Old First Concerts
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012 AT 8:00PM

KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble
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 2012 Wintersongs program will feature songs ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works; Baltic pagan incantations for the return of the Sun Goddess, to Caucasus Georgian Alilos (hallelujahs); Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns); and rhythmic Balkan Romany ("Gypsy") 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.

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