7 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions present the powerhouse San Francisco-based women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, in a free holiday concert at 7 p.m., Friday, December 5, at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. Kitka will perform its critically acclaimed “Wintersongs” program, showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. National Public Radio hails the program as a “refreshing spin on traditional seasonal choral music…thoroughly marvelous.”
Reserved seat tickets for the Kitka concert will be free to everyone—at the door, or online at www.KingdomCounty.org. Telephone orders can be placed (toll-free) to 888-757-5559.
Kitka’s 35th anniversary edition of “Wintersongs” features a broad range of spiritual and folkloric music from Georgia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Armenia, Moravia, and Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jewish communities. “These are rarely heard seasonal pieces that we’ve gathered through in-depth research, travel and song-catching over the last decade and a half,” says Kitka’s artistic director Shira Cion.
Kitka will perform these pieces in both ancient, traditional polyphonic styles as well as in innovative new arrangements created by ensemble members and composers and arrangers from Kitka’s ever-expanding global community. Program highlights include an old Romanian carol collected by Bela Bartok in the early part of the 20th century, a set of traditional Ukranian carols, and some original multicultural arrangements by this year’s “Wintersongs” project director, Kitka vocalist Corinne Sykes.
With “Winersongs,” Kitka invites audiences to embark on a journey of musical discovery that explores the joys, struggles, and mysterious magic of the winter season through the evocative poetry and exquisite and unusual harmonies of Eastern Europe and beyond.
Kitka has earned international recognition for its distinctive sound, exploring a vast palette of ancient yet contemporary-sounding vocal effects. The ensemble’s earthy to ethereal timbres evoke an astonishing range of subtle to extreme inner states, instincts and emotions. The group’s wide-ranging performances and recordings have exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.
Kitka has been featured on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” “All Things Considered,” “On Point,” and “Performance Today.” Garrison Keillor calls the group’s distinctive sound “Stunning…absolutely electrifying.” David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash calls it, “The most wonderful singing I have ever heard.”
A frequently occurring symbolic word in Balkan women’s folksong lyrics, Kitka means “bouquet” in Bulgarian and Macedonian.
This free program is being made possible through Marlboro College and Kingdom County Productions, with grant support from the Thomas Thompson Trust and Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Additional sponsorship support comes from Cabot Creamery, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, and the Brattleboro Retreat. For more information contact KCP artistic director Jay Craven (email@example.com).