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, on Oct. 31st at 8:00pm — see the events page for details.

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.

Golosá is Chicago’s one and only Russian folk choir, founded in 1997 at the University of Chicago. We sing sacred and secular Russian folk songs in a mixed-voice a capella ensemble, and we perform all year long throughout the Chicago area. Auditions are generally held once a year, in the fall.

The ensemble is supervised by Artistic Director Tamara Ghattas. Manager Lauren Makholm handles booking requests, and President Anais Ahmed is our University of Chicago liaison.

Please visit the events page for information on our future engagements. Even better, sign up on our mailing list so that you will be informed of all the choir’s performances and other activities.