The Sacred Veil

The Australian premiere of Eric Whitacre's new work

Grammy-winning composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre, returns to Melbourne to perform the Australian premiere of The Sacred Veil at The Alexander Theatre on 7 – 8 September. The Sacred Veil is a Monash University Commission written by poet and long-time collaborator Charles Anthony Silvestri. The 12-movement work is set to a series of poems by Silvestri.

Art Performance coming up at Zilla & Brook in Australia.
From Wednesday 07 September 2022 to Thursday 08 September 2022

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The wonderfully commissioned piece addresses all stages of life and death. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. Including texts from Silvestri, Whitacre and Julie herself, the intimate, compelling score tells a story of courtship, love, loss and the search for solace. Although inspired by this extraordinary and moving friendship, the piece does not mention Julie by name and shares a very human journey – one that so many of us can relate to.

Whitacre will be conducting two performances of the moving piece, with the choir of Trinity College, one of the finest university choirs in the Southern Hemisphere, and Polyphonic Voices, a Melbourne chamber choir that was formed by former Trinity choristers. The show is directed by Michael Fulcher and Christopher Watson, an English singer who used to work regularly with Whitacre in the UK.


Alexander Theatre:
The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts,
48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton 3800