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Schnittke Concerto For Choir and Strauss Deutches Motette

Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
This February, The Esoterics’ CHIAROSCURA concert program was received with profound emotion and enthusiasm by the ensemble’s home audience in the Pacific Northwest. The group’s subsequent recording sessions were arguably the most promising in the chamber choir's history, and pre-orders for the CD are already rolling in. Now, with intense anticipation, The Esoterics is thrilled to be able to present these CHIAROSCURA masterpieces in the “windy city,” Chicago.

The 2011 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago will be one of the most inspirational, comprehensive, and highly-attended gatherings of the association in its 52-year history. As the only volunteer mixed chorus from the West Coast invited to perform, The Esoterics is highly honored, and takes this accolade deeply to heart.

Attendees of the ACDA convention will have two opportunities on Thursday, 10 March 2011 to hear The Esoterics sing Deutsche Motette, Richard Strauss’ most substantial choral composition, rarely performed due to its orchestral treatment of the chorus and the sheer virtuosity of its vocal range. Later that day, at First United Methodist, Chicago’s oldest church, The Esoterics will perform Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for chorus a cappellain a public concert. Setting medieval verses from the Penitential Psalms that juxtapose images of light and darkness, truth and falsehood, faith and doubt, Schnittke’s Choir concertois considered one of the most compelling masterpieces of choral music in the last century.

“No-one else sings such challenging work with such consummate skill and passion.
This is a choir that dares to sing music that is difficult and speaks directly
of things that truly matter in life – and does it impeccably.”
Rosemary Ponnekanti, The Tacoma News Tribune

The Esoterics’ ACDA performances of Strauss’ Deutsche Motette are available only to attendees of the convention.  However, the ensemble’s Thursday evening performance of Schnittke’s Choir concerto is open to the public. Since The Esoterics will be performing the Schnittke only once, we would like to encourage our Chicago-area supporters and ACDA members to attend.  Please do share this information with your Chicago friends and family.

The Esoterics' Chicago performances on 10 March 2011 are at the following times and locations:

11 am • Roosevelt University Auditorium Theatre • 50 East Congress Parkway

6 pm • Symphony Center Orchestra Hall • 220 South Michigan Avenue

8 pm • First United Methodist Temple • 77 West Washington Street
For this concert, there will be a suggested $10 donation at the door.
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