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About Eric Whitacre

A composer best known for his choral music, Eric Whitacre has also written many wind band compositions and some electronic music. Since his first pieces appeared, he has also presented works for orchestra, and his first opera, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, premiered in 2007. The 2010 "virtual choir" recording of his Lux Aurumque, featuring over a hundred singers from a dozen countries, became one of his best-known. His style is quite approachable and features trademark chords, unexpected chord progressions, and a host of other typically recognizable characteristics. His soundworld, though modern and quite individual, is invested with certain elements out of the past. Whitacre is among the most original voices of his time, and his music, particularly his choral works, is widely performed. His first album as both composer and conductor, Light & Gold, arrived in 2012 and topped the classical charts in both the U.S. and U.K.

Reno, Nevada, US
January 2, 1970