In its spring program, The Esoterics will present three works that reflect upon intimacy, whether inspired by our innermost dreams, our delight of nature, or the great beyond. The group is excited to present the West Coast premiere of Messages to myself, a four-movement meditation by composer Christopher Theofanidis, who has chosen to set verses by Rumi, Walt Whitman (from Leaves of grass), Amy Kirsten, and William Butler Yeats (When you are old). The ensemble will also reprise The wheel of time, the dance by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis, who set four poems by the American novelist and environmental activist, Wendell Berry. This program will conclude with Eric Banks’ a cappella choral symphony, This delicate universe. Banks’ 32-minute “universe” sets five poems by the Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine Cavafy that explore the themes of artistic solitude, the familiarity of home, the inner distraction of memory, the most intimate of interaction of lovers, and “the sacred silence of creation.”
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.