July 20, 2012
choruses perform in Denver
One Voice Chorus among 130 choirs at GALA Denver festival
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by Matt Comer | Editor | email@example.com
Charlotte’s One Voice Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte traveled to Denver, Colo., July 7-11 to participate in this year’s GALA Festival 2012, held at the Boettcher Concert Hall. GALA, an international LGBT choral association, represents more than 170 choruses around the world. GALA’s Festival is held every four years. This year, the event attracted 45 ensembles, 130 choirs and 6,000 delegates for more than 200 performances over four-and-a-half days.
The quadrennial GALA Festival is not competitive. One Voice Chorus Artistic Director Gerald Gurss described the event as “somewhat of an LGBT choral olympics,” but no judging, scoring or awards are presented.
“[It's] only the music shared and inspirational memories and messages to bring back home,” Gurss said.
One Voice Chorus said its concert set at the GALA Festival was designed to tell the story of contemporary life an LGBT person living in Charlotte. Their performed pieces included “Domicilium,” a selection commissioned for One Voice from composer Greg Gilpin for the chorus’s 20th anniversary in 2010. The chorus also premiered a new composition from composer Jeffrey Horvath. “The Letter” opens with excerpts from the texts of gay teen suicide letters and ends with the words of actress Roz Michaels’ letter to her deceased son.
Other pieces included the humorous “Santorum: ingoramus est,” written by Gurss, “Somewhere out There” from “An American Tail” and an arranged Indian raga, “Desh,” by Ethan Sperry. Soloist Caroline Cave was featured in “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.”
One Voice’s small auditioned ensemble was also featured at the festival, where they performed an original staging of “Internet is for Porn” in front of “Avenue Q” writer Jeff Marx.
One Voice begins its 24th season in September. For more information, visit onevoicechorus.com.
‘It Gets Better’ candlelight vigil planned for gay teen suicide victims
LGBT, other community groups partner to present vigil on National Coming Out Day
CHARLOTTE, NC – Oct. 11, 2010 – Local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations and other community groups are partnering to present “It Gets Better,” a special candlelight vigil and concert in memory of LGBT young people who fell victim to anti-gay harassment, bullying, depression and suicide. The event will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC, 28205, 7:30 p.m. on National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, 2010, a day of both celebration and remembrance for LGBT people.
Presenting community groups include: Campus Pride, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, One Voice Chorus, PRIDE JWU Charlotte, Queer Rising QC, Time Out Youth and UNC-Charlotte PRIDE. Other organizations are also expected to join in on the effort.
“The nation is still mourning the loss of so many young gay people, and now is as fitting a time as ever to pause and take note of the unfathomable tragedies affecting our youth,” says Shane Windmeyer, executive director of the national, Charlotte-based group Campus Pride. “We ask that Charlotteans join with the nation in remembrance of these lost lives.”
Throughout September, news-media documented several high profile cases of suicides by gay youth, and research shows LGBT young people are at increased risk of bullying and harassment and more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. In fact, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network noted in a 2009 study that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT middle and high school students reported personally experiencing anti-gay bullying while at school. Campus Pride’s 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People, released in early September, noted similar trends among the more than 6,000 college and university students, faculty and staff it surveyed.
“The tragedies highlighted by national news media last month are real life examples of the long-documented trends we’ve seen in anti-gay bullying, harassment and youth risk,” says Steve Bentley, executive director of the LGBT youth service and support group Time Out Youth. “We work with local youth every day, and rest assured: these issues are just as important here in Charlotte as they are anywhere in the nation. Our local youth face many of the same issues and same risks.”
Says John Quillin, director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte: “We urge Queen City residents to attend this vigil, remember and celebrate these young, lost lives through song, and learn how they can take direct and concrete actions to help prevent locally the tragedies we’ve seen play out in the national media.”
For more information about gay columnist Dan Savage’s national “It Gets Better” campaign, visit www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject.
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The following community organizations are proud to present the “It Gets Better” vigil:
Campus Pride (www.campuspride.org),
Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte (www.gmccharlotte.org),
One Voice Chorus (www.onevoicechorus.com),
Pride JWU Charlotte (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2201563318), Queer Rising QC (www.facebook.com/qrisingqc),
Time Out Youth (www.timeoutyouth.org),
UNC-Charlotte PRIDE (http://www.sco.uncc.edu/pride/)
One Voice Chorus is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions to One Voice Chorus are tax deductible in accordance to IRS regulations.