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Concert: Esoterics

Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 pm10:00 pm

Founded in 1992 by director Eric Banks, The Esoterics is a Seattle-based vocal ensemble dedicated to performing and perpetuating contemporary a cappella choral settings of poetry, philosophy, and spiritual writings from around the world.  While cultivating artistic expression and cultural understanding among its singers and audience alike, The Esoterics aspires to reflect the beauty, power, and               significance that are inherent in the music of our time.

The Esoterics has presented over 500 concerts in the PNW, many of which have been right here at Christ Church.

The Esoterics is pleased to present The Atlas of the Way, by Forrest Farhad Pierce. Part of Pierce’s work, The Valleys, this a cappella work is based on the epic Sufi poem, The conference of the birds (Mantiq ut-Tair) by Faid ud-Din Attar (1145-1221).  Pierce’s piece describes the journey of a gathering of curious birds who are led by their teacher – the hoopoe – to learn of their own origin.   Through this vast landscape, the birds traverse seven evocatively-named valleys – of farawayfaring, lovestruckness, kenning, enoughing, onement, wonderstruckness, and noughtness – each representing a Sufi maqam, or spiritual station of progress.

Between each musical valley, Pierce’s interstitial sohbets capture quiet, intimate conversations between student and teacher in which they reflect on this spiritual journey.

You are invited to experience this world-premiere performance on Saturday, October 15, at 8:00pm.  Tickets are available for $20, student/senior $15.



Saturday, October 15
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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