“To sing together is to form a family. To sing for an audience is to invite you into our family.”
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus recently announced their 2016/17 season of concerts and fundraisers, which celebrates a city like no other: New York.
“Our world today has been shaken by tragedy and division and we’ve seen what music can do to connect people, challenge intolerance, and celebrate life,” said Charlie Beale, Artistic Director for NYCGMC. “New York City has long welcomed people from all walks of life to live together and find harmony. With all that’s happening in the world, it feels like the right time to sing music that celebrates NYC as an eternal beacon for inclusion, opportunity, excitement, and inspiration,” Beale added.
NYCGMC’s 2016/17 season includes an exciting, diverse, and musically rich program that celebrates the city’s attitude and history, the weird and wonderful life and diversity of the city today, as well as NYC’s changing relationship with, and influence on, the rest of the world. NYCGMC will also be taking their performances to all corners of the five boroughs throughout the year—details of which will be announced later in the season. JetBlue is the official airline and corporate partner of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.
“This season will be as spectacular and magical as if you’re discovering the city for the first time,” Charlie further added.
2016/2017 Concert Series Details:
XMAS & CHILL A COZY HOLIDAY WITH 250 GAY MEN With Special Guests – Well Strung
Saturday December 17, 8pm/Sunday December 18, 3pm
The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St
Light up the fire, shake off the snow, and crack open the holiday champagne. It’s time to leave the crowds, the cold, the car horns, and the craziness outside, and snuggle up with your favorite gays for the merriest holiday celebration in New York this season.
Xmas & Chill will feature some of the coolest arrangements of holiday favorites, spine-tingling traditional choral pieces, many other fabulous performances, plus our very special guests, the hunky string quartet Well Strung. Filled with the spirit of the season, Xmas & Chill will be the ultimate holiday date night for the whole city.
Warm-hearted, funny, nostalgic, uplifting, and always with an incredible sound, this is guaranteed to be the one holiday show in NYC that truly sleighs.
Well-Strung, a New York City based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Members Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) spend their time making new music and touring internationally. The group was conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant
HARMONY: OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA – Benefiting New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus
STUDIO 54 IS BACK FOR ONE SENSATIONAL NIGHT
With special guest – Shoshana Bean/Dance party by DJ Lena
Friday February 17, 2017
Diamond Horseshoe, 235 W 46th St
Harmony (Tickets available soon) is Big Apple Performing Arts’ annual fundraising extravaganza—the city’s most flamboyant gala—benefiting New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. First launched in 2009, Harmony has become one of the most fun, high-energy, and must-attend fundraising galas on the New York social calendar, blending sumptuous food, drinks, spectacular performances, surprising celebrity guests, fun auctions for high-end prizes, and a celebrity DJ dance party – all hosted at some of the city’s hottest and most seductive venues.
For Harmony 2017, the theme is Studio 54, honoring the most glamorous club the world has ever seen and the epicenter of all things decadent, dramatic, and disco. Lagerfeld, Liza, Lorna, Liz, Woody, Warhol, Jackie, Capote, Halston, Bianca—it was the place to be and the place to be anything you wanted to be. Studio 54 made diversity truly glamorous—men, women, gay, straight, queer, black, white, brown, old, young, beautiful, beautiful on the inside, funny, intellectual, highbrow, lowbrow—all equals, all together. Being fabulous was you’re only way into the most over-the-top nightly extravaganza—a sanctuary free from labels, bigotry, and norms. On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the iconic club’s opening in April 1977, the evening celebrate Studio 54’s pioneering attitude to equality, diversity, glamour, and having the time of your life. But just like Studio 54, Harmony will have one very strict door policy: be fabulous!
The evening will include live, silent, and online auctions for an array of prizes, such as vacations, tickets to top Broadway shows, dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants, special experiences, and many other exclusive offerings. Your money is absolutely vital to the ongoing mission and growth of New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. The mission of these important organizations has always been about pushing the envelope, being fierce champions for equality, love, and acceptance, and having a damn good time doing it. Every Harmony gala brings all of these passions to life at an event that is guaranteed to both warm and race your heart.
BIG GAY SING: WELCOME TO NEW YORK
Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25, 8pm
Sunday March 26, 3pm
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC)
Big Gay Sing® is back for another hilarious, outrageous, over-the-top sing-along extravaganza that will have you dancing in the aisles and channeling your inner pop diva.
Following years of sell-out performances, Big Gay Sing is New York’s best and most fun way to say goodbye to dreary winter and hello to the awesomeness of spring.
In 2017, Big Gay Sing: Welcome to New York will burst onto the stage in homage to the greatest city on Earth. But with one catch: we’re celebrating the real NYC, in all its dirty, gritty, crazy, and spectacular glory. That means no Hollywood baloney! Like true New Yorkers, they’re keepin’ it real while blowin’ your mind. More than 260 of New York’s most fabulous performers will bring the city’s world-famous attitude to life through some of the big apple’s most legendary pop hits. With jaw-dropping arrangements and a sound that will have you doing blackflips on the subway, Big Gay Sing: Welcome to New York will be an incredible reminder of why this maddening city of extremes is so goddamned lovable.
So move your ass and buy these hot tickets today. After all, in this city, the locals move fast—only tourists take their time. Single tickets available in October.
TWO CHORUSES. BOTH PRETTY
NYCGMC and LONDON GAY MEN’S CHORUS SHARE THE STAGE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
Saturday May 20, 8pm
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC)
Is one stage big enough for these two diva best friends? Find out as New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and London Gay Men’s Chorus unite for a fabulous, one-night-only performance. More than just a dueling duet, it will be an amazing, super-gay party with the awesome sound of 400+ voices. Single tickets available in October
Season tickets can be purchased here: http://www.nycgmc.org/season-subscriptions
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Together, we produce a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance.
Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. They sing in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, they have listened to the changing world around them and transform what they have heard into music. More importantly, as a group, they sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of their sound. Through their music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance, and celebrate life.
They have performed in a variety of settings, including special, private, and corporate events, concerts, television appearances, festivals, Broadway/theatre productions, conferences, weddings, parties, fundraisers, and community events. They’ve also had the honor of performing with an amazing array of high-profile performers and artists including: Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Barbara Cook, Elaine Stritch, Joan Rivers, Stephen Sondheim, Kelli O’Hara, Carolee Carmello, Victoria Clark, Martha Wash, Sia, Bruce Vilanch, Alan Cumming, and the New York Philharmonic—to name just a few.
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a full member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc. (GALA), the world’s only association committed to serving the LGBTQ choral movement.
Big Apple Performing Arts is the non-profit management company for the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBTQ community, Big Apple Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the AIDS crisis to the struggle for marriage equality, as well as today’s gender and identity politics, the choruses of BAPA have been leaders and activists in the New York City community since 1980.