When checking the news from TED 2011 I came across this inspired virtual choir project involving talented young singers from around the world.
Today classical composer and conductor Eric Whitacre showed a clip from his latest virtual choir project at TED. His presentation received a heartfelt standing ovation from conference attendees. The crowd was moved by this symphonic arrangement of thousands of voices from around the world.
Last year Whitacre put out a call for submissions for “Lux Aurumque.” He received 2,051 submissions from 58 countries. 637 sopranos, 546 altos, 405 tenors and 463 basses from high school choirs, university choirs, church choirs, “closet” choirs and the Czech Boys Choir were in the talent pool.
From the thousands of submissions, Eric Whitacre focused on hundreds of tracks selected from his YouTube choral library to create this unique composition that demonstrates how technology can connect us.
“It was all about connecting … these individuals alone, together,” wrote Whitecre. “For me, singing together and making music together is … a fundamental human experience.”
The composer shared just three minutes of the complete video, which is still being edited. The full video will have an online premiere in April.