Date(s) - 10/26/2018 - 10/28/2018
First Unitarian Society
(Tickets are required for this event. Information below.)
Blowing in from Vermont, four, powerful a cappella singers, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon, will make their first appearance in Ithaca with a concert and two vocal workshops, thanks to the Unitarian Society and Affiliated Choruses. Specializing in close harmonies, Windborne has vibrant energy, beautiful tone, and skill at engaging audiences as they tell stories about the music and explain the characteristics and stylistic elements of the diverse traditions in which they sing. Folk musicologist Mary DesRosiers acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.” Over the past 15 years, Windborne has studied with masters of traditional singing styles in the US and around the world. Vocal chameleons, their repertoire includes music from all over the globe, including the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Corsica, Lithuania, South Africa, Angola, Basque Country, and Quebec, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Their recent project, “Song on the Times,” brings centuries of social justice songs to bear on today’s struggles. They have performed extensively in the US and throughout the world with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, and the Renewal Chorus. In 2014, Windborne toured as musical ambassadors to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola with American Music Abroad, a program supported by the US Department of State. They have appeared at folk festivals and concert venues around New England and made a huge impression at the 2018 Dance Flurry and Old Songs Festivals in New York. Windborne has led workshops in schools, community centers, singing camps, and universities. Seasoned teachers and song-leaders, they delight and encourage people of all ages and levels of experience with their clear, skilled instruction and passion for group singing. Not to be missed! http://www.windbornesingers.com/
Windborne Concert 7:30 pm, Friday October 26, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT), 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca. Sponsored by FUSIT. Tickets $15 advance/$20 door. Children 12 and under free; teens and college students $10. Online tickets at http://www.cornellfolksong.org/events/index.html
Windborne Vocal Workshops Saturday, Oct. 27, Second Floor Annex at First Unitarian Ithaca (Buffalo St. entrance)
— 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Choral techniques (pure tone, resonance, authenticity in foreign languages). Sponsored by Affiliated Choruses of Ithaca ($20; registration 9:30 am or online http://acithaca.org/aci-fall-workshop/).
–12:45-2:15 pm: International and American folk songs and historic songs of social justice; all singers welcome. Sponsored by First Unitarian Society of Ithaca ($15 for workshop alone, or $25 for concert plus afternoon workshop).
Can’t make it to the Ithaca concert on Friday? Two more opportunities:
Windborne concert Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 pm, Golden Link Folksinging Society, Rochester Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield NY
Windborne concert Sunday, October 28 at 2pm, Valley Folk, Red Brick Church (United Methodist), 144 Cedar St., Corning, NY