You & I and the Music

You & I and the Music

Do you know what it would mean to miss the Village Voices, Harmony Grits and Fearringtones concert in the Barn, May 7 at 7:30 pm just because you don’t have a seat? Avoid endless rue. Buy a Patron ticket in advance. Sit in front. Nibble nibblies, sip wine, all for a mere $18 per person. Bring checks made out to Village Voices to Sandy Kelley, 547 Weathersfield, 919-542-6750 starting at 8:00 am, Tuesday April 15. First come first served.

vv1For their Spring Concert in the Fearrington Barn, the men and women of the Village Voices and Harmony Grits are now refining a choral repertoire of show, pop, jazz, and folk songs that have either “I” or “you” — or both — in the title. Styles range from “All the Things You Are” (Jerome Kerns and Oscar Hammerstein 1939) from the musical Very Warm for May to the jazzy “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?” (Alter & DeLange), performed by Louis Armstrong and Billy Holiday in the post- WWII movie New Orleans.



Most of the numbers are American in origin; one is French: the tune and the original French lyrics of “I Wish You Love” (Albert Beach) were written in 1942 by Charles Trenet and became the theme in the soundtrack of Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés 1968), whose title came from Trenet’s lyrics.

Trying new styles of singing is a hallmark of the combined community choruses of Fearrington. Each season they challenge themselves to learn unfamiliar songs or fresh arrangements of old favorites. This spring is no exception. By the time of the concert they expect to offer another Barn audience accomplished performances of all the “You & I” songs they are now practicing.