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SDGMC Chamber Chorale to debut at New York's Lincoln Center

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ Chamber Chorale is heading to New York in June to perform at the Lincoln Center.
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World renown San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ Chamber Chorale is going to make its Lincoln Center debut in just one month.

On June 4, they will assemble on the Avery Fisher/David Geffen stage in New York City to give an emotional performance of Tyler’s Suite which is co-commissioned by the SDGMC.

Executive Director Bob Lehman says performing at the Lincoln Center is a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

"It’s that story you’ll tell when you’re 90 years-old sitting on the front porch," he said. "Our guys will always remember stepping onto that famous New York City stage and singing in the footsteps of Pavarotti. It will be unforgettable.

Grammy and Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz is the musical director. Schwartz is one of the best known composers and lyricists in the business.

In the early 70’s he wrote the music and new lyrics to Godspell which garnered him two Grammys. Later he would team up with Alan Menkin for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre DamePocahontas, and the live-action film Enchanted.

Of course his resume would not be complete without mention of his long-running Broadway smash Wicked, and now he will lend his talents for Tyler's Suite.

Tyler’s Suite is a masterwork in nine parts.

It tells the story of gay violinist Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, who was cyber-bullied so excessively he took his own life, jumping from the George Washington Bridge in 2010. 

This performance is a landmark moment says Lehman, "The music was created under the leadership of Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz and each of the nine movements was written by a team of Tony, Pulitzer, Grammy and Academy Award-winning artists. Tyler’s story will live on forever thanks to the leading composers and librettists of our day. 

The Chorus helped bring Tyler's Suite to life as one of seven co-commissioners. Lehman says they did so because music has the power to convey emotion, and in Tyler's case the loss was so tragic it should never be forgotten. 

"Today, kids all around the world are hearing about Tyler and his story—about kindness, about suicide prevention and about standing up to bullying," he said.

The SDGMC is known for their advocacy and support throughout the community. With each performance they bring awareness to a cause and help raise funds for LGBT programs.

"We may be a just a group of singers, but we’re singers on a mission," said Lehman. "Our goal is to change lives one voice at a time. Tyler’s Suite has the ability to help us do that--to reach out as ambassadors of San Diego’s LGBT community to change the hearts and minds of all communities."

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ Chamber Chorale will perform Tyler's Suite in New York City at the Lincoln Center on Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm.