02/10/2019, The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, Chicago, IL

61009 evening star cover pub
  • 61009 evening star cover pub
  • 61088 kitkafilolireddresseswallsmaller
  • 61172 vincent 20creek
  • 61224 filolistandingpacha 20 1  20 2
  • 61113 kitka thomaspacha fort 20ross
  • 61114  kitkafinal 57smallercarrella
  • 61173 kitkahugfilolipacha
  • 61223 kitka thomaspacha 3d3a0294 20 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Loading twitter feed


Now celebrating its 40th season (read full ensemble history here), 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 ...

+ Show More


Ben Michaels
812-339-1195 X 204

Kitka in Concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music

Celebrating its 40th season!
Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter program showcasing 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 sevdahlinke (songs to the beloved).

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.

"A refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music…thoroughly marvelous!" - NPR

"The stellar Eastern European women's vocal ensemble brings a contemporary sensibility to centuries-old vocal traditions. With occasional dissonance, the group's lush chorales can be hauntingly exotic one moment, sublimely beautiful the next." - Washington Post

"Holiness that is earthy, exotic. This is the vocal power of the women of Kitka, a mesmerizing ensemble. Kitka taps into something primal and dramatic. Ancient ritual songs, Bulgarian hymns sung in Old Church Slavic, and Romanian folk songs are voiced in dynamic tension and release-rising from delicate stillness to riveting chordal explosions of the human voice." - Sacramento News and Review


Dispatch Details

Ticket URL:
Ticket Phone:
Ticket Price(s):
$22 General Public / $20 Members
Venue Link:
Venue City, State:
Chicago, IL
Venue St. Address:
4545 N Lincoln Ave
The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
Concert Start Time:
8:00 PM