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1 Dec 2017

Support by Chico Pere and Glenn Sharp

With her rich, smoky voice and dramatic presence, Romanian singer Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu marks the beginning of Advent with an atmospheric, enchanting concert of traditional song.

Romanian Christmas carols (colinde) and winter songs express wishes of health and prosperity for all, whilst seeking reconciliation with the souls of the departed. Rich in metaphors and religious stories, they evoke the snow-covered Carpathian mountains through dramatic tales of bravery and lives lived in nature, harking back beyond the Nativity to ancient pagan origins.

Steeped in the folk culture of her native country as well as its later traditions of tango and the café songs of Maria Tănase, Oana Cǎtǎlina Chiţu brings a crystalline magic to these heartfelt Christmas songs. She is joined by Serbian accordionist Dejan Jovanovic and Moldovan cimbalom virtuoso Valeriu Caşcaval for a winter’s journey through the land of her childhood –  a festive concert like no other.

Nostalgic and romantic and given a dark, Oriental tone by Chitu’s chiaroscuro alto voice… the way she draws out the introduction to ‘Aseara Ti-am Luat Basma’ surrounded by filigree cimbalom flourishes is gorgeous.

— Songlines

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Important Information

Please note the time listed on your ticket/webpage is the start time for the performance. Leeds Grand Theatre is open from 1 hour beforehand for ticket collection etc. and doors to the Howard Assembly Room itself open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Where there is a support act, this will also be stated on the website/ticket. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before show time as latecomers will only be admitted during a suitable break in the performance.

The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds City Centre.

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking is available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.


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Ct said ago

Amazing voice. I would love to hear her again.

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