Wilde: Like Silhouettes Against The Sky

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The Esoterics continues its “voice of the poet” season with a concert of choral works setting verses by the legendary literary iconoclast, Oscar Wilde. Most of us know Wilde as a witty playwright, novelist, bon vivant, and subject of a homosexual scandal, rather than for his contribution to the poetic genre. This concert will introduce our audience to his moving poetry through seven pieces, including four world premieres.

Please join us to hear a quadruple-chorus premiere by founding director Eric Banks that sets seven of Wilde’s poems about the birds of the air, Silhouettes against the sky. We will also perform Dominick DiOrio’s The visible world, which sets verses from Wilde’s De profundis; Eric Barnum’s Requiescat, an elegy for Wilde’s young sister, Isola; and Australian composer Malcolm Williamson’s setting of Wilde’s Sonnet on hearing the Dies irae in the Sistine Chapel.

And in addition, this program includes three compositions by the winners of The Esoterics’ annual POLYPHONOS competition: In the gold room: A harmony, a whimsical and mysterious setting by Canadian-German composer Gordon Williamson; In the forest, an ethereal yet suspenseful chorus by the Japanese-American composer Kenji Oh; and Endymion, Casey Rule’s rousing, folksy setting of Wilde’s poem about the lover of Selene, the ancient Greek goddess of the moon. All three composers — Gordon, Kenji, and Casey — will be joining us to present their pieces and meet our audience for the entire concert weekend!

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By: The Esoterics

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