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Beaver Creek: Timeless power of music

Daily staff report
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado “-When was the last time you heard your parent or grandparent sing a song by the Clash? Not many of us have. A special choir belts out tunes by the Talking Heads, the BeeGees and James Brown in the documentary film “Young @ Heart.”

The group was started in 1982 at a senior center in Northampton, Mass. They range in age from 73 to 100. The original chorus included members who had lived through two world wars and one man who fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16 year old. None of the current performers were part of the original group but they continue to keep the original spirit alive.

“This heartwarming story shows us that age is nothing but a number,” said Carrie Marsh, Vail Symposium’s executive director.

The film concentrates on seven weeks of rehearsals for a 2006 concert. Practices are rigorous by anyone’s standards, and reality reveals itself in ways that adds depth and poignancy to these choristers’ lives. Chorus director, Bob Cilman, led the group since its inception. He insists that he has learned a great deal about life from them. The members of the group consistently thank the director for letting them sing songs they have told their kids to turn down and let their true inner strengths shine through.

Today’s choir has received international acclaim ” thanks in part to both the film and their constant tour schedule. From L.A. to Germany, the group is talked about as an extraordinary example of the power of music and proof that you’re never too old to rock. The Dartmouth proclaimed, “It is possible to grow old without growing boring.”

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Senior film critic for, Walter Chaw, will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the film. He helped choose the three films in this years documentary film series.

“I wanted to work with documentaries that challenged the traditional perception of documentaries as dry, airless, vehicles rather than works of art and agility,” he said.

The Vail Symposium, established in 1971, is a non-profit organization dedicated to year-round lifelong learning through cultural and educational programs that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. To view the full winter schedule, visit

What: “Young @ Heart” shows as part of Beaver Creek Documentary Film Series

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., film; 8:30 p.m. coffee, cookies and conversation with senior critic Walter Chaw

Cost: $11 or $30 for a series of three. Purchase tickets in person at the Vilar or call 970-845-TIXS

More information: Call the Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or visit

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