By Ken Trainor
Village Harmony, a world music singing ensemble, comes to Pilgrim Church this Saturday, Aug. 16, as part of an 11-day concert tour of the Midwest. The group is led by directors Mollie Stone, Emily Miller and Gideon Crevoshay.
The ad-hoc ensemble consists of 21 teenage singers, age 12-18, from Chicago and New England who put together their concert program during an intensive week of rehearsal in southwest Michigan earlier this month. The program highlights the distinctive sounds of world music traditions ranging from American shape-note and Appalachian songs to music from Corsica, Sardinia and Caucasus Georgia, South African dance-songs and Renaissance music from Italy and France.
Now that's covering some ground.
This is Village Harmony's second summer tour in the Midwest. The umbrella organization, based in Vermont, is dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St. Suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.