Amazing virtual choir proves geography is no barrier for musicians


You love singing in a chorus, but perhaps you live too far away from a concentration of like-minded musicians, or are limited in mobility, or simply can't make the time on a regular basis. Then sing out praises for the Internet, which promises to solve this problem. At least it has for the 185 members of Eric Whitacre's virtual choir.

And this is no joke, apparent from the very opening of its first haunting piece, Lux Aurumque (Light of Gold) by conductor/composer Eric Whitacre. A total of 185 people recorded their parts in front of a camera and uploaded them to YouTube. Whitaker combined them into a masterful whole. It amazes me how beautifully modulated and blended these voices are, and how gorgeous and somber the result.

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