Thursday, March 29, 2018
DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Last October, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir traveled to the Deep South for the Lavender Pen Tour. Over the course of 7 days, they made 23 appearances in 9 churches and 5 states and raised more than $100,000 for local LGBTQ+ non-profits along the way.
On Thursday, March 29, 2018, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs present “Bridges,” a one-night-only musical and emotional extravaganza. Inspired by the Tour, SFGMC and OIGC invite you to join them at the stunning Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall for a journey through music, stories, experiences, and pictures gathered while on the road.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ first-ever public performance was at the candlelight vigil mourning Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk after their assassination in 1978. During that performance, SFGMC sang “Singing for Our Lives,” a protest folk song written by activist and singer/songwriter Holly Near. For “Bridges,” Holly Near will join SFGMC and OIGC as a special guest to sing this iconic song about the struggle against injustice, among others in her stories catalogue.
Joining the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir are the other two choruses from Oakland Interfaith – their Community Choir and Youth Choir. Their infectious spirit and power-packed music will have audiences smiling from ear to ear and up on their feet dancing. With over 500 singers on stage for this concert, it is absolutely one not-to-be-missed!
Enjoy other highlights from the tour, such as soul-stirring renditions of Avalon’s “Orphans of God” and The Judd’s’ “Love Can Build a Bridge,” quintessential favorites “Light” from Next to Normal, “Truly Brave” medley by Cyndi Lauper / Sara Bareilles and “We Shall Overcome,” among many others.
Additionally, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will present the California premiere of a brand-new, monumental choral work titled “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” by Joel Thompson. You know their names: Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Kenneth Chamberlain. Amadou Diallo. John Crawford. Using the text structure of Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Thompson chose seven last words from Shirin Barghi’s #lastwords artwork project, and formed the structure of this new choral piece that honors these slain men and tackles the issues of police brutality and racism in America.
The choice to program “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” was a direct response to the Lavender Pen Tour, where SFGMC and OIGC witness more than just the struggles of their LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, but also became keenly aware of the deep racial divisions that exist across our country. It ties in with the conceptual framework of the evening of building Bridges, which is central to the Chorus’ mission and activism.
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Friday, June 22, 2018 (8pm)
Saturday, June 23, 2018 (2:30pm)
Saturday, June 23, 2018 (8pm)
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
To cap off Season 40, we bring back Andrew Lippa — composer of the seminal work “I Am Harvey Milk” that we world premiered in 2013 — for a monumental new commission about the history of the LGBTQ movement, titled “Unbreakable.” Working with Lippa are Academy Award-winners Dustin Lance Black (Milk, When We Rise) and Bruce Cohen (Milk, American Beauty, Big Fish), and playing the lead roles will be Andrew Lippa himself and Lisa Vroman, soprano.
Tickets on sale in mid-April 2018.