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In its spring program, The Esoterics will present three works that reflect upon intimacy, whether inspired by our innermost dreams, our delight of nature, or the great beyond. The group is excited to present the West Coast premiere of Messages to myself, a four-movement meditation by composer Christopher Theofanidis, who has chosen to set verses by Rumi, Walt Whitman (from Leaves of grass), Amy Kirsten, and William Butler Yeats (When you are old). The ensemble will also reprise The wheel of time, the dance by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis, who set four poems by the American novelist and environmental activist, Wendell Berry. This program will conclude with Eric Banks’ a cappella choral symphony, This delicate universe. Banks’ 32-minute “universe” sets five poems by the Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine Cavafy that explore the themes of artistic solitude, the familiarity of home, the inner distraction of memory, the most intimate of interaction of lovers, and “the sacred silence of creation.”
The Esoterics presents SYBILLA, the complete Hildegard motets by American composer Frank Ferko (b 1950). Ferko’s motets, composed between 1993 and 2012, set texts by the 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen. Ferko has had a long relationship with Hildegard and her visions, and has written both instrumental and choral music inspired by her work. The texts of Ferko’s motets come from Hildegard’s Symphonium celestium revolationum, a cycle of more than seventy poems that she composed for use throughout the church year. In his realization of Hildegard’s visionary texts, Ferko employs organ-like textures and harmonies that evoke the music of Messiaen and Poulenc. An accomplished organist and composer for organ, Ferko is a scholar on the music of Messiaen, on whom he has lectured extensively. In his motets, Ferko’s lavish harmonies are juxtaposed with acerbic phrases of Medieval counterpoint. For information, please click the image above.
The Esoterics is proud to be a founding member of The Greater Seattle Choral Consortium, the non-profit organization that sponsors the Seattle Sings! Choral Festival. The GSCC is comprised of 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.