The talented gay men’s choruses of the region always offer crowd pleasing concerts and the array of holiday productions planned for the upcoming weeks are no exception:
Voices of Pride, Lake Worth
Voices of Pride opens the holiday concert season with “Glad Tidings,” on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 100 N. Palmway in Lake Worth.
The program, under the direction of Tom Pilecki, will feature Christmas and Chanukah favorites, “our signature irreverent stamp on holiday traditions,” promising audiences will leave feeling “just a little better about our crazy world.”
The concert, celebrating the 12th holiday season for the chorus, also meets the long-standing goal of the ensemble, “providing the community the highest musical and performance standards, and encouraging diversity and respect for all people through music.”
Pilecki added, “It is both a privilege and pleasure for us to use our talents to send this message of openness and acceptance to all who hear us.”
Tickets are $25 in advance at VoicesOfPride.org. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.
Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Over the past five years, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida has grown rapidly and now boasts more than 175 voices. Tickets for special performances, like the chorus’ annual holiday concerts, frequently sell out well in advance.
This year, the chorus added performances over a second weekend for its annual performance, “Comfort and Joy.” The chorus, under the direction of Gordon Roberts and accompanied by an orchestral ensemble, will perform classical works, as well as traditional Christmas and Chanukah selections on both Dec. 12 – 13 and Dec. 19-20 at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.
“I don’t know anybody else that completely sells out,” Roberts said. “We’re the hottest ticket in town, but we deliver. We’ve constantly increased our audiences, including straight audiences, and now we’re the largest chorus (gay or straight) in all of Florida.”
The last reserved tickets for the four holiday performances sold out just before Thanksgiving. For information about upcoming concerts in the 2014-15 seasons, go to GMCSF.org
Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, Miami Beach
After 12 years, the 45-voice Miami Gay Men’s Chorus brings its annual holiday concert to a new venue, the North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, for two performances, Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
The Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Anthony Cabrera, always offers a theatrical program, but this year, the production team is promising to make it snow in the outdoor amphitheater.
Santa discovers that the tile roofs on the houses in Miami are difficult to land on and ends up crash landing his sleigh on Collins Avenue, in “A Magic City Christmas.”
“The goal is to capitalize on the space, to create a very memorable experience for the audience,” explained Cabrera. “Santa Claus is in distress after this horrible, horrible accident and the elves and the reindeer take off.”
Santa’s wayward helpers turn up in Sweetwater, Surfside, Overtown, Coral Gables and Edgewater throughout the program. Their antics are backed up by music set in the various neighborhoods and create a map for children to learn the geography and culture of Miami.
“And trust me, we’re going to make it snow, too,” he promised, “right here in Miami.”
Tickets are $25 at MiamiGayChorus.org.
Tickets for the Voices of Pride concerts on Dec. 5 and 7 in Lake Worth are $25 at VoicesOfPride.org. Tickets for the Miami Gay Men's Chorus concerts in Miami Beach on Dec. 19 and 20 are $25 at MiamiGayChorus.org.