The Vienna Union Hall will present for the third year the a cappella voices of Village Harmony, a group of young people from around the world. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Union Hall in Vienna.

The 25 teen singers will present a program of traditional and composed music from Latin America, traditional songs from Lithuania and Corsica, American shape-note songs, sea chanties, lullabies and songs for social change, and Rowan’s and Wilsons original compositions.

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 10 ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving 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.

Special guest Carlos Jurado, from Pasto, Colombia, will return for his second summer as a Village Harmony camp leader. He will lead a variety of works from different parts of Latin America, all featuring syncopated rhythms often accompanied by percussion. In his seventh year as a Village Harmony leader, Will Rowan is a composer and is presently in the masters program for choral conducting at Bard College. He tours internationally with the vocal quartet Windborne and has particular interest in traditional singing from Lithuania. Heidi Wilson is an inspirational singing leader with a passion for sharing songs inspired by and in service to community and the natural world.

Other concerts in Maine are in Newcastle and Belfast. Suggested admission at the door is on a sliding scale of $5-$15.

For more information call 293-2674, 495-2928 or email [email protected].


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