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Classical 101

Eric Whitacre and the Virtual Choir

[I MERGED WITH LATER POST ABOUT THE SAME THING] Contemporary composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has already made a name for himself worldwide for his choral compositions and more recently made quite an impression with his virtual choir.  And now he's doing it again, even bigger. He had no formal training before the age of 18, and yet many of his works are widely performed by choirs and orchestras.  It was the experience of singing in a college choir that changed his life.  He earned a Master of Music degree from Julliard and studied with composer John Corigliano.  And now he has a new album out from Decca, called Light & Gold. It's a remarkable journey in such a short time, yet his music has been praised by many, with The Los Angeles Times calling his compositions, "works of unearthly beauty and imagination (with) electric, chilling harmonies." The BBC  reviewed him saying, "what hits you right between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile." Here is the composer describing the whole concept of the virtual choir and his wish to make a worldwide event out of a live performance on the internet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyLX2cke-Lw   And just so you know what all the stir is about, here is the performance of his composition Lux Arumque that was a sensation on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7o7BrlbaDs John Rittmeyer