These days I find myself waking up wondering just how to receive and bring to fruition what I have come to call “insurmountable opportunities.” There are several opportunities for the AGMC that will not be surpassed anytime soon, and they all seems to be happening at once! We certainly cannot complain, but our plate is full!
Here are some highlights of what’s ahead…
First the chorus will present one of its most unique shows yet: Gleeful Noise: Celebrating Glee Clubs, Then and Now in Cannon Chapel on the campus of Emory University (March 30-31). First of all, it’s a very intimate space for us. We expect tickets to sell out quickly, so be sure to have yours now. Second, you’ll hear us revive some classic glee club (or “glee style”) standards for men’s voices, some of which date back over a hundred years. Then we’ll “Time Warp” you into the present day as we present authorized arrangements of pop, rock and standards as they have appeared on the hit television series, Glee. Many of these tunes will feature our small ensemble, Panache, who is sounding better than ever. You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity. (See the program in the right column.)
I’m also happy to say that AGMC has recently acquired pianist Robert Strickland to accompany us for this concert. Robert is one of the finest pianists in the Atlanta area and has played or conducted in pits of over 50 Broadway tours. There aren’t many people who can make a piano sound like a full band, but Robert can do it. He won’t need too much help, however, as we will have bass and drums to help us all get our glee on.
On the heels of that performance, the AGMC will make history in what has been called “one of the final firsts” for the chorus. In recent years, the chorus made its first ever appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed in the inaugural year of The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and had many other opportunities to carve another niche in our 31-year history. On April 14, the AGMC will make an historical appearance on the campus of Morehouse College when it performs as one of the final concerts of the national seminar of the International Collegiate Men’s Choruses. Both of these are firsts for AGMC.
In fact, we are pretty sure that no other openly gay men’s chorus has performed on the Morehouse campus since it was founded 150 years ago, and we are honored to have been asked to appear by Dr. David Morrow, conductor of the famed Morehouse Glee Club, which will be hosting this event. And as if that’s not enough, the chorus will be the final performance at the festival of GALA Choruses, International, in Denver this July. This event takes place every four years and consists of LGBT choruses performing constantly over the span of five days in three venues. Well over a hundred choruses participating in what is said to be the largest GALA festival yet.
And in the midst of these wonderful performances, we are happy to announce that our summer venue has been confirmed. Red White & You will take place in Glenn Memorial Chapel on the campus of Emory University. This concert promises to be a poignant one during this important election year. We will celebrate the repeal of DADT while at the same time continue to sing for the right to marry whomever we choose. We are working to secure an important political leader in our community to host these performances and to share quotes from speeches made by people of all parties that indicate we are reaching a tipping point on this issue. The lovely Glenn Memorial Chapel is the perfect backdrop for this concert, with its early American architecture, white walls and red carpet. The red and white will be there; all we need is you. Come and let your true colors shine through (June 16 -17).
I look forward to seeing all of you at any and hopefully all of these upcoming opportunities for the AGMC!