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Wintersongs with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

  • Old First Church 1751 Sacramento Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

Wintersongs
with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Saturday, December 17, 8:00PM
Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
$15-$25

http://www.kitka.org/events/2016/12/17/wintersongs

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power or community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season. Eastern Europe's geographic position as a crossroads between Europe and the Orient has produced an astonishingly rich and varied array of seasonal musical rituals.

Kitka's program features songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols; to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; to Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); to Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns); to rhythmic Balkan Romany tunes for the winter festivals of Vasilica and Kurban Bajram.

Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime.

Earlier Event: December 17
The Lobster Before Christmas
Later Event: December 18
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!