SAN DIEGO, California -- When the gay and lesbian choral movement blossomed in the 1970s, much of the focus was simply to get up on stage, be brave and be visible. From Sinatra standards to the best of Broadway, these pioneering choruses broke down the barriers of bias with the transformative power of music.
Fast forward 40 years and a million miles of cultural change to the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus' (SDGMC) own pioneering venture, its newly formed Chamber Chorale.
“Today, our goal is still to change lives one voice at a time. But, we are now able to do that while also stretching our musicality to new realms,” artistic director RC Haus said. “We love to show another side of who we are — that we have amazing talent and depth on par with the best choruses in the world."
SDGMC’s Chamber Chorale will present its premier concert, "Crescendo," on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm at The North Chapel located within San Diego’s Liberty Station. The 40-voice gay men’s master group is the only one of its kind in the United States and will perform a dozen classic and modern masterworks in five languages.
The concert opens with the Latin hymn “Dies Irae,” a medieval poem about the Day of Judgment followed by Russian Pavel Chesnokov’s “Salvation is Created” composed in 1912. Other masterworks include “Mata del anima sola” (“Tree of the Lonely Soul”) by Venezuelan Antonio Estevez and the French language “Dirait-on” by Morten Lauridsen.
“We formed our Chamber Chorale to cherish the masterworks from around the world,” noted Haus. “Nothing compares to the delicate textures and dark complexities of multi-language masterworks. It’s a challenge that singers love to embrace.”
The Chamber Chorale is the fruition of many hours of dreaming, rehearsing and hard work on the part of Haus and the chorale members themselves. But, it’s definitely not all seriousness. As with any new venture, there is fun to be had.
The chorale’s first “sneak peek” performance took place during SDGMC’s summer LUV Madonna concert with wildly popular “Material Madrigirl” which will be performed once again during Crescendo. Other light-hearted classics to be performed include the jaunty “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor” and the playfully mournful “I Wish I Was Single Again.”
Limited tickets are available HERE and start at $15.
The North Chapel is located at Liberty Station Marketplace, 2881 Roosevelt Road in San Diego.
SDGMC has entertained San Diego audiences for nearly 30 years. With more than 200 members, it is one of the largest gay choruses in the world. The group’s official mission is to create a positive musical experience through exciting performances that engage audiences, build community support and provide a dynamic force for social change.