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Internationally Acclaimed Young At Heart Chorus To Perform Free At SC

April 19, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 19, 2004 -- "Young at HeartLive and Well," will be a performance of rock and roll classics by the Young at Heart Chorus, the internationally acclaimed swinging senior citizens, in Springfield College’s Appleton Auditorium of Fuller Arts Center, Saturday, May 1, 2004, at 8 p.m.

The Young at Heart Chorus is a Northampton-based group of 25 musical elders who inspired one London reviewer to dub their performance, “the best night out of the year." At Springfield College, they will perform selections from "Road to Heaven," the production that generated rave reviews throughout Europe and in Canada, as well as at home, and will premier work from their new show, "Road to Nowhere."

The Young at Heart Chorus repertoire is replete with such rock and roll classics as Dylan's "Forever Young," and the Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime." Phil Ochs “Changes," as well as contemporary songs from Radiohead and U2, takes on surprising new layers of meaning when sung by older adults.

A six-piece band including saxophone, violin, guitar, piano, accordion, and snore drum, will accompany the chorus, whose members’ average age is 76. The presentation will be open to the public free of charge as part of Springfield College's annual William Simpson Fine Arts series of visual and performing arts events. More information is available from Christopher Haynes, assistant professor of music, at (413) 748-3277.

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