Amazing grace . . . with a digital twist

American conductor Eric Whitacre spliced nearly 250 submitted videos to form an online choir performing his composition “Lux Aurumque,” then posted the assembled piece on YouTube. Whitacre conducts his virtual choir from a window in the center of the screen while hundreds of faces float in space beneath stage lights. The result is remarkable. The music is beautiful, reminiscent of Gorecki’s “Third Symphony.” And the project itself is audacious, a stunning example of how creatives can merge art and marketing into something remarkable.