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RUMI: Within each timeless droplet

 Love is an everlasting pool –
Wade in; immerse your soul –
Within each timeless droplet teems a sea,
Where separate spirits are made whole.”


Over the course of 2016, The Esoterics will perform four concerts based on the work of single poets. The first of these programs is based on the poetry of the 13th-century Sufi mystic, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, more simply known as RUMI. For Rumi, music was a vehicle through which the devoted could connect with the divine, and in so doing, the soul would be both destroyed and resurrected at once. Central to Rumi’s poetry was tawhid, the longing to reunite with a beloved, either divine or mortal. Through his verse, Rumi’s philosophy advocated for the unlimited and peaceful tolerance of all creeds, kindness, charity, and a heightened awareness through love.

The compositions in this program come from a wide array of composers, and are as evocative as Rumi’s own verse: whirling and wafting, suggesting order in chaos, clarity in the cloud, and the universal embrace of all. These pieces 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’ director Eric Banks.

Please join The Esoterics for one of these performances of RUMI:

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
Sunday afternoon’s performance will be produced by the St John’s Concert Series.
Admission to this concert will be by donation.

General admission ticket prices are $25 at the door ($22 in advance).
Discounted admission ticket prices are $18 at the door ($15 in advance)
for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled.
Active singers in other choral groups may also attend for $15.

The Esoterics’ SEASON 23 has been sponsored with generous support from: 4Culture
ArtsWA | The Aaron Copland Fund | Classic KING-FM | The Horizons Foundation
The Lutheran Community Foundation | Nikko Media Center | The Renaissance Foundation
The Seattle Foundation | Seattle Office of Arts & Culture