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SFGMC's "I Am Harvey Milk" Original Cast Recording Wins Independent Music Award

Recently, the Independent Music Awards (IMAs) named the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus the winner in the Soundtrack / Cast Recording category for I Am Harvey Milk. I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of an American icon.

SFGMC's Recording Of "I Am Harvey Milk" Nominated For Independent Music Award

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World Premiere of "I Am Harvey Milk" Announced

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World premiere of "I AM HARVEY MILK" with music and words by Andrew Lippa will headline SFGMC's 35th Anniversary Celebration Concert on June 27 and June 28. I Am Harvey Milk, the new oratorio with music and words by Tony® and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa, will have its world premiere at The Nourse Auditorium (201-299 Hayes Street, San Francisco) as part of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 35th Anniversary Celebration concert, “Harvey Milk 2013.” The special two-night engagement will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28.

Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony® Award-winner Laura Benanti as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk is directed by Noah Himmelstein, conducted by Dr. Timothy Seelig, orchestrated by August Eriksmoen, Video and Projection Design by Andrew Lazarow, and will feature the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus accompanied by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. I Am Harvey Milk is produced by Bruce Cohen, in association with Robb Nanus and Jessica Leventhal.

I Am Harvey Milk was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, along with Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Vancouver Men's Chorus, and Heartland Men's Chorus. Following this World Premiere Event, the piece will be made available for choruses to perform from coast to coast.

I Am Harvey Milk weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life – from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination. Part choral work, part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of an American icon.

Harvey Milk 2013 will also feature the debut of I am the Legacy, featuring a variety of performance pieces celebrating the legacy of Harvey Milk submitted by artists from around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tickets for Harvey Milk 2013 range in price from $25-$65 and are available now online or through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

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FREE Download - "Angels in Seven" by SFGMC

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Listen to the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus perform "Angels in Seven" from Joyous, Jolly, Jingles. Add this free track to your iTunes music library now!

Recorded live on December 8, 2011 at Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. Free download is compatible with iPod/iTunes.

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SantaConcert Video!

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Ever wonder what 250 Santa's look like dancing and singing? Well, here's your chance to get a sneak peak of SantaConcert and see Santa, like you've never seen him before!

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE - Castro Theatre at 5, 7 & 9PM Christmas Eve.

This year, we salute Santa, the quintessential icon of the holidays. We'll be wearing our red suits and joining the millions of people that take part in SantaCon each year (which, by the way, started right here in SF). That's right, over 250 gay men dressed in red- it’s our most festive and spectacular holiday show ever!


  • MONDAY, DEC. 24 at 5PM, 7PM, & 9PM
  • Come home for the holidays with us to the Castro Theater on Christmas Eve!

FREE Download - "O Magnum Mysterium" with Melody Moore

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We'd like to give you the gift of music this holiday season! SF Opera superstar soprano Melody Moore soars as she joins the Chorus in this breathtaking performance of Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium." Recorded live on December 8, 2011 at Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco.  Free download is compatible with iPod/iTunes. Download Song    

Get your SantaConcert tickets soon- they're going fast!

This year, we salute Santa, the quintessential icon of the holidays. We'll be wearing our red suits and joining the millions of people that take part in SantaCon each year (which, by the way, started right here in SF). That's right, over 250 gay men dressed in red- it’s our most festive and spectacular holiday show ever!  

  • THURSDAY, DEC. 6 at 8PM
  • Davies Symphony Hall
  • Special Make-A-Wish concert event benefit!
  • With the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Orchestra
  • MONDAY, DEC. 24 at 5PM, 7PM, & 9PM
  • Come home for the holidays with us to the Castro Theater on Christmas Eve!

SF Opera superstar soprano Melody Moore joins SFGMC - Video

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Take six minutes out of the hustle and bustle of your frenetic holiday season this Thanksgiving by joining the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in a stunning musical experience. This week, soprano Melody Moore stepped into the leading role of the San Francisco Opera's opening night production of TOSCA. One review said "she received an ovation that shook the walls of the War Memorial Opera House." Another newspaper said, "A Star is Born." Melody joined the Chorus in both our holiday and spring concerts last year and wowed everyone. This video features Melody with the Chorus in the mesmerizing "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen. She can also be heard on the SFGMC recording "Enchantingly Wicked" singing two arias by Stephen Schwartz. We are beyond thrilled and honored to have shared the stage with this incredible woman and artist.

