Beaver Folk Dance
at Or Hadash
December 16, 2015, 8-10 PM
Or Hadash, 190 Camp Hill Road,
Fort Washington, PA.
Folk dance to live music!
Svitanya is a Philadelphia-based women’s vocal ensemble that specializes in music from Eastern Europe. Some songs are modern arrangements of traditional folk tunes, some are original compositions in the folk tradition, and others are sung as they have been for generations. They range from strong and strident work songs to traditional dance tunes to lush and emotive arrangements, all evoking the timbres, rhythms, and harmonies indigenous to the region. While performing most of their repertoire a capella, Svitanya sometimes adds instruments including gaida, tapan, tambura, and balalaika, among others.
Svitanya was founded in 2001, and while we have had several members from Eastern Europe, most of Svitanya's members have instead been drawn together after falling in love with the music, along with the people and cultures that produced it.
Audience members from both Eastern Europe and the U.S. have commented that Svitanya brings to this music an original interpretation which lies somewhere between East and West.