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Stonewall Chorale celebrates Pride with June events
Posted 5/27/2024

Stonewall Pride 2024The Stonewall Chorale is celebrating Pride 2024 with two exciting performances: "Great Music from Great Movies," the group's annual Pride Concert on June 13 at Holy Apostles, and a special appearance at WQXR's "Queen of the Night with Thorgy Thor" event on June 7. Under the baton of Artistic Director Cynthia Powell, the nation's first gay and lesbian choir is poised to commemorate pride with uplifting performances that validate and celebrate its community.

"Our Pride concert is a program of sheer fun with music from some of my favorite films," shares Powell. The night includes tunes from the silver screen that span nearly a century of music--from Puttin' on the Ritz (1929) to "What Was I Made For?" from Barbie (2023). More...


SGCS Summer Choral Festival: A treat for both singers and audience
Posted 5/21/2024

Matthew LewisThe Saint George's Choral Society's Summer Choral Festival has been a tradition for the last ten years. Dr. Matthew Lewis, the group's artistic director, spoke about this year's program.

Laura Daly: What is the history behind your starting a summer Choral festival?

Matthew Lewis: It started about ten years ago, inspired by "summer sings" (which choristers love). A summer sing is a casual and fun reading of a choral piece led by a conductor. I have always enjoyed leading these but sometimes wished we had just a little more time to look over difficult passages and even rehearse a bit, so singers would enjoy the experience and maybe find it more satisfying. Another thing which came to mind are summer choral festivals which are destinations (people must travel to them) which last a week or so. I had friends who lamented that they could not get time off from work or other things to attend these programs. So, the SGCS Summer Choral Festival was created. A two-week intensive "choral staycation" that people can enjoy without leaving the city. We do everything in four rehearsals, over a two-week period, and conclude with a dress rehearsal and free concert. Singers are given scores and are supported by professional section leaders. It's a lot of fun! More...



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