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Mystical singing from the Esoterics at Christ Episcopal, Tacoma

It’s always sheer joy to hear The Esoterics. Puget Sound has plenty of choirs, but none other that sing terrifically difficult music that has only just been written (okay, maybe some from last century too) in a dozen different languages and a cappella to boot. Not only that but they sing exquisitely – hear those sopranos and die happy. Most impressively, they also commission their own works, and this Saturday sees a Tacoma performance of three of those as world premieres, alongside other poetic compositions.

The concert’s called Mystikos, and the works therein encapsulate the human experience of the

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma’s Telephone Room Gallery, Lakewood Playhouse, the Esoterics in Olympia and Traver Gallery opening

“Zigzags” at the Telephone Room

The one-room Telephone Room gallery, housed in a private residence in the North end, opens a new show this weekend with work by Seattle artist Julie Alpert, who draws on the rooms cramped charm to create a three-dimensional painting. 6-9 p.m. March 3 and by appointment through March. Free.
Telephone Room Gallery,
3710 North 7th St., Tacoma. www.juliealpert.com,www.thetelephoneroom.blogspot.com

Lakewood Playhouse opens “The Farnsworth Invention”

Opening tonight at Lakewood is “The Farnsworth Invention,” a new play by Aaron Sorkin about the race to invent television back in 1929, and directed by the theater’s new managing director

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The Esoterics sing the O antiphons for Advent at Christ Episcopal in Tacoma

Interestingly, for a secular choir, The Esoterics are welcoming the pre-Christmas season of Advent with – well – a Christian Advent program. The Seattle a cappella choir, with its adventurous director Eric Banks, strong voices and innate musicality, is known for singing completely out of the box; but if you think their Admirabile program is the usual Christmas listening experience, think again. They’ll combine Arvo Pärt’s “Magnificat” with renditions of the O Antiphons (music based on the seven names for Christ in the Bible) by three contemporary composers: the Estonian Pärt, the Polish Pawel Lukaszewski and Seattle’s own John Muehleisen,

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The Esoterics sing light and darkness with impeccable skill

At last, The Esoterics are back in Tacoma. After a year’s absence due to financial and audience struggles, the a cappella Seattle choir made a triumphant return Saturday night at Christ Episcopal Church with a program they’d sung here before: Chiaroscura. With text and music blending light, darkness, life and death, the program’s three pieces reminded Tacomans once again just why it’s so important to have this choir around: No-one else sings such challenging work with such consummate skill and passion.

Opening with South African-born English composer John Joubert, the choir sang two of his motets. “Sleep canticle,” based on

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