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WILDE: Like silhouettes against the sky

“I stood by the unvintageable sea…
And in my joy,
forgot my tortured past.”

from Vita nuova

This autumn, The Esoterics will continue its “voice of the poet” season with a concert of choral works setting verses by the legendary literary iconoclast, Oscar Wilde. Celebrated for his witty retorts, pointed plays, and a homosexual scandal that shattered his reputation, Wilde is not known for his verse. In response to this oversight, The Esoterics has curated a program of pieces that honor Wilde’s contribution to the poetic genre. In this concert, The Esoterics will reprise Dominick DiOrio’s The visible world, which sets verses from Wilde’s De profundis, the epic poem he penned while in prison, in which he envisioned a more open and accepting world. The group will also perform Eric Barnum’s Requiescat, an elegy that Wilde composed after the death of his sister, Isola. The ensemble will also present Australian composer Malcolm Williamson’s setting of Wilde’s Sonnet on hearing the Dies irae in the Sistine Chapel.  In addition, the group will present a quadruple-chorus world premiere by founding director Eric Banks that sets seven of Wilde’s poems about the birds of the air, Silhouettes against the sky. The centerpiece of this program will include three additional world premieres, by the winners of The Esoterics’ annual POLYPHONOS competition: In the gold room: A harmony, a mysterious setting by Canadian-German composer Gordon Williamson; In the forest, an ethereal piece by the Japanese-American composer Kenji Oh; and Endymion, Casey Rule’s rousing setting of Wilde’s poem about the lover of Selene, the ancient Greek moon goddess. All three composers — Gordon, Kenji, and Casey — will be joining us to present their pieces and meet our audience for the entire concert weekend!

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

Friday | 7 Oct 2016 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 8 Oct 2016 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 9 Oct 2016 | 700 pm | Tacoma | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North 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