The virtual choir project

The Virtual Choir Project

Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. In 2008, his choral CDCloudburstbecame an international best-seller, topping the classical charts and earning a Grammy nomination. But he is perhaps best known internationally for his Virtual Choir” projects, bringing individual voices from around the globe together into an online choir, often involving many thousands of voices.

It’s not a particularly new idea. On Christmas Eve 1999, for example, the late David Branson conducted a People’s Choir at Canberra’s Gypsy Bar in a rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel’s Messiah. Anyone who wanted to participate showed up a little beforehand, the 30 voice choir rehearsed in the loading dock and off they went to perform before a packed house, all a bit rough but rapturously received.

Whitacre brings a whole new dimension to such ventures in choral participation by harnessing the power of modern communications and involving thousands of people at the one time.

Whitacre is holding a choral workshop at Monash University on Friday evening 12 April and conducting a choral performance, involving the Monash Sinfonia and the choir of Trinity College (University of Melbourne).

Check HERE for details of both events.


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