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The capacity for openness

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This glyph is based on the Adinkra symbol called MPATAPO,
and is believed to have its origin from Gyaman, a former kingdom in today’s Côte D’Ivoire.
It shows an endless knot, and represents forgiveness, reconciliation, and emotional healing.


In the first program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will explore the human capacity for openness, VULNERABILITY. On the weekend that follows Valentine’s Day, our society’s celebration of romantic love, this performance will follow the emotional journey of lowering of one’s defenses, from expressing desire and devotion, challenging authority and conformity, risking injury, gaining consent, healing from brokenness, navigating through resentfulness, arriving at forgiveness, and emerging again into the world, ready to be vulnerable yet again.

Giving voice to texts by James Baldwin, Olympe de Gouges, Bei Dao, Paul Laurence Dunbar, e. e. cummings, Hāfez, Jennifer Powers, Rainier Maria Rilke, Rabindranath Tagore, and William Carlos Williams, The Esoterics’ VULNERABILITY will include music by Abbie Betinis, Anna-Karin Klockar, Evan Flory-Barnes, Reena Esmail, Ted Hearne, Jennifer Higdon, David Lang, Tebogo Monnakgotla, Roxanna Panufnik, August Read Thomas, Mari Ésabel Valverde, and a commissioned world premiere by New York composer Philip Wharton.

The Esoterics will offer three performances of VULNERABILITY.
Please join us as we encourage the openness of heart and mind.

Program list:

  • I carry your heart with me (2003) by Abbie Betinis
  • Even after all this time (2018) and When the violin (2018) by Reena Esmail
  • Paradise (2017) by Evan Flory-Barnes
  • Consent (2014) by Ted Hearne
  • Invitation to love (2016) by Jennifer Higdon
  • The rights of woman [from Speeches] (2016) by Anna-Karin Klockar
  • Manifesto (2015) by David Lang
  • Apelsinen har mognat [The oranges are ripe] (2001) by Tebogo Monnakgotla
  • Celestial bird (2013) by Roxanna Panufnik
  • The rewaking (2005) by Augusta Read Thomas
  • I flow… I am (2016) by Mari Ésabel Valverde
  • This song, I sing [world premiere commission] (2018) by Philip Wharton

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 Street | West Seattle
24 February 2019 | 700pm | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K Street | Tacoma