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Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Begins 30th-Anniversary Season with Holiday Harmonies Concert

By Lavender December 2, 2010

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Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) rings in its 30th season with its annual holiday concert in collaboration with Bells of the Lakes handbell choir under the direction of William H. Mathis.

Holiday Harmonies: Ringing in the Season will be performed December 10-11, 8 PM, and December 12, 2 PM, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus.

This holiday concert features favorites like “Deck the Halls,” “The Bells of Christmas,” and “Variations on Jingle Bells,” in addition to traditional French and German carols. As always, the chorus will present works richly steeped in holiday traditions—“Silent Night” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”— while adding wit, whimsy, and over-the-top staging as only it can.

TCGMC Artistic Director Dr. Stan Hill says, “This concert features stunning new arrangements for men’s chorus with bell choir. And, we’re thrilled to welcome guest soloist Lola Watson, whose gorgeous soprano voice will soar above the rich sound of the men of the chorus.

“We’re celebrating two very special anniversaries this year. The chorus celebrates 30 years of gay men building community through music, while our beloved principal accompanist, Timothy De Prey, celebrates his 20th season with the chorus.”

Holiday Harmonies will provide TCGMC’s response to the increased awareness around bullying of GLBT youth and the tragic consequences of increased incidents of suicide among youth. The chorus’s “It Gets Better” video can be found on its website home page at www.tcgmc.org, as well as on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/thetcgmc.

The chorus invites audience members to bring items for holiday baskets to be donated to The Aliveness Project, which will have a table in the lobby.

TCGMC recognizes AT&T as a corporate sponsor and Lavender Magazine as its official GLBT media sponsor during these holiday concerts.

Tickets are now on sale through the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office: (612) 624-2345 or www.northrop.umn.edu.

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