Kitka to present music rooted in Eastern Europe

KitkaKitka, an all-female vocal ensemble, will perform music with Eastern European roots at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre.

The event, part of the college’s Artswego Performing Arts Series, showcases the group’s tight harmonies, diverse European influences and dedication to conveying musical tradition as an art form.

Garrison Keillor, host of “A Prairie Home Companion” has called Kitka “a stunning group unlike any other” and “absolutely electrifying.” Singer/songwriter David Crosby praised their “simply amazing harmonies,” adding that “truly this is the most wonderful singing I have ever heard.”

Kitka tours with a new album, “Sanctuary: A Cathedral Concert,” which features meditative and ecstatic songs from Eastern European spiritual traditions as well as melodic folk songs. The group recorded tracks at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere, Calif., to replicate the acoustic environment of their popular cathedral concerts.

The group presents original works written by members of the ensemble and has premiered work by more than 25 composers. Thanks to major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, Kitka launched the New Folksongs Commissioning Project in 2000 to engage composers to create original works for the ensemble.

Kitka’s music has appeared on soundtracks to movies including “Braveheart,” “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Queen of the Damned.”

Their distinctive sound has earned exposure through such National Public Radio shows as “A Prairie Home Companion,” “All Things Considered,” “On Point,” “West Coast Live” and “Performance Today.” Kitka’s live concerts have also broadcast on Vermont Public Radio, the CBC’s Radio Canada, and Ukrainian national radio and television.

Tickets to the concert cost $15 ($12 for senior citizens and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students).

For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or

(Posted: Feb 27, 2008)