Choir to Perform in NYC
Eric Whitacre to conduct concert at Lincoln Center
By Meghan Shruck
The York College Concert Choir has had the pleasure this year to perform Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” as part of their repertoire. Although lovely, the piece is not the average choral arrangement. At times, the music’s several pitches clash, giving the audience the illusion that the choir is not singing the correct notes. However, the brilliant composition by Whitacre later resolves the spine-chilling dissonance into crystal clear beauty. It is impossible to describe music that is filled with such emotional splendor; it can only be heard. Imagine such beauty, not in just one song, but several and being able to sing these works as interpreted by the composer himself.
The York College Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Clark Roush, auditioned and was invited to participate in this one-time event. Distinguished Concerts International - New York (DCINY) will host the event where select choirs will combine to perform The Choral Music of Whitacre. Repertoire highlights include “Lux Aurumque”, “Sleep”, “Cloudburst”, “A Boy and a Girl”, and “Five Hebrew Love Songs.” Choirs from around the nation will join together for a five-day residency rehearsal and performance under the direction of Whitacre as part of the DCINY’s “Premiere Project.”
A young composer, born in 1970, Whitacre received no formal instruction in music before age 18. He discovered his talent while singing in a college choir and continued his education at The Juilliard School where he earned a Master of Music degree. Whitacre has since composed and published several pieces, with over 750,000 copies sold. He was also distinguished in 2001 as the youngest composer to be awarded the Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission by the American Choral Directors Association.
The Concert Choir will spend a week in New York City participating in a five-day rehearsal at the famous Lincoln Center. The performance will be held Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.