Village Harmony

Northern Harmony

Led by Larry Gordon and based in central Vermont, Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the Village Harmony umbrella. Since 1993 they have toured and performed widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim.

Not a permanent year-round group, the ensemble is constituted specifically for each extended performing tour (typically 7-10 weeks) or shorter term project. The singers include some of the most talented veterans of other Village Harmony performing ensembles. Many of the members have sung with Village Harmony since their young teens, and most have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Bulgaria, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia.

Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles, from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian “hard voice” to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre, from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound to a delicate, pure, early music timbre.  In their workshops the Northern Harmony singers help to teach and lead all the vocal parts, which makes the teaching particularly efficient and rewarding.

Northern Harmony’s Fall 2019 American Tour included workshops and performances at schools and communities in New England, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. The concert program presented a thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, contemporary American shape-note songs, Appalachian ballads, and renaissance pieces.

Members of the 2019 tour were Larry Gordon, Willy Clemetson, Luke Linich,  Stella Green Sanderson, Avery Martin, Katie Moynihan,  Anna Peel, Emma Rothman, Sarina Partridge, and Emily Verrier

 Fall 2019 Northern Harmony Itinerary

Sunday, September 22, 7 PM – Plainfield, VT
Friends Meeting, Martin Meadow, Plainfield
Tuesday, September 24,  7 PM – Greensboro, VT
Highland Center for the Arts
Wednesday, September 25, 7 PM – Montpelier, VT
Chirst Church, Upstairs Taplin Auditorium
Thursday, September 26, 7:30 PM – Guilford, VT
Guilford Community Church
Saturday, September 28,8 PM – Concord, MA
Masonic Lodge, Monument Square
Sunday, September 29 – Hillsdale, NY
Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Road
3-5 PM folk dancing, 7 PM Concert
Tuesday, October 1, 7 PM, Newton, MA
Grace Church, 76 Eldredge St.
Wednesday, October 2, 7 PM – New York City
Grace Church School, High School Division, 46 Cooper Square
Saturday, October 5, East Hampton, NY
First Presbyterian Church, 120 Main St.
3-5 PM singing workshop, 7 PM Concert Info: 631-324-0711
Sunday, October 6 – Cold Spring Harbor, NY
St John’s Episcopal Church, 1670 NY-25A,
1:30-2:30 Shape-note Sing, 3:00 Concert. Info: 516 692-6368 ext.3
Saturday, October 12 – Minneapolis, MN
House Concert/Workshop – 3144 Park Ave S.
2-3 PM Workshop, 3 PM concert.  Reservations: sarina.partridge@gmail.com
Sunday, October 13 – Viroqua, WI
3-5 PM Workshop, 7 PM Concert
The Ark Center for the Arts, 401 E. Jefferson St. Info: 515-450-3636
Monday, October 14, 7PM – Madison WI
Gates of Heaven Synagogue, 302 E Gorham St. info: 608-695-1322
Tuesday, October 15, 6-7 PM Workshop – Madison WI
Gates of Heaven Synagogue, 302 E Gorham St.
Contra dance following
Thursday, October 17, 7 PM – Chicago IL
First Unitarian Church, Hyde Park, 5650 S Woodlawn Ave.
Joint concert with Chicago Children’s Choir Neighborhood Ensembles
Info: 603-858-5418
Suggested admission at the door varies locally but mostly sliding scale $15-$5

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