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, October 25, 2023

Twist and Crawl: A Young@Heart Dance Jam with Special Guests

Young@Heart dons their dance shoes on November 19th as they shake a tail feather with some very special guests. The Academy of Music will be bumping and jumping with the diverse dance styles including Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Irish Step, Cumbia, Mambo and more. Featuring songs by Tito Puentes, Robbie Robertson and the Band, Macy Gray, Rihanna, the English Beat and so many more.

The chorus members are backed by legendary lo
cal musicians including Mark Gionfriddo on piano, Joe Boyle on guitar, Chris Haynes on accordion, Billy Arnold on drums, JJ O’Connell on percussion, Jim Armenti on bass and Tom Mahnken on saxophone.

The chorus members come from Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties and are truly a regional chorus. They celebrated their 40th Anniversary last year, a history that includes over 30 international tours, a highly acclaimed documentary film (now showing on Hulu), work with prison choruses that we founded, collaborations with some of the finest youth choruses in the country, many performances with the SciTech Band out of Springfield and a New England/Boston Emmy that they were awarded for their 40th Anniversary concert film. The average age of the chorus members is 85 and the minimum age to join is 75.

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