Free download- it's our holiday gift to you!

Download nowDownload "O Magnum Mysterium" to your iPod/iTunes music library for FREE. Hear Melody soar in this breathtaking live recording!

SFGMC partners with Make-A-Wish foundation.

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We are proud to announce our partnership with the Make-A-Wish foundation, an organization whose volunteers have brought joy to countless numbers of sick children. Join us on December 6th for SantaConcert --a special Make-A-Wish concert event at Davies Symphony Hall.

Meet Michael: Our own Make-A-Wish Child

SFGMC Tenor Michael McGovern received a "wish" of his very own during a battle with cancer. Here is his story, as told by his father: During the summer of 1986, we were vacationing on Nantucket Island. Marcie’s parents were on a three-week trip in Europe, and the empty house on the water was too inviting to pass up for a quick getaway. 2 ½-year-old Michael and his older brother Phil were horsing around in the breakfast nook one evening when Michael fell back onto the edge of the bench, hit his shoulder, and started crying. Mom discovered a suspicious lump on his shoulder and took him to the doctor the next day. The doctor was very concerned by the lump and rather emphatic that we should see our pediatrician as soon as possible. We arrived at Dr. Norman Weinberger‘s office first thing on Monday. He looked at the lump on Michael’s shoulder and scheduled a consultation with Dr. Sue McIntosh at Yale New Haven’s oncology practice, who had one look at Michael’s lump and scheduled surgery to determine the pathology of the tumor. The attending surgeon, Dr. Seashore, reported that Michael had a rare form of muscle cancer: rhabdomyosarcoma. Michael was a brave soldier and submitted to multiple invasive procedures and horrible elixirs in preparation for the follow-up surgery the next day. They removed the bulk of the muscle on his scapula bone and several “involved” lymph nodes around his shoulder and down his right arm. Michael was immediately started on an aggressive regimen of three specific chemotherapy drugs sequencing in one-, two, and three-week protocol timetables and a week off, plus 25 radiation treatments over 18 months. In the months following his treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital, the staff in Dr. McIntosh’s office referred us to the Make a Wish (MAW) Foundation of Connecticut. We were not too familiar with MAW Foundation, but the MAW volunteers did a fantastic job dealing with our very emotional response to their proposal and reminded me that the MAW Foundation approach was for our son. He wanted to see Mickey and all the Disney characters (prompted by Phil, I’m sure), and we began planning his “wish,” which became something Michael started looking forward to. At 3 years old he was beginning to see the relationship his wish had to his many visits to the doctor’s office and the ever-present needles, blood work, and tests. We are one of the fortunate families, and we thank God every day for our blessings. Michael got his wish, and it helped give him the strength to beat the odds. He graduated with honors from high school, and has a BS in Biology/pre-med from The University of San Francisco. Gymnastics classes and tennis mitigated much of the debilitating effects of the surgery and radiation treatments. Michael turned 28 last January and is a smart, attractive, gifted young man with great passion for music and performance, and has been able to spend time “giving back” for all his blessings, dedicating time and resources to worthy charities and foundations.

Call for Auditions: Harvey Milk 2013

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Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy will be presented by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on Thursday June 27 & Friday June 28, 2013 at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. The music is taken from the life and words of Harvey Milk and set to music by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. Three lead roles will be cast. You may request a live audition & we will also be accepting video submissions. Those requesting a live audition may email [email protected] for an appointment. If you are providing a video, please send a high quality video file or URL to [email protected]

Mr. Lippa will be present for the auditions.

 

DETAILS
  • Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • The Baha'i Center of SF
  • 170 Valencia Street, SF, CA 94103


Visit the Milk 2013 Page

Introducing Season 35

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Watch the SEASON 35 VIDEO and learn how the icons that make San Francisco unique-- SantaCon, Beach Blanket Babylon and Harvey Milk-- help us celebrate our 35th anniversary season.



