The Sacred Veil is a powerful, thought-provoking new 12-movement work scored for SATB choir, cello, and piano from composer Eric Whitacre and poet-lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri.
Silvestri's wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving behind two young children. His texts (written collaboratively with Whitacre) tell a story of courtship, love, loss and the search for solace.
The 56-minute work, described by Grant Gershon as Whitacre’s 'Requiem', was commissioned, performed, and recorded by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
LISTENING PARTY WITH ERIC WHITACRE
The commission and recording of The Sacred Veil were made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Denise and Robert Hanisee, Linda J. Hodge, Kathleen and James Drummy, Faith Raiguel and Billy Weber, Nancy Revy Barber and Rocky Barber, Sonia Messer Randazzo, Dr. Bradley R. Straatsma, Susan Erburu Reardon and George Reardon, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Cindy and Gary Frischling, Dr. Marguerite Marsh, Courtland Palmer, Ann Graham Ehringer, Rosemary Schroeder, Arthur and Marjorie Fine in honor of Robert Hanisee, Lorri and Steve Benson, and Oren Hadar.
The production was supported by donors to the Artistic Innovation Fund: Philip A. Swan, Leeba R. Lessin, and Priscilla and Curtis Tamkin.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan Family Artist-in-Residence is made possible by the Swan Family Trust.