ICONIC composer Eric Whitacre joins the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of his revered works at St David’s Hall on June 2.
The Music of Eric Whitacre provides a breathtaking retrospective of his most popular pieces from the last decade. Eric has taken the world of choral music by storm, and at the National Concert Hall of Wales he will conduct Water Night, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, Deep Field (which caused a sensation at last year’s BBC Proms) and more.
The audience will be able to add to the shimmering tranquillity of his music by activating a special mobile phone app, and in his atmospheric and ethereal piece Deep Field Eric will be asking concert-goers to make the most of the technology at their fingertips. He said: ‘The idea for the app came while I was sitting in a concert and they made the usual announcement, asking us to turn off our mobile phones. I always automatically question authority, so I found myself thinking, “Why are we turning these phones off? Wouldn’t it be better to use them instead?”
Eric first delved into music whilst writing pop songs to impress girls at his school in rural Nevada, and this song writing style still shines through in his work today. ‘A lot of my classical music has a pop sensibility,’ he said. ‘And there’s one thing I do shamelessly: if I find a chord by, say Benjamin Britten or Ravel, and I think it captures a certain emotional depth, then I’ll try to incorporate it into my journey. I always felt I could go from Bach to Björk to The Beatles and back without any sense of irony.’
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