Nevenka, Eastern European folk ensemble coming up on Saturday, September 21

Here’s a show like no other that the Folk Music Society has offered. Nevenka is a Los Angeles-based women’s folk chorus performing songs from Eastern Europe, including Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek and others. The group formed in 1976 as an off-shoot of the Aman Folk Ensemble. These women are primarily singers, and there may be over a dozen of them on stage! The singers span 30 years in age, and are a close-knit family with a strong team concept. Performing a delightful mix of roots music and composed pieces, they represent the great diversity within these East European countries. Considering that their music includes non-western rhythms and scales, be aware these are not simple pop songs, but deeply satisfying traditional folk music from the Balkans area. Come be transported in time and place to experience this spirited music!


Nevenka performing "Dragana," a Bulgarian song arranged by Filip Kutev about a singing contest between a girl (Dragana) and a nightingale. If the nightingale wins, he will cut Dragana's long hair, but if Dragana wins, she will cut the nightingale's wings. Dragana wins but spares the bird and says "It is enough for me to know that I have outsung a nightingale."

Posted by Nevenka on Thursday, June 6, 2013

Our usual venue, Beckman Institute Auditorium, is closed for renovations this summer, plus Nevenka would never fit in there, so we’ll be holding this show in the larger Ramo Auditorium, which is located at the southern end of Baxter, the eastern building of the two identical buildings on either side of the “Beckman Mall”, the grassy area south of the round, white Beckman Auditorium. If you know where Beckman Institute is, we’ll have signs leading you to Ramo, and if you don’t, check out this map, find building 77 and Ramo is at the bottom end. The round map on this page might help you visualize the building better. In this larger hall, a sold out show is unlikely.

Tickets: $25 / $5 for Caltech students and children

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. They can be purchased on the phone (626-395-4652) with a credit card (a service charge will be added per order), purchased at the Caltech Public Events Ticket Office in the Spalding Building (California Blvd. and Wilson Avenue) for face value (open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm.), or purchased at the door for cash or check. At Ramo Auditorium, you can pay for tickets on the night of the show by credit card. Online tickets are available here. You can join our mailing list and you’ll be informed about all of our shows!

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Here’s a bit about parking if you haven’t been to one of our shows for awhile:  There will be the usual limited parking right behind the large Beckman Auditorium- It is OK to park in slots with names on weekends and evenings, but the lot may fill up, depending on what other events may be taking place on the Caltech campus.  This is the best place to park for the handicapped (try to come a little early- email us at if you need help planning your visit). The parking lots between Michigan and Wilson have been closed- a new building is rapidly rising at the southeast corner of Wilson and Del Mar.  The most reliable parking will be on Wilson Avenue, either on the street or in the two parking structures just south of Del Mar Avenue, across the street from Beckman Institute.   One structure is just north of the Institute at 341 S. Wilson Avenue, and the other, 405 S. Wilson, is just a bit south of the Institute.   Rest assured that after 5PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you can park for free in these structures, despite signs that allude to the more restricted parking rules during the day on weekdays.   You are permitted to park in slots that have names on them here as well.  From the structures, walk around the big lawn (much of which is currently fenced in for the building projet to the north) in front of Beckman Institute and you will recognize where to go.  On this map, we are suggesting that you park in structures #123 and #124 in the upper left. Beckman Institute is building #74, just to the east (right).