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EXCELSIS: Contemplating extremity

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EXCELSIS:
Contemplating extremity

 

 

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In the final concert of our 24th season, The Esoterics will cast our choral gaze upward, to consider the forces that propel us to greater heights of consciousness. This December, we welcome the transforming embrace of the celestial feminine in the songs of EXCELSIS.

The centerpiece of this program will be To touch the sky by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. This nine-movement compendium of celestial feminine poetry includes texts by Marie Howe, Mirabai, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Amy Lowell, Emily Bronte, Edna St Vincent Millay, Christina Rossetti, Sappho, and Hildegard of Bingen. The group will also perform Puts’ If I were a swan, a setting of a poem by Fleda Brown, as well as Paul John Rudoi’s Spheres of influence, setting poems about comets and galaxies by Tim Togeas and Sara Dailey.

For this program, the ensemble is very excited to welcome two composers from Philadelphia, who have both written works that will receive their world premieres in EXCELSIS. Kala Pierson’s Flung open, setting a poem of her own creation, has been composed earlier this year while on a residency at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island; Andrea Clearfield’s Khandroma sets a poem by the Dartmouth anthropologist and translator Sienna Craig, that recounts the legend of the Tibetan ‘dakini,’ the ancient Buddhist spirits that dance across the sky.

The Esoterics will be offering three performances of EXCELSIS.
We hope that you will join us for this exquisite concert series.

Friday | 1 Dec 2017 | 800pm | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th Street | Seattle
Saturday | 2 Dec 2017 | 800pm | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4142 42nd Avenue SW | West Seattle
Sunday | 3 Dec 2017 | 700pm | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K Street | Tacoma