If music be the food of love, play on;|Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.|That strain again! it had a dying fall:|O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound|That breathes upon a bank of violets,| Stealing and giving odour!
—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
If you wish to spoil your soul as well as your stomach at the same time, check out the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) spring concert, Food, Glorious Food!, March 27-28 at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall.
The concert guarantees to be a treat for your ears as well as your appetite, so come hungry. On the menu are some favorite tunes, such as “Be Our Guest” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and “Food, Glorious Food!” from Oliver. Additional entrées include William Bolcom’s “Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise”; “Carmina Ricotta”; and “Taylor the Latte Boy.”
Special guest Lynne Rossetto Kasper will join the chorus for some delicious surprises. She is the award-winning host of American Public Media’s The Splendid Table, heard locally on Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 91.1 FM. Her first cookbook, The Splendid Table, won Cookbook of the Year honors from both the Julia Child/IACP and James Beard Awards—the only one to achieve the food world’s double crown.
Friday evening’s performance is ASL-interpreted. Upon request, Braille and large-print programs are available from an usher prior to performances.
In addition to rehearsals for this delectable concert, TCGMC has been giving back to the community. On February 7, 30 chorus members visited the Emergency Food Shelf Network, where they assisted in distributing food for more than 4,000 people in need. February 3-March 14, chorus members also held a Cereal Drive to benefit Open Arms of Minnesota, which distributes 1,000 cereal boxes a month to clients. On March 26, the chorus delivered close to 700 cereal boxes to Open Arms.
The chorus wants to inspire audience members attending the concert to bring nonperishable food items for a food drive that will benefit The Aliveness Project.
TCGMC is an award-winning chorus with a wonderful reputation for musical brilliance and exuberant programming. It is a nonprofit voluntary community chorus. Formed in 1981, TCGMC added “gay” to its name in 1990. Now the fourth-largest gay men’s chorus in the country, it’s a member of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA). TCGMC continues its goal of eliminating homophobia and intolerance through community outreach.
Contact TCGMC at (612) 339-7664 or www.tcgmc.org.
Food, Glorious Food! / Mar. 27-28, 8 PM / Ted Mann Concert Hall, Univ. of Minn., 2128 4th St. S., Mpls. / (612) 624-2345 / www.northrop.umn.edu