EXCELSIS: Contemplating extremity
Two world premieres, a Pulitzer-prize-winning composer, and more - This is music you won't hear anywhere else!
In the final concert of its 24th season, The Esoterics will cast our choral gaze upward, to consider the forces that propel us to greater heights of consciousness. This December, we welcome the transforming embrace of the celestial feminine in the songs of EXCELSIS.
The ensemble is excited to welcome two Philadelphia composers who have written works that will receive their world premieres in EXCELSIS. Kala Pierson composed "Flung open", setting a poem of her own creation, earlier this year while on a residency at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Andrea Clearfield's "Khandroma" sets a Tibetan poem by Sienna Craig that honors the dakini, the ancient Buddhist spirits that dance across the sky. In addition, the group will perform Paul John Rudoi's "Spheres of influence", setting poems by Tim Togeas and Sara Dailey about the astronomical forces that we find within each of us.
The centerpiece of EXCELSIS will be "To touch the sky" by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. This nine-movement compendium of celestial feminine poetry includes texts by Sappho, Mirabai, Hildegard of Bingen, Amy Lowell, Emily Brontë, Edna St Vincent Millay, Christina Rossetti, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Marie Howe. As a prelude to this cycle, the group will also perform "If I were a swan", Puts' elegant rendering of a poem by Fleda Brown.
Dont miss The Esoterics' celestial concert series!
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (View)
4805 NE 45th St., Seattle
Seattle, WA 98105