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Village Harmony Teen Ensemble Presents Summer Concert Program

Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble Session Two presents their summer concert program:

Friday, July 12

7:30 pm

Suggested admission at the door is sliding scale $5-$15.

Twenty-five brilliant teen singers from four states plus France are led by Heidi Wilson, Gideon Crevoshay, and Avery Book. The concert includes an eclectic mix of traditional and new songs from the Republic of Georgia, Sweden, Corsica, Sardinia, Appalachia, songs of struggle and resilience, and Heidi Wilson's originalcompositions. The ensemble will also be singing several songs from South America that they learned from special guest teacher Sophya Ramirez, who hails from Colombia and lives in Ecuador.

Each Village Harmony ensemble develops its own unique sound with a different team of leaders. All share common traits: a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres appropriate to the ethnic and traditional music; and a visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyful celebration of music. Village Harmony, a non-profit, umbrella organization based in Vermont, promotes the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. For more than twenty years, they have organized teen ensembles each summer in New England and ensembles for mixed-age and adult singers in numerous foreign countries. Heidi Wilson is a singer-songwriter and songleader. She will share original compositions and folk songs by and in service to community and the natural world; songs that celebrate the seasons, offer thanks and praise, lull babies to sleep, muster courage, and make room for healing. Gideon Crevoshay, born in the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, grew up singing and traveling with Village Harmony around the globe. He will teach from his repertoire of traditional and ancient forms of singing from the U.S., Caucasus, and Mediterranean, exploring the wisdom contained within these traditions and how they can inform present ideas of music making and community. Vermont-based songleader and community organizer Avery Book will teach traditional songs from the island of Sardinia and from Caucasus Georgia, and songs from U.S. social movements.

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