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A Cappella Concert

  • First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton 120 Main Street East Hampton United States (map)


Northern Harmony, an ensemble of nine brilliant young singers based in Vermont, presents a concert of world harmony traditions on Saturday, October 5.

The group will also lead a singing workshop that afternoon from 3-5 pm open to any interested singers. In this workshop they will teach a selection of songs from their repertoire in different genres. With the Northern Harmony singers helping to lead each vocal part the teaching is particularly efficient and rewarding. There will be a potluck supper between the workshop and concert.

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under the umbrella of the world music organization Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world. All the singers in the present ensemble are veterans of many years of Village Harmony singing programs. Most of them have studied traditional singing styles first hand with native teachers in South Africa, Corsica and Caucasus Georgia, and some are singing leaders in their own right.

Everyone is welcome.

October 5th, Saturday

Workshop 3:00-5:00 pm, Session House

Suggested Donation: $15, Students: $5

Concert 7:00 pm Church Sanctuary

Suggested Donation: $15, Students: $5

Please R.S.V.P to Jane Hastay, Music Director: or 631-332-2550.

Their program presents a thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica, and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel. South Africa has a particularly powerful and appealing folk harmony singing tradition, with a resonant vocal sound, and wonderfully syncopated rhythm. The singing is always accompanied by dancing, with the rhythm of the dance movements often in counterpoint to the song. Georgia’s ancient three-part harmony singing tradition features a dark, sonorous vocal quality, and startling harmonies, unlike anything in European music. Traditional Corsican singing, passed down through oral tradition, features two highly ornamented upper voices over a more sustained harmonic bass. Northern Harmony also performs a wide variety of village music from the Balkan countries. This music features the characteristic bright, “hard-voiced” Balkan vocal timbre, with dissonant harmonies frequently based on drones, and irregular dance meters in 7, 9 and 11. Finally, the program will include a number of new compositions in shape-note style.

For further information visit the Northern Harmony website:

Earlier Event: October 5
A Cappella Workshop