Friday June 13th 2014, 6pm
Millennium Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, Washington DC, United States
Eric Whitacre will be joined by poet and historian, Charles Anthony Silvestri & Philedelpia-based choir, The Crossing, for a free event on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. The event will include a presentation from Eric about his work with the Virtual Choir, insights by Silvestri about his lyrics for Sleep culminating in a performance by The Crossing. The hour-long event will be streamed live on the Kennedy Center website.
The event concludes with a performance from The Crossing who will perform a selection of Eric’s works. The audience and singers all over the world are invited to join their voices with the those on stage for performances of “Lux Aurumque” and “Sleep”. The music is available to view free on the Walton Music website or to purchase from all good retailers including J.W. Pepper (US) and MusicRoom (UK). Copies will be available to purchase on the day at the Kennedy Center.
Saturday June 14th, 2:30pm
Mall Terrace Entrance of the Smithsonian Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington D.C.
In celebration of Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, Eric will take part in “Raise it Up!” in association with the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Museum. He will conduct a 500-person choir in a performance of “America the Beautiful” with The U.S. Air Force Band on the Mall terrace of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
The event will include a nationwide sing-a-long of the National Anthem as well as performances from special guests, yet to be announced. For more information, visit the Anthem for America website.