State Singers Concert: “Sacred Veil”
Music by Eric Whitacre Words by Charles Anthony Silvestri, Julia Lawrence Silvestri and Eric Whitacre
Nov 18, 2022
First Baptist Church, Starkville-MS
Cancer has touched the lives of millions of people throughout the world. This piece, “The Scared Veil” searches for understanding and solace. As in 2021, we invite the broader community to share your stories of loved ones who suffer with cancer and those who fought “the good fight” against this disease. In the composer’s words: “The Sacred Veil” is a 12-movement work and the most recent collaboration between Eric Whitacre and poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri telling a story of life, love and loss. 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.
For more information, visit: https://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/the-sacred-veil.
Sponsor: MSU Choral Activities
Contact: Danielle Gaude, Administrative Assistant – Choral: 662-325-3490