Village Harmony - A Living History Concert
Sat., April 10, 1999, 8 PM, Holy Cross Church, 126 High St. Santa Cruz
On Saturday, April 10, at 8 PM, Village Harmony, a teen choir from Vermont,
will present an evening of choral music from the New England Shape Note
tradition as well as music from around the world. The concert will take
place at Holy Cross Church, 126 High Street in Santa Curz. Donations will
be gratefully accepted at the door or donation tickets are available at
Westside Stories, near the Mission Street Safeway in Santa Cruz. Call
457-2021 for tickets.
Village Harmony is a collaboration of young musicians, ages 13 and up,
based in Vermont This group is dynamic, joyous, and unfailingly musical,
and features an unusual and lively repertoire. They sing from memory with a
powerful, remarkably in tune, straight-toned sound. To watch Village
Harmony is almost as much fun as listening to them. Their informality and
the energy of their close-knit interaction communicates directly to the
audience. These teenagers are serious and passionate and are searching for
music and musical experience which is in some way transcendent.
Although a teenage group, Village Harmony has always featured American
shape-note and early New England singing school music and now, increasingly,
new shape-note style compositions by its members, introducing Village Harmony
participants to the intense fervor of the fasola singing community and
insuring its continuation . At the same time they find equal joy in many
other kinds of music: Balkan village music, early music (primarily
renaissance and early baroque sacred works), South African songs, gospel
and spirituals. In past years Village Harmony has performed on Garrison
Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and also at the Smithsonian Institution in
Washington, DC. Each year their spring tour takes them somewhere new where
without fail they are received as one of the most exciting young singing
groups of our time.
The Santa Cruz Shape Note Society will join Village Harmony for several
numbers during the concert.
For more information contact Shelley Phillips at (831) 426-9155 or
. The Living History Concert Series is sponsored by a
grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.
Tammy Heinsohn * tammycasa@...
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