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INCLUSIVITY | The power of togetherness

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This glyph is based on the Adinkra symbol called FUNTUMFUNAFUDUA,
and is believed to have its origin from Gyaman, a former kingdom in today’s Côte D’Ivoire.
It shows two crocodiles joined at the stomach, and represents interdependence, unity in diversity, and common destiny.


In the second program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will unveil the potential power of human togetherness, INCLUSIVITY. This performance will trace the origins of “otherness” in our first moments of life and explore how these emotions develop into exclusion at both the interpersonal and societal levels, resulting in divisiveness, xenophobia, shunning, persecution, violence, and the loneliness and wandering of exile. This program will also advocate for philoxenia – the desire to show hospitality and acceptance of strangers – which promotes the idea that we are stronger together, as an interdependent human community.

Singing texts in English, Hebrew, Indonesian, Mandarin, Quechua, and Spanish by Chairil Anwar, José María Arguedas, Li Ba, e. e. cummings, Vivian Eden, Bai Ju-Yi, Amy Beth Kirsten, Salman Masalha, Li Shang-Yin, Donald Woods Winnicott, Malala Yousafzai, Xu Yuan-Zhong, Chen Zi-Ang, The Esoterics’ INCLUSIVITY will feature music by Eric Banks, Melissa Dunphy, Sivan Eldar, Gabriela Lena Frank, Marisa Sharon Hartanto, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Kala Pierson, Christopher Theofanidis, August Read Thomas, and Chen Yi.

The Esoterics will offer three performances of INCLUSIVITY.
Please join us as we promote togetherness and interdependence.

Program list:

  • Know the rules (2019) by Eric Banks
  • Together (2012) by Melissa Dunphy
  • The song about the child (2015) by Sivan Eldar
  • Hombre errante [The wandering man] (2002) by Gabriela Lena Frank
  • Doa [A prayer] (2014) by Marisa Sharon Hartanto
  • What it might say (2015) by Ted Hearne
  • Make peace (2016) by David Lang
  • Mother of exiles (2018) by Kala Pierson
  • November prayer (2007) by Christopher Theofanidis
  • !hope (2017) by Augusta Read Thomas
  • Tang poems (1995) and Two Chinese folksongs (2003) by Chen Yi

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 Street | West Seattle
19 May 2019 | 700pm | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K Street | Tacoma