We Did It! We Reached Our Goal! Thank you!
The Y@H Prison Project Begins Thanks to Your Generous Support
We're launching The Young@Heart Prison Project, a series of rehearsals and concerts in 3 prisons which will be recorded for a new live-from-prison album featuring Young@Heart singing with inmates.
Our goal is to foster a sense of hope among inmates, to provide them with an inspiring and transformative creative outlet, and to demonstrate that it's never too late to begin anew. Thanks to the wonderful support of 395 individual donors, we reached and then surpassed our goal of $25,000 finishing with a total of $26,380 in donations raised between October 15th and November 15th to fund this project.
In 2006, the Young@Heart Chorus performed at the Hampshire County House of Correction. The concert was filmed as part of the award winning Fox Searchlight film Young@Heart. Newsweek film critic David Ansen picked the scene as his favorite cultural movie moment of the year. It was ours, too. We will return this year to make music with the inmates not just perform for them. Rehearsals with inmates will lead to 3 Y@H concerts for inmates, staff, and family visitors at all 3 facilities. The concerts will be filmed and recorded for a new live album.
Rehearsals have already begun. The concerts will occur in spring 2015. The album is slated for release in summer 2015. We will continue to update you all as the project develops. The process of discovery each week at rehearsal with the inmates and chorus members has proven deeply rewarding, inspiring, and transformative. It's wonderful to witness these men open up and share their soul, their lived experience and emotions through song together.
Thank you so very much for your generous support. We are thrilled to continue this work.
The Young@Heart Chorus
If you're interested in bringing Y@H to your town please check our booking page. We typically perform in fully equipped theaters, as this is a show that relies on theatrical elements. We are also now offering open rehearsals at your facility in Western Massachusetts. Learn more here. We look forward to exploring opportunities with you via email. Please drop us a line.
The mission of the Young@Heart Chorus is to present a unique and positive image of aging through the creation of originally staged musical and theater performances that incorporate songs not commonly sung by older Americans. Young@Heart provides a not-for-profit musical outlet for the elderly of Western Massachusetts in the form of vocal concerts and/or stage presentations. Young At Heart Chorus Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.