The Sacred Veil
Througout the pandemic, the world saw a flood of multi-tracked videos as musicians, desperate to perform together, form ensembles online. But Eric Whitacre got there first in 2010 with his Virtual Choir – 185 singers meticulously edited together for a video performance of Lux Aurumque that has reached millions and seen him become a legend of contemporary choral music. On his previous visit in 2013 he filled the Concert Hall with fans.
His latest major choral work, The Sacred Veil is a collaboration with American poet and friend Charles Anthony Silvestri, telling a story of love, loss and the search for solace. And although the personal inspiration at its core is the death of Silvestri’s wife, this intimate and compelling score follows a very human – and very relatable – journey. The music itself is everything we’ve come to expect from Whitacre – shimmering harmonies, luxurious sonorities, searing intensity.
“The Sacred Veil is a story for us all,” says Whitacre, “everyone has a place of pain that we can hardly bear to touch” and it taps into the way music – and especially singing – can help us grieve and heal.
Deborah CHEETHAM & Matthew DOYLE Tarimi Nulay – Long time living here
Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold)
The Sacred Veil*
Texts by Charles Anthony Silvestri
* Sydney premiere
The Sacred Veil was commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon – Artistic Director, Monash Academy of the Performing Arts – MLIVE Melbourne and ZaterdagMatinee for the Netherlands Radio Choir.
Eric Whitacre conductor
Julian Smiles cello
Claire Howard Race piano
Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs