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.
Concerts by two of Atlanta’s gay choruses over the next few weeks promise cheer and beloved holiday music, each with its own particular spin.
OurSong, Atlanta’s gay and lesbian chorus, will perform its holiday concert “Shout Out to Heaven and Earth” next 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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)