Eric Whitacre, Marc Royce
Mar 27, 2012
Work uses 3,736 videos from singers around the world.
3,000 participants from 73 countries participate in latest edition of Eric Whitacre’s innovative online choir
Discussion between Whitacre, Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano and Chris Anderson, founder of TED conference to follow debut of virtual choral work
Composer Eric Whitacre, 2012 Grammy Award-winner for his Decca album Light & Gold, will premiere Virtual Choir 3 – Water Night on Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Whitacre’s previous virtual choir projects, Virtual Choir 1 from 2009 and Virtual Choir 2 - Sleep, used videos from 12 and 58 countries, respectively. Virtual Choir 3 uses 3,746 videos uploaded from 2,945 singers from 73 countries, all singing Whitacre’s hauntingly beautiful choral composition Water Night, a 14-part piece he wrote in 1995 based on a poem by Octavio Paz. Water Night will be viewed on the David Rubenstein Atrium’s 40-foot media wall. The premiere is a ticketed event and it is hosted by Young Patrons of Lincoln Center (YPLC) and The Juilliard Club. This program is part of YPLC’s 101 series, a bi-monthly curated arts education series for young professionals.
“This launch of Virtual Choir 3 - Water Night is a significant development in user-generated content on the web. The sheer number of videos uploaded to create this virtual choir – some by experienced choral singers and others by gifted amateurs – shows not only the amazing way in which music can touch so many but how technology can be the catalyst for creative expression,” says Whitacre. While the greatest number of uploaded videos came from the United States (2515), countries as distant as Japan (18), Finland (8), China (13), and Kazahkstan (2) were represented among the total 3,746. Water Night is also the title track of Whitacre’s latest Decca album out April 3rd.
Virtual Choir 3’s premiere and panel discussion will be live-streamed on AboutLincolnCenter.org and will exist as a video on Lincoln Center’s website, LincolnCenter.org, as well as an audio/visual installation and immersive experience in destinations including churches, art galleries, and other public spaces in cities around the world.
Following the work’s unveiling composer Whitacre will be joined on stage for a discussion by the curator of the TED discussion will be music, technology, and the future. In addition, Lincoln Center’s Twitter account, @LincolnCenter, will be engaging with live-stream viewers and Tweeting updates from the Atrium event. Online viewers are encouraged to join the conversation with #LCChoir.
The live streaming of this digital work’s premiere and its panel discussion is part of Lincoln Center’s delivery of content to its growing digital audiences. “Lincoln Center is committed to engaging global communities of interest around its featured artists and performance presentations,” says Elizabeth Scott, Lincoln Center’s Chief Media and Digital Officer. “The strong international online interest in Eric Whitacre’s work makes this event a natural choice for live streaming.”