Kitka are the High Priestesses of Eastern European Choral Music

Kitka does its annual 'Wintersongs' tour around the Bay Area

Kitka does its annual 'Wintersongs' tour around the Bay Area (Photo: Tomas Pacha/Kitka )

Kitka, the all-women group specializing in Eastern European choral music, always seems to be tapping some deep spiritual experience as they sing, which is just right for the holidays. They do Eastern Orthodox church songs, music from Bosnia, even some Sephardic and Yiddish songs, often in a minor key that sends shivers up my spine. As my co-host Eli Wirtschafter notes, they dress in traditional outfits, like they’re a group of high priestesses, or just natty peasants. Their Wintersongs tour is an annual holiday tradition these days that the Do List heartily endorses. They’re playing in just about every part of the Bay Area: Santa Cruz, San Rafael, Menlo Park, San Francisco, Oakland and Woodside. Details here.

Kitka are the High Priestesses of Eastern European Choral Music 29 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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