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SYLVANA:  Music of the forests, flowers, and trees

The Esoterics goes deep into the woods to present its next choral ecology, SYLVANA.

In Sphragis [The seal] by the German composer Heinrich Poos, we hear Ovid’s account of the mourning forest after the death of Orpheus, and celebrate the reunion with his beloved Eurydice. In trees, by the Swede Lars-Johan Werle, we witness the majesty and whimsy of e. e. cummings’ inimitable poem. With the Canadian Stephen Chatman, we head Due north, into a choral universe evoked by his titles: mountains, trees, woodpecker, varied thrushes, and mosquitoes. With Founding Director Eric Banks, we meditate on Twelve flowers, setting haiku by Yosa Buson that follow the different blooms through the months of the year. Seattle composer Greg Bartholomew provides yet another devotion in his setting of Jones Very’s profound poem The tree; and Maurice Ravel’s Trois chansons [Three songs] retell the tale of Nicolette (Little Red Riding Hood gone awry), pay homage to three wistful birds of paradise, and give a frenzied warning to the children of Ormonde: avoid the fierce monsters in the forest!

Please join The Esoterics for SYLVANA at one of these four locations:

Saturday ∙ 3 May 2014 ∙ 3 pm ∙ Portland
Lincoln Performance Hall (PSU) ∙ 1620 Southwest Park Avenue

Friday ∙ 9 May 2014 ∙ 8 pm ∙ Seattle
St Stephen’s Episcopal Church ∙ 4805 NE 45th Street

Saturday ∙ 10 May 2014 ∙ 2 pm ∙ Bainbridge Island
Grace Episcopal Church ∙ 8595 NE Day Road

Sunday ∙ 11 March 2014∙ 2pm ∙ West Seattle
Holy Rosary Catholic Church ∙ 4139 42nd Avenue SW

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