SVIRIDOV: GEORGY SVIRIDOV CENTENNIAL
“Music should be comprehensible to those for whom it is composed. To compose music for the people means to love the people.”
In the final program of its 22nd concert season, The Esoterics will celebrate the life and music of the neo-Romantic Russian composer Georgy Sviridov with an unprecedented series of concerts in both Seattle and Tacoma. Specifically for this centennial series, Founding Director Eric Banks has researched and published his own editions of Sviridov’s collected choral works, with complete transl(iter)ations of every text in the program. The Esoterics has expanded to 50 singers to present this concert of luxurious and majestic music inspired by folksong, poetry of the Silver Age, and the Russian Orthodox liturgy.
Known by his colleagues as “the most poetic of modern Soviet composers,” Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998) enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a state composer for the Russian Republic, and created music for television and film, symphony and concerto, oratorio and opera, chamber music and chorus. Out of the public eye, however, Sviridov’s genius found other inspiration; for, over the course of his career, Sviridov composed a collection of 29 short sacred works in secret. After the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, when sacred music could be performed again in public, Sviridov published his collection with the title Песнопения и молитвы (Canticles and prayers). This cycle includes his popular Advent motet-cycle Inexpressible wonder (or Неизреченное чудо). For the first half of this centennial concert, The Esoterics is excited to perform Sviridov’s entire sacred service, as a meditation, for the first time on American soil.
In the second half of this concert, The Esoterics will sing from Sviridov’s vast catalog that was inspired by folksong and poetry: on verses by Yesenin, Blok, Sologub, and Prokofiev, movements from Sviridov’s choir concerto, his children’s album, and his cycles Ladoga, A Pushkin garland, and The clouds at night. The ensemble will also sing incidental choruses from a play by Tolstoy, a couple of vocalises, a strangely sylvan Christmas carol, settings of “imagist” poems – on the blue light of evening and a grove of birch trees – as well as folksongs based on circle dances, fables, nightingales, magpies, and the balalaika, Sviridov’s boyhood instrument.
Please join The Esoterics for one of these three performances of SVIRIDOV:
Friday | 11 December 2015 | 800 pm | Seattle
St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th Street
Saturday | 12 December 2015 | 800 pm | West Seattle
Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 13 December 2015 | 730 pm | Tacoma
Christ Episcopal Church | 310 N K St
Ticket prices are $25 at the door ($22 in advance),
$18 for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled ($15 in advance).
Active singers in other choral groups may attend for only $15 (available at the door only).
The Esoterics’ SEASON 22 has been sponsored with generous support from:
4Culture | ArtsFund | ArtsWA
The Aaron Copland Fund for New Music
Classic KING-FM | The Horizons Foundation
The Lutheran Community Foundation
Nikko Media Center | The Renaissance Foundation
The Seattle Foundation | Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture