KITKA :: Wintersongs | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

KITKA :: Wintersongs

Sat, December 9, 2017 8:00 pm


The ethereal, haunting and beautiful songs of Kitka’s Wintersongs return by popular demand. This winter holiday tradition showcases seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. 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 ("Gypsy") tunes for the winter festivals of Vasilica and Kurban Bajram.  Warming up the winter and celebrating the season for all, through beautiful vocal harmonies, this is a special evening you won’t want to miss. 

What to Expect
A winterfest of vocal harmonies from Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions
Reserved Table & General Admission options
Doors Open: 7:30

Concessions Beer, Wine, Peets coffee, Numi Teas and a variety of snacks and freshly baked goods available for purchase. Concessions are offered within the theater may be enjoyed throughout the performance. No table service. Concessions allowed in theater.

 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. 

     Kelly Atkins
     Caitlin Tabancay Austin
     Kristine Barrett
     Natalie Bartlett
     Shira Cion, 
Executive/Artistic Director
     Janet Kutulas
     Michele Simon
     Corinne Sykes

Mission & History
Kitka is an American women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. Dedicated to developing new audiences for music rooted in Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian women’s vocal traditions, Kitka also strives to expand the boundaries of folk song as a living and evolving expressive art form. Kitka’s activities include an Oakland-based home series of concerts and vocal workshops; regional, national, and international touring; programs in the schools; recording, publication, and broadcast projects; master artist residencies; commissioning; community service work; and adventuresome collaborations.

"Simply amazing harmonies…truly this is the most wonderful singing I have ever heard.”David Crosby, CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH

“A stunning group unlike any other…absolutely electrifying!”Garrison Keillor, A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

“A brilliant musical program…all of it performed with accuracy and flair”Don Heckman, LOS ANGELES TIMES

Typically plenty of space, but give yourself time for parking