It’s time again to “Deck the Halls” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!” Three area gay men’s choruses are ringing in the holiday season with programs of festival music.
Voices of Pride, the Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches, opens the season with “Voices of the Season” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 100 N. Palmway in Lake Worth.
The theme of the program is “Dreams: the stuff that makes the holiday season so special for so many and in so many different ways,” according to a press release. Under the direction of Tom Pilecki, the chorus will sing a selection of familiar standards and whimsical spoofs, as well as the requisite audience sing-a-longs, including a beautiful setting of “The Night Before Christmas” and a hilarious spoof, “Fruitcake.”
For tickets, go to VoicesOfPride.org.
One of the most in-demand tickets is for the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s annual holiday concert. This year, the chorus, under the direction of interim artistic director Harold Dioquino, performs “A Time to Love,” Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 at 8 p.m. at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.
Due to demand in Fort Lauderdale and seeking an opportunity to expand the chorus’ reach into Palm Beach County, another performance was added at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Dioquino said the program would again feature a signature mix of timeless classics and lighter holiday fare, ranging from John Rutter’s “Magnificat” and Craig Courtney’s “Festival Gloria” to a special version of “Jingle Bells,” but his lips are sealed on the details.
Swing dancers will take the stage for a jazzy arrangement of “Let it Ring, Let it Sing, Let it Snow,” and the entire chorus will send the audience to the sunny Caribbean for “The King is Born,” a Calypso carol accompanied by congas, rhythm percussion and marimba. The chorus will be backed up throughout by an instrumental ensemble, including flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass, percussion, harp and organ.
For tickets, go to GayMensChorusOfSouthFlorida.org.
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Anthony Cabrera, again offers a theatrical production, sending audiences at the North Beach Band Shell, 7275 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, to “Elf U.”
“The audience is going to learn all the things you need to know to be an elf,” Cabrera explained. “The message is that we can all functions as ‘elves’ all year long and work for the common good.”
Among the musical selections are Mariah Carey’s hit, “Don’t Save It All for Christmas,” and “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie.” “The Davie Dinkle Song” will show that there is good in everyone, even the little boy who pees in public but saves Christmas for his little town when a blizzard threatens Santa’s visit.
Vina Rouge, a transgender activist, performer and former member of the chorus, will be featured during the show, and there will be another blizzard at the end of the concert.
“It’s going to snow!” Cabrera promised. “Way more snow than last year.”
For tickets, go to MiamiGayMensChorus.org.