Village Harmony Teen Ensemble July concerts in Vermont


Village Harmony’s third summer teen world music ensemble led by Will Thomas Rowan, Carl Linich and Natalie Nowytzki, presents seven Vermont performances, all at 7:30 p.m.:

On July 18 they will be performing in Guilford at the Community Church, 802-426-3210.

For the rest of July they will be performing in these locations around Vermont:

July 20 - Norwich, St Barnabas Church, 802-426-3210; July 21 - Bridgewater, Grange Hall, 802-672-1797; July 26 - Newport, Newport United Church, 802-723-4137; July 27 - Newark, Newark Church, 802-467-3555; July 28- Burlington,College Street Congregational Church, 802- 426-3210; and July 29 - Montpelier, Unitarian Church, (802) 426-3210.

The group includes 14 brilliant teen singers ages 12-18, from six states. The program includes traditional songs from Eastern Europe, Georgia, the Baltic States, and the Mediterranean coast of France, as well as a number of Rowan’s compositions. Suggested admission at the door is is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 802-426-3210 or the local number listed.

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.

Carl Linich is perhaps America’s foremost teacher and performer of traditional Georgian music. He lived in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi for ten years and studied and collaborated with many of the most respected singing masters in the country. He has a repertoire of hundreds of songs, both sacred and secular, from Georgia’s many provinces.

Natalie Nowytski, a first-generation Ukrainian-American and native of Minnesota, sings in nearly 20 distinct vocal styles and plays a dozen folk and classical instruments. Classically trained by her grandmother, the legendary vocal coach Oksana Bryn, Natalie also traveled to Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France and Ukraine to study culture and folk music from professional and village singers. She will be leading a selection of folk songs from Bulgaria, Latvia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. She will also present folk-informed original compositions, including a piece featuring some of her Ukrainian great-grandmother’s poetry.

Will Thomas Rowan is a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the Windborne Trio, made up of Village Harmony alumni. He is also an award-winning composer who writes everything from ballads to symphonies. Will co-directs a community chorus in Keene, NH and is a regular guest teacher and performer for Revels North. He has travelled twice to Corsica with Village Harmony, where his fascination with Mediterranean polyphony began. He has since been independently studying the music of Occitania, a linguistic region that spans most of the south of France.

Village Harmony’s many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert, including two brand new albums: The Best of Village Harmony 2011-2013, and Treasures of Grace, the newest CD of the touring ensemble Northern Harmony.



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