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Season 2019

2019  |  SEASON 26  |  ELEMENTS of INTEGRITY

In times like these, when pride, prejudice, bullying, and lies have become more rampant in our public consciousness, we need to remind ourselves of the qualities that give us integrity, and often find such reminders in art. To this end, The Esoterics’ founding director has curated a season of four choral programs that explore poetry and music inspired by the virtues that we need to cultivate in our leadership, society, and world. These concerts – VULNERABILITY(in February), INCLUSIVITY (in May), HONESTY (in October), and HUMILITY (in December) – will not only nurture these “elements of integrity,” but will also feature the music of a new “majority.” Of the 33 composers that The Esoterics will feature this year, 20 of are women and of non-binary gender, and 12 are people of color. In addition to these four ‘themed’ concerts in 2019, The Esoterics will celebrate the centenaries of the Norwegian composer Johan KVANDAL and Swedish composer Sven-Erik BÄCK, with a single concert at St James Cathedral in September.

A complete list of programs, including works and composers, will be available on the pages listed below.
We hope that you will join us for this exciting, innovative, paradigm-shattering season!


VULNERABILITY | The capacity for openness
/ˌvʌl·nə·rə·ˈbɪ·lɪ·ti/

22 February 2019 | 800pm | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th Street | Seattle
23 February 2019 | 800pm | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St| West Seattle
24 February 2019 | 700pm | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K Street | Tacoma

 

INCLUSIVITY | The power of togetherness
/ˌɪn·klu·ˈsɪ·vɪ·ti/

17 May 2019 | 800pm | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th Street | Seattle
18 May 2019 | 800pm | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St | West Seattle
19 May 2019 | 700pm | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K Street | Tacoma

 

KVANDAL & BÄCK | A double centennial
/ˈkvan·dal·ˌænd·ˈbɛk/

14 September 2019 | 800pm | St James Cathedral | 804 9th Avenue | Seattle

 

HONESTY | The strength of sincerity
/ˈɑ·nɛ·sti/

18 October 2019 | 800pm | St Barnabus Episcopal Church | 1187 Wyatt Way NW | Bainbridge Island
19 October 2019 | 800pm | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4142 4210 SW Genesee St | West Seattle
20 October 2019 | 300pm | St John’s Episcopal Church | 114 20th Avenue SE | Olympia

 

HUMILITY | The wish for simplicity
/hʲu·ˈmɪ·lɪ·ti/

13 December 2019 | 800pm | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th Street | Seattle
14 December 2019 | 800pm | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St | West Seattle
15 December 2019 | 700pm | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K Street | Tacoma

 

2019 COMPOSER LIST

Abbie Betinis
Anna-Karin Klockar
Augusta Read Thomas
Chen Yi
Christopher Theofanidis
Dale Trumbore
David Hi-yo Chan
David Lang
Eric Banks
Evan Flory-Barnes
Fahad Siadat
Forrest Pierce
Gabriela Lena Frank
Jennifer Higdon
Johan Kvandal
Julia Wolfe
Kala Pierson
Katherine Pukinskis
Mari Ésabel Valverde
Marisa Sharon Hartanto
Melissa Dunphy
Philip Wharton
Reena Esmail
Roxana Panufnik
Samantha Fernando
Sarah Rimkus
Scott Senko
Sivan Eldar
Stacy Garrop
Sven-Erik Bäck
Tebogo Monnakgotla
Ted Hearne
Trevor Weston