Light and Truth: A Concert with the Esoterics and the Yale Glee Club


4:00 pm-5:30 pm


Christ Episcopal Church
310 N K Street, Tacoma, WA, 98403, Tacoma
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For the first concert of its 31st season, The Esoterics is excited to welcome the Yale Glee Club to the Pacific Northwest. In its 163-year history, this is the very first time that the YGC has toured in the PNW, and we are honored to be their hosts! With concerts in both Seattle and Tacoma, the choruses will each sing a set of their own music, and then combine forces, forming an ensemble of more than 100 voices!

In the first half of this concert, The Esoterics will present six choral pieces by Yale composers:

And the swallow (2017) by Caroline Shaw
Despertar (2021) by Karen Siegel
If we have wisdom (2021) by Rex Isenberg
November prayer (2007, from Messages to myself) by Chris Theofanidis
Returning (2014, from The wheel of time, the dance) by Aaron Jay Kernis
Tuttarana (2014) by Reena Esmail

In the second half of the concert, the Yale Glee Club will perform:

Ah sunflower! by Jonathan Dove
Ashita wa hare kana, kumori kana by Toru Takemitsu
Go down ‘n the valley and pray by Andre Thomas
Increasing light by Jeffrey Douma
Kaisa-isa niyan by Nilo Alcala
Lao rahal soti by Shireen Abu-Khader
Lingua tonga by Shruthi Rajarsekar
Ten piedad de nosotros y escucha nuestra oración by Ismael Huerta Marin
Ye shall have a song by Randall Thompson

This repertoire will be followed by traditional college songs, including the “football medley,” and the Yale alma mater, Bright college years.

As promised, the concert will close with the combined choir of 100 voices, performing two works: If I were a swan (2012) by Kevin Puts, and Voices (2008) by Eric Banks.


Tickets are available at the door, and discounted online.


Due to the most recent strain of COVID-19, the chorus will be masking for most of the concert. we would like to STRONGLY recommend that our audience mask as well. Recently, several choral concerts have been cancelled due to infection. Please mask; it’s better to be safe, not sorry.

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