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HONESTY | The strength of sincerity

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This glyph is based on the Adinkra symbol called NSSA,
and is believed to have its origin from Gyaman, a former kingdom in today’s Côte D’Ivoire.
It shows a segment of woven royal cloth, and represents esteem, excellence, genuineness, and authenticity.


In the penultimate program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will honor the value and strength of sincerity, or HONESTY. This performance will examine the fragility of our minds that are incessantly bombarded with information, opinion, and pointless words. It will also encourage us to find grounding and peace in accepting the truth, to calm our restless or idle minds, to exercise self-control from speaking deceitfully, to find comfort in the unanswered question, to expect and embrace unavoidable change, to free ourselves from hatred, fear, and blindness, and to place our trust in good thoughts, words, and deeds.  Who knows? We might also tell you an elaborate lie.

Singing texts from a wide variety of sources, including: the ancient Greek Aethonians, the Dhammapada, the Tao te ching, Psalm 34, Brandon Elliott, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kathleen Raine, William Shakespeare, Rabindranath Tagore, Euan Tait, and George Graham Vest, The Esoterics’ HONESTY will feature music by Abbie Betinis, Samantha Fernando, Ted Hearne, Anna-Karin Klockar, Forrest Pierce, Fahad Siadat, Dale Trumbore, Trevor Weston, Julia Wolfe, and four world premiere commissions by this year’s POLYPHONOS winners: David Ho-yi Chan, Katherine Pukinskis, and Scott Senko, as well as a brand-new piece by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm.

The Esoterics will offer three performances of HONESTY.
Please join us as we advocate for the truth in all its forms.

Program list:

  • God of owls (2004) by Abbie Betinis
  • So it was I [World premiere commission] (2019) by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm
  • Truth and lie [World premiere commission] (2019) by David Ho-yi Chan
  • Change (2008) by Samantha Fernando
  • Fervor (2018) by Ted Hearne
  • The best friend [from Speeches] (2016) by Anna-Karin Klockar
  • Jasmine arrow music (2009) by Forrest Pierce
  • A choice informed [World premiere commission] (2019) by Katherine Pukinskis
  • This great wall [World premiere commission] (2019) by Scott Senko
  • Hymn to Aethon, the bird-headed, the many-taloned (2015) by Fahad Siadat
  • Perhaps (2017) by Dale Trumbore
  • The gentlest thing (2001) by Trevor Weston
  • Guard my tongue (2009) by Julia Wolfe

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