In the final program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will articulate our common desire for emotional simplicity, or Humility. This performance will consider the origins of lowliness as a result of humiliation or hiding, surrender or sorrow, generosity or gratitude. It will also examine the various different contexts in which we find ourselves humble: while tenderly in love, while patiently or hopefully in need, while meekly witnessing the majesty of nature.
Giving voice to verses from the Bible (John and Galatians), a Mohawk prayer, a speech by Chief Joseph (Hinmuuttu Yalatlat) of the Nez Perce, poems by Pablo Antonio Cuandra, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Annie Finch, Amy Fleury, Gary Snyder, and Dylan Thomas, The Esoterics’ Humility will feature music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Stacy Garrop, Anna-Karin Klockar, Forrest Pierce, Sarah Rimkus, Sarah Riskind, Augusta Read Thomas, and Dale Trumbore.
The Esoterics will offer three performances of Humility. (One in West Seattle.)
Please join us as we foster modesty, empathy, restraint, and respect.
- Dijo Cifar: A los pescadores [Cifar said: To the fishermen] (2015) by Gabriela Lena Frank
- Songs of lowly life (2011) by Stacy Garrop
- Surrender speech [from Speeches] (2016) by Anna-Karin Klockar
- Gratitude sutra (2013) by Forrest Pierce
- O God, thy sea is so great (2017) and We walked through the trees (2014) by Sarah Rimkus
- We were once strangers (2018) by Sarah Riskind
- Fruit of my spirit (2004) by Augusta Read Thomas
- All we need (2015) and Spiritus mundi (2016) by Dale Trumbore
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. Advance tickets are available online at www.TheEsoterics.org (through BrownPaperTickets).
West Seattle, Washington