After a rehearsal last evening I checked my messages and found a voicemail from Christian de la Huerta. We had not spoken in quite a while, mainly because he has spent the last month relocating from San Francisco to Miami. He offered his personal reaction to the final version of the script that we’ll be performing from next week. In his words, what we’ve created is “brilliant, comprehensive and embodies the experiences that so many of us have had.” He added that he hopes to make it through his role as narrator without crying.
This was great to hear – especially as we move into the hectic rush of the final week. From the very beginning, Christian has been a supporter of “Shaken, Not Heard” and has been committed to this project every step of the way. I am personally grateful to him for his willingness to join with AGMC next weekend on this powerful journey.
I first met Christian in San Francisco in the mid 90’s when my good friend Robb took me to one of his classes. In it, we used some very powerful breathing techniques to reconnect with past experiences and to heal old emotional wounds – especially those created by having grown up in a strict religious environment. I was deeply affected by this work and looked forward to more.
A few years later I attended a retreat in San Anselmo, CA, with Christian and five other gay men. After some weekend soul searching, talking about my experiences and expressing my desire to help others, a question was raised: “Why are you not pursuing your important calling to be a leader in the community?” At that time my relationship with GALA choruses was new and while Christian and I spoke briefly about them, I had no idea I’d soon become the assistant conductor of the L.A. chorus, take a tour of South America with them, or one day take the helm of AGMC. I am thrilled to reconnect with Christian next weekend and look forward to bringing to life the power and spirit of “Shaken, Not Heard.” I know you will want to join us.
The healing begins April 24.