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Monday, April 12, 2010

Starry Mountain Singers

The Starry Mountain Singers, a world music vocal ensemble specializing in sacred and secular singing traditions from Georgia, Bulgaria, Corisca, and the United States will present a concert Tuesday, April 13 (tonight!) at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary at St. John's. The group's members are all lifelong musicians who share a deep love of traditional vocal styles and a dedication to studying and performing them.

The Starry Mountain Singers have toured extensively with the Vermont-based world-music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, where they received an introduction to traditional songs and singing styles from around the world. Members of the ensemble have worked with Meredith Monk and the Revels International; have performed on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage; and include three members of the Brooklyn-based country band The Sweetback Sisters.

The American repertoire on tonights's concert includes shape-note songs (a traditional new England song style), powerful gospel numbers, and haunting folk tunes from Appalachia.

The Georgian, Corsican, and Bulgarian songs are a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that deomonstrate the incredible range of unique singing traditions from those countries. Each member has contributed songs from his or her particular area of musical knowledge and expertise, resulting in a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight world-music fans and lovers of choral performance.

Suggested donation, $12 general or $5 for students.

For more information, call (917) 862-9106.

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