September 17, 2013. – Acclaimed Broadway artists Lorna Luft, daughter of the legendary Judy Garland, and Tituss Burgesswill be the very special guest performers at Encore ’13, a special evening Saturday, Nov. 16 benefitting the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and its newly formed sister chorus, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus.
The popular catered event, launched in 2010, will again be hosted by the LGBT community’s own DJ Melissa Carter, joined by comedian Ian Aber. The event will again be held at The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Midtown Atlanta.
“We can’t wait for this year’s Encore gala,” said Eric Klem,board chair of Voices of Note, Inc., the choruses’ new administrative umbrella organization. “This has become our annual signature event supporting the ongoing community service now of both choruses and, like the last gala, we’re confident it will be a truly premier event to remember.”
Encore ’13 will begin with a special reception for sponsors and patrons, featuring a hosted bar and a chance to meet both Luft and Burgess. The evening will continue with a hosted bar, plated dinner, silent auction and entertainment.
The event is sponsored in part by Jesse R. Peel, MD, long-time AGMC supporter and board member emeritus.
The choruses are proud to have Encore ’13 feature the talents of well-known Broadway and stage performers Lorna Luft and Tituss Burgess. Luft, the daughter of legendary performer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, appeared in her first Broadway musical, Promises, Promises, in 1971. She also lent her vocal talents to many noted film and stage productions.
In 2004, Luft premiered her acclaimed one-woman show,Songs My Mother Taught Me; she will perform many of those songs at the Encore event.
Tituss Burgess, a Georgia native and graduate of the University of Georgia, made his Broadway debut in 2005 as Eddie in the musical Good Vibrations, going on to the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the revival of Guys and Dolls in 2009.
Burgess is also well-known for his role as D’Fwan on the NBC television show 30 Rock.
Special guest hosts Melissa Carter and Ian Aber will also add to the stellar evening. Carter is a highly regarded and entertaining Atlanta radio DJ, Huffington Post blogger and Georgia Voice columnist. She has served as grand marshal in both Atlanta’s Gay Pride and Provincetown’s Carnival Parade and appeared on-stage in such hits asThe Vagina Monologues and Shear Madness. Carter is the founder of the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund at Piedmont Hospital.
Ian Aber is becoming increasingly known by Atlanta audiences for something his friends have known forever – he’s a very funny man. A very funny gay man. “Abear Comedian,” as he’s called, launched the Laugh Your Balls Off stand-up comedy show and open-mic event at Cockpit and has been frequently seen in performances on The Big Gay Game Show, Comedy Under the Stairs Showcase, Jokers on the Street and more.
The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is offering special overnight prices for Encore attendees. Contact the hotel at (404) 838-2100 and mention the AGMC Encore event.
Individual tickets and sponsorship packages are now available at agmchorus.org. Sponsor packages include a number of perks, such as premium seating, drink tickets, complimentary parking and more. Packages are from 2 to 10 persons; a 10-person host table package is $1,650. Individual tickets are $125 in advance.
Seating is limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. For details or to order, see the website or call the choruses’ office at (404) 320-1030.
Through the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, Voices of Note, Inc., presents entertaining and thought-provoking performances that appeal to a diverse audience and promote equality for all people.
The AGMC was established in 1981 and is today one of the world’s longest-running all-male choruses. The AGMC was proud to support the formation of the Atlanta Women’s Chorus in early 2013.
Both choruses are members of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, and the AGMC is a member of Chorus America, an over 2,000-member non-profit organization that foster the chorus music experience in the U.S.
The choruses are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Season sponsors include producing sponsors Atlanta Magazine and Smirnoff Vodka; presenting sponsors Macy’s and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP); principal sponsors Ameriprise Financial, Brandon D Hunt Design, Dan Lax Media, Peachtree Battle Chiropractic, St. Mark United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; sustaining sponsors Administrivia, Briza, Nead Werx, 866 Rooftop and Radial Café; and media sponsors The Georgia Voice and Project Q Atlanta.
A complete listing of financial supporters – and how you can support the mission of the two choruses – can be found on voicesofnote.org. For more information, see the website or call the office at (404) 320-1030.