The Sacred Veil - a project led by Eric Whitacre and Charles Anthony Silvestri - was created following the passing of Charles’ wife, Julia in 2005. It represents a journey towards the answer for many questions, including whether departed loved ones are truly gone, and how can we mourn those we have lost whilst still moving forward? In Charles’ own words, the project became “a significant part of my journey toward healing and wholeness after great loss.”
Poet, author, composer, and speaker Charles Anthony Silvestri has worked with other artists from all over the world to create texts tailor-made for their commissions and specific artistic needs. He enjoys the challenge of solving these creative problems and has provided customRead more choral texts, opera libretti, program notes and other writing for composers including Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Kim Arnesen, and Dan Forrest, and for ensembles ranging from high schools to the Houston Grand Opera, from the King’s Singers to the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, from Westminster Choir College to Westminster Abbey.
Grammy® Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the world’s most performed living composers. His works have been programmed worldwide by millions of amateur and professional performers, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries. Eric, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, is presently Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, following five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge, UK.As conductor of the Eric Whitacre Singers, he has released such chart-topping albums including Light and Gold and Water Night. In high demand as guest conductor, he has drawn capacity audiences to concerts with the Netherlands Radio Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Choir, and Minnesota Orchestra.
Composer Eric Whitacre and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri, longtime collaborators and close friends, come together for their most personal and expansive work to date. Whitacre has created a powerful score for Silvestri’s heartfelt poetry in the 12-movement work The Sacred Veil. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. His texts, written collaboratively with Whitacre, and the intimate, compelling score tell a story of courtship, love, loss, and the search for solace. Whitacre leads the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the world-premiere recording.
The Sacred Veilby Eric Whitacre Performer:
Lisa Edwards (Piano),
Jeffrey Zeigler (Cello)
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Period: Contemporary Written: 2019; United States
Poetry set to music - a beautiful, moving tributeOctober 1, 2020By Cynthia Salmon (Livermore, CA)See All My Reviews"Eric Whitacre has set the poetry of his friend, Anthony Silvestri, to music that is exceedingly beautiful and stirring. The Sacred Veil is a memorial tribute to Silvestri's late wife. This multi-movement work portrays Tony and Julie Silvestri's lives from their meeting through the final moment of Julie's life. Whitacre and Silvestri worked together to create a work of art that is pregnant with meaning not only in the lyrics, but also in the musical structure. The Los Angeles Master Chorale and expressive instrumentalists perform The Sacred Veil with all the feeling required for such a profound topic. As a great admirer of Eric Whitacre's style of composition, I am very impressed with this album."Report Abuse
Stunning and magnificentSeptember 24, 2020By Kalila V. (Morro Bay, CA)See All My Reviews"Eric has given our world so many wonderful gifts already, but The Sacred Veil is one of his most supreme creations. Words don't do justice to how monumental this work is. He and collaborator Anthony (Tony) Silvestri have done a stellar job with lyrics, music and tone, providing a unique source for helping listeners process their grief and other emotions. The Sacred Veil not only honors Tony's deceased wife but also comforts everyone else who is suffering from great loss. The music is exquisitely tender as well as quite powerful. The Sacred Veil is simply magnificent."Report Abuse