Local Gay Men’s Choruses will sing in the holiday season with special programs featuring outstanding soloists and big-name stars. On Dec. 8 The Original Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus featured outstanding soloists in its 30th anniversary holiday concert, “Wishful Gifts.”
Here are some highlights of the other special concerts ahead:
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus will feature a Latin beat at its annual holiday concerts, “Joy for the Season,” courtesy of Grammy-winner Jon Secada, on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Coral Gables.
Secada will perform selections from his latest album, which took home the trophy at the Latin Grammys last weekend, as well as several numbers with the chorus.
“It’s nice to have somebody of his notoriety reach out to perform with us,” said artistic director Anthony Cabrera, who had to reorganize his original program at the last minute.
Cabrera also has several interesting “pairings” planned, like Oleta Adams’ “Get Here” sung with “I’ll be Home for the Holidays,” as well as traditional Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs.
“It’s a feel-good concert,” he said, “with something for everyone.”
The chorus will also perform a similar program—without Secada—on Friday, Dec. 15 at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church in Miami Shores.
Tickets for “Joy for the Season” 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 Alan Cumming (“Cabaret,” “The Good Wife”) to the stage of the Hard Rock Live at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Cumming, who won a Tony for his performance at the Emcee in “Cabaret,” will sing some of the songs from the penned by Kander and Ebb and share some of the stories from his career.
“He loves to tell stories,” said artistic director Harold Dioquino, who promised a varied and exciting program. “It’s really a privilege for us to perform with him.”
In addition to traditional holiday favorites, Actress Sharon Gless, famous for her roles on “Cagney & Lacey” and “Burn Notice,” will narrate a musical tribute to Ruth Coker Burks, “the cemetery angel” who gave up a career in real estate to care for AIDS victims during the height of the crisis.
“That’s the heart of the show,” said Dioquino, “what Christmas is all about.”
In addition to the Hard Rock Live performance, the chorus presented a similar program, “Light & Joy”—without Alan Cumming—at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for “Holidays at Hard Rock Live with Alan Cumming” and “Light & Joy” are available at GayMensChorusOfSouthFlorida.org.