OurSong, Atlanta’s gay and lesbian chorus, will perform its holiday concert “Shout Out to Heaven and Earth” this weekend, Dec. 2-3. According to Artistic Director Dr. Robert Glor, the musical program is a reflection on those natural elements that make the holidays a special time of the year.
The concert will feature favorites such as “Let it Snow” and a jazz version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as well as selections by composers Morten Laurdisen, Kevin Memley and more.
“We have a reputation for doing very modern music, very accessible, with spirituality as well,” Glor says. “We also like to put spins and twists on music and do things differently — we don’t repeat very much.”
Two of the centerpieces in the 19-number repertoire are “Ave Maria” by Memley and Swedish composer Gunnar Eriksson’s “To the Mothers in Brazil.” Originally an instrumental work, “Mothers” has been redone to accommodate voices. Glor says the number is an homage to the mother figure and indicative of Brazilian culture, with drums part of the performance.
The first night’s performance will be at The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the second will be at Spivey Hall.
Glor is thrilled for the chorus’s first performance at Spivey Hall.
“It’s a true concert hall,” he says, “meant to see and hear music.”
OurSong has an almost equal mixture of men and women in its chorus, Glor says.
Performances are at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. Tickets are $20.