MassConcerts Presents:Young@Heart Chorus
Young@Heart is an entertainment group composed at present of people at least 70 years of age. Some have prior professional theater or music experience, others have performed at the amateur level, and some have no experience whatsoever. They are particularly noted for their unconventional covers of rock, punk, and other modern pop music songs. A 2008 British documentary followed their preparation for a concert in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts.
When Bob Cilman and Judith Sharpe organized the Young@Heart in 1982, all of the members lived in an elderly housing project called the Walter Salvo House. That first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of the members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16-year-old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War. Main was a stand-up comic who at 88 told jokes that only she could get away with.
The current performers in Young@Heart range in age from 73 to 89. None was part of the original group that formed in 1982, but all have kept alive the spirit of the early pioneers and continue to push the group into glorious new directions.
Please note that the mezzanine and first and second balcony sections of the Berklee Performance Center are accessible by staircase only.