BGMC Mixes Carols and New Classics in Annual Holiday Concert

Boston Gay Men's Chorus at a Holiday concert in 2013
Photo: Scarpetta Photography
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Boston Gay Men's Chorus at a Holiday concert in 2013 Photo: Scarpetta Photography

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at a Holiday concert in 2013
Photo: Scarpetta Photography

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) is proud to present Ho Ho Ho, a holiday concert of traditional carols, a stunning new work by the composer Laura Karpman, and the world premiere of Forbidden Holiday, a revue of sassy send-ups of seasonal standards from the creator of the Off-Broadway sensation Forbidden Broadway. Performances take place at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on Dec. 13, 19, 20, and 21. Tickets are available now.

“Boston Gay Men’s Chorus holiday concerts are beloved for blending traditional Christmas carols and Hanukkah music with over-the-top numbers, reflecting both the contemplative spirit and joyousness of the season,” said BGMC Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds, III. “Audiences will be treated to stirring renditions of ‘Son of Maria’ and ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ along with the jolly frivolity of tunes like ‘The Christmas Can-Can’ and ‘Pink Christmas.’” [pullquote]“Audiences will be treated to stirring renditions of ‘Son of Maria’ and ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ along with the jolly frivolity of tunes like ‘The Christmas Can-Can’ and ‘Pink Christmas.’” —BGMC Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds, III[/pullquote]

Ho Ho Ho will showcase the world premiere of Forbidden Holiday by local composer Gerard Alessandri, the openly gay creator of Forbidden Broadway, an award-winning Off-Broadway roast of current Broadway musicals. Commissioned by BGMC, Forbidden Holiday puts a comedic spin on songs from musicals like White Christmas and Fiddler on the Roof ―in ways only BGMC can.

Ho Ho Ho will also feature a performance of “Loving Tender Present,” a new work by composer Laura Karpman, an Emmy-winner and out lesbian who has scored numerous feature films and TV shows. The piece centers on three generations of a family headed by a single mother as they gather to celebrate Christmas at various points beginning in the 1950s up to the present day, depicting the power of familial bonds and the unconscious influence that each generation has on the next. Karpman’s piece was commissioned by six gay men’s choruses from across the country: BGMC, Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Heartland Men’s Chorus, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Seattle Men’s Chorus. [pullquote]Ho Ho Ho will also feature a performance of “Loving Tender Present,” a new work by composer Laura Karpman, an Emmy-winner and out lesbian who has scored numerous feature films and TV shows.[/pullquote]

“We’re thrilled to be performing the works of such talented composers as Laura Karpman and Gerard Alessandri, which allow us to showcase BGMC’s musical range,” said Craig Coogan, Executive Director of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. “Also, it’s not easy to find pink Santa suits in men’s sizes, let alone can-can skirts. See why our patrons tell us that ‘BGMC puts the Merry into Christmas’.”

For a list of concert hours, click here.

About the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus creates musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate difference. The BGMC is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Founded in 1982, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Reuben M. Reynolds III, the BGMC sings a wide spectrum of classical and popular music and creates social change by providing a positive, affirming image of the gay and lesbian community. The Chorus is heard live by more than 10,000 people each season and thousands more through recording, television and internet broadcasts. In November, 2013, CBS-WBZ named The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus one of the “top five” choruses in the city of Boston. In June 2015 BGMC became the first gay chorus to tour the Middle East.

[From a News Release]

 

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