Eric Whitacre, the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan family artist in residence, says he wants to teach the whole world to sing. To that end, he started with the Big Sing California on Saturday, July 21. The project, years in the making, featured the 100-voice Master Chorale singing along with 2,200 audience members at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a program conducted by Whitacre and three additional conductors.
The concert was simulcast to five venues all over the state—Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego; Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley; Community Center Theater in Sacramento; Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall at Clovis Unified Performing Arts Center in Fresno; and Coil School for the Arts at Riverside City College in Riverside. Each was packed with additional audience members singing along, for a total of 9,800 combined voices.