Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble, led by Larry Gordon and Gideon Crevoshay, presents the last of a series of five performances in Brattleboro on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m. at Center Congregational Church. The other four performances will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m. at Greensboro United Church; Sunday, Jan. 3, 4 p.m. in Montpelier at Christ Church, 4 State St.;
Monday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. in Burlington at First Congregational Church, 38 South Winooski; and Tuesday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m. at Tinmouth Community Church.
Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors.
This unique world music vocal ensemble includes 14 college-aged and young adult Village Harmony veterans, many of whom have sung and traveled with Village Harmony for many years. The program features songs and dances from South Africa, American shape-note songs, quartet gospel and contemporary compositions, traditional songs from Corsica and the Balkans, Spanish renaissance works by Guerrero, and contemporary pieces by Estonian composer Urmas Sisask.
Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. Each summer they sponsor ten ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving both teen and adult singers. Each group develops its own unique sound with a different international team of leaders, but all share common traits: a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres, as appropriate to the many varieties of ethnic and traditional music; and the visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyous celebration of music.
Village Harmony's many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert.
For more information call 802-426-3210.