kitka

11:21am

Wed December 17, 2014
Arts & Culture

Kitka brings the music of Eastern Europe to the Bay

Thomas Pacha

Kitka is a women's singing ensemble based in Oakland. For 35 years, the group has been singing songs drawn from Eastern European vocal traditions. What began as an informal group of singers with a passion for those Eastern European harmonies and rhythms has grown into a critically-acclaimed professional ensemble. They sing in over a dozen languages, and they'll be performing their annual concert of Wintersongs this weekend in the Bay Area.

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9:38am

Wed June 11, 2014
Out in the Bay ~ 6/12/14 ~ 7pm Thursday

Kitka sings hidden poems of Sophia Parnok, "Russia's Sappho"

  

Uncovering a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age. As Russia continues its anti-gay crackdown, Oakland-based women’s chorus Kitka performs "I will remember everything," a world premiere of a cappella music that gives voice to poems by Sophia Parnok, a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age a century ago.  Some call Parnok “Russia’s Sappho.” Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Nora Elmeligy stopped by Kitka's rehearsal Monday night to capture some of the sumptuous music being prepared for the June 20-22 premiere, and to speak with Kitka director and singer Shira Cion and composer Eric Banks, who translated Parnok’s poems and set them to music, about their inspiration for this concert.  Broadcast: 7pm PDT Thursday, June 12, on kalw.org + 91.7 FM SF Bay Area. [photo: Myles Boisen]

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5:42pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Open Air ~ 11/29 at 1pm

Kitka ~ Golden Girls LIVE ~ Pal Joey ~ Murderous Little World

Kitka

  


This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly magazine of arts and cultural events, host David Latulippe talks with members of the women’s vocal ensemble Kitka; with Greg MacKellan, the artistic director of 42nd Street Moon, about their production of “Pal Joey”; with Linda Bouchard, composer and director of "Murderous Little World" at ODC; and with Heklina, who is featured in upcoming drag queen productions of “The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes”.  Originally broadcast on November 29, 2012.