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    Youth ensemble brings world music to Rockport

    In Salem, Fabergé treasures (from top): 1903 Peter the Great and 1912 Czarevitch Easter Eggs, and a silver rabbit with eyes that, when pushed, summoned table service with an electric bell.
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    In Salem, Fabergé treasures (from top): 1903 Peter the Great and 1912 Czarevitch Easter Eggs, and a silver rabbit with eyes that, when pushed, summoned table service with an electric bell.

    IT’S A SMALL WORLD: Village Harmony, a youth world music singing ensemble, performs at First Congregational Church of Rockport on Sunday.

    The group is led by Patty Cuyler and Avery Book, and will be joined by special guest leaders Malkhaz Erkvanidze of Caucasus, Georgia, and Bulgarian singer Elitsa Stoineva.

    The program features traditional music from Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Corsica, and the United States.


    Village Harmony is a Vermont-based organization dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world.

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    Each summer it sponsors 10 ensembles, both in New England and in foreign countries, involving teen and adult singers.

    Each group develops its own sound with a different international team of leaders, but all share common traits: a natural vocal sound; a variety of vocal styles and timbres; and a vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a celebration of music.

    The four guest leaders of this ensemble bring experience and expertise in traditional music from many parts of the world.

    Cuyler, a co-director of the Village Harmony organization, has just co-published two new books and DVDs of traditional South African songs and dances, and has led multiple Village Harmony study camps in South Africa, Georgia, and Corsica.


    Book just returned from a three-week study and performance tour in Sardinia with his quartet Tenores de Aterúe, the only ensemble outside of Sardinia performing the traditional cantu a tenore style of harmony singing.

    Ekrvanidze, from Tbilisi, Georgia, is regarded as one of the foremost scholars, performers, and teachers of traditional Georgian music, and has toured widely with his ensembles Achiskhati and Sakhioba.

    Stoineva is an award-winning traditional singer from Bulgaria, currently studying and teaching in Maine, and is a master of singing styles from the different regions of her country.

    Village Harmony’s recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert.

    The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. Call 978-546-6638.


    ART ON THE FOURTH: Since its founding in 1962, it’s become a tradition for the Marblehead Festival of Arts to be held during the July Fourth holiday.

    The festival offers a range of art exhibits, including painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing; outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor; a film festival, writers’ festival, street festival, and children’s festival; an artisans’ marketplace, and many other cultural activities designed for families.

    The Marblehead Festival of Arts is run by an all-volunteer group, with more than 40 committees and several hundred volunteers.

    It operates year-round and relies solely on donations to fund its operations.

    The festival runs July 3 to July 7. For a calendar of events, visit

    AUTHOR’S CORNER: The summer book discussion series at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody kicks off at 7:30 p.m. July 1. The five-part series focuses on Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men” and is led by Harvard University professor Theoharis C. Theoharis. Books are available at the main library on a first-come, first-serve basis. Subsequent meetings are 7:30 p.m. July 15, July 29, Aug. 12, and Aug. 19. To register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Summertime,” an exhibit of work by members of the Swampscott Art Association, is at the Grosvenor Park Gallery in Salem Saturday through July 31. The public is invited to a reception 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, when prizes and ribbons are awarded . . . “Imaginations Unleashed,” an exhibit of work by Jean Curley and Bruce Wood,” is at The Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell from July 3 to July 28. A reception is 5 to 7 p.m. July 6. The show features an emerging series of watercolor paintings by Curley and a new collection of found object sculptures by Bruce Wood . . . More than 230 rare treasures created by the House of Fabergé between 1855 and 1916 are celebrated in a new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem through Sept. 29. “Fabergé Revealed” includes Imperial eggs, ruby-encrusted brooches, gold and diamond cigarette cases, enameled parasol handles, and carved stone animals. Items in “Fabergé Revealed” are drawn from the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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