ArticlesBlog

Vitality Arts Event Celebrates Creativity

Vitality Arts Event Celebrates Creativity


(music) – (Matt) Hello, welcome. I am Matt Abernathy and I am the Conductor and Music Director for Voices of Opera. We are going to lead you
through an open rehearsal and I encourage you to sign along and participate with us. So
this is no shame no fear. (music) – You can do this. You can do it. Make as much noise as them. You can do it. Two, Three. – Over 55 does not mean
what it used to mean at all. – (Cheryl) Now that we have
reached the age that we are when people develop a personal
style and that gives us the freedom to really go
out and try new things. – As humans we need to keep growing, and when you stop then you may be done. (music) – We’re taking people who
have been at the Opera for decades who have never
actually done any opera and giving them the chance to do it. It’s a wonderful way to sort of, to make people participate in an art form that seems
otherwise untouchable. (singing) – (Mary) A lot of people
come unsure of what they will be able to do. I have to say they seem
entranced by the ideas. – This has been really fun for me because I’ve learned
that oh, the stories that we live with in our heads we think aren’t interesting to other people
because we know our stories. And it is not until we
tell them to somebody else that we get that oh, really. – I was very surprised at how vulnerable people were willing to be and I think that is something about the aging process. My students are residents
of the Twin Cities, who are 55 plus and they
are doing a memoir about their lives, but we really
focus on a single event, or a moment in time. It makes them really stop
and think about their lives. So it’s really been very much about art the making of these projects
because it is transformative, it’s from deep inside. – (Mary) And I think by the
end they have, they have they have a freedom to try things. They’re not embarrassed
to try the new thing. To do this improvisation
we are doing that day. (singing) – (Matt) They all are
starting to meet each other, but they didn’t know each
other when they started this. We’re all about finding our weird niche group of friends that like
the same things as we do, and finding that is really hard. (piano strick) – Don’t look at me like I’m crazy, I know what I’m doing. Two, three. – The creative moment, that’s the thing. Well, everybody has that, but I don’t know if everybody
is used to accessing it. – (Cheryl) If you’re getting older at all you are using up time
that you could be learning so much new stuff. – (Pam) We’ve seen just
how much that age group especially those who’ve recently retired, want to do something like this. They want to learn this skill and they have stories to tell. (music)

Comment here