The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus announced today the lineup for its 31st season. The three shows include a holiday concert in December, a tribute to "Glee" in March, and a celebration of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" set for June.
"I look forward to a great season of beautiful programs, and to fulfilling our mission to entertain and to connect audiences and members through music that is distinguished for its creativity, diversity and artistic excellence," AGMC Artistic Director Kevin Robison said in an email announcing the new season.
First up is "Bells in Boyland," a holiday concert set for Dec. 9-10 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The 100-member chorus partners with the Atlanta Concert ringing for songs such as "Carol of the Bells," "Silver Bells," "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and more. As has become a tradition for the AGMC, an ice cream social will follow each performance.
Holiday concert, ‘Glee’ tribute on tap for new Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus season
“GLEEvolution,” scheduled March 30-31 at Emory University, is a tribute to the impact the popular television has had in reinvigorating high school glee clubs around the country.
“With hits like ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ‘A House is Not a Home,’ ‘Sweet Caroline’ and many other classics heard on the TV hit, the AGMC will celebrate the re-birth of some 300 high-school chorus groups as the result of the ‘Glee effect,'” the AGMC notes in its season announcement.
Finally, the chorus will celebrate the end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays in the military with “Red, White & You,” set for June 15-16, also at Emory.
The diverse lineup will explore “our country’s past, present and future” through patriotic songs, tunes by Paul Simon, poetry by writers Langston Hughes and Chief Seattle, and more.
“Like a bridge over troubled water, ‘Red White & You’ calls for courage, determination, unity and asks (in what is certain to be a pivotal election year) an important question: What are our true colors?” the chorus states.