Local Gay Men’s Choruses Offer Musical Cheer

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without music. Fortunately, South Florida boasts several fine Gay Men’s Choruses that fill the season with the dulcet sounds of those favorite Christmas and Chanukah tunes we learned as children. Here’s a look at what the choruses in Fort Lauderdale and Miami have planned for audiences this year:

Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus

Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus celebrates the holidays for the first time with their founder, Dr. Gary Keating, who has returned to the podium after a long absence.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Keating, “and for any people who say you can’t come home, well, it’s a lie. You can come home.”

The chorus will present its holiday concert at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale auditorium, a space Keating describes as “intimate” but well suited for the entertaining programs he favors. He and his singers enjoy the smaller setting because they can see the audience response and perform to their fans.

“That just doesn’t happen if you’ve got a thousand seats. It’s fun to sing there,” he said.

In addition to Christmas standards, FLGMC will perform several lighter works including the Hawaiian song, Mele Kalikimaka, accompanied by ukelele; a barbershop rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town; and a new piece, called Christmas Cheer, complete with cheerleaders. The program will also include The Boogie Woogie Chanukah and the tale of Bruce the Elf.

FLGMC presents “In the Spirit” Dec. 6-8 at 8 p.m. in the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale auditorium, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. Tickets are $25-40 at TheFtLGMC.org or by calling 954-832-0060.

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

In just two seasons, Artistic Director Gordon Roberts has built the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF) into a 130-voice powerhouse, regularly selling out concert and performing some of the most challenging choral repertoire.

GMCSF’s holiday concert, “Mighty Sounds of Joy,” highlights the massive sound of the chorus with a celebration of 19 carols and holiday songs, including O Come All Ye Faithful and Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day; novelty songs Variations on Jingle Bells and Santa Baby; the Chanukah hymn, Light One Candle; and classical works  like Mendelssohn’s There Shall a Star.

Tickets are already sold out for the GMCSF’s concerts on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, 15. Tickets are still available for $30 for the Thursday, Dec. 13 concert at the Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For tickets and information, go to GayMensChorusofSouthFlorida.org.

Miami Gay Men’s Chorus

According to the Mayan calendar, the end of the world is expected on Dec. 22, 2012. What would you do if you would never be able to celebrate Christmas again? That’s the theme of the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus concert, “A Very Merry Apocalypse to You.”

“Our concert is the weekend before,” explained Artistic Director Anthony Cabrera, “So it’s the very last opportunity to celebrate.”

The chorus sets off to do a regular holiday concert—except for an interruption with a Mayan deity—but then get distracted by all the aspects of the holidays they’re going to miss most.

The 60-member chorus will offer fresh arrangements of many traditional songs, including The First Noel accompanied by Pachelbel’s famous canon and Silent Night set to J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C, as well as What Child is This.

From there, the program takes some fun twists as the chorus performs a “very holiday” version of the Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show and Repent, featuring a street corner evangelist warning of the impending doom.

MGMC presents “A Very Merry Apocalypse to You,” Dec. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd. in Miami Beach. Tickets are $25-40 at MiamiGayChorus.org.


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