USA 107 mins Musical documentary Rating: PG
To observe the Young@Heart chorus, a fluctuating group of about 24 singers whose average age is 80, perform "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees is to be uplifted. Clearly for these people, music is their oxygen.
Young @ Heart focuses on the rigorous 2-month preparations for a 2006 concert. Guided by the chorus's demanding longtime director, Bob Cilman, the members are learning new material, including "Yes We Can Can," the Allen Toussaint hit for the Pointer Sisters, whose lyrics repeat "can" 71 times in intricate, staccato patterns The fact that the chorus members are willing to tackle such daunting material attests to their spirit of adventure. More than one member admits that his or her favorite music is classical, opera or show tunes. These rock songs are unfamiliar. Instead of comfortable walks around the block, rehearsals are demanding hikes over hilly terrain. The challenge only makes it more exciting.
This film offers an encouraging vision of old age. It's about music making, camaraderie and having a sense of humor.
Young @ Heart
Sunday 23rd November 2008
Time:4.30pm - 6.20pm
Phone:07 5491 4240
Price: $8 members; $14 non members
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