One Voice Chorus director Gerald Gurss was driving home one night listening to the NPR StoryCorps podcast, and discovered a new segment: “Out Loud,” which captures the stories of the LGBTQ community. Gurss was moved by storyteller Glenda Elliot, a woman in her 70s, reflecting on the love she shared with a woman named Lauree in the 1940s. At this point in history, the cultural ideal of “The American Family” did not include gay couples, and Glenda and Lauree did not know how to “understand their love.” As Glenda noted, “There were certainly no role models of what it means to love someone of the same sex.” They each got married and went their separate ways, though remaining in touch and aware of their bond. Lauree expressed a strong desire to have children, and the two vowed that if they were ever both single, they would reunite. Lauree ended up getting cancer and passing away.
June/July | When you’re doing perspective interviews about the LGBTQ community, it certainly helps to include someone with a historical view. That makes LGBTQ archivist and historian Joshua Burford a prime subject. And with this month’s opening of the exhibit he assembled for The Levine Museum of the New South—“LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality”—the timing couldn’t be better. Read More »
It’s nice when a concert season meets your expectations. Even better when it exceeds them. That’s why we’re glad to report on the HOME season that concluded in June. Over the course of the year, we enjoyed an abundance of singers, packed houses and one-of-a-kind moments in our shows. Thank you to everyone who came to hear us! Here’s a recap of some stand-out elements. Read More »
The work of a chorus’s artistic director is often challenging, and the recognition is rarely proportional to the long hours and creative energy that go into the job. So when One Voice’s artistic director, Gerald Gurss, received the Unsung Hero Award from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte (GMCC) this spring, we were elated!
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One Voice is the proud recipient of two grants from the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund and one from Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council for our 2014/15 concert season. These funds will help us with mount a 25th-anniversary concert season to remember!
Jan/Feb 2014 | In what Artistic Director Gerald Gurss calls “one of the chorus’s most compelling, provocative and relevant shows” in recent years, “HOME”—One Voice Chorus’s concert to raise awareness about LGBT homeless youth—is taking shape for its presentation April 11 & 12.