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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Young@Heart + Chicago Children's Choir = Mash-Up VII

WHAT: Mash-Up VII: The Young@Heart Chorus (Y@H) and Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC)
WHEN: Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton MA

The Young@Heart Chorus (Y@H) and Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) team up once again for Mash-Up VII on Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30PM at the Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton MA. Tickets are available at or by calling the Academy box office at 4134-230-9032 ext. 102

Y@H and the CCC close the generation gap in Mash-Up VII. The choruses are world renown for their commitment to changing lives through music, albeit from different stages of life. The Choruses will sing separately and together. Together they will explore music from Matisyahu to the Specials and Manhattan Transfer to Chicago’s own, Sly and the Family Stone...and much more.

"One Day" w/ Y@H and CCC from 2014

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir of Chicago Children’s Choir is one of the shining lights of the South Side of Chicago. CCC Director Mollie Stone, who attended Amherst College, describes the impact of the collaboration:

“When our Chicago Children’s Choir Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir toured to Northampton, Massachusetts in 2014 to collaborate with Young@Heart, our singers’ lives were transformed. For the first time, they realized that the powerful experience of singing together and creating community within the context of an ensemble was a gift they could share for their entire lives. They started to understand that their music- making truly functioned as a way to create community with people from any background, any age, and any part of the world. Our singers had been performing for their elders at senior centers around Chicago for years, but had never had the chance to see their elders as fellow performers, and collaborators. Witnessing an entire ensemble of elderly singers coming together to sing music from genres that are usually perceived as belonging to the “younger generation” also gave our singers an important understanding that one can cross the imagined boundaries imposed on us by society—that they have the ability to learn about any type of music, and connect with the people who love it, and perform it.”

Mash-Up VII is sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank, Lathrop Communities, Christopher Heights, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Valley Advocate, The River/WHMP, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mass Cultural Council, and the Davis Foundation.

Poster attached. Photos furnished upon Request.

For more information please contact Bob Cilman or call 413-230- 7909.

Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is the nation’s preeminent youth choral organization, serving over 5,000 students across the city of Chicago. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs driven by one mission: to inspire and change lives through music.

As a national and international touring ensemble, Chicago Children’s Choir has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, South Africa, India, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Canada, Japan and Europe and for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.

CCC has performed with or for such acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Al Green, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Celine Dion, Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé. CCC has recorded on multiple labels including James Ginsburg’s Cedille Records (Songs from Spoon River, 2009) and has released five studio recordings under its own label– We All Live Here (2016), Holiday

Harmony (2010), Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Sita Ram (2006) and Open Up Your Heart (2004).

What started out in 1982 at a Western Massachusetts elderly housing project to joyfully pass the time instead of passing before your time has developed into the stereotype- defying, generation-crossing musical extravaganza better known as The Young@Heart Chorus. From The New York Times to TIME, The Tonight Show to The Ellen Show and stars of the Fox Searchlight Top 50 all-time documentary, Young@Heart, this group of fearless seniors, ranging in age from 73- 92, has toured from Northampton to New Zealand, Europe to Japan. Featured in E*Trade’s acclaimed Super Bowl ad This Is Getting Old (2018), Young@Heart continues to wow audiences worldwide while conducting weekly rehearsals and concerts with incarcerated singers in two local prisons through their PrisonVision program launched in 2014. In their annual Mash-Up concerts, they collaborate with the best youth performance groups, including Staten Island’s PS22 Chorus, Chicago Children’s Choir, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

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