16:00 - 18:00
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, California 94025
«A refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music… thoroughly marvelous!»
— National Public Radio
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 2018 Wintersongs program will feature 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 songs for Chanukah; to Bosnian-Muslim ilahijas (devotional hymns). 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.
These concerts celebrate the release of Kitka's new album, EVENING STAR, a sequel to the ensemble's critically-acclaimed 2004 WINTERSONGS. Described as «a soundtrack for the season of awe» by the San Jose Mercury News, EVENING STAR, and other Kitka albums and available for purchase at http://kitka.org/shop