Local gay men’s choruses will sing in the holiday season with special programs celebrating anniversaries and featuring big-name stars. Here are some highlights of the seasonal concerts ahead
Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus
The Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus continues its 30thanniversary celebration with, “Season’s Greetings from FTLGMC,” on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale.
Founder and artistic director Dr. Gary Keating will lead the 30-voice chorus in a multi-cultural program including many beloved Christmas favorites, as well as new Hanukkah music. The chorus will offer the regional premiere of the moving “Bash Ha Nah Habah” and a rocking “Boogie Woogie Hanukkah.”
“So many Hanukkah songs are written for children, so it’s great to find music written for adults,” Keating explained.
As always, there will also be plenty of opportunities for theatrics and audience participation throughout the program, both chorus traditions.
“We don’t do everything by the book,” Keating explained, noting the continued growth of the chorus (from 14 singers six years ago) and sold out concerts last season. “We have a wonderful group of men who appreciate being together AND making music.”
Tickets for “Season’s Greetings from FTLGMC” are available at TheFtLGMC.org.
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus will revisit many of the biggest hits from their previous holiday concerts in “Naughty and Nice: 20 Years of Holiday Favorites” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church and Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Coral Gables.
“We’ve compiled the chorus’s favorite songs, tidbits from all of our holiday concerts. We have the nice—classical and traditional pieces—and the naughty, like ‘The Davey Dinkle Song,’ about the little boy who pees in the snow, but ultimately saves Christmas,” said artistic director Anthony Cabrera.
Audiences can also expect a hilarious return appearance from the headmistress of “Miss Twinkleton’s School for Sensitive Boys,” and a nod to one of the most popular holiday programs in recent years, “The Nutcracker: Men in Tights.”
“It’s a really fun program,” he said, “with something for everyone.”
Tickets for “Naughty and Nice: 20 Years of Holiday Favorites” are available at MGMChorus.org.
Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida
The 150-voice Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida welcomes Broadway and television star Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” “Finding Neverland”) to the stage of the Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Artistic director Harold Dioquino is practically giddy about the opportunity to share the stage with Morrison. Long before planning for the concert formally began, Dioquino envisioned him as the perfect guest artist for that holiday event.
“It’s sort of like a dream come true,” Dioquino admitted. “Matthew is such a talented performer and he has quite a following from ‘Glee.’ I know the chorus is going to enjoy working with him. The audience will love him, too.”
In addition to the Hard Rock performance, the chorus will present a similar program, “The Heart of the Holidays”—without Morrison—at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for “Holidays at Hard Rock” and “The Heart of the Holidays” are available at GayMensChorusOfSouthFlorida.org.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches
The Voices of Pride’s annual holiday show Voices of the Season takes place Dec. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lake Worth. This year the chorus celebrates 15 years.
NOTE: The ticket info for each concert is at the end of that group’s section, so we won’t need a green box at the end of the story as usual.
Check their website VoicesOfPride.org for more information on tickets.