Youngstown Complaints Choir schedules local performances

Staff report


The Youngstown Complaints Choir performs “Does Anybody Really Care?” — a song based on more than 30 pages of complaints from people in the local community — at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Bliss Recital Hall at Youngstown State University.

A reception will take place after the performance at the McDonough Museum to celebrate the closing of Living As Form (The Nomadic Version).

Other performances by the Youngstown Complaints Choir are scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St.,Youngstown, and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 17 during the Fall Open Studio and Sale, second-floor hallway of the Ward Bakery Building, 1024 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.

The performances are free and open to the public. Call 330-941-1400, visit McDonough Museum online or email for information.

The Youngstown Complaints Choir is part of an international movement aiming to engage people in discussion about issues ranging from the personal to the communal, the local to the global through song.

The choir is a group of community members age 15 and older that has been meeting weekly for two months to write and compose the Youngstown Complaints Choir song, “Does Anybody Really Care?”

The lyrics are culled from pages of complaints posted by the Youngstown Facebook community and represent a range of gripes. Members include a novelist, two librarians, a cellist and a ukulele player, among others.

Founded in 2005 by Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kaleninen, the project is a literal and positive actualization of the Finnish expression “Valituskuoro” or complaints choir. The first choir formed in Birmingham, England, and has been replicated in dozens of cities, including Tokyo, Rotterdam, Chicago, Jerusalem and Melbourne.

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