Our first concert of 1993 was FANTASIES: FAIRY TALES CAN COME TRUE. It was held on March 5 & 6 at Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason. This concert came about as a gathering of ideas from members of the chorus and matching these ideas with appropriate music, rehearsing, staging and choreography and putting it together with lights, scenery, and a band. The first act was based on childhood fantasies and the second was about more adult fantasies. With help from the Lamplighters Music Theatre, we were able to have our scenery and we had the wonderful Gregg Tallman as stage director and Gene Russo as choreographer. The concert began with Be Our Guest and ended with Make Our Garden Grow (from the operetta "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein). All the music was memorized and with all of our hard work this was a great success. Our out of town retreat for this concert was a hoot.
Next for us was the 15TH ANNUAL PRIDE CONCERT held on June 25 at the Herbst Theatre. Sharing the stage with us were SFGMC, Winds of Freedom, VOICES: Bay Area Lesbian Choral Ensemble and the Rhythm Method. Our hosts were the beautiful Gail Wilson and the always fabulous Jose Sarria, the Widow Norton, First Empress of San Francisco.
Our fall concert, LESBIAN & GAY COMPOSERS, was held at the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco. It has always been part of the mission of the chorus to feature and promote the music of lesbian and gay composers. Several of the pieces we performed in this concert were written by members of the chorus. It was a pleasure and honor to sing these pieces and give them to our audience.
Our sassy octet, Menage, presented their holiday show called HOLIDAY ISSUES on December 11 at the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, on Eureka Street in the Castro. All in all this was another good year for us and our audiences.
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.