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Event Archive - 3rd Annual Solstice Concert: Balkan Babes

Sun. December 21st 2008 7:30 doors at 7:00 Orange Hall (All Ages) 7:30 doors at 7:00
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The Balkan Babes celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, with an intimate concert at the Orange Hall. The astromical event known as Winter Solstice, also known as Midwinter or Yule, occurs this year on December 21st and is marked as a time of rebirth. Recognized for centuries by virtually every civilization from the Romans to the Celts, its celebration varies but generally includes gathering with loved ones, singing, feasting and a fire in the hearth.

The "Babes' are a Victoria-based, 11 voice choir, specializing in accapella, traditional folk repertoire from the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and beyond. In April they won the 2008 CBC Radio 2 Award for Best Pan-cultural Traditions Choir and as a result, were part of a showcase concert featuring some of Canada's best choirs.

Balkan Babes (Traditional Eastern European acappella)

Multiple award winning 9 woman vocal group Balkan Babes began in Victoria in 1999 as a community of women learning and sharing a capella folk music from various regions of the Balkans. By 2005, the Balkan Babes had evolved from a grassroots choir to a performance-oriented vocal ensemble, remaining dedicated to the challenging and highly rewarding ... more info
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