Event Details


Hosting Ensemble: The Esoterics
Event Type: Concert
Ticket Prices: $25/20 at the door, $20/15 in advance, $10 live-stream access
Event Dates:
Saturday, May 20, 2023May 20, 2023, 8:00pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle, WA
Sunday, May 21, 2023May 21, 2023, 8:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, WA


Born to Hungarian Jewish parents on 28 May 1923 in Transylvania (then in Romania, now in Hungary), György Ligeti was to become one of the most innovative and influential figures of the avant-garde and contemporary concert music in the latter twentieth century.

Best known in cinematic circles as the composer of Lux aeterna from Stanley Kubrick's film, 2001: A space odyssey, György Ligeti also wrote music that is featured in 2010, The shining, Eyes wide shut, Shutter Island, Heat, the 2014 remake of Godzilla, The killing of a sacred deer, and the radio series based on The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy.

His early choral music (from 1946 to 1956) is mostly modal or tonal, inspired by Hungarian folk texts, and is replete with polyphonic patter and verse forms. Beginning in 1966 with his Lux aeterna, one is able to witness a second stage in Ligeti’s creative life – in which he employs arhythmic canons and modernist tone clusters to create fragmentary fantasies, extraordinary etudes, and a set of post-modern “nonsense songs.”

In this concert, The Esoterics will peform ALL of Ligeti’s music for a cappella mixed chorus – from his earliest work in 1946 to his last in 1993. Please join us for this extraordinary choral event on the weekend before Ligeti’s 100th birthday!

LIGETI. portrait of Ligeti by David Gellman
LIGETI. portrait of Ligeti by David Gellman

Ensemble Photos

The Esoterics. December 2019. Photo credit Bruce Weber
The Esoterics. December 2019. Photo credit Bruce Weber