News – Eric Whitacre Composer, Conductor, Speaker Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:16:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Carnegie Hall – April 8, 2018 – Tickets now on sale Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:48:27 +0000 Tickets are now on sale for Eric’s concert with the singers of Distinguished Concerts International New York on the stage of legendary Carnegie Hall. For more information and tickets, visit the Carnegie Hall website.


Tulsa – Q&A, Open Rehearsal Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:52:34 +0000 continued]]> As part of Eric’s trip to Tulsa to perform with the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, he will be taking part in an open Q&A session led by Rich Fisher of Public Radio Tulsa and opening up that evening’s rehearsal to students and educations.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. For more information, click here.

Friday, January 12th
2:00 to 4:00pm – Q&A
7:00 to 9:30pm – Open Rehearsal

TMEA Convention 2018 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:56:15 +0000 continued]]> Eric is thrilled to be returning to TMEA in 2018 to deliver the Friday General Session Keynote, lead a reading session and speak to TFME student attendees.

Friday February 16
8:30 – 9:45   Keynote, Friday General Session (Lila Cockrell Theatre)
2:30 – 3:30   Reading Session (Texas Grand Hyatt Ballroom)
4:00 – 5:00   Keynote, TFME Student Attendees (CC Stars at Night Ballroom 1)

For more information and to register, visit the TMEA website.

Big Sing California 2018 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:08:03 +0000 continued]]> Eric is honored to be leading the Big Sing California in collaboration with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Read the full press release below.

The 2017/18 season will further expand beyond Los Angeles culminating in July 2018 with a state-wide shared singing project called Big Sing California. The Los Angeles Master Chorale aims to engage with a broad cross-section of people throughout the state beginning in 2017 and leading up to a concert led by Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre in Walt Disney Concert Hall in July 2018 that will be live-streamed. Expanding beyond existing choirs and singing groups, it will encourage people of all ages and abilities to find their voice and be part of a group experience, learning new techniques and songs together. No previous singing experience is necessary and the aim of the project is to be open to all.

“When you sing in an ensemble you learn compassion, you learn empathy, you learn discipline, you learn history, you learn focus—all of these things that are essential for every part of your life,” said Whitacre. “But with choral music you get the addition of language so you’re beginning to sing and think about the great questions of the human mystery: why are we here? What are we doing? What is love? What is death? You start to build an ethical foundation through the art that you’re singing. Then, on top of that, there is study after study showing the health and welfare benefits of singing. We now know that just singing together in a group reduces the stress hormone cortisol, it releases endorphins, it causes a sense of joy and euphoria and it creates a physiological bonding chemical between the people in the room.”

Participating Big Sing California groups will connect by learning the same pieces of music. A Big Sing California website will be developed and serve as a resource center for Los Angeles Master Chorale-curated materials and online tutorials to guide the participants in learning and rehearsing the program. Participants will be invited to connect with each other through the website and build an online community as the project progresses. On the day of the performance, some participants will attend and sing at Walt Disney Concert Hall while others will watch and sing via a live-stream, allowing for world-wide participation.

To learn more, contact Adrien Redford, Audience Engagement Coordinator, at

The Big Sing California is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding provided by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Eric Whitacre, master of ceremonies
Grant Gershon, conductor
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Guest Conductors & Guest Artists

Classic FM: “Eric Whitacre’s guide to writing a masterful a cappella cover” Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:41:51 +0000 Head over to ClassicFM to watch Eric speak about the process of creating an a cappella cover using his take on Trent Reznor’s Hurt as an example.

New Single – Hurt – OUT TODAY Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:02:39 +0000 The first in a series of new choral singles that Eric’s is releasing is out today: Hurt. Recorded with the Eric Whitacre Singers and the inimitable Grace Davidson in Air Studios, it’s Eric’s take on Trent Reznor’s hauntingly beautiful song.

Listen on Apple Music         Listen on Spotify

The Light Hangs Low: Some of my favorite film music Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:08:02 +0000

Interview: StarTalk Radio Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:05:00 +0000 continued]]> Tune in to this week’s episode of StarTalk – “The Future of Human Spaceflight – when Eric joined host & former astronaut Mike Massimino, co-host Maeve Higgins, principal investigator on the New Horizons mission and chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation Alan Stern, and Sandy Magnus, former ISS and STS astronaut for a discussion of where current innovation and interest in human spaceflight will lead us.

Listen now on TuneIn Radio


The Westminster Chorus “Theft Relief” Fund Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:29:19 +0000 continued]]> “On October 8, 2017 following a local concert in El Segundo, CA with the Stockholm City Voices, from Sweden, our van, trailer, and all contents were stolen.  Items that were stolen include; our trailer, van, risers, 50 suits, CD’s, and more. While insurance may cover a portion of these expenses, it isn’t nearly enough to begin to cover the extent of the loss.

Our mission is in jeopardy as this equipment is vital to all events and daily operations.

Where will your donation go?

1. New tourmaster risers from wenger. For use at every rehearsal and concert as well as for official use in the greater barbershop community. Over the years, our risers have been relied upon by for official use at society functions including division and district conventions. And as such, our risers were expected to be used at the upcoming International Midwinter convention in Costa Mesa, CA, so the timing could not be worse. Replacing these risers is our most urgent and immediate need and will greatly impact the barbershop society in the very near term.

2. A new trailer. The transportation of our risers and suits from venue to venue, making sure that the music and art we share in numerous communities is as professional as possible, is our chief logistical challenge. Without a trailer, we are quite literally unable to perform our primary function and purpose in the community.

3. New suits. We have several milestone performances ahead this year that require formal performance attire. Not only are we set to perform at the International barbershop convention, but we were also invited to perform at the Western Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, a tremendous honor in the choral world that extends beyond the barbershop music genre. We were even asked to perform in one of their most coveted time slots. So it’s very important that we look our best to seize this rare opportunity to continue bridging the gap between Barbershop and choral communities.

We need your help like we’ve never needed it before. Our aim to continue as ambassadors of the barbershop style, champions for the continuing music education of youth, and builders of a bridge between the choral and barbershop communities is being seriously threatened. So THANK YOU in advance from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity.”

Help Westminster College Choir

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