Posted on Apr 24, 2013 in Campus News and News
We like to share things that aren’t always on the radar of alumni, students and fans– like this. Did you know that the KU medical center’s campus in Kansas City is home to the Landon Center on Aging? Named for former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum’s parents, the center includes a geriatric medicine clinic, research facilities for aging-related issues and outpatient clinics for the Department of Neurology.
The Landon Center is also home to Forever Young, a senior choir formed in 2010 and inspired by the 2007 documentary film Young@Heart. Like the choir in the film, and unlike most traditional senior choirs, Forever Young sings contemporary and classic rock songs that may not be familiar to its members–audiences are often surprised to hear grandma or grandpa singing a song by Queen rather than a classic tune like You Are My Sunshine.
The choir consists of vocalists 55-80 years old, some who have age-related impairments, and is coordinated by Landon Center social worker Myra Hyatt. Melita Belgrave, Ph.D., assistant professor of music therapy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, is the director and conductor.
Forever Young performs two concerts each year, and they’re gearing up for the spring concert, “Wave Your Flag: A Night of International Rock Music,” which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in Battenfeld Auditorium at the medical center. The performance is free, but donations for equipment and other costs are gladly accepted.
Check out the video below for more information about Forever Young: