Winter Clothing and Toy Drive for local displaced families from Puerto Rico & Elsewhere

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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 just passed. 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 is collecting donated cold-weather jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, and kids toys from our fans for these families, our new neighbors, at our Mashup Concert on October 21 at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton. Donations can also be dropped off between now and October 21 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St in Northampton Mon-Fri 8-5pm and at Greenfield Savings Bank's Northampton King St, Hadley Rt 9, and Amherst University Drive branches.

Donated items should be clean, 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 from 2-5pm on Oct 21 in the large truck stationed at the entrance, or at our other drop-off locations between now and Oct 21. Volunteers will be there to assist. For more information about the clothing drive, please email Mark Guglielmo admin@youngatheartchorus.com

Mashup VI: Woodstock meets Old San Juan

 Young@Heart’s Norm Moreau, Rosalie Moreau, Anita Shumway and Byron Ricketts Jr. talk shop with Jesus Pagan. Photo by Lynne Graves.

Young@Heart’s Norm Moreau, Rosalie Moreau, Anita Shumway and Byron Ricketts Jr. talk shop with Jesus Pagan. Photo by Lynne Graves.

YOUNG@HEART in MASHUP VI with JESUS PAGAN Y SU ORQUESTA
Woodstock: The Performance Peace Meets a Night in Old San Juan
Special Guests: The Green Sisters

Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 3PM
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060
Purchase tickets online
or call the box office 413-584-9032 x105

On October 21st, we present our 6th annual Mashup Concert. Young@Heart 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 here).

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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. 

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.

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Sprouting from a small farm in rural Massachusetts, The Green Sisters have garnered quite a following over the past three years. 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. Valley Advocate called it "a familial gem" while 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.

Winter Clothing & 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 just passed. 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.

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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. Donations can also be dropped off between now and Oct 21 at the Northampton Senior Center at 67 Conz St in Northampton between 8-5pm Mon-Fri and at Greenfield Savings Bank's Northampton King St, Hadley Rt 9, and Amherst University Drive branches.

Donated items should be clean, 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, 274 Main St in Northampton from 2-5pm on the afternoon of the show October 21 in the large truck. Volunteers will be there to assist. For more information about the clothing drive, please email admin@youngatheartchorus.com

Sponsors

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

Chorus tours The Netherlands and Belgium

Belgian national television station VRT profiled the Young@Heart before the Chorus' last show in Aalst, Belgium on our most recent Netherlands/Belgium 2018 tour, which included 5 shows, 4 in the Netherlands and 1 in Belgium (Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht; Wilmink Theater, Enschede; Operadagen Rotterdam; Zuiderstrandtheater, Den Haag, Netherlands; De Werft, Aalst, Belgium).

Watch the clip here.

After a rocky start that found 3 chorus members in Rotterdam's Sint Francis Hospital Emergency Room at the same time, which caused them all to miss the first concert, everyone rebounded quickly and went on to have the entire cast for the remainder of the tour.

The audiences were enthusiastic and drank us all under the tables after the shows. Eleven of the singers were traveling internationally with the Young@Heart for the first time. Presented by JG Baggerman and Lucienne van der Mijle of Amsterdam's Global Performing Arts Group, who also brought the Chorus to Europe back in 2013, this tour included an outdoor concert in Rotterdam, a fabulous banquet in Bierhandel De Pijp, Rotterdam's oldest restaurant dating back to 1898, a tour of Ann Frank's house in Amsterdam and a wonderful visit to the Boijmans Museum.

Photos from the tour by Lucienne van der Mijle.

Young@Heart in Super Bowl Ad

You may be wondering who was singing the vocals in the E*TRADE This is Getting Old ad during the Super Bowl. If you guessed the Young@Heart Chorus you would be correct. The Young@Heart was approached by MullenLowe advertising agency in late October for the job and worked closely with them and film directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, whose credits include "Little Miss Sunshine", "Battle of the Sexes", and numerous music videos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

View the 30 second Super Bowl ad here

The ad, which played in the 2nd quarter of the game, has been well received making top ten lists in USA Today, CNN and many others. Whoopi Goldberg called it her favorite Super Bowl ad on ABC's "The View" here.

The audio portion of the ad was produced by Los Angeles-based music collective Beta Petrol. Young@Heart's vocals were recorded by Dan Richardson on a mobile studio rig at Young@Heart's rehearsal space and by Beta Petrol personnel at SpiritHouse Studios in Northampton. Watch the 60 second ad here.

Check out Chorus Member John Rinehart singing in an early demo recording session for the ad at a Young@Heart rehearsal.