The Rookery presents CIRCLEDANCE: Folksongs and early hymns and tunes celebrating femininity.
With special guests Samodivi, performing traditional Bulgarian women’s songs:Saturday, August 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois
Tickets: $20/general • $10/student
Two ensembles with roots in Golosa will perform together this weekend! If you came to our house concert in July, you’ve already had a taste of Samodivi, a new trio singing traditional music of Bulgaria. Come for more, and enjoy the stylish and engaging a cappella work of The Rookery men’s choir at the same time.
The Rookery, Chicago’s versatile men’s vocal ensemble, was formed by Bill Chin and Matt Dean in 2011 from conductors and soloists from many area ensembles and singing traditions, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, The Oriana Singers, Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Golosa Russian Choir, Chicago A Cappella, Alioni Georgian Choir, Bella Voce, King Solomon’s Singers, and the Schola Antiqua of Chicago. Each singer brings repertoire and artistic insight to the programming. The Rookery refers both to the iconic Chicago building (Burnham and Root, 1888) and its namesake roosting songbirds, keeping good company in the big city.
Samodivi is three Chicago singers who relish the complex rhythms, arresting tonalities, and whimsical texts of traditional Bulgarian folksong. In Slavic folklore, samodivi are wild woodland sprites who express the feral energy of nature and the supernatural through their song and dance. The ensemble was formed in the summer of 2014 by members of Golosa.