Following a nationwide search, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF) has chosen Anthony Cabrera as their assistant conductor.

A graduate of the University of Miami, Cabrera holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and has more than 25 years of conducting experience in schools, churches and community choruses.

Cabrera leaves the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, where served as artistic director for the past 12 years. He oversaw and conducted the production of large-scale LGBT-themed works, Pride-themed concerts, presentations for children and youth, classical- and pop-themed concerts and cabarets.

In addition to his work with the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, Cabrera continues to be active at the national and international level with GALA Choruses, the North American Association of LGBTQ+ Choral Groups. He currently sits on the New Harmony Task Force, a group charged with developing a series of workbooks and conferences to assist choruses in working through internal issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and belonging.

"I am thrilled to be joining the GMCSF family," Cabrera shared. "I look forward to bringing the best that I can offer in terms of musicianship and support to the chorus's artistic growth and my greatest efforts to further GMCSF’s vision — to see a diverse world united."

GMCSF Artistic Director Gabe Slazar, who led the search process, said, "I knew that I wanted our assistant conductor to be someone with exceptional conducting skills and a strong commitment to the community. Immediately I could see that Anthony brings those qualities to the table, along with decades of experience. I look forward to working with him to build the future of the chorus."

The chorus will be announcing its upcoming concert season in mid-October. For more information, go to GMCSF.org.

Theatre Lab Premieres LGBT-themed Audio Play

The innovative Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton is developing “Versace Era,” a new audio play by Miami-Dade-based playwright Juan C. Sanchez and supported by a grant from Wilton Manors-based Our Fund. 

Gay life in the 1990s in South Beach was a golden time: extravagant parties, glamour, and celebrities and became known as the Versace Era, from when the famous and beloved designer took residence at Casa Casuarina in 1992. His death symbolized the end of those golden days — and the end of refuge — for many South Beach residents, according to an announcement.

Set in 1997 in a fictional cafe on Ocean Drive, “Versace Era” explores the reactions of restaurant employees and guests as they come together to mourn the designer’s tragic end and confront what it means to them and their community. As they work, eat, drink and mourn, their personal stories, interactions and conversations reveal a picture of resilience, celebration, pride, communion and unity.

Sanchez is a Cuban-born playwright who has lived in Miami since he was 7 years old. His work was featured in the virtual production of “Long Distance Affair,” produced by PopUp Theatrics and Juggerknot Theatre Company, and his critically acclaimed immersive productions include “Miami Motel Stories: North Beach,” “Miami Motel Stories: Little Havana,” “Miami Motel Stories: MiMo” and “Wynwood Stories,” also produced by Juggerknot Theatre Company.

Sanchez has been the recipient of three Playwright Development Program grants from the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and the Florida Department of State’s Individual Artist Fellowship.

For more information, go to FAU.edu/TheatreLab.