Eric Whitacre Singers
February 28, 2017 | 8 pm
“Eric Whitacre is a phenomenon in the music world,” wrote the Sydney Morning Herald, calling him “a composer of thoughtful and genuinely original choral works which are not only challenging and complex, but also hugely popular.” The Juilliard-trained composer and conductor has become a force in the choral genre. He has released chart-topping and GRAMMY-winning albums, toured the world with his all-star ensemble the Eric Whitacre Singers, and assembled the world’s first online virtual choir.
Whitacre brings his virtuoso ensemble to what is sure to be a standing-room-only Duke Chapel, the perfect acoustic match for his ethereal compositions. Fittingly, the program will include his Music for Sacred Spaces, a choral work that integrates solo cello with elements of electronic music. The program also features two transporting classics of his repertoire, Sleep and Lux Aurumque, both of which have become — thanks to their inclusion in Whitacre’s virtual choir project — worldwide choral classics.
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Eric Whitacre: Sainte-Chapelle
Anders Hillborg: Mouyayoum
Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Bach arr. Edwin London: Come Sweet Death
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
Eric Whitacre: I Fall
Sarah Hopkins: Past Life Melodies
Eric Whitacre: Go, Lovely Rose
“Whitacre is that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original.”