ANNUAL SLAVIC CHORAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
One-concert-only Performance of Holiday
Vocal and Instrumental Music
from Central and Eastern Europe
7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2011
Church of the Nativity, 240 Fell Street, San Francisco
Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble presents the 8th annual Slavic Choral Christmas Concert, a rich tapestry of time-honored seasonal carols from Central and Eastern Europe featuring traditionally-costumed artists from the Bay Area’s Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Hungarian, Polish and Ukrainian communities who will present their beloved holiday music at San Francisco’s historic Church of the Nativity on 240 Fell Street.
Each ticket includes a complimentary glass of traditionally-mulled wine or cider, providing the flavor of a typical Christmas fair, popular throughout Central and Eastern Europe during the winter holidays.
Advance tickets: Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214743
Seakor Deli, 5957 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
Polam Federal Credit Union (Redwood City or Concord)
$15 adults / $10 students or $18/$12 at the door
Children under 7 free
The Slavic Choral Christmas Concert delivers a glorious variety of traditional carols based on the rich fabric of Central and East European folk and sacred holiday music, ranging from simple folk themes (“pastorals”) to classically-rendered sacred carols. The Slavic Christmas Concert’s electrifying finale features all singers and musicians onstage for the annual favorite: an audience sing-a-long. Audience members will discover delightful folklore items available for purchase, and can shop for gifts with a glass of complimentary mulled cider or wine in hand.
Featured artists include: the Łowiczanie Polish Carolers, directed by Jola Jankowska, the Ukrainian Bay Area Carolers (Halyna Lorczak, Director), and the Dalmacijo Singers (Croatian) (Rajna Ledoux, Director). All three ensembles have performed annually since the Slavic Christmas Concert’s inception. The Bulgarian Koledari Singers (Tanya Kostova, Director) return for their fourth appearance. The choirs are joined by soloist Dalyte Kodzis, mezzo-soprano, who delivers a dramatic selection of Polish kolędy carols in classical voice. Musicians of Danubius East European Folk Band will provide a selection of carols from Hungary as well as accompaniment for other artists. The evening’s eclectic two-hour program concludes with the enormously popular audience sing-along that features carols from all the cultural traditions represented by the evening’s artists.
The Slavic Christmas Concert is sponsored by Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble, The San Francisco–Kraków Sister Cities Association, Polam Federal Credit Union, Honorary Consuls for the Republic of Poland, Christopher Kerosky and Tad Taube, and Taube Philanthropies.
Łowiczanie receives year-round support from the Polish National Alliance (as a member of PNA Lodge 7) and is the Resident Dance Company of The Polish Club in San Francisco.
Łowiczanie is a not-for-profit performing arts organization formed in 1975 (Artistic Director and Choreographer, Mary Kay Stuvland). The mission of Łowiczanie is to entertain and educate audiences through presentations of traditional Polish folk and gentry music, song and dance. The San Francisco-Kraków Sister Cities Association is one of 16 such partnerships formally organized by the City of San Francisco with strategic city partners worldwide. Polam Federal Credit Union, with Peninsula and East Bay offices, is a community-based financial institution serving the Bay Area’s Slavic community. Honorary Consuls Christopher Kerosky and Tad Taube represent the Government of Poland in San Francisco, and Northern California, respectively. Taube Philanthropies provides direct and indirect support to projects and institutions that advance the philosophies and vision of its founder, Tad Taube.
Year-round support: The Polish National Alliance is the largest of all ethnically-based fraternal insurance benefit societies in this country. The Polish Club (since 1926) in San Francisco is a California non-profit mutual benefit corporation, of which Łowiczanie is the Resident Dance Company.
For more information: 510.575.7514 or 415.285.4336 (bilingual Polish/English)
Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble
San Francisco-Kraków Sister Cities Association
Polam Federal Credit Union
Honorary Polish Consul, Christopher Kerosky
Honorary Polish Consul, Tad Taube
The Polish National Alliance (PNA, Lodge 7)
The Polish Club of San Francisco