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Vajra Voices & Kitka Join Forces for The Eve of the March

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Vajra Voices Vajra Voices & Kitka Join Forces for The Eve of the March

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Grace Cathedral/Ghiberti Foundation) December 19, 2018 —
On Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30pm, Vajra Voices and the Grace Cathedral/Ghiberti Foundation present The Eve of the March. For the first time, two Bay area all-women vocal ensembles– the world renowned Kitka and the critically acclaimed Vajra Voices– are joining forces to sing in honor and celebration of the Women's Marches and all that they stand for. The combined fourteen voices will join with cellist/composer Theresa Wong and multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen in the majestic nave of Grace Cathedral to present medieval and modern songs on the divine feminine.

Director, Karen R. Clark says, “all of us involved in this project are inspired by the strength and wisdom inherent in mysticism, and by women’s music and vocal traditions distilled over centuries.” And, “the ‘guttural earthiness’ of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble singing Eastern European song with Vajra Voices’ ‘vivid full-blooded’ singing of medieval chants offer an astounding array of female vocal power.”

On the program, Vajra Voices joins Kitka in singing the Georgian Hymn: ‘Shen Khar Venakhi’ (You are the vine), and, the Greek song, ’Aghni Parthena’ (O Virgin Pure). Likewise, Kitka joins Vajra Voices on Hildegard von Bingen’s medieval songs: ‘O Viriditas Digiti Dei’ (Greenness of God), and, ‘Quia Ergo Femina’ (Because A Woman). Each ensemble will sing selections from their most recent CDs (Kitka’s Evening Star; and, Vajra Voices’ O Eterne Deus). Add to this the wizardry of Bay area superstar, Shira Kammen’s instrumentals; and the world premiere of Theresa Wong’s To Burst To Bloom – ethereal utterances on 12th century Taoist poems of Sun Buer, and we have a full eclectic bouquet of resonances to offer up.

On Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30pm, in honor and awe of the 2019 Women’s Marches, The Eve of the March—a concert in the sacred space of Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco—celebrates women’s voices and the power of community.

Ticket prices range from $10–$45 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
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The official hashtag for the event is #theeveofthemarch.

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Hildegard von Bingen

Antiphon: Quia Ergo Femina (Because of a Woman)

Georgian Hymn

Shen Khar Venakhi (You are the Vine)

Theresa Wong

Premiere of To Burst To Bloom- songs on poems of the Taoist Immortal Sun Buer

Shira Kammen

Sophia- song to Divine Wisdom (Hildegard von Bingen poem translated in English by W.A. Mathieu)


Vajra Voices & Kitka

Women's Vocal Ensembles

Shira Kammen

multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer

Theresa Wong

composer, cellist, vocalist

Karen R. Clark, contralto

Director of Vajra Voices and The Eve of the March