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SEASON 23 | the voice of the poet

 


RUMI: Within each timeless droplet

The first program of The Esoterics’ 23rd season is based on settings of the poetry of the 13th-century Sufi mystic, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, more simply known as RUMI. These pieces of this program include: the five Canticles of Rumi by the San Francisco composer Mark Winges, There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground by Twin-Cities composer J David Moore, Walk to the well by Washington composer David Asplin, Song of the night by Philippine composer Nilo Alcala, All day and night music by Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, and Jāvdāni [Eternity] by The Esoterics’ own Eric Banks.

Friday | 11 Mar 2016 | 800pm | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th Street | Seattle
Saturday | 12 Mar 2016 | 800pm | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4142 42nd Avenue SW | West Seattle
Sunday | 13 Mar 2016 | 300pm | St John’s Episcopal Church | 114 20th Ave SE | Olympia


BABBITT: Milton Babbitt centennial

Over the seven decades of his compositional career, Babbitt wrote both tonal and non-tonal music, and expanded the controversial serialist method (also known as “12-tone music”) by manipulating every musical dimension – such as rhythm, timbre, and dynamics – to create what was known as “integral serialism.” The consummate “maximalist,” Babbitt’s works are highly contextual, always variable and never repetitive, often at the edge of the performers’ ability, abstract yet narrative, polyphonic yet playful. With every composition, Babbitt seemed to invent his own new musical grammar. In this unprecedented concert, The Esoterics will celebrate Babbitt’s centenary by singing his entire catalog of a cappella choruses, several of which have never been performed live in concert. This program will include: An Elizabethan sextette, Four canons, Glosses, Music for the mass, More phonemena, Round, and Three cultivated choruses.

Friday | 6 May 2016 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 7 May 2016 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 8 May 2016 | 700 pm | Tacoma | Christ Episcopal Church| 310 N K St


PARNOK: In that infinite moment

A concert-length “lyric biography” of poems by Russia’s first openly-lesbian poet,
two works composed by Eric Banks: I will remember everything, and On this disappearing day.

Friday | 8 Jul 2016 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 9 Jul 2016 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 10 Jul 2016 | 300 pm | Bainbridge Island | Grace Episcopal Church | 8595 NE Day Rd


WILDE: Like silhouettes against the sky

Featuring new works setting Wilde’s poems from the winners of this year’s POLYPHONOS competition:
Kenji Oh, Casey Rule, and Gordon Williamson, as well as new works by Dominick DiOrio and Eric Banks.

Friday | 7 Oct 2016 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 8 Oct 2016 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 9 Oct 2016 | 300 pm | Bainbridge Island | Grace Episcopal Church | 8595 NE Day Rd


TEASDALE: Across the endless spaces

A journey with The Esoterics’ resident composer emeritus, Donald Skirvin, on his choral “love affair”
with the rhapsodic American poetess, Sara Teasdale.

Friday | 9 Dec 2016 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 10 Dec 2016 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 11 Dec 2016 | 700 pm | Tacoma | Christ Episcopal Church| 310 N K St