Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has brought together thousands of people from around the world to sing in his choir — without ever having to meet any of them in person.
Whitacre premieres his third version of Virtual Choir tonight on April 2. The project takes thousands of videos contributed by singers in 73 different countries and combines them to sound just like a real, live choir. You can hear it for yourself in this video:
The video performance of Water Night debuts simultaneously at the Lincoln Center in New York as well as via livestream online.
In this iteration of the project, Whitacre conducts 2,945 singers in a performance of Water Night, a 14-part piece he wrote with arrangements for soprano, alto, tenor and bass. To participate, singers downloaded the sheet music and audio files of their parts and followed along with a video of Whitacre conducting each section individually.
Once the singer learned the music, he or she recorded a video using a webcam and uploads it toRead More »from Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir lets thousands of singers perform together