On August 28, 2020, Signum Classics will release The Sacred Veil, a powerful, thought-provoking new 12-movement work scored for SATB choir, cello, and piano by composer Eric Whitacre and poet-lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri. 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.
The 53-minute work, described by Gershon as Whitacre's Requiem, was commissioned by the Master Chorale, who premiered the piece in February 2019. In a review of that performance, the Los Angeles Times said that The Sacred Veil “memorably celebrate(s) the precarious beauty of life, offering the welcome consolation of art and a momentary stay against our collective fate.”
Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is among today’s most popular musicians. This work was commissioned during his time as the Swan Family Artist-in-Residence at the Master Chorale. His works have been programmed worldwide by millions of amateur and professional performers, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 129 different countries.
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; and by donors to the Master Chorale’s Artistic Innovation Fund: Philip A. Swan, Leeba R. Lessin, and Priscilla and Curtis Tamkin.