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Tickets to The Esoterics’ KAY: Ulysses Kay Centennial concert series.

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For the first concert in its 24th season, The Esoterics will celebrate the centennial of African-American composer, conductor, and professor, Ulysses Kay. Born in Tucson, Kay began to play the piano at age six, upon the encouragement of his uncle, Joe “King” Oliver (a jazz cornet player who was also the mentor of Louis Armstrong). Building on the rich musical heritage of his youth, Kay studied at the University of Arizona, Eastman, Yale, and Columbia, served in the Navy Band during World War II, and was awarded prizes from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two Rome Prizes. In 1958, Kay participated in the first cultural exchange between the US and the former Soviet Union, and between 1965 and his retirement, Kay served on the faculties of Boston University, the University of California, the City University of New York, and Macalester College. Among his nearly 150 compositions for film, television, and the concert hall (for orchestra, chamber ensemble, band, piano, and voice), Kay composed five operas, including one about the legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Kay’s music is as fascinating as his inspirations are varied, yet avoids all obvious references to his ethnicity. His choral music includes settings of Psalms, revolutionary texts, Christmas carols, wartime poems, verses by William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Sara Teasdale, Paul Laurence Dunbar, as well as folksongs, fiddle-tunes, and sea shanties. Indeed, Ulysses Kay is one of the most under-sung choral composers of the American Neoclassic era. Please join us to celebrate Kay’s life and work!

The Esoterics will offer three performances of KAY:


Friday | 6 Jan 2017 | 800 pm | Seattle | St Stephen’s Episcopal Church | 4805 NE 45th St
Saturday | 7 Jan 2017 | 800 pm | West Seattle | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 4210 SW Genesee St
Sunday | 8 Jan 2017 | 700 pm | Tacoma | Christ Episcopal Church | 310 North K St


General admission ticket prices are $25 at the door ($22 in advance).
Discounted admission ticket prices are $18 at the door ($15 in advance)
for students, seniors, the un(der)employed, and the differently-abled.
Active singers in other choral groups may also attend for $15.


The Esoterics’ SEASON 24 has been sponsored with generous support from: 4Culture | ArtsFund | ArtsWA
The Aaron Copland Fund | Classic KING-FM | The Horizons Foundation | The Lutheran Community Foundation
Nikko Media Center | The Renaissance Foundation | The Seattle Foundation | Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

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General Admission, Student / Senior Admission


Fri Jan 6 Laurelhurst, Sat Jan 7 West Seattle, Sun Jan 8 Tacoma


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