The choral world was upended along with the rest of the world during COVID and everyone went virtual, using the Eric Whitacre model that was established years before the pandemic. So we asked the composer/conductor in 2020 to pick his favorite virtual performances.
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Whitacre says: Who couldn't love the Young People's Chorus of New York City — such a vibrant sound from committed musical young singers, communicating from their hearts. It's the best of humankind asking all the right questions at this difficult time.
Whitacre says: The spectacular Aeolians' performance of "We Shall Overcome" is so poignant; the film is a moving and lasting record of this important time.
Finland's virtual choir
Whitacre says: 1075 choristers from Finland sing Sibelius' "This Is My song" ("Finlandia Hymn") as a tribute on National Veterans Day 2020.
The Stay at Home Choir/The Sixteen
Whitacre says: The Stay at Home Choir, representing 72 countries, joins the Sixteen in a stunning performance of James MacMillan's "O Radiant Dawn."
Philippine Madrigal Singers Alumni
Whitacre says: A deeply touching recording of "Be Still My Soul," by Matthew Maniano, from the ever-wonderful Philippine Madrigal Singers.
sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir
Whitacre says: And finally, "We Give Voice," by Ashley Ballou-Bonnema, a truly inspirational person. Ashley and all 14 singers in this project are living life defying their cystic fibrosis through singing. I am humbled by their strength, vision and determination.
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