LFAS Singers Perform with Eric Whitacre

On Saturday 27th October, I was one of the lucky students chosen to perform with world famous composer Eric Whitacre. Twenty students from the Langley Fine Arts choir performed at the Orpheum along with Vancouver Chamber Choir, Focus! Choir, Pacifica singers and 150 other high school singers. It was certainly an experience like no other.

After practising at other locations for rehearsal, it came time for the dress rehearsal at the Orpheum. Entering at the side door of the Orpheum and travelling up four flights of stairs to reach our green room, I could definitely see the history in the place.

Once it was time to rehearse, we travelled back down the four flights of stairs again, through a tunnel onto the the stage. It was hard to believe that we were standing where so many great performers had stood. I immediately noticed the grand chandeliers and gold mouldings around the threater. I never thought I would have had the opportunity perform here.

Langley Fine Arts, along with the other high school choirs, watched as Eric Whitacre’s blond hair moved, as he conducted the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Focus! choir, and Pacifica singers. We then joined them to sing three songs, “Seal Lullaby,” “Cloudburst” and “Sleep.”

After filing onto the stage, Eric Whitacre entered with a beaming smile and said, “When I was eighteen I had no idea what I wanted to do, I just tried choir out.” He is certainly meant to be a composer and conductor. His music is used all over the world for choral performance. It was incredible to listen to all the voices of all the other choirs, and each of the songs performed were well recieved by the audience.

It was a spectacular experience that I will never forget.

Ashley Fraser

Langley Fine Arts Singers: 

Stephen Duncan
Michaela Durovic
Ashley Fraser
Faith Gole
Aidan Hoffman
Ethan Honeywell
Keanu Howarth
Hannah Jeffery
Delaney Konrad
Juliana Loughin
Samantha Moss
Julia Nowakowski
Brock Phillips-Hing
Sarah Quinn
Esther Rhi
Lydia Rhi
Catrina Thomas
Graham Thornton
Andrew Wilkes
Ilya Zallubniak

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