Eric Whitacre | The Sacred Veil – Australian Premiere
7 September 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until 8 September 2022
Grammy-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, returns to Melbourne to perform the Australian premiere of The Sacred Veil at The Alexander Theatre on 7 – 8 September.
The Sacred Veil is a Monash University Commission written by poet and long-time collaborator Charles Anthony Silvestri. The 12-movement work is set to a series of poems by Silvestri. The wonderfully commissioned piece addresses all stages of life and death. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. Including texts from Silvestri, Whitacre and Julie herself, the intimate, compelling score tells a story of courtship, love, loss and the search for solace. Although inspired by this extraordinary and moving friendship, the piece does not mention Julie by name and shares a very human journey – one that so many of us can relate to.
Whitacre will be conducting two performances of the moving piece, with the choir of Trinity College, one of the finest university choirs in the Southern Hemisphere, and Polyphonic Voices, a Melbourne chamber choir that was formed by former Trinity choristers. The show is directed by Michael Fulcher and Christopher Watson, an English singer who used to work regularly with Whitacre in the UK.
Whitacre will also be hosting an exclusive choral workshop a day prior to the performances, which is open to the public of all ages on 6 September 7:00pm.
Monash University Performing Arts Centres, (MPAC) is the public performing arts and cultural arm of Monash University. MPAC facilities are vital to the cultural life of the University, and act as a doorway to the surrounding community, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors to Monash each year. MPAC brings the best of local, national and international performing artists to its centres, seeking to connect people, to challenge, to excite and to provoke new thinking, creating a profound impact on its audiences and making way for memorable and shared experiences for all. Following a major revitalisation, the 561-seat Alexander Theatre at Monash University reopened in 2018. A much-loved foundation building, the ‘Alex’ Theatre is now a state-of-the-art proscenium arch theatre, fully equipped with technical capabilities and creature comforts alike for both audiences and performers.