It’s just not the holidays without music to put you in the festive spirit. Atlanta’s gay and lesbian choruses are poised to host their annual holiday concerts with inclusive messages of peace and hope.
The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus returns to the Cathedral of Saint Philip for its annual holiday concert, this year called “And on Earth, Peace.” The concerts are set for Dec. 7-8, including the traditional ice cream social after the 2 p.m. show on Dec. 8. The chorus also offers a preview show Dec. 1 at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.
Kevin Robinson, artistic director for AGMC, said this year’s theme of peace goes hand-in-hand with the season.
What do you get when you combine Adele, ‘Ave Maria,’ and the brightly colored plastic percussion pipes known as Boomwhackers? “And Nature Smiled,” the new concert from OurSong, Atlanta’s gay and lesbian chorus.
Set for June 8-9 at venues in Atlanta and Morrow, the show unites a variety of musical styles and composers under the common theme of nature. Tickets are $20 for the shows at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and Clayton State University.
“There is so much incredible poetry and imagery in nature, we wanted to explore that poetry and experience,” says Robert Glor, OurSong artistic director.
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.
OurSong, Atlanta’s only mixed gay and lesbian chorus, is readying for its upcoming performances on June 3-4 to celebrate being “Outside Ourselves,” a concert that uses songs about water and nature to celebrate the wonderment of Earth as well as songs that tackle drug addiction within the LGBT community.
“The concert has two halves — the first half deals with water, earth, songs that deal with life,” explains Robert Glor, artistic director.
Song selections for the first half of the concert include “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo; as well as Carly Simon’s hit “Let the River Run Wide” and the Eagle’s “Seven Bridges Road.”