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Eric Whitacre TED talk describes the creation of the Virtual Choir, previews Sleep premier



Contemporary composer and conductor Eric Whitacre was a featured speaker at a TED conference in March. During his talk there he told the story of the inception of the Virtual Choir and that video was posted on TED today. He also spoke about the latest Virtual Choir project, featuring his well-known composition, "Sleep." The Virtual Choir's performance of Sleep is set for a world premiere at the Paley Center for Media in New York on Thursday, April 7 at 6 PM. A two-minute preview of Sleep is at the end of the TED video posted today.

As I have mentioned before, I sang in the latest Virtual Choir project and I've been anxiously awaiting the debut. The choir is comprised of 2052 voices from more than 50 countries so it's sure to be a remarkable experience. With only six days to go until the actual premiere, I decided to wait and not watch the preview (although I watched Whitacre's talk). So if you watch it, don't tell me about it until after the premiere!

[Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 12:34pm]


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