Eric Banks – Know the Rules
Melissa Dunphy – Together
Sivan Eldar – The Song About the Child
Gabriela Lena Frank – Hombre Errante (“The Wandering Man”)
Marisa Sharon Hartanto – Doa (“A Prayer”)
Ted Hearne – What it Might Say
David Lang – Make Peace
Kala Pierson – Mother of Exiles
Christopher Theofanidis – November Prayer
Augusta Read Thomas – !hope
Chen Yi – Tang poems and Two Chinese Folksongs
In the second program of its 26th concert season, The Esoterics will unveil the potential power of human togetherness, INCLUSIVITY. This performance will trace the origins of “otherness” in our first moments of life and explore how these emotions develop into exclusion at both the interpersonal and societal levels, resulting in divisiveness, xenophobia, shunning, persecution, violence, and the loneliness and wandering of exile. This program will also advocate for philoxenia – the desire to show hospitality and acceptance of strangers – which promotes the idea that we are stronger together, as an interdependent human community.
Singing performed in English, Hebrew, Indonesian, Mandarin, Quechua, and Spanish with texts by Chairil Anwar, José María Arguedas, Li Ba, e. e. cummings, Vivian Eden, Bai Ju-Yi, Amy Beth Kirsten, Salman Masalha, Li Shang-Yin, Donald Woods Winnicott, Malala Yousafzai, Xu Yuan-Zhong, and Chen Zi-Ang.
Tickets: $22 ($15 student / senior /un[der]employed / differently-abled)