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← Introduction to the Virtual Choir

Video 1 for the Virtual Choir 2011

Eric Whitacre introduces us to the Virtual Choir, and tells us how it came about and went on to be a YouTube phenomenon.

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Showing Revision 2 created 12/01/2012 by Isabel Vaz Belchior.

  1. Eric Whitacre: SLEEP VIRTUAL CHOIR
  2. [Singing voices in background, all through the presentation: choral musical excerpt from "Sleep"]
  3. >> ERIC: It all started with this one young
    girl who sent me this video of herself singing
  4. one of my choral pieces, and I was struck
    so hard by it - the beauty, the intimicy of it...
  5. (Eric Whitacre. Composer and Conductor)
  6. ...the sweetness of it, and I thought it would
    be amazing if we could get 100 people
  7. to do this and cut it all together and make
    a virtual choir. So I then went into the studio
  8. and I conducted in total silence, and I could
    only hear it in my head, and I loaded all of
  9. that up to YouTube, and I sent out a call
    to singers across the world and the response
  10. was totally overwhelming. We had 185 singers
    from 12 different countries. It was all about
  11. connecting with these people all over the world...
    and... these individuals, alone, together.

  12. When we did "Lux", then I think we really started
    getting it, so this time we're going to go
  13. back, do "Sleep" for real. Just the way I always
    imagined it would be. For me, singing together
  14. and making music together is a fundamental
    human experience, and I love the idea that
  15. technology can bring people together from
    all over the world and get people to participate
  16. in this... in this transcending experience.
  17. To be a part of the next Virtual Choir, visit: WWW.ERICWHITACRE.COM