Marlboro College presents a renowned world music choir

Northern Harmony to perform Wednesday

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MARLBORO — Northern Harmony, the unique world music choir based in Vermont, is coming to Marlboro after their European tour for a performance on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., in Ragle Hall at Marlboro College. The company of 16 singers includes Marlboro student Clayton Clemetson '19. Admission at the door is $15, and free for Marlboro students.

The singers of Northern Harmony present a mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, and renaissance motets. Through 17 European tours since 1993, Northern Harmony has won a wide reputation for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and timbres appropriate to these different traditions.

Northern Harmony's performance at Marlboro is near the very end of a two-and-a-half month 2017 tour which included the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, and the northeastern United States. Along the way they have given workshops for schools and choirs, performed concerts, and played at ceilidhs or other traditional music gatherings.

Northern Harmony, led by Larry Gordon, is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world music organization Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world. The singers are primarily seasoned young graduates of Village Harmony singing programs. Most of them have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Bulgaria, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia, and many are also accomplished singing leaders in their own right.

For more information visit the Northern Harmony website villageharmony.org.


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