Village Harmony, the lively Vermont-based youth world music singing ensemble, will bring this summer’s second concert series to town Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. at First Church UCC, 8 Court St. The group also will perform Saturday, July 9 at Newcastle’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. Each summer they sponsor 10 ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving both teen and adult singers. Led by ethnic music specialists John Harrison, Natalie Nowytski and Olga Velitchkina, the two dozen bold and talented singers perform high energy gospel and jazz arrangements and traditional music from the Balkans, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia.

Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information about the Belfast concert, call 899-8234.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to