Presented by the fabulous Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
Reuban Reynolds III, Music Director
Chad Weirick, Principal Accompanist & Assistant Music Director
ASL Interpretation by Lewana Clark (This woman deserves her own concert)
Michelle Chasse, Choreographer
The title of the programme comes from Alan Menken and Jack Feldman’s Newsies.
If you’ve been involved in either the Boston area theatre or LGBTQ scenes long enough, you have heard of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC). If you haven’t heard of their exquisitely executed, heart rending concerts, you’ve been living under a metaphorical rock. Shame on you! They’ve been making sweet music since 1982 and deserve all the accolades they get for their musicianship and their outreach.
The BGMC provides a desperately needed voice to the Gay and Male-Trans community in both adult and young adult capacities. This weekend’s concerts incorporate the talents of students from Wellesley High School: Wellesley High School Keynote Singers and Wellesley High School Rice Street Singers. WHS joins BGMC for the stirring “Testimony” written by Stephen Schwartz. The lyrics are taken from the It Gets Better Project and offers a message of hope for the LGBTQ. There were no dry eyes in the house. If these darling WHS students are our future, we have every reason to be hopeful.
Programme also includes Only Heaven, a work written by Ricky Ian Gordon using the poetry of Langston Hughes. The dancing by Christian Bufford and Bradley Gibson should not be missed.
I had the pleasure of seeing soloist Jordan Fantauzzo in Jesus Christ Superstar in 2012. His performance in this concert is just as inspired as it was then. Keep an eye on him; he is going places.
A personal note: It is not easy as a queer woman to find LGBTQ friendly environments that are all inclusive safe spaces that do not default to a heteronormative status quo. BGMC makes everyone welcome in their concert space while exerting their authority over Jordan Hall for the brief time they have it. It was a blessing to be in such a space experiencing their love of art and music. Thank you.
CRESCENDO! (fundraising auction and gala)
Saturday, May 11
June 6 – June 9, John Hancock Hall