Interview with Eric Whitacre

I am thrilled to share with you this audio/video which I was fortunate to record with Eric over the phone, while he was attending the ACDA National Conference in Dallas, TX.  Below I also offer you two links:  my introductory blog post about Eric and his Singers as well as the partial transcript of this interview, both currently posted on LocalArtsLive.com.  

Background: Sharon Torello, the founder of LocalArtsLive.com asked me to interview composer/conductor Eric Whitacre to preview his debut U.S. Tour with Eric Whitacre Singers. The tour included a single appearance of the ensemble in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center on March 20th which drew highly enthusiastic crowds of audiences of all ages, with many college and high school choir groups in attendance.

 

http://youtu.be/mpr7zKCCyZ4

 

THE ERIC WHITACRE PHENOMENON

Ever since 2007, when I heard Eric Whitacre’s music for the first time and subsequently was fortunate to sing some of it with Choral Arts Philadelphia, I was forever drawn to his unique style: the ideal balance - not a conflict - between the humanity and technology. The honest and heavenly, ancient-sounding spectrum of harmonies is happily married to the bold use of contemporary expressive means, which -- blended together -- work amazingly well to deliver the true meaning of the poetry straight into my heart. And these “delivery means" do not incorporate just singing. Eric often takes singers outside their “vocal box” and makes use of their abilities to whisper, speak, make noise, clap, snap, hit percussion, etc. (a great example is his Cloudburst where, in the second part of the piece, singers are imitating the sounds of thunder and a downpour)... Read the rest of the article here.

 

Read the partial transcript of my interview with Eric Whitacre.