In collaboration with Ukrainian composer/music
director Mariana Sadovska, and German stage director André
Erlen, Kitka women’s vocal ensemble explores the dynamic,
shifting relationships that link history, memory, the creative
imagination, and the powerful role of music in sustaining the
human spirit through times of conflict.
Singing Through Darkness is a dramatic sonic collage
of personal histories distilled in songs of wartime from Eastern
Europe, the Caucasus, and beyond. Utilizing the far reaches
of vocal expression, Singing Through Darkness weaves together
songs and stories in praise of homelands and heroes, historical
ballads, songs of conscription, imprisonment, occupation, forced
immigration and loss with songs of resistance, veiled political
satire, faith, survival, liberation and hope.
Tickets: Advance: $25 general,
$22 seniors & students. Door: $28 general, $25 seniors &
“The depth and range of
Kitka’s skills are indisputable, and the breadth of moods
and emotions covered by the ensemble is awe-inspiring.”
— The Music Box (London)
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This project is supported, in
part, by grants from Creative Capital’s MAP Fund, The
National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Oakland Cultural
Funding Program, The Clorox Community Foundation, The Wallace
Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The Zellerbach Family Fund.