Take the AGMC’s always-masterful holiday concert at The Cathedral, add in a show featuring the music of celebrated Wicked and Godspell composer Stephen Schwartz, and cap it off with the world premiere of an original work celebrating the life and impact of gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, and you have an amazing season of entertainment coming from the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus.
Holidays at The Cathedral
Always a treat during the holiday season, this year’s December performances at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead promise to deliver some beloved AGMC holiday tunes as well as new pieces that will put you in the spirit of the holidays.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Bring the entire family to the special Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., followed by the popular holiday concert ice cream social.
“People are going to love, love, love this concert,” noted Artistic Director Kevin Robison, now beginning his sixth season with the AGMC. “It has something for everyone, including lots of beautiful and exciting arrangements of traditional holiday music.”
From bells to carols and holiday cheer, each year’s concert typically focuses on a particular aspect of the holiday season. “If there’s a theme for this one, it’s definitely the hope for peace. This is a scary time in our world, and those who believe in prayer are definitely praying for that across the globe.”
If all goes as planned, Robison said that the performances will include a set of pieces performed by the AGMC Women’s Chorus Project — a potential new offshoot of the AGMC. The chorus is currently accepting applications for a qualified director who can help develop and lead the group, which is expected to begin rehearsals in October 2012. (See story below.)
The spring concert, Wantingly Wicked, will feature a much-anticipated evening of the music of Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, the mastermind behind the hit Broadway show Wicked.
“Stephen Schwartz is also known for many other successful shows, and we’re presenting songs from all of them, including Godspell,” Robison stated. The performances promise to delight audiences as only AGMC can when showtunes are on the bill. “You can expect an evening of great music, our best dancers, and much theatrics.”
Shows are currently scheduled for April 26-27, 2013 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus (dates and location subject to change).
Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy
Summer’s Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy marks the world premiere of a new work by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman and The Addams Family). The work will focus on the life of the country’s first openly gay elected official, who was assassinated in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone in their offices at the close of daily business.
“Harvey is the person who suggested that music groups be formed by openly gay people, which is what led to hundreds of freedom bands and LGBT choruses across the country.” Robison noted. “If it weren’t for him, the AGMC might not be here.”
2013 marks the 35th year since Milk’s death, which prompted a candlelight vigil at which the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performed for the very first time. “Lippa’s beautiful scoring of Harvey’s life will represent the first half of our program. The content of the second half will be revealed once a few more details are ironed out, but we’re really excited about one possibility in particular.”
Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy and the currently untitled work by Lippa will take place on June 28-29, 2013 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium at Emory.
Season tickets – an amazing value for all three shows – are now available on the chorus website. Don’t miss this chance to lock down the best seats (and prices) for a year of entertainment!