More on Holiday Lights programming: This past summer, Dr. Willis had the opportunity to meet and speak to composer Eric Whitacre. She had been wanting to program his 1999 composition, “Lux Arumque” for some time, and this holiday concert is the time we will proudly present it! It has special meaning to Solaris, as our mission is the “bring light and meaning” to choral works.
Whitacre rose to viral notice through the phenomenon of his online Virtual Choir in 2010, but had been active as composer, conductor, innovator, broadcaster, and charismatic public speaker prior to that time, with his choral compositions ranking among the most popular and frequently performed of the early 21st century.
Whitacre sets the elegant simplicity of the Edward Esch text, that has been translated into Latin, through an extraordinary use of building, cascading human voices.
calida gravisque pura velut aurum (warm & heavy as pure gold)
et canunt angeli molliter (and the angels sing softly)
modo natum. (to the newborn babe.)