Season 34-- Highlights Video

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Ever wonder what an entire season of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is like? If you got 4 minutes, we can show you-- here's a video look-back at Season 34, SENSATIONAL



Season 35 starts with Dan Savage & Joe Jervis at Crescendo!

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The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus opens its Iconic 35th Season with Crescendo, its wildly anticipated annual fundraising gala. SFGMC will present two gay icons with its Champion Awards: Dan Savage, co-founder of the It Gets Better Project, will receive the Human Rights Champion Award for his contributions to Stephen Schwartz's "Testimony", which was premiered by the Chorus last March. Blogger and activist Joe Jervis will receive the Media Champion Award for continued support of the chorus on his widely-read blog, "Joe.My.God."
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Joe Jervis, Blogger
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Andrew Lippa, Composer
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“This time-honored event supports the Chorus in raising both awareness and the crucial funds necessary to build and sustain our broad repertoire of social endeavors," said Sean Livingston, SFGMC Chairman of the Board and Crescendo Co-Chair. "We look forward to a fun afternoon filled with inspiration, as we continue to share our mission of changing lives through the power of music." At the event, guests will mix and mingle with family, friends and local Bay Area personalities and will hear a glorious and entertaining preview of selections from SFGMC’s upcoming Iconic Season 35 which includes SantaConcert, Snow White and Her Merry Men and Harvey Milk: Living The Legacy. Crescendo further delights with a classic Sunday champagne brunch, silent and live auctions overfilled with faraway exotic destinations, extra special events, distinctive food experiences, rare treats and Crescendo's signature Wall of Wine. For more information and tickets, please visit the Crescendo web-site.


The Ground-- Video Performance

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See and hear the chorus' breathtaking performance of Ola Gjeilo's THE GROUND. This special video was recorded live in Denver, Colorado at this year's GALA Festival of Choruses. Originally part of the composer's Sunrise Mass for mixed chorus, a men's version of "The Ground" was commissioned specifically for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.




SantaConcert

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This year, we salute Santa, the quintessential icon of the holidays with SANTACONCERT. It's our most festive and spectacular holiday show ever!

SantaCon is global sensation that started in San Francisco in 1994. Hundreds flocked to the streets dressed as Santa, making it the ultimate expression of holiday cheer.


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 6 at 8PM
  • Davies Symphony Hall
  • With the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Orchestra
  • MONDAY, DEC. 24 at 5PM, 7PM, & 9PM
  • Come home for the holidays with us to the Castro Theater on Christmas Eve!

Snow White & Her Merry Men

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Snow White is still looking for love, and we're going to help her find it. For the first time in 30 years, the cast of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon joins the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus for an extravagant, hilarious spectacle that's can only be described as pure, over the top entertainment. The costumes, the parodies, the music and THE HATS!


  • MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013 at 8PM
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013 at 8PM
  • Davies Symphony Hall

Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy

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The chorus's 35th Anniversary Concert, Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy, commemorates the historic connection between Harvey and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

Living the Legacy features the World Premiere of "I am Harvey Milk" by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa. This dramatic new work challenges each of us to find a part of Harvey in ourselves.

Three years in the making, Harvey Milk 2013: Living the Legacy is a musical celebration honoring the death of one icon, and the birth of another.


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013 at 8PM
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 at 8PM
  • Nourse Auditorium

Crescendo

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Season 35 opens with Crescendo, one of the City’s most anticipated social mixers and annual chorus fundraiser. This delightful brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel includes an enticing and elaborate auction, fabulous entertainment, and prestigious awards.

Our Silent Auction begins promptly at noon, followed by brunch and entertainment at 1PM, and concludes with our special awards.


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 14 at 12PM
  • Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco

Testimony Video & Music Now Available

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TESTIMONY is a breathtaking and emotional new masterpiece written by Stephen Schwartz for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. Based on the heartfelt words of the "It Gets Better Project," TESTIMONY speaks to anyone who has ever felt out of place. The DVD Video is available for purchase, along with an iPod/iTunes downloadable version of the song from the SFGMC online store.

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