Friday, April 8, 2011

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0 Sleep: Thank You, NPR (Video)

I do not have the time to surf YouTube all day, and so I thank NPR for bringing composer and choral director Eric Whitacre's virtual choir to my attention.



At NPR, reporter Jeff Lunden says:
I've been singing in real choirs since I was a kid, so I was intrigued to participate in a virtual one. I recently asked Whitacre how he came up with the concept.

"Well, it all started with this video — a young girl named Britlin Losee, who was 17 at the time, posted to YouTube a video of herself singing the soprano part to a piece of mine called 'Sleep,' " Whitacre says.
Listen to the interview. Whitacre ended up putting together a choir online of people singing his composition. According to the article, "Thursday night, he unveil[ed] his Virtual Choir 2.0 on YouTube. It features more than 2,000 singers from around the world, including this reporter."

The video above is the one referenced at NPR. The video below is Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque' from 2010. You can watch the video that gave instructions to participants here with Whitacre directing.

1 comment:

Pamela Lyn said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is awesome.