Matthew 14, 13-21
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
OUT OF CURIOSITY
“These souls all in their desert island sending electronic messages in bottles to each other”Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre is an American composer and conductor who premiered the first virtual choir back in 2010. A young woman posted a video on Youtube, singing one of Eric’s compositions, as was a gift. A lot of “what if’s” started to trigger in his mind: What if we could get 50 people doing the same thing? That’s how the Virtual Choir Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) was born, with 185 people from 12 countries.
“Two things struck me deeply about this. The first is that human beings will go to any lengths necessary to find and connect with each other. It doesn’t matter the technology. The second is that people seem to be experiencing an actual connection… I feel this virtual spirit de corps, if you will, with all of them…”
Since then, successive new virtual projects, under his inspiration and conducting, followed: Sleep, Water Night, Fly to Paradise, Deep Field, and the last one, as a response to Covid-19, Sing Gently, premiered on July 19: a total of 17,572 singers from 129 countries. It all started with one person acting out of curiosity.