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Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus announces Women’s Chorus Project

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus performs 'Divas 2: Opera Revisited'

The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus today announced the AGMC Women's Chorus Project, a new ensemble that will feature women performers. The group says the new musical group will be “committed to effecting social change through the power of music.”

Kevin Robinson, artistic director for the chrous:

“We're building the launch pad for this new group with this exciting project.  Rehearsals begin in January and the ensemble will make its debut in AGMC's spring concert, No Rest for the WICKED: The Music of Stephen Schwartz. The project is expected to quickly grow in membership and following, and to assume the formal title of Atlanta Women's Chorus.”

Dr. Melissa Arasi, who is currently the supervisor of music, theatre and dance for the Cobb County School system, has been tapped to lead the AGMC Women's Chorus Project.

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Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus salutes equality struggles

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus is preparing to present “Red, White & You,” a new “mission driven” concert devoted to equality and the struggle for human rights — but not before first having a little fun at the annual Big Wig party.

The party, which this year features a fairytale theme of “Once Upon a Wig,” is set for June 2 at the former Fox Sports Grill location at Atlantic Station. Wigs are encouraged — the bigger and more elaborate, the better — with a best-wig contest as part of the festivities.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, with those not wearing wigs paying $40. DJ Todd Skelton spins.

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Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus seeks your votes for Southwest Airlines grant

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Southwest Airlines, new to Atlanta thanks to a merger with AirTran, is celebrating its arrival to the Peach State by awarding $75,000 in grants to local charities.

Among the 15 organizations vying for one of the grants is the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus. The chorus, listed in the “small charity” group, is up against VOX Teen Communications, Good Mews Animal Foundation, Nuci's Space and Coastal Counseling Center.

Georgia residents – sorry out of state readers – can vote for one winner in each category (small, medium and large charities), once a day until March 18.

Voters will also be entered to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, courtesy of Southwest, that includes tickets to a Cirque du Soleil production, round-trip airfare and four nights in the ARIA Resort & Casino.

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Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus announces new executive director

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus

The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus has a new executive director, the group announced today. Crystal Anderson, previously a senior vice president of StandUP for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and at-risk youth, officially took the reigns of the 100-member chorus on Oct. 31.

"This position fills a need within me to give back to our wonderfully diverse community while using my experience, talent and passion for achieving excellence to help the chorus grow and achieve a higher level of success than ever before," Anderson said today in a press release.

"My heart has always been with helping others -- whether it be the homeless, the ill or those fighting against a system that refuses to grant them equal rights based on race, religion or sexual orientation -- so it was a natural fit for me," Anderson added.

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Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus hosts shopping fundraiser at Jonathan Adler

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus

The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus will hold a private shopping bonanza and fundraiser tomorrow night at Jonathan Adler from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event, a celebration to mark the end of the AGMC's 30th season, will feature summer drinks and light bites provided by Radial Cafe.

Attendees are encouraged to make a purchase or three as a portion of all the sales during the event will go directly to the AGMC.

For more information, click here.

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[Photos]: Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates ’30 Years of Broadway’

The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus celebrates '30 Years of Broadway'

The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus took the stage Friday and Saturday for three performances of Broadway classics, also celebrating three decades of the Atlanta choral group.

The concerts at the Rialto Center for the Arts featured special guest Shawn Megorden, who joined more than 100 members of the AGMC. The chorus performed songs from a wide variety of Broadway shows, including "Wicked," "Hairspray," "The Producers" and more.

“This production caps off the 30th season of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the longest-running and most respected gay choruses in the world,” said AGMC Artistic Director Kevin Robison in a press release.

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Snapshots from the weekend

From the annual “Purple Dress Run” to the final night of country / western bar 3 Legged Cowboy, our photographers were on the scene all weekend snapping great shots.

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus performs 'Divas 2: Opera Revisited'

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus performed "Divas 2: Opera Revisited" at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. (Photos by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography)

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