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Fri, 22 February 2013

Eric Whitacre Composer and Conductor Concert

Filed under: Workshops, classical music, Festivals & Major Events, Gigs, Tours, General — site admin @ 1:43 pm

MONASH UNIVERSITY SECURES EXCLUSIVE MELBOURNE CONCERT DEBUT OF
GRAMMY AWARD WINNING COMPOSER AND CONDUCTOR ERIC WHITACRE
In concert Saturday 13 April, public choral workshop Friday 12 April Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton
Monash University Academy of Performing Arts will present internationally acclaimed composer and conductor
Eric Whitacre in his Melbourne concert debut on Saturday 13 April 2013.

Choral Workshop with Eric Whitacre
Friday 12 April @ 7pm
Tickets: $25 – $40 (Advance booking essential)
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton.

Eric Whitacre In Concert
Saturday 13 April @ 7.30pm
Tickets: $43 - $69
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton
TICKETS ON SALE NOW - Bookings and enquiries 03 9905 1111 or www.monash.edu/mapa

One of the most popular and performed composers of modern times, Grammy Award-winning Whitacre’s only
Melbourne concert will feature works from his two chart-topping albums Light & Gold and Water Night, the
haunting choral work Lux Aurumque from his ground-breaking virtual choir project, and The River Cam, which he
composed for cellist Julian Lloyd Webber’s sixtieth birthday.
Joining Whitacre in his Melbourne debut are Monash Sinfonia, Melbourne’s Choir of Trinity College and cellist
David Berlin.
Whitacre will also share his wealth of experience in a hands-on choral workshop for singers, choral directors and
composers. Securing Whitacre’s debut concert at Robert Blackwood Hall along with a choral workshop is a coup
for Monash University’s Academy of Performing Arts, headed by distinguished Australian musician and
composer Paul Grabowsky.
“The opportunity to share with Melbourne audiences one of the worlds’ leading musicians and bring together
Monash students and local artists with someone of Eric’s caliber is a natural extension of the Academy’s
programming initiatives,” said Professor Grabowsky.
“Along with his music credentials, Eric is a highly regarded speaker and has addressed the U.N. Leaders
programme, the TED conference and will address the World Economic Conference, Davos in January 2013.
The combination of public performance and development of local musicians is integral to Monash University’s
visionary commitment and its pursuit of excellence in music education, development and research.”
Whitacre’s ground breaking Virtual Choir performance of Lux Aurumque featured 185 singers from 12 countries
and received more than 1 million views on YouTube in its first month. Virtual Choir 2, Sleep, involved over 2,000
voices from 58 countries and the latest Virtual Choir 3, Water Night, received 3,746 submissions from 73
countries.
Whitacre makes his conducting debut with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs on Saturday 30 March, featuring the
Sydney Philharmonia Symphony Chorus and VOX.

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