New York City Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates their 40th anniversary and the holiday season in a special performance at SOPAC. Forty years ago, on Friday, December 19, 1980, NYCGMC stood on stage for their first public concert at the Cooper Union Great Hall. From that moment on, NYCGMC has been telling queer stories through song and tirelessly advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. Today, NYCGMC is more crucial than ever, as together, we celebrate their 40th anniversary with a joyful concert that looks back at their remarkable history and propels us into the future. With beautiful harmonies, seasonal classics and new spins on old favorites, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus welcomes everyone into our family as we gaily ring in the holidays.
New York City Gay Men’s Chorus
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) is a pioneering voice for LGBTQ communities in New York City, the U.S. and internationally; through music, we are fearless champions for LGBTQ rights and social justice. Founded in 1979, NYCGMC is comprised of more than 275 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds and experiences, across a spectrum of gender identity and sexual orientation. We present 3 mainstage shows and over 40 outreach activities across all five boroughs and beyond annually. Our school programs reach over 2,000 NYC public middle-school students and other outreach activities include performances at LGBTQ teen homeless shelters, at SAGE for LGBTQ elders and at corporate and public pride celebrations. Television appearances including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show and Last Week Tonight have provided a national platform for our mission. Through technical assistance and joint concerts, we support development of LGBTQ choruses in the U.S. and internationally.
In addition, NYCGMC is a pioneer of choral music, commissioning over 75 new works during its history and has appeared on television, in films and on Broadway. New works have included collaborations with and commissions from over 50 composers, including Leonard Bernstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Joseph Jennings, Stephen Sondheim, James Adler, David Hurd, Conrad Susa and many more. Performances across the United States have included appearances in more than a dozen states and internationally in London, Dublin, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Koln, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, Montreal, Paris and throughout the Caribbean. NYCGMC has appeared in all of the iconic NYC performance sites, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and the Apollo Theater.
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