SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 - 2 PM (PDT)

On July 21, over 10,000 singers participated in the biggest choral event in California state history, performing choral masterworks like Morten Lauridsen's Dirait-on and Eric Whitacre's Sleep, alongside popular favorites like Lean On Me, Pentatonix's Sing, the Beatles' Hey Jude.

Composer and Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre hosted this live choral concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and 2,000 audience singers at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which was simultaneously broadcast to five California satellite venues, where choirs assembled and sang with each other in real-time. In addition, the concert was live-streamed online for anyone in the world to watch–and sing along.



The Star-Spangled Banner · Music by Francis Scott Key, arr. Eric Whitacre

Lean On Me* · Music by Bill Withers

Bring Me Little Water* · Music by Lead Belly, arr. Moira Smiley

Hurt · Music by Trent Reznor, arr. Eric Whitacre

Sleep* · Music by Eric Whitacre

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around* · arr. Rollo Dilworth

Dirait-on* · Music by Morten Lauridsen

This Land Is Your Land* · Music by Woody Guthrie

Heavenly Home · Music by Shawn Kirchner

Stand in that River* · Music by Moira Smiley

Cloudburst* · Music by Eric Whitacre

Sing* · Music by Pentatonix, arr. Ben Bram

Hey Jude* · Music by Paul McCartney & John Lennon (The Beatles)

*Audience Participation



Big Sing California is made possible with lead support from The James Irvine Foundation. Major support provided by Terri & Jerry Kohl and Philip A. Swan. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.

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