KITKA Presents “Wintersongs,” an Annual Vocal Celebration of the Season, Dec. 9 at the Osher Marin JCC

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

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.

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. For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power of community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, and spirituality, as well as wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season.

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 hallelujahs to Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hebrew songs for Chanukah to Bosnian-Muslim devotional hymns to rhythmic Balkan Romany (“Gypsy”) tunes for the winter festivals.

Warm up the winter and celebrate the season with beautiful vocal harmonies.

“This internationally recognized women's vocal ensemble has developed a massive repertoire of Eastern European folk songs, presented as a joyous reminder that music making is a sacred act and a communal celebration.” – SF Weekly

WHAT: An Evening of Wintersongs performed by KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble
SEATING: Reserved cabaret table seating & general admission choices
TICKETS: $25 – $35 / Ages 17 & under $10 | Available at marinjcc.org/arts
WHEN: Sat. Dec. 9 @ 8:00pm | Doors @ 7:30pm | Beer/Wine/Concessions open @ 7:00pm
WHERE: The Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
PARKING: Ample FREE parking | The Osher Marin JCC is 1/2 mile E off 101.

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.

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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