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Whitacre is the new king of choral, the poster boy of popular classical music and, above all, a fantastic composer when it comes to choirs.
Whitacre's text to Lux Aurumque comes from a poem by Edward Esch, which was translated into Latin by Charles Anthony Silvestri. Eric's groundbreaking Virtual Choir, featuring 185 singers from 12 different countries, performed Lux Aurumque, and received over a million views on YouTube in just 2 months.
He's followed it up with several other Virtual Choir projects, each more successful than the last, but this is where it all started. It just goes to show that you can be a fine composer, but these days you really need something extra to push you over the edge into the mainstream. Whitacre knows this more than anyone, so it's a good job he's wielding his power and, indeed, his celebrity status very carefully.