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In collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute, Whitacre announces his fifth Virtual Choir project, which is accepting submissions beginning in mid-May 2018.

Twenty eight years ago, NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. The vast map of our universe that it produced stands as one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century. It is a story of human endeavor, wonder and extraordinary scientific ambition.

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre launches Virtual Choir 5: Deep Field inspired by the beautiful and revolutionary Deep Field images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Eric is honored to be collaborating with the Space Telescope Science Institute and imagineers from 59 Productions to combine his work Deep Field - scored for orchestra, chorus and smartphone app—with the mesmerizing images captured by the Hubble, including never-before-seen imagery. The soundtrack will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Eric Whitacre Singers and singers from around the world in Virtual Choir 5.

The first Virtual Choir in 5 years, VC5 will act as a launchpad for an extensive STEAM initiative—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Math—as part of the wider Deep Field Project going live later this year.

As part of the Virtual Choir submission process, scientists from University College London, led by Dr. Daisy Fancourt, are conducting a large-scale, two-phase study into the benefits of virtual cultural experiences, the results of which will help support the research into the mental health of those in isolated spaces.

Virtual Choir 5: Deep Field is being created in 2018, the year of NASA’s 60th anniversary and just before the successor to Hubble—the James Webb Space Telescope—will launch from a European Space Agency site in May, 2020.

Singers can sign up now at virtualchoir5.com and will be notified when submissions open later in May 2018.

Photo: Marc Royce

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