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No rest for the not so weary: The Young@Heart Chorus prepares to take Norway by storm

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Members of the Young@Heart Chorus, front row from left, Rolande Emond, Joyce Dearman,  M. Eileen Litke, Gloria Parker, and Jeanette Parks, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Members of the Young@Heart Chorus, front row from left, Rolande Emond, Joyce Dearman, M. Eileen Litke, Gloria Parker, and Jeanette Parks, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>An audience member holds a lyrics sheet during an open rehearsal of the Young@Heart Chorus Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    An audience member holds a lyrics sheet during an open rehearsal of the Young@Heart Chorus Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Members of the Young@Heart Chorus rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Members of the Young@Heart Chorus rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>From left, William E. Arnold, Jr., Tom Mahnken, and F. Alex Johnson, members of the Young @ Heart Chorus band, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    From left, William E. Arnold, Jr., Tom Mahnken, and F. Alex Johnson, members of the Young @ Heart Chorus band, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>John Rinehart, a member of the Young @ Heart Chorus, sings a solo during a rehearsal Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    John Rinehart, a member of the Young @ Heart Chorus, sings a solo during a rehearsal Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Bob Cilman, director of the Young @ Heart Chorus, directs the audience to sing along during an open rehearsal Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Bob Cilman, director of the Young @ Heart Chorus, directs the audience to sing along during an open rehearsal Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Glenda Philips, right, and Patricia Cady, Members of the Young@Heart Chorus, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Glenda Philips, right, and Patricia Cady, Members of the Young@Heart Chorus, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Members of the Young@Heart Chorus, front row from left, Rolande Emond, Joyce Dearman,  M. Eileen Litke, Gloria Parker, and Jeanette Parks, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>An audience member holds a lyrics sheet during an open rehearsal of the Young@Heart Chorus Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Members of the Young@Heart Chorus rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>From left, William E. Arnold, Jr., Tom Mahnken, and F. Alex Johnson, members of the Young @ Heart Chorus band, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>John Rinehart, a member of the Young @ Heart Chorus, sings a solo during a rehearsal Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Bob Cilman, director of the Young @ Heart Chorus, directs the audience to sing along during an open rehearsal Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Glenda Philips, right, and Patricia Cady, Members of the Young@Heart Chorus, rehearse Thursday morning at the Northampton Senior Center.

The Young @ Heart Chorus, along with director Bob Cilman and band members William Arnold, Tom Mahnken and F. Alex Johnson, gathered for an Oct. 3 rehearsal at the Northampton Senior Center prior to departing for Norway, where they are now on tour.

Above, from left, chorus members Rolande Emond, Joyce Dearman, M. Eileen Litke, Gloria Parker and Jeanette Parks took front-row seats as they practiced under Cilman’s direction, at right. Below left, John Rinehart belts out a solo. In photo at right, Patricia Cady and Glenda Philips went through their paces at the mic.

Following their return from Europe, the chorus is slated to perform Nov. 2 at the Academy of Music in Northampton in a benefit for the Northampton Survival Center.

PHOTOS BY SARAH GANZHORN

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