In addition to parties and parades, this year’s traditional pride festivities will also include a concert by Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.
The following weekend, Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m., the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, more than 150 voices strong, will present “Believe! Wishes Do Come True,” at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.
The program, under the baton of artistic director Gordon Roberts, will feature the music of popular Disney cartoons, as well as other animated classics and show tunes.
Roberts and assistant director Harold Dioquino arranged many of the songs for the chorus, nine-piece orchestra and guest soloist Kristen DiNonno Noffsinger.
Together they will sing selections from Disney favorites “Mary Poppins,” “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Lion King” and more recent films, including the hit, “Maleficent,” currently in theaters. Tropical Wave, the group’s select ensemble, will also take the stage.
“Kristen is truly the perfect Disney princess,” Roberts said. “She is not only lovely, but has a soaring voice that is perfectly suited for so many of the songs.”
One of the highlights for Pride, according to Roberts, will be a medley — with twists — on “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Once Upon a Dream.”
To close the concert, the chorus will perform an arrangement of “It’s a Small World After All,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and presented as a “theme and variations” as composed by a wide range of familiar classical composers.
“It’s one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head,” Roberts explained, “but I think the audience will hear and appreciate it in a new way.”
The Saturday performance is sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for the Friday concert for $35 at GayMensChorusOfSouthFlorida.org.