March 26, 2020

Living History Series: Honoring Bob Cilman

Living History Series: Honoring Bob Cilman

Date(s) - Thursday, March 26, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Join us for a special evening recognizing Bob Cilman, director of the Young@Heart Chorus since 1982 and the former director of the Northampton Arts Council (1989-2014). The chorus (ranging in age from 75-92) began in the Walter Salvo House, a Northampton elderly housing project as “a way to pass the time.” Under Cilman’s leadership, it has developed into the stereotype-defying, generation-crossing musical extravaganza. The Chorus has performed on The Ellen Show and The TonightShow, toured internationally and has been the subject of the hit Fox Searchlight documentary, Young@Heart. His work with the Arts Council included the creation of the Four Sundays in February Series and Transperformance. Cilman will look back at his early years in Northampton and how this work all got started, sharing more about his life, work and ideas about the arts.

Welcome and introductory remarks by Betsy Stone, president of Historic Northampton.

Moderated by Bill Newman, lawyer, radio show host and Cilman’s longtime friend.

To reserve your place,

$10 members & donors of Historic Northampton; $15 all others

The Living History Series is sponsored by Smith College and in partnership with A.P.E. Ltd.

Photo credit: Julian Parker Burns.