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TEASDALE: Across the endless spaces

“Oh then I knew at last
That my own autumn was upon me,
I felt it in my blood,
Restless as dwindling streams
That still remember
The music of their flood.”

Over the course of 2016, The Esoterics have presented several choral concerts inspired by the works of individual poets. In early December, the final concert of this “voice of the poet” season, The Esoterics will celebrate our long and rewarding relationship with resident composer emeritus, Donald Skirvin, as well as his choral “love affair” with the American poet, Sara Teasdale. The verses of Teasdale (1884-1933) are synonymous with a new Romanticism in American poetry, and are known for their delicate simplicity, lyrical cadence, and wistful joy. In her more mature work, as Teasdale’s health became more frail and WWI approached, a play between darkness and light is overtaken by a somber shade throughout. This shadow, often attributed to fear or foreboding, also brings with it quiet contemplation, profundity, and a sky full of stars. In the words of her biographer, Margaret Haley Carpenter, Teasdale’s “later poems increasingly reveal her courageous outlook upon the mysteries of life and death; in them she asserts her faith in the inviolateness of the human soul amid perishable things and fugitive emotions.” The repertoire of this exquisite concert will include three of Skirvin’s choral cycles that were commissioned by and composed for The Esoterics over the last 17 years: Alchemy, …stars to hold, and Stars forever, while we sleep. In addition, the ensemble is excited to premiere three brand-new works: There will come soft rains, The fountain, and Places, like music.

We are so happy to be celebrating our relationship with Don, and to be sharing this music with you.

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

Friday | 2 Dec 2016 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 3 Dec 2016 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 4 Dec 2016 | 700 pm | Tacoma | Christ Episcopal Church| 310 N K St

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