News – Eric Whitacre Composer, Conductor, Speaker Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:28:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lincoln Center – April 15, 2018 – Tickets now on sale Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:09:56 +0000 Tickets are now on sale for Eric’s concert with the singers of Distinguished Concerts International New York on the stage of David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. For more information and tickets, visit the Lincoln Center website.

i carry your heart – the new single and SATB sheet music – out today Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:04:24 +0000 continued]]> Today sees the release of one of Eric’s newest original compositions – a setting of e. e. cumming’s i carry your heart.

“Seven years ago, one of my best friends in the world, Omar Crook, got married to another of my best friends, Amy Arms. Omar asked me before the wedding if I would set
e.e. Cummings’ iconic poem ‘i carry your heart’ for the ceremony. I tried and tried to find the music in the poetry but came up empty, so instead I did the next best thing: I gave a terrible best man’s speech.

Five and a half years later I was sitting at the piano, working on another piece, and I stumbled on a single music gesture that unlocked the poem for me. That musical gesture is heard first in the opening lines of the poem:

i carry your heart with me.
i carry it in my heart.
i am never without it.

The idea that ‘I’m never without it’ was the core of the piece’s construction. And so, I finally wrote the piece and surprised them with it. I was giving a concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and I invited them to attend without giving them any idea what we would perform. We made it through the entire concert and then, as an encore, I announced, “this is for my dear friends Omar Crook and Amy Arms, a gift for their wedding day – a little late.” Now every time I hear it I think of this very intimate love and, very specifically, Omar and Amy.”

The sheet music is available through Hal Leonard and J. W. Pepper.

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World Premiere of The Sacred Veil Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:11:49 +0000 continued]]> As part of their 2018-2019 season unveiling, the Los Angeles Master Chorale have announced that they will give the world premiere of Eric’s full-length concert work The Sacred Veil at Disney Hall in February 2019. This will be the most personal and expansive work to date from Eric and long-time collaborator Charles Anthony Silvestri.

For more information and tickets, visit the Los Angeles Master Chorale website.

Eric at TMEA Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:04:44 +0000 continued]]> Friday 16
8:30am – 9:45am   Keynote, Friday General Session (Lila Cockrell Theatre)
2:30pm – 3:30pm   Reading Session (Texas Grand Hyatt Ballroom)
4:00pm – 5:00pm   Q&A, TFME Student Attendees (CC Stars at Night Ballroom 1)

Saturday 17
9:00am – 10:00am  Meet & Greet, Registration Hall 1*


*Space is limited. In order to attend, you will need to collect a postcard ticket from the Hal Leonard booth.

Eric Whitacre Singers – London – May 5 – Tickets Now On Sale Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:00:10 +0000 continued]]> Eric returns to London for a concert with his award-winning professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers. The programme will include some of Eric’s new works – I Fall and i carry your heart – alongside some of his most-loved pieces. There is a limited number of VIP tickets which include priority seating in the stalls, a signed programme and access to rehearsal. Tickets are on sale now.


Interview at Tulsa Public Radio Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:21:26 +0000 Listen now on the Public Radio Tulsa website.

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