February 8, 2012 — Glee club. Long before the current popular television show, for millions of us the phrase has evoked cherished memories of camaraderie, team work and — above all — great entertainment.
To celebrate the long-standing tradition of male glee club music, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and its select ensemble, Panache, will present Gleeful Noise for three performances Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, in Cannon Chapel at Emory University. Later this spring, the chorus will also perform at the biennial national seminar of men’s glee clubs April 14 at Morehouse College.
“What better location for a celebration of the rich musical heritage of glee clubs than where it’s been a cherished institution — a college campus?” asked Kevin Robison, the AGMC’s long-time artistic director. “And we are always privileged to perform in the architecturally and acoustically beautiful Cannon Chapel at Emory. It’s a perfect, intimate setting that will enable our audiences to get up close and personal with our performers for this high-energy show.”
Presenting a number of authorized arrangements from the hit Fox network television series GLEE, the AGMC will present Gleeful Noise beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30 and both 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
In the show, Panache and the full 100-voice chorus will take their cues from the hit TV series that has revived and redefined the enduring tradition of school choruses. “Thanks to the series, what’s been called the ‘glee effect’ has supported the rebirth of some 300 high-school choral groups,” Robison noted. “We know the value of these choruses — both to their individual members and to their communities — and have been so excited to see this groundswell. It’s definitely worthy of a salute such as what we’ll be presenting in Gleeful Noise.”
Through a stunning juxtaposition of male standards and contemporary tunes, in this unique tribute the AGMC will combine collegiate favorites with pop classics revived and revisited on the show, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Time Warp,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Teenage Dream” and many more.
Tickets for Gleeful Noise are now available online at the chorus’ web site. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
The 2011-12 season of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is sponsored by Macy’s.
In a timely coincidence, the AGMC has been invited to perform Saturday, April 14 as part of the closing concert of the 45th biennial National Seminar of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. AGMC to Make a ‘Gleeful Noise’ March 30-31 at Emory February 8, 2012 • Page 2 of 2
Since its founding in 1915, the IMC has been an association of male choruses committed to promoting quality men’s chorus singing and music. Its membership is comprised of male choruses/glee clubs from the nation’s universities, colleges and secondary schools.
“Considering the theme of our upcoming show, it is truly serendipitous — and of course a huge honor — for the AGMC to be invited to perform for this national glee club event,” Robison stated. “It’s also the first time the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus has performed on the Morehouse campus and, we believe, may represent the first time any openly gay men’s chorus has sung at Morehouse since the college was founded nearly 150 years ago. We’re extremely excited about this invitation, and thank the IMC, the Morehouse College Glee Club and the glee club’s renowned conductor, Dr. David Morrow.”
Established in 1981 and today one of the world’s longest-running all-male choruses, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus entertains, educates and connects audiences through music that is distinguished for its creativity, diversity and artistic excellence.
The chorus is a member of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, and Chorus America, a 1,600-member non-profit organization that foster the chorus music experience in the U.S. The AGMC and Panache will perform as part of the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival July 7-11 in Denver.
The chorus is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Other support comes from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and by Macy’s, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP), St. Mark United Methodist Church, Daemon Baizan Photography, The Zweifel Law Firm, and Peachtree Battle Chiropractic.
A complete listing of financial supporters — and how you can support the mission of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus — can be found on agmchorus.org.
For more information on Gleeful Noise or other upcoming activities of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, see the web site or call the chorus office at (404) 320-1030.