Even in its 38th season, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC sings to inspire equality and inclusion, issues that have been socially relevant since the dynamic choir was conceived. BlackRock Center for the Arts will be echoing this sentiment throughout Germantown when the Gay Men’s Chorus makes their appearance on the Main Stage Saturday, January 12, at 8 p.m.
Led by Artistic Director Thea Kano and consisting of more than 250 singing members and four select ensembles, the GMCW has been promoting justice and dignity for all for almost four decades. Under its long tenure, the illustrious choir is nationally recognized and has performed for the likes of the former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama; as well as at the historic Carnegie Library in honor of longtime gay rights activist Dr. Frank Kameny, and for eight consecutive years as former Vice President Joe Biden’s guests at the U.S. Naval Observatory. Just last year they participated in 90 outreach performances, performing for the Washington National Cathedral, the National Institute of Health, and the White House holiday tour.
The Potomac Fever, a 15-voice close harmony group, and the Rock Creek Singers, a 35-voice chamber ensemble, will be the two groups performing at BlackRock. In addition to the 38 years of experience together, the two troupes have won a WAMMIE for Best Choral Recording for their collaborative recording of “Together Again.” The Potomac Fever was given the opportunity to travel to Ukraine as a part of a historic LGBT music and outreach tour in 2016.
“The theme of the night was said in an opening monologue by the first performer. I’m not positive if it was said off the cuff or if it was scripted, but it set the tone for the night, and the audience fell right in line. ‘Songs and music can be a powerful agent of social change…’ and the GMCW did not shy away from many of these issues ranging from race and interracial dating in the gay community, to coping with grief and friendship. “ – The District Now