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Village Harmony

2 July 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church in Rutland

Sunday June 30, 3:00 pm at South Hero Congregational Church
Monday July 1, 7:30 pm in Sheldon at Grace Church
Tuesday, July 2, 7:30 pm at Rutland Unitarian Church, 117 West Street
Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 pm in Woodstock at North Universalist Church
Thursday, July 4, 7:00 pm in Putney at Next Stage, (over in time for Brattleboro fireworks)

Suggested admission at the door is sliding scale $5-$15. For information visit www.villageharmony.org

The twenty-four brilliant teen singers from eight states plus Bosnia are led by Larry Gordon, Sinead O’Mahoney and Scott Sexton. The three teens from Bosnia-Hercegovina participated in the Village Harmony singing camp in Bosnia the previous summer, and Village Harmony has provided them scholarhip to participate in this program. The concert includes an eclectic mix of traditional songs from South Africa, Ghana, Bosnia, Georgia, Corsica and Galician Spain, American shape-note and gospel songs, and a French baroque psalm setting, Nisi Dominus by Antoine Charpentier. Ensemble members will accompany some songs on fiddles, flute and keyboard. Natalie Brierre, a Village Harmony alumna who has been living in Galicia in northwest Spain for the past three years will lead several Galician songs with dynamic rhythmic accompaniment by a chorus of tambourines.

Each Village Harmony ensemble develops its own unique sound with a different team of leaders. All share common traits: a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres appropriate to the ethnic and traditional music; and a visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyful celebration of music. Village Harmony, a non-profit, umbrella organization based in Vermont, promotes the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. For more than twenty years, they have organized teen ensembles each summer in New England and ensembles for mixed-age and adult singers in numerous foreign countries.

Larry Gordon, founder and co-director of Village Harmony, brings broad experience in New England and ethnic vocal ensemble traditions, in baroque music and in folk dance. Through extensive travel, he has developed an international network of relationships with people who conserve, perform, and teach these traditions. Scott Sexton is vocal music director at St. Paul’s School in Jackson Mississippi, and also conductor of the select, statewide Mississippi Girls Choir. He has led several school trips to Ghana and participated in Village Harmony camps in Macedonia and twice in Bosnia. Sinead O-Mahoney has performed with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony for ten years. Now in her third summer of leading Village Harmony camps, she is also assistant conductor of the Boston area world music choir Boston Harmony.