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Artist-In-Residence: Eric Whitacre

In Conversation: Eric Whitacre

Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, Assistant Professor of Music at Duke and Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, speaks with internationally celebrated choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre about his artistic process, his influences, and his projects, including the Virtual Choir and his touring choir the Eric Whitacre Singers.

The following evening, Whitacre will conduct the Eric Whitacre Singers at their sold-out Duke Chapel concert on Duke’s West Campus. Info below and HERE.

Monday, February 27, 6 – 7:15 PM
Perkins Library 217, Duke West Campus (Driving Directions; Campus Walking Directions)
Free & open to the public.


“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

  • Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:00pm