The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Woodstock: The Performance Peace Meets a Night in Old San Juan
Special Guests: The Green Sisters
WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 3PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Tickets on sale now at or call the box office 413-584-9032 x105

Photo by Lynne Graves. Other photos upon request.
On October 21st, we present our 6th annual Mashup Concert. Young@Heart Chorus will be
joined on-stage by special guests Jesus Pagan Y Su Orquesta, and the Green Sisters. From
Woodstock to Old San Juan this Mashup will have you dancing in the aisles! That afternoon we
will also hold a Cold-weather Clothing/Toy Drive to benefit displaced families from Puerto Rico
and elsewhere (more info below).

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (2019), Young@Heart will do an opening
set of music from the iconic Woodstock album, but set in a very different context from hippies in the Catskills. Young@Heart has built our reputation on surprising audiences with unexpected work. Our extensive international touring continued in May with a tour of Holland. We were the singers in E*Trade’s popular “This is Getting Old” ad from this past season's Super Bowl. Since 2014, we’ve conducted weekly rehearsals with the incarcerated in our local prisons. And we were the subjects of the Fox Searchlight indie film Young@Heart, which to this day ranks as one of the Top 50 most viewed documentaries of all time.

This year Young@Heart is honored to share the stage with Jesus Pagan Y Su Orquesta, a fabulous 12-piece salsa band of all-star Latin musicians from Puerto Rico, New York, and New England, who will perform a second set of all original material. Jesus, some of his musicians, and the Green Sisters will join in on Young@Heart's take of Woodstock while Young@Heart will accompany Jesus and his orchestra on a few of their tunes in the second set. The orchestra's leader and vocalist, Jesus Pagan, was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. He grew up in a musical family playing aquinaldos, bomba, plenas, boleros and his first love -- salsa. He has since shared the stage with such Latin music legends as Cheo Feliciano, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, and Tito Nieves, among others. He’s released 5 albums, received accolades at the Grammys and Latin Grammys, numerous Artist-of-the-Year awards and was the Grand Marshall of the Puerto Rican parade in Holyoke in 2016. Some of his greatest musical moments include singing with salsa superstar Gilberto Santa Rosa at a sold-out Carnegie Hall in 2013 and singing lead with Orquesta Dicupe at the Macarena Arena in Medellin, Colombia in front of 20,000 salsa fans.

Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, the Green Sisters have had a deep love of
music from birth. They’ve been playing venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly
for three years and have garnered quite a following. It’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes; they bounce their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can. Their debut album, “Endless Blue” was released in June 2018 and has been called “a familial gem” (the Valley Advocate), while Sheryl Hunter of the Greenfield Recorder wrote: “As soon as the disc opens...we are already won over; instantly captivated by the sisters’ gorgeous vocals.” The four gals jump easily from bluegrass to barbershop to blues to Celtic to originals of all styles.

Clothing and Toy Drive
As an arts organization, Young@Heart wants to do more than provide entertainment. We are
committed to improving and enriching the lives of our community’s most vulnerable members.
The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico is later this month.
We are constantly reminded of how dire the situation in Puerto Rico has been and continues to
be, and we are aware that the Pioneer Valley is a major destination for recently displaced families from the island. For example, Springfield enrolled 590 new students within four months of the hurricane, according to Superintendant of Schools Lydia Martinez. In concert with community partners, Young@Heart will be collecting donated cold-weather jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, and kids toys from our fans for these families at our Mashup Concert on October 21st at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. It will be an afternoon of incredible music and joy to share with these families.

Donated items should be unwrapped and in very good or “like new” condition. All sizes, male
and female, are appreciated. Those not attending the concert are still urged to drop off their
donations at the Academy of Music Theatre at 274 Main St, Northampton on the afternoon of
the show in the large donation boxes at the entrances. Donations can also be dropped off at The
Northampton Senior Center at 67 Conz St, Northampton between 8-5pm Mon-Fri.

Greenfield Savings Bank, Lathrop Communities, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Valley Advocate,
93.9 The River, WHMP, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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