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Eric Whitacre

Weekend of November 17, 2012

Eric Whitacre

Choral composer Eric Whitacre says, "I thought I was going to be a pop star. I never in my wildest dreams imagined I'd be a classical composer." Now at age 42, Whitacre has achieved the kind of star status he once dreamed of. But not in the pop world. He's a kind of rock star of contemporary choral composers. He has nearly 100,000 Facebook fans. Has his own choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers. Some young fans have even gotten Eric Whitacre tattoos. In today's show, Whitacre leads a choir of over 100 singers in one of his own works, "Sleep."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    First movement from Piano Sonata in F-sharp Minor
    Mikhail Pletnev, piano
  • Eric Whitacre
    The St. Olaf Choir, VocalEssence, and Minnesota High School Honors Choir, Eric Whitacre, director
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Steve Hester from Macon, Georgia
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170 (H. 432)
    Hidemi Suzuki, cello, the Holland Baroque Society, Stefano Rossi, director
    Regensburg Early Music Days, Regensburg, Germany

hour 2

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