|GALA Choruses Festival 2012 |
in Denver, CO
After a week of Broadway theatre, we flew to Denver to be a part of the GALA Choruses Festival (http://www.galachoruses.org). My husband is a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the founding choruses in the LGBT movement. I was fortunate to be attending as his spouse. The festival was for 4.5 days, and featured 45 ensembles, 130 choirs, 200 performances, and over 6,000 delegates in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado!
|GuyDads at the Red Hot Party|
I attended over 47 performance blocks out of the 200 that were presented. During most of the festival there were 3 concurrent concerts happening at the same time that one had to choose from. The choruses and ensembles ranged in size from a half-dozen to 300. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was the largest chorus there with 300. There was no way to see it all and some of the best know groups were scheduled against each other. Many of the smaller groups were a delightful surprise. My two favorite smaller groups were One Voice Chorus (http://www.onevoicechorus.com/) from Charlotte, NC and The Esoterics (http://www.theesoterics.org/) from Seattle, WA. Interestingly the most bawdy and sexual explicit songs were done by the lesbian ensembles.
Here are just a few of the bigger performances I saw:
- A concert of 11 ensemble groups from around the country,
- A concert celebrating GALA’s 30-year history told through commissioned music (hosted by Dan Savage),
- A scared concert exploring the musical connections between spirituality and sexuality,
- A collaborative concert from 5 LGBT youth choruses,
- A “musical documentary” from Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kanas City, MO, (http://www.hmckc.org) of coming out stories narrated by Dan Savage called “When I Knew”,
- A parody tribute to the “Sound of Music” called “Von Trapped!” from Men Alive-Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus (http://www.menalivechorus.org/),
- A whimsical look inside a gay men’s chorus’s that thoughtfully views aging in the gay community called “Out Of My Range (and Other Age-Related Performance Issues)” by Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus in Minneapolis, MN, (http://www.tcgmc.org/),
- And “Enchantingly Wicked” from San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (http://www.sfgmc.org) featuring Stephen Schwartz performing his music with the chorus.
SFGMC GALA chorus convention, Denver 7-11-12
|Capitol Hill Mansion in Denver|
We chose, however, not to say at any of the nearby convention hotels. Instead, we found a charming gay-owned Bed and Breakfast called Capitol Hill Mansion (http://www.capitolhillmansion.com). It is located one block from the historic, “unsinkable” Molly Brown house (http://www.mollybrown.org) in Denver. We also spent a day exploring the Denver Art Museum (http://www.denverartmuseum.org) and the new Clyfford Still Museum (http://www.clyffordstillmuseum.org).
|Clyfford Still Museum|
Tribute to Matthew Shepard, from SF Gay Men's Chorus
An upcoming entry will summarize our 4.5 week trip around Canada.