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A close friend of the luminaries Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, and Leonard Bernstein, Irving Fine was a American neoclassic composer whose distinct and elegant voice was silenced at age 47, just two weeks after conducting the premiere of his Symphony in August of 1962. Born in Boston and educated at Harvard, Fine studied at Fontainebleau with the inimitable Nadia Boulanger, was one of the founders of the music department at Brandeis University, and taught composition and conducting at the Tanglewood Music Festival. To commemorate the 100th birthday of this most romantic neoclassicist, The Esoterics will perform all of Fine’s choral oeuvre, including: The hour-glass (setting six poems of life and love by Ben Jonson), A short alleluia for women’s voices, An old song (setting a Yiddish poem of a Japanese swordsman), and McCord’s menagerie for men’s voices (a hilarious and highly unlikely bestiary – a vulture, jerboa, mole, and clam). The ensemble will also join forces with pianist Kevin Johnson to present The choral New Yorker (setting four poems – witty, scathing, sardonic, and nostalgic – that were published in The New Yorker), as well as the six movements of Fine’s fantastic Alice in Wonderland suite. READ MORE or BUY TICKETS
The Esoterics is proud to be founding members of The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, the non-profit organization that sponsors the Seattle Sings! Choral Festival. The Consortium comprises over sixty choral ensembles in the Puget Sound region each of whom have a unique mission, but a common love of singing and choral music. Please visit our "neighbor" choirs and see what the GSCC is doing for advocacy and support of choral music in our community at www.seattlesings.org.