Upcoming Events:

Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with Golosa at Packer Schopf Gallery! Ellen Greene’s Murder Ballads exhibit will set the scene for the spookiest, most forbidding of concerts.

Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake Street, Chicago (map)

Friday, October 31, 8:00 pm

FREE to all; donations welcomed.

Golosa performs traditional Russian polyphonic songs of the Cossacks and the Semeiskie Old Believers. Our repertoire—more than a little tinged with darkness on its best day—will be filled with our deathliest numbers. Look for severed body parts, prophetic visions of our own demise, murderous young brides, roads soaked with tears and memories, and the search for redemption in the afterlife.

We will be joined by our friends The Rookery, Chicago’s versatile men’s a cappella choir. They’ll preview their own longer program, titled “A Murder of Crows,” featuring Benjamin Britten’s “Ballad of Little Musgrave” (a genuine classical murder ballad), Spanish shipwreck tale La Bomba, dark and roasty fall selections from Carmina Burana, and new arrangements of rock and pop songs themed around death and Dia de los Muertos.