The Esoterics: Contemplating Extremity

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Date(s) - 12/03/2017
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

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Christ Episcopal Church

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In our final concert of season 24, The Esoterics will cast our choral gaze upward, to perform To touch the sky by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. This ten-movement exploration of the celestial feminine include texts by Marie Howe, Mirabai, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Amy Lowell, Emily Bronte, Edna St Vincent Millay, Christina Rossetti, Sappho, and Hildegard of Bingen. In addition, the group will perform Puts’ setting of Fleda Brown’s poem, If I were a swan, and Paul John Rudoi’s diptych Spheres of influence — setting poems about comets and galaxies by Tim Togeas and Sara Dailey. Finally, to conclude this program, The Esoterics will premiere a new arrangement by Founding Director Eric Banks: an a cappella version of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, to mark the centenary of the premiere of the string orchestra version of this piece in 1917.

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.

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