20 Months of Making Music in Local Prisons
In October 2014, we launched our Prison Project, making music with the incarcerated and the elderly at two local prisons in weekly rehearsals. Today, the work continues. Here's a video clip of Anthony Rogriguez, with an original rap by Stefan Moss, of the Old Souls with Young@Heart at our concert on October 29, 2015 at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton, MA.
Anthony grew up singing this song because it was one of his mother's favorites. He's 20 now and been in the juvenile system since he was 13. This was his first time singing in public. He overcame tremendous stage fright to deliver this memorable performance. He was ecstatic for weeks after the concert, having finally discovered his power as a singer. He was released from prison a month ago. We wish him all the best as he makes his way in the world and begins a new chapter in his life.
Please donate now to keep the Young@Heart Prison Project going.
Y@H Prison Project in the News
Check out NPR's recent piece about the Y@H Prison Project
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.