Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus to Present Concert at Gustavus

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus in Here Comes the Sun

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus in Here Comes the Sun

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus continues its 34th season of Entertainment Worth Coming Out For by announcing a performance at Bjorling Recital Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Repertoire will include music from TCGMC’s most recent Twin Cities concerts, Here Comes the Sun: The Music of The Beatles along with outreach repertoire including Stephen Schwartz’s Testimony and movements from Broadway composer Andrew Lippa’s oratorio I Am Harvey Milk which TCGMC co-commissioned along with six other GALA Choruses.

“We are so excited to perform these new arrangements for men’s chorus of some of the most beloved music in popular music history,” said Artistic Director Ben Riggs. Act I includes: Legacy (from Metamorphosis), How Can I Keep from Singing?, Testimony, and San Francisco/Tired of the Silence (from I Am Harvey Milk) which will feature soloists Nathan Croner and Chris Lanes. The TCGMC Chamber Singers, one of two small ensembles that exist within TCGMC will be featured performers on the following pieces: The Poem, the Song, the Picture, Son de Camaguey, and All Natures, Even Mine.

Act II includes favorites made popular originally by everyone’s favorite rock group – The Beatles: Get Back, Revolution, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Back in the USSR, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (featuring soloist Todd Wing), Norwegian Wood (featuring soloist John Stiles), The Long and Winding Road (featuring soloist Chris Mellin), Here Comes the Sun, Hey Jude (featuring soloists Stephen Herzog and Dan Lekatz) and A Hard Day’s Night. OutLoud!, TCGMC’s other small ensemble will be featured performers on Can’t Buy Me Love and Blackbird. Come Together will feature soloists Bob Prentiss and James St. Juniors Jr. which will be followed by Imagine featuring solos by Rich Price, Anthony Streiff, David Coleman, and Rich Friedson. Finally, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise), With a Little Help from My Friends, and Let It Be will be performed with a little help from featured soloists Anthony Rohr and Kevin Morrison. Finally, the full Chorus will conclude the evening’s concert with All You Need is Love and TCGMC’s signature song, Walk Hand in Hand by Johnny Cowell.

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Ben Riggs, artistic director

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Ben Riggs, artistic director

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus is an award-winning chorus that has built a solid reputation for musical excellence and dynamic programming. TCGMC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) voluntary community chorus made up of 181 members. Formed in 1981, Twin Cities Men’s Chorus added the word “gay” to its title in 1991. TCGMC is a member of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses). The organization was formed to build community through music while pursuing musical excellence in performance.

In addition, the Chorus seeks to provide its members with rewarding musical experiences and to promote social exchange among a group of men with a common purpose. As an organization that celebrates diversity and uses music as a way to transform, educate and heal, TCGMC works towards the elimination of homophobia and intolerance through community outreach. The Chorus is under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Ben Riggs.

This concert is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus recognizes Lavender Magazine as its official GLBT media sponsor.

For this performance, admission is free but donations are encouraged at the door for a local charity. Bjorling Recital Hall is wheelchair accessible and the performance will include an ASL interpreter. The Twin Cities Gay Mens Chorus performance in Bjorling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus will begin at 7:30 p.m.




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