CLASSICAL MPR PRESENTS: ERIC WHITACRE SINGERS
The Eric Whitacre Singers have established themselves as one of the finest vocal ensembles of our day. This professional choir draws in audiences with a wide spectrum of age, interests and backgrounds, performing Monteverdi, Bach, Whitacre and Depeche Mode. They received unanimous praise from critics for their debut album, Light and Gold, on Decca/Universal, also winning a GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance. Their second album for Universal, Water Night, went straight to no. 1 in the classical iTunes and Billboard charts.
The choir made their BBC Proms debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2012 in a programme which included a collaboration with singer/songwriter Imogen Heap. Their debut US tour in 2013 held concerts in Washington D.C.’s Strathmore Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and New York’s Lincoln Center. Their iTunes Festival debut, broadcast live to 119 countries worldwide, saw them collaborate with multi award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. A vocal library featuring the voices of the Eric Whitacre Singers and custom beds composed by their founder and conductor will be released in 2016.
Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, Eric was recently appointed as Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale having completed a five-year term as Composer in Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, UK.
As conductor of the Eric Whitacre Singers he has released several chart-topping albums including bestseller, Light and Gold. A sought after guest conductor, Eric has conducted choral and instrumental concerts around the globe, including sold-out concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to several collaborations with legendary Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, he has worked with pop icons Laura Mvula, Imogen Heap and Annie Lennox.
A charismatic speaker, Eric has given keynote addresses for many Fortune 500 companies and global institutions including Apple, Google, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the United Nations Speaker’s Programme and two main stage TED talks.