Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world.
Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world.

Village Harmony, the unique and lively Vermont-based youth world music singing ensemble, is presenting nine Midwest concerts June 29-July 7.

They will perform Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 at the UCC Church, 209 W Broadway in Decorah (just behind the courthouse). They also offer a community sing, open to all, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the same location, at which songs from around the world will be taught and sung.

The concert program features authentic choral music from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Corsica, the Occitan region of southern France and the U.S., plus a set of Renaissance motets. All are welcome to attend; donations are appreciated at a suggested rate of $5-$15. Donations to the food pantry are also welcomed.

For more information call Liz Rog of Songtown, 563-382-8013.

The teen singers of Village Harmony summer camps have been traveling and performing in New England and an ever-widening swath of the globe since the organization's founding in 1990, participating in cultural exchanges and delighting audiences with their heart-felt renditions of folk music from around the world. This tour, however, is the first that Village Harmony has sponsored in the Midwest.

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 Village Harmony sponsors ten or more 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 recordings and songbooks are available for sale at these concerts.