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  NYC PREMIERE OF PARADISE LOST: SHADOWS AND WINGS BY ERIC WHITACRE - 6-15-2010
« on: October 13, 2009, 01:25:48 PM » by Julie Kostrey
Choral Idol and Composer Eric Whitacre in New York City Premiere Musical Performance - Carnegie Hall, June 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm

AUDITIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED! 

NEW WHITACRE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY JUST ANNOUNCED!


CLASSICAL ROCK STAR SET TO PREMIERE HIS CUTTING-EDGE MUSICAL AT NYC'S CARNEGIE HALL
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is proud to announce the New York Premiere of the concert version of American composer and choral idol Eric Whitacre’s award-winning musical, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, at Carnegie Hall on June 15, 2010. The concert version of Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings combines trance, ambient and techno electronic with choral, cinematic, and operatic traditions.  Grammy Award-winning soprano, Hila Plitmann, will sing the lead role of the angel Extasis, and Whitacre himself will be conducting, complete with taiko drummers, electronic playback, and a supporting onstage choir. DCINY is looking for choral ensembles and individual singers of exceptional quality to comprise the choir.

Whitacre is one of the most performed choral music composers of his generation, and is celebrated as a “classical rock star.”  In the summer of 2007, he premiered Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at the Theatre at Boston Court in Pasadena, CA to sold-out audiences, replete with full cast, taiko drums, DJ, anime, and flying rigs.  These performances earned Whitacre numerous prestigious awards such as the Richard Rodgers Award for most promising musical theatre composer.  The musical additionally met with 10 nominations at the 2007 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, including one for Best World Premiere Musical.   

ANNOUNCEMENT STIRS EXCITEMENT FOR MUSICAL THEATER LOVERS
In late August 2009, Whitacre announced his desire to showcase the work to East Coast audiences and premiere the concert version of it the summer of 2010 at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.  “We could not be more thrilled,” says DCINY General Director, Iris Derke. “Eric’s reputation as a contemporary composer of the highest caliber, as well as his popularity with the iPod Generation, is well-established.  Based on the huge success of Paradise Lost in the Los Angeles area, we at DCINY already anticipate a sold-out performance here in New York.  There isn’t another city in the world that embraces musical theater as New York does, and I can’t think of a better venue for this highly innovative work than the warmth and prestige of Carnegie Hall.”

WHITACRE SCHOLARSHIP AND HIS "VIRTUAL CHOIR"
In mid October 2009, Whitacre announced even more exciting news.  Whitacre has recently decided to select the best individual videos of each vocal part; Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (SATB) from his new “virtual choir” project, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1c2xWVWiA and in turn, award four scholarships to those selected to join him and other singers and choirs from around the country to sing in the Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings June 14, 2010 production in New York City.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0r79j7IARU&feature=player_embedded   Whitacre’s “virtual choir” project is a thrilling and innovative collaborative music making event.  Singers are invited to complete a quick You Tube registration and upload a video of themselves singing a SATB sectional part to his hauntingly beautiful composition, Lux Aurumque (Light of Gold) using a virtual conductor track they can view on his blog, http://ericwhitacre.wordpress.com/ Once all the videos have been uploaded, Whitacre himself will select the best individual videos of each of the parts, and award scholarships to those selected.  The Eric Whitacre Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for singers to work directly with the composer during a four-day residency, culminating in a professional premiere performance.  An additional four singers will be chosen for Mr. Whitacre’s April 17, 2010 performance at Carnegie Hall.  Submission deadline is December 1, 2009.  Whitacre’s first virtual choir project, which featured his well loved work Sleep, can be viewed at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1h3Tf26TcA

COMPOSER ERIC WHITACRE BIO
Eric Whitacre is an LA-based composer of choral, wind band, and electronic music whose loyal fans and supporters span the globe.  Whitacre’s rock star status with young musicians has brought him significant recognition within the contemporary music world, and he maintains a prominent online following. To date, Whitacre's published works have received thousands of performances and have sold well over 750,000 copies worldwide. He has received numerous composition awards from several national choral organizations.

VOCALIST HILA PLITMANN BIO
Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann has quickly become a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship and gossamer voice, including extensive solo work on the soundtrack to such productions as Hollywood’s blockbuster The DaVinci Code.

DCINY PRODUCTIONS

With offices in New York City, and scores of concerts to its credit in the most prestigious venues on both coasts and abroad, DCINY is a major American classical music production company rooted in the motto “The Art of Performance – The Power of Education.”  DCINY productions have ranged from solo and chamber music recitals to full-scale choral masterworks in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Town Hall, as well as Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall.  DCINY invites you to visit their website at www.DCINY.org for details regarding these tremendous upcoming concert events, as well as other highlights of the exciting 2010 Season.

AUDITION INFO AND PRESS INQUIRIES
For audition information, please visit the DCINY website, www.DCINY.org or contact Jeffery Thyer, 212-707-8566, Ext. 312 or Jeffery@DCINY.org.  For press inquiries, contact Julie Kostrey 212-707-8566, Ext. 306 or Julie@DCINY.org.
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