As part of a series of events celebrating the Iowa City Senior Center’s 35th anniversary, The Center’s two choirs, the Family Folk Machine and the Voices of Experience, will present a combined intergenerational concert at the Englert Theatre on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. The program, called “Hard Times Come Again No More: Songs of Struggle and Hope,”  is made up of songs about human rights and social justice, and will be presented by singers ages 4 to 86. The event is free and open to the public.

From classics like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” and “Midnight Special” to newer songs from Steve Earle, the Wailin’ Jennys, and Gillian Welch, The Center’s multifaceted ensembles will sing about building a just society. The concert is presented in conjunction with Just Living, the University of Iowa’s Theme Semester on social justice, and is sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Free refreshments will be provided at an open house reception at The Center at 28 S. Linn Street in Iowa City immediately following the concert at the Englert. The audience is invited to enjoy an afternoon snack and meet the performers from the Family Folk Machine and Voices of Experience.

Jean Littlejohn directs the Family Folk Machine, a non-auditioned intergenerational choir that performs with a folk band. Joyce Brokke directs the Voices of Experience, a chorus made up of Senior Center members ages 50 and up. Both groups practice at The Center year-round and perform throughout the community.

For more information, contact Community Outreach Specialist Emily Light at 319-356-5224 or

Date of publication

Wednesday, April 20, 2016