Eric Whitacre

Due to the public health concerns with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the government ban on non-Australian citizens flying to Australia, Monash University is cancelling The Sacred Veil concert. 

Monash University is taking the necessary precautions to protect the wellbeing of the community and our patrons – this is our number one priority. We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment caused by the cancellation and we look forward to seeing everyone later in the year.



Join us for the Australian premiere of Eric Whitacre’s new work, The Sacred Veil. The Grammy-winning composer is conducting two performances of this moving piece, which premiered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2019. The 12-movement work, written with poet and long-time collaborator Charles Anthony Silvestri, tells a true story of love, loss, grief and the search for solace.

In his exclusive Australian appearance, Whitacre is joined by the Choir of Trinity College and Polyphonic Voices, along with cellist, Rosanne Hunt and pianist, Rhodri Clarke.

Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Eric Whitacre: The Sacred Veil

The Sacred Veil isn’t for the faint of heart. The nearly hour-long score opens up a psychological and emotional space where love and loss become intimate companions.’ – Rick Shultz, Los Angeles Times

From Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 April, drop into the David Li Sound Gallery for a free screening of Deep Field. You can also join Whitacre in his choral workshop on Tuesday 7 April.

The Sacred Veil was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Monash Academy of Performing Arts.
Image: Marc Royce.