Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
Virtual Choir 1
Virtual Choir 1 ‘Lux Aurumque’ was launched in March 2010 and featured online performances by 185 singers. It received over 1 million hits in the first two months of its release, and has since been watched by nearly 5 million people.
It began in May 2009 as a simple experiment in social media, when Britlin Losee – a fan of Eric’s music – recorded a video of herself singing ‘Sleep’ and shared it on YouTube. After watching the video, Eric responded by sending a call out to his online fans to purchase Polyphony’s recording of ‘Sleep’, record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result.
Virtual Choir 2
Featuring Eric’s composition ‘Sleep’, Virtual Choir 2 was released in April 2011 and was met with a staggering response, incorporating 2052 videos from 58 countries and from all walks of life, including 9 year olds to senior citizens. The official launch took place at Paley Center for Media in New York. The event was webcast worldwide on WQXR and posted on YouTube that evening.
For more videos of this kind visit Eric Whitacre’s website – www.ericwhitacre.com
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