Our Tracking Lincoln series continues with the third-generation owner of the Lincoln Square Lounge.
Composer Eric Whitacre has created huge virtual choirs in cyberspace – thousands of singers uploading performances to be mixed together into one performance.
But Whitacre also performs with his own ensemble, the Eric Whitacre Singers. They appear on the Grammy-winning album “Light & Gold,” as well as their latest album “Water Night,” and they will be on a short East Coast tour this week.
Whitacre told Here & Now’s Robin Young that there is nothing like conducting a live choir.
“It’s the most incredible feeling. First, it all begins with the breath. I raise my hands and we all breathe at the same time. That moment for me is always the most electric. And then as soon as the sound comes out, the singers, they sing with such purity that the sound, it’s got a shimmer to it, a spin. I always feel like I’m surfing in it. It’s an ecstatic experience,” he said.
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