a special night at the Concert Hall. Whitacre was a warm host and he gently introduced each piece, providing some background, in what turned out to be a very strong program.”
“Eric Whitacre is a phenomenon in the music world, a composer of thoughtful and genuinely original choral works which are not only challenging and complex, but also hugely popular.”
“a great communicator with charisma… when Whitacre talks, people listen.”
“With the Virtual Choir,” Whitacre explains, “we’re trying as hard as we can to push the technology so that very soon I hope, we’ll be able to sing in real time,” using Skype. “My hope is that I’ll be able to pull out... continued
Eric Whitacre – From Monteverdi to Whitacre
Eric Whitacre introduces a selection of choral music ranging from Monteverdi and Bach to 21st century classics, including his own music, sung by the Eric Whitacre Singers, and talks about what... continued
“He has a gift of melody; his textures morph smoothly from complete transparency to dense clusters. It’s easy to listen to. But most of all, he has an ear for poetry. He chooses good texts and sets them in good taste.”
“From modest beginnings the music unfurls to become ever more complex, rich and rewarding. Another hit from the charismatic Mr Whitacre”
Review of The Tallis Scholars 40th anniversary concert, St Paul’s Cathedral on 7th March 2013.
“Prom 62 saw the Proms debut of choral superman, Eric Whitacre, conducting his own Eric Whitacre Singers with the BBC Singers. The centrepiece was the world premiere of his BBC commission: Higher Faster Stronger. That’s the... continued
“It’s rare to find a choir with such needlepoint accuracy and vibrating richness of tone, and under Whitacre’s alert and sensitive direction this one made some of the most rapturously beautiful sounds I’ve heard in this year’s Proms season…His Proms commission Higher, Faster, Stronger cleverly captured the Olympic spirit”