Choral groups in South Florida just got a big boost.
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus recently won a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to produce a Choral Festival.
“This will help build bridges with other groups in the area,” said Miami Gay Men’s Chorus President Keith M. Hart.
For 15 years the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus has boosted spirits through song and dance. The group began as the South Beach Gay Men’s Chorus in 1999, said Hart, and is now 64 members strong.
This weekend, the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus presents its annual holiday concert, “Bells in Boyland” at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. The concert, under the direction of Anthony Cabrera, is part men’s chorus, part handbell concert with humor from “belles” arranged in between.
“The chorus is sounding wonderfully well,” Cabrera said. “Everything is looking great. We’re excited about putting this on stage.”
Like Hart, Cabrera is happy to receive the festival funding, noting it brings together many different cultures under the universal umbrella of music. A father of a 5-year-old girl, Cabrera said one of his initiatives is to produce a children’s program.
“Bells in Boyland” plays Dec. 20-23 (8 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinee) at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road. Hart described the historic venue as “acoustically wonderful.”
“You can be in the back row and still feel a part of the performance,” Hart said.
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus rehearses weekly at All Souls Episcopal Church in Miami Beach. The Choral Festival is scheduled for March 8, 2014.
For more information on the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, visit www.MiamiGayChorus.org