Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir: Lux Aurumque

This video brings individual voices from around the globe together in a cyber internet choir. Very beautiful.

This beautiful video of Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir has been out since 2009. But it is also beautiful for Christmastime. This is Lux Aurumque, which means light and gold.

There’s an excellent explanation of the process by which he made the video here. And Eric Whitacre explains how he did it (and why he did it) on his blog. He writes:

When I saw the finished video for the first time I actually teared up. The intimacy of all the faces, the sound of the singing, the obvious poetic symbolism about our shared humanity and our need to connect; all of it completely overwhelmed me.

Or watch Eric Whitacre explain his process on his Ted Talk.

Latin Translation ©2001 by Charles Anthony Silvestri
(English poem by Edward Esch)

LUX Light,
CALIDA GRAVISQUE warm and heavy
PURA VELUT AURUM as pure gold,
ET CANUNT ANGELI and the angels sing softly
MOLLITER MODO NATUM to the newborn babe.

Bottom line: This video shows Eric Whitacre’s 2,000-voice choir singing Lux Aurumque. Very beautiful.

Deborah Byrd