Gay men never want to turn 30. Then we dread turning 40. We can’t even imagine turning 50.
At least that’s what I’ve been told. I suppose I’ll find out soon enough. : )
Nonetheless, as the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus approaches its 30th season, we are more excited than ever about our future — and truly excited to be on the eve of celebrating three decades of music with a mission! And while we won’t officially turn 30 until two years from now, we are only a year away from season 30. (It’s like that Y2K thing I could never figure out. Have I confused you yet?)
The 28th season posed many challenges for AGMC. The economy alone was enough of a storm for a non-profit to weather, but on top of that we lost a dear chorus member and a number of our members lost loved ones. At the same time, we achieved great things as an arts organization, and were all reminded of the importance of singing through whatever challenges we may face. I am proud of our accomplishments and wish the best for some of our brother and sister organizations that are on the verge of closing their doors.
There is much to write about and share with you in the months ahead, but a few high points on the eve of our first rehearsal of the 29th season. First, we are thrilled to be returning to Symphony Hall in October, this time to actually perform with the Symphony! Broadway Rocks! promises to be two great evenings of entertainment and celebration. AGMC is the featured chorus in this ASO pops concert that includes Broadway stars Susan Egan, Rob Evan and others. I for one am looking forward to rehearsing the chorus’ six pieces and then sitting in the audience like you and just enjoying the show! Michael Krajewski, ASO guest conductor, will be at the podium and I look forward to an exciting collaboration with both him and the ASO, to whom we’re grateful for having invited us.
As a side note: Brenda and I checked the ticket availability for the ASO performances and tickets are going very fast. If you wait much longer, there won’t be any!
Before we know it, the holiday show will be upon us and our 29th season will be in full swing. Take a look at our home page for more details. If you live in Georgia outside of Atlanta, take special note of AGMC’s spring tour when we’ll be coming to a performance hall near you. Finally, get ready to rock on with the Beatles as we celebrate 50 years of rock’s most sophisticated band!
29 and holding? Not us.