‘Does Anybody Really Care?’

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. Nov. 9 in the Bliss Recital Hall at Youngstown State University.

Following the performance, a reception will be held following the performance at the McDonough Museum to celebrate the closing of Living As Form (The Nomadic Version).

Additional performances by the Youngstown Complaints Choir are scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm Street, 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 Avenue, Youngstown.

The performances are free and open to the public. More information at 330-941-1400, online at McDonough Museum, or email yocomplaintschoir@gmail.com.

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 ages 15 and up 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 30+ pages of complaints posted by the Youngstown Facebook community and represent a wide range of gripes. Our members include a novelist, two librarians, a cellist, a ukulele player and enthusiastic folks from many backgrounds.

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 took place in Birmingham, England, and has since been replicated internationally in dozens of cities, including Tokyo, Rotterdam, Chicago, Jerusalem and Melbourne among many others.