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2012 | SEASON 19


SIRENE:  A Modern answer to an ancient call

3 4 10 11 16 March 2012

The Esoterics will open its nineteenth season and perform in conjunction with the ACDA NW Regional conference with a collection of four new and provocative choral works – Sirens by Mason Bates, Thirst by Paul Crabtree, Voices by Eric Banks, and Privilege by Ted Hearne – each a modern response to an ancient call.


EKSTASE:  Approaching ecstasy with Whim W’Him

11 12 13 May 2012

The Esoterics join forces with choreographer Olivier Wevers, Seattle’s hottest new dance company Whim W’Him, and the St Helens String Quartet to present Eric Banks’ Approaching ecstasy, a concert-length choral ballet, based on the sensual poetry of Constantine Cavafy.


AGAPE:  The many shapes of love

29 30 June & 1 July 2012

The Esoterics will present a concert of works on the theme of community by lesbian and gay composers – including David Conte, Frank Ferko, Robert Kyr, Steven Sametz, Donald Skirvin, and Karen Thomas – in preparation for the group’s participation in the GA_ X conference in Denver.


CAGE:  John Cage Centennial

7 8 9 September 2012

The Esoterics will collaborate with Cornish College of the Arts to present all of John Cage’s a cappella choral works, in addition to Cage’s entire Songbook in an unprecedented marathon weekend.


MYSTIKOS:  Giving voice to the ineffable

6 7 13 14 October 2012

A program enshrouded in the mystical, including works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Steven Sametz, as well as this year’s POLYPHONOS winners: Rita Ueda, and Zachary Wadsworth, and Philip Wharton.


QUODLIBET:  Music to rejoice, reflect, and remember

1 December 2012

In its first collaboration with the Rainbow City Band, The Esoterics is excited to join forces to perform Robert Maggio’s cantata Quilt Panels at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on World AIDS Day. The proceeds from this concert will benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance. For more information about this concert, visit:


SYBILLA:  The complete Hildegard motets of Frank Ferko

7 8 9 December 2012

Reprising its highly acclaimed 2010 concert meditation based on Ferko’s motets, The Esoterics will premiere O nobilissima viriditas , composed to complete Ferko’s glorious cycle on texts by the sybil. This concert repertoire will be recorded for the ensemble’s fifteenth CD release.