Season 38: Expect The Unexpected - Subscribe Now!

With the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, you can always expect the unexpected. For the last 37 years, the Chorus’ combination of extraordinary musicianship and outrageous showmanship has become known internationally. Come experience the glorious music-making and life-altering activism, with over-the-top surprises at every turn.

"Passion: Song of Love and Life" - Now Available For Purchase

SFGMC’s new recording Passion: Songs of Love and Life is available now for purchase and download. Passion: Songs of Love and Life was recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall during two concerts on April 1 & 2, 2015 and was produced by multi-Grammy award-winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Ranch. The recording is available here:

Season 37 Mini-Subscriptions Launch

Since 1978, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has been an integral part of the Bay Area arts community, creating extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism and compassion. We’ve done that in large part from the support of our donors and supporters. And since those first concerts over thirty five years ago, we’ve continued to grow our audiences, selling out such wonderful venues as the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, Masonic Auditorium and more!

SFGMC Featured In Hit New Video "Please Go Home"

SFGMC Featured In Hit New Video "Please Go Home"

Sam Smith's global hit "Stay With Me" has over 108 million views on YouTube and 115 million streams on Spotify. But what it didn't have was an amazing parody video... until now!

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 Receives 2014 NEA Grant For "Tyler's Suite"

SFGMC Receives 2014 NEA Grant For "Tyler's Suite"

Today, The National Endowment for the Arts announced that the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus was recommended for a $10,000 grant to make a recording of Tyler's Suite, the chorus' landmark collection of commissioned pieces that premiered in March. The 48-minute long song cycle by eight composers celebrates the life of Tyler Clementi, a gay New Jersey college student whose death in 2010 sparked a national debate about cyberbullying.

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

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Exhibition Opening: "SFGMC - Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song"

This week, the GLBT History Museum is launching “The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus – Celebrating 35 Years of Activism Through Song,” a major exhibition chronicling the history of the Chorus. Curated by SFGMC member and historian Tom Burtch, it’s a look through the Chorus’ archives at its various stages of growth in the City By The Bay.

"I Am Harvey Milk" World Premiere on Eve of US Supreme Court Ruling

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents “Harvey Milk 2013,” featuring the world premiere of “I Am Harvey Milk” on the evening of U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Download the Press Release. The Chorus responded to this morning’s historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage finding DOMA to be unconstitutional and that the district court decision is final and Prop 8 is unconstitutional. SFGMC Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Tim Seelig says, “I can’t find the words to describe how I feel today. Tonight, 300 chorus members will raise their voices in song, just as San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus did 35 years ago, when they performed for the first time at the candle light vigil for Harvey Milk. No matter what, we will always keep singing.” For the first time tonight, SFGMC will present Harvey Milk 2013, their 35th anniversary concert that celebrates the life and legacy of Harvey Milk. Harvey Milk 2013 features the world premiere of I Am Harvey Milk, a new choral work with music and words by Tony® and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa. In response to today’s decision, Andrew Lippa, Composer, Lyricist and Star of “I Am Harvey Milk” says, "The Supreme Court, like the nation itself, recognizes the value of living the ideal of our Framers: Equal rights under the law. It's a simple idea that has taken many years to perfect. And, while we're not fully there in every corner of this nation, today's ruling states it clearly: Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia's got to go." Bruce Cohen, “I Am Harvey Milk” Producer, and American Foundation for Equal Rights President, adds, “This is a historic victory for California, for equality, and, most of all, for loving gay and lesbian couples and their families. Clearly, Harvey’s work continues and he would be extraordinarily proud today.” Harvey Milk 2013 begins performances tonight (Wednesday, June 26) and continues Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at The Nourse Theatre (201-299 Hayes Street, San Francisco). A limited number of tickets are available online at SFGMC.org or through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400. Tickets range in price from $25 - $60. About Harvey Milk 2013 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. About “I Am Harvey Milk” Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony® Award-winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, NBC’s “Go On”) as the Soprano soloist and Noah Marlowe (Mary Poppins, Fun Home) as young Harvey, 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. Introducing the performance is Cleve Jones, close friend of Harvey Milk, founder of the NAMES project AIDS Memorial Quilt and American Foundation for Equal Rights advisory board member. 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. I Am Harvey Milk was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, along with Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Twin Cities Gay 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.

Show added due to overwhelming demand!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND THE SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN'S CHORUS ANNOUNCES ADDED PERFORMANCE OF THE 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONCERT "HARVEY MILK 2013"

Concert to feature world premiere of "I AM HARVEY MILK" with music and words by Andrew Lippa

June 26, 27, & 28, 2013

San Francisco, CA (MAY 7, 2013)— Due to overwhelming demand, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) announced today an added performance of their 35th anniversary celebration concert Harvey Milk 2013. Harvey Milk 2013 will feature the world premiere of I Am Harvey Milk, a new choral work, with music and words by Tony® and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa, at The Nourse Theatre (201-299 Hayes Street, San Francisco). The added performance will be on Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m.. The production, which coincides with the 35th anniversary of Harvey Milk’s assassination, was originally scheduled to run for two nights only - Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. The opening night gala will take place on Thursday, June 27. Tickets for all performances of Harvey Milk 2013 are available now, online at SFGMC.org or through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400. Tickets range in price from $25 - $60.

Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony® Award-winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, NBC’s “Go On”) as the Soprano soloist and Noah Marlowe (Mary Poppins, Fun Home) as young Harvey, 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. 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.

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.

I Am Harvey Milk was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, along with Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Twin Cities Gay 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.

Tickets for Harvey Milk 2013 range in price from $25-$60 and are available online at SFGMC.org or through City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

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ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN'S CHORUS
For 35 years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has courageously served as the international standard bearer for a powerful and accomplished mix of high-caliber performance, human rights, community activism, empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBT organizations. Founded in 1978, it was the first organization of its kind and is credited with starting the LGBT choral movement, galvanizing and changing the course of LGBT history. It continues to rally and inspire other arts-based community organizations around the world. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC has in recent seasons established a heightened level of performance standards receiving audience and choral acclaim, increased its touring and recording profile and broadened its impact and reputation in the community while maintaining its signature blend of humor, personality and high-voltage performances. For more information about the performances and SFGMC, visit sfgmc.org. Follow SFGMC on facebook.com/sfgmc and twitter.com/sfgmc.

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Andrew Lippa Contacts: Rick Miramontez [email protected] Andy Snyder[email protected]

SFGMC Contact: Julie Richter, Charles Zukow Associates 415.296.0677 or [email protected]

SFGMC Appoints George A. Thompson as New Executive Director

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) announced today that they have appointed George Thompson as Executive Director. Mr. Thompson joins SFGMC during their current 35th anniversary season and- with Artistic Director Dr. Timothy Seelig– will lead the institution to new levels of organizational growth and artistic excellence. Download the press release now (PDF). With over 25 years of senior level management experience, Thompson has worked previously as both a presenter and producer at nationally recognized institutions. Most recently he was the Director of the Office of the Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology in which he initiated cross college collaborations and artist residency programs integrating the arts and technology and secured first time funding from both Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. From 2005 to 2009 he served as the Conservatory General Manger at the American Conservatory Theatre here in San Francisco, and was responsible for the overall operation of the conservatory and also line producing 14 shows annually. He was the Senior Vice President of Programming and Operations for Omaha Performing Arts and the Executive Director of The Washington Ballet. He served for seven years as the Executive Vice President, General Manager and CFO of the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa Bay. While there, he grew Straz into the fifth largest performing arts center in the U.S. It was during this time in Tampa that he first saw the SFGMC as part of the Gala Choruses Festival. George was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut and began his arts career as a professional dancer with Joffrey II, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre, and American Ballet Theatre, touring internationally and working with George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, and Agnes DeMille. He has a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College and attended graduate school at Fordham University and American University in Washington DC, studying arts administration. As an arts administrator, he also worked for PepsiCo Summerfare, and international festival of the arts and at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.

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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Snow White & Her Merry Men

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Two iconic San Francisco institutions– the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon– come together for the first time in "Snow White & Her Merry Men." Snow White continues her search for “Prince Charming” with the help of SFGMC, whose dynamic sound and signature “choralography” create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.

In this never-before-seen collaboration, the 300 men of the Chorus are joined by the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon singing classic favorites and a few custom songs created especially for this show. The show-stopping numbers will be infused with spectacular costumes, dazzling hats and appearances by some of Beach Blanket Babylon’s beloved characters including King Louis, Glinda the Good, Pineapple Princess, Banana Carmen, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, James Brown and Barbra Streisand.

“The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is honored to bring the talent of these two iconic San Francisco institutions together on the Davies stage for the first time,” said Dr. Timothy Seelig, SFGMC Artistic Director. “It is sure to be an ‘Only in San Francisco’ evening!”

“Beach Blanket Babylon is very excited to be collaborating with the renowned San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus,” said Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Beach Blanket Babylon. “We are thrilled to come together with this Bay Area institution to create an evening of pure San Francisco entertainment.”

Monday March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets are available now!

DOWNLOAD RELEASE

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!