LGCSF HISTORY CORNER - 1983
Since our first director, Robin Kay, stepped down last year, Sherrin Lloyd, a member of the chorus served as Interim Director during a nationwide search for a permanent conductor. Our first performance of the year was Sound Waves, performed in San Francisco and Oakland to benefit the K.S./AIDS Foundation, Operation Concern, and the Pacific Center.
Next in June was the Pride Concert at the Warfield Theatre. This was a financial disaster and this began the chain of events that ultimately resulted in our separation from Golden Gate Performing Arts.
Over the next few months we sought a new, unsalaried director, applied to the Capp Street Foundation to serve as our financial non-profit, tax exempt umbrella, and held a number of fundraisers.
First was Bountiful Buffet, a happening comprised of buffet, bar, door prizes, silent auction, and entertainment by us and some guest professional artists. Next was Toast of the Town, a cabaret evening featuring us, some local artists, and prizes. In December, we were again guests of SFGMC in Now Sing with Hearts Aglow (IV), and introduced Matt O'Grady as our new Director. We learned to "move" with the number "Fruitcake", which stopped the show. The concert was named "Outstanding Concert of the Year" for the third consecutive year by the Cable Car Awards (see 1981) which was then retired from eligibility.
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.