LGCSF History Corner - 1984
Matt O'Grady began his first full year as Director. We sang at the Cable Car Awards show along with the SFGMC and the Band. We stopped the show with "I Am What I Am." Next was another cabaret fundraiser at Fanny's. Next, after the San Francisco premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, we performed at a post-show reception in City Hall. This year in June there were two Pride concerts and I do not know the history behind this. The first was called Back in Grace, a triumphal return to Grace Cathedral along with the Band and SFGMC. The second was held in Nourse Auditorium with SFGMC. After that the chorus sang at S. F. General's AIDS ward.
This is where my time with the chorus begins. After LGCSF's performance in Nourse, I really liked what I heard and the Director announced that the chorus would be auditioning new members in August. I went to the audition and have been a member ever since. My first time singing with the chorus, a few weeks after I joined, was at the memorial service for Jon Sims at Grace Cathedral. Jon Sims was the person who founded the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band & Twirling Corps, today known as the Freedom Band. Jon also founded SFGMC and with Robin Kay, worked to create LGCSF. The Band and SFGMC also took part in this service. This was a tribute to Jon by the musical groups that are part of Jon's legacy. In November we performed Lullaby of Broadway at the Victoria Theatre. Our guests were the Tap Troupe, the S. F. Lesbian Chorus, and Vocal Minority. This was something to see with costumes, makeup and movement. We also gave a special performance as part of Gay/Lesbian Outreach to the Elderly. We also took part in Berkeley Lesbian/Gay Awareness Week, we were guests of the Band in their Canteen show, a 1940s big band show, we sang at the Gay Father's Holiday Party and were guests of SFGMC in Now Sing with Hearts Aglow (V). As you can see this was a busy year for us.
joined the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco in August of 1984, after seeing them sing in the Pride Concert the previous June and their director, Matt O'Grady, announced that if anyone in the audience wanted to join the chorus that auditions would be coming up so he joined. During his time in the chorus he has always sang in the bass section. He has served as Music Librarian, on the Production Committee, the Artistic Advisory Committee, as a bass section leader, as the GALA liaison and currently as chorus historian. He is glad to create this blog for the chorus to get the history out to anyone who looks at our website.