April 24, 2012 — The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus has marked another milestone in its more than 30-year history, by recently appearing in its first-ever appearance at Morehouse College.
On April 14, the AGMC was privileged to cap off the multi-day 45th biennial National Seminar of the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, said Kevin Robison, the chorus’ long-time artistic director. “The Morehouse College Glee Club, host of this year’s National Seminar, and its highly respected director Dr. David Morrow were extremely gracious to invite us. This appearance at the college is certainly a first for the AGMC and, to our knowledge, the first time any openly gay chorus has sung at Morehouse since the traditionally black men’s college was founded nearly 150 years ago.”
“The appearance was an honor that touched us deeply,” Robison continued. “And I think it perfectly aligned with the ongoing mission of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus — to present entertaining and thought-provoking performances that appeal to a diverse audience, create a positive image of the LGBTQ community, and promote equality for all persons. Singing in the inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel is an experience we won’t soon forget.”
Robison said the event also gave the chorus the opportunity to enjoy the other performers in the closing concert — the Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club and the host chorus from Morehouse. “I’ll admit…as an adult, volunteer group of singers following these two outstanding groups of young musicians — many of whom are voice majors and rehearse daily — was a bit daunting. Both were excellent, and the Morehouse Glee Club in particular was, simply, exceptional in its musicality, programming and professional presentation. But I’m extremely proud of the AGMC’s performance, and it was very well-received by the audience.”
In addition to the popular annual Big Wig event Saturday evening, June 2 at the former Fox Grill location in Atlantic Station, the AGMC is now preparing for its summer show, “Red, White & YOU: United We Stand,” sponsored by the Office of LGBT Life at Emory University. The concert will be held in Emory’s beautiful 1,400-seat Glenn Memorial University at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15 and both 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Concert revenues will support the missions of both organizations. Tickets will be available in the near future at agmchorus.org.
Established in 1981 and today one of the world’s longest-running all-male choruses, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus presents entertaining and thought-provoking performances that appeal to a diverse audience, create a positive image of the LGBTQ community, and promote equality for all persons.
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), the Emory University Office of LBBT Life, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Dan Lax Media, Administrivia, 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 the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, see the website or call the chorus office at (404) 320-1030.