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SIRENE: A modern answer to the ancient call

In the first concert series of its twentieth season, The Esoterics will present four new choral compositions that embrace the theme of “call and response.” In Eric Banks’ setting of a poem by Constantine Cavafy, Voices from our previous life call to us from beyond time to remind, guide, and inspire us. In Mason Bates’ multilingual masterpiece, Sirens originate from several sources: the temptresses of Homer’s Odyssey, the Rhine-maiden of the German Lorelei, the star-goddess of 16th-century Italian poetry, the Peruvian for Diamond Glitter Luxury Evening Clutches Banquet Handbag Green Wedding Women Bag Crystal Purse Clubs Party Sirinu at the festival of Carnival, and Christ’s call to the fisherman brothers who would later become his disciples. Ted Hearne’s Privilege comprises five choral snap-shots into our collective consciousness, and include poignant texts from Bill Moyers’ interview with David Simon (creator of The wire). These vignettes express our culture’s response to the overwhelming number of way in which we are called: by each other, by families and loved ones, by society, and by technology. In addition to Privilege, The Esoterics will also present the West Coast premiere of Hearne’s Ripple for mixed chorus. This provocative work sets a single sentence from the Iraq War Logs that describes an incident in which an American soldier opened fire on an unidentified vehicle that was occupied by an unarmed Iraqi family. Not only is Ripple a meditation on “the call of duty,” it also explores how emotions and time seem to drift, develop, and distort as they travel, like a wave, across the human psyche.

Please join The Esoterics for one of these three performances of SIRENE:

Saturday ∙ 6 April ∙ 4pm ∙ Portland State University
Lincoln Performance Hall [Room75] ∙ 1620 Southwest Park Avenue

Saturday ∙ 13 April 2013 ∙ 8 pm ∙ Seattle
St Joseph Catholic Church ∙ 732 18th Avenue East

Sunday ∙ 14 April 2013 ∙ 2pm ∙ West Seattle
Holy Rosary Catholic Church ∙ 4142 42nd Avenue Southwest